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#1 (permalink) Old 11-27-2004, 09:33 PM
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I have read about the coolant issue all over the forum as well as other forums.. Which coolant shoud i use? do i have to use BMW coolant??

My question is: I have a '90 525 and this car's got 214k on it. Do i really need to worry about putting BMW coolant in? Will it really help out on a car with this high of miles??

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I would want to use the BMW coolant with that kind of road time!
But regardless of the miles, that's what they recomend so I think you should use it!

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The difference between autoparts and the dealer is not much. It is worth the investment. Use the recommended stuff.
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My car sure as hell doesn't use any dealer stuff. Just normal green coolant that's safe for aluminum radiators... I bought it with it in, and replaced with the same stuff.

People need to quit treating bmw's like some ultra sensitive car. It uses the same damn materials for it's cooling system as Chevy, Ford, VW, Subaru, Acura etc... and none of them need any special treatment.

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My car sure as hell doesn't use any dealer stuff. Just normal green coolant that's safe for aluminum radiators... I bought it with it in, and replaced with the same stuff.

People need to quit treating bmw's like some ultra sensitive car. It uses the same damn materials for it's cooling system as Chevy, Ford, VW, Subaru, Acura etc... and none of them need any special treatment.

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I am not so sure why it is considered an ultra sensetive treatment. Paying $4 extra for a recommended dealer's coolant?. To me it is not a big loss and coolant gets changed every two years or so. I guess it boils down to personal preferences.

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bmw coolant should be used, simply because, its made not to corrode in the hoses! the average green coolant tends to stick to the sides of the hoses, thus clogging up the whole cooling system at times. BMW coolant was specifically designed to protect the system from any type of clogs, or corrosions.

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anyone mind if i throw in my 2 cents?

hope not....

Now this is the way I understand it. BMW didnt start using the long life "blue "coolant until later models came with an aluminum block. This was in either 99 or 2000 about the same time that the intervals started changing for all the maintenance. They started using long life spark plugs and fuel filters etc. at the same time. At that time the coolant flush went from being every other year to every 3 years or 4 depending on the model. So here is my take.....

On a 1990 BMW it is not necessary to use the BMW coolant, however it IS necessary to flush the cooling system every other year. More importantly than what brand/type of coolant a person uses is giving the car the proper maintenance. Several people dont change the coolant at all, or neglect to do it on time. So if you are changing it biannually then your doing better than most. If it were me Id use the BMW stuff. just because i know it is good stuff. But I wouldnt say that it is vital or critical that you do. Now if you have a car that rolled off the assembly line with the BMW long life coolant. Like an e46 or 39 or later car.... then its a lil more critical.

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Yes, please go buy a gallon of BMW coolant/antifreeze from your local BMW autohaus or stealership (if you must).It may cost 20 bucks, but unlike antifreeze off the shelf at Autozone, it doesn't contain any phosphates or nitrates that can and will form deposits on the German designed coolant systemt that happens to be a sore spot on an otherwise fantastic car. As Bimmers are known for coolant system failure, you don't want to contribute to such.

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hmm.. thanks for all your responses.. i've got the blue stuff in there right now.. I'll try and read up on it some more, and decide from there.. The blue coolant was put in just a little bit ago, so i guess i could just give it to my friend to put in his car or something if i decide to buy the bmw one..

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everyone missed the most important part, mix with distilled water. if you don't use this you'll get white crusty stuff (I believe its calcium) all through the system.
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