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| Originally posted by CosmosBlack@Jan 7 2004, 08:19 PM |
I replaced the radiator under advice from my mechanic. Didn't want to save the money and risk a $5000 engine! He showed me a V8 engine laying on the side, messed up from a busted radiator, the owner didn't want to replace it due to exact same problem. He epoxy-ed the crack and kept topping up with water. Then it happened.
The radiator for the e34 (my previous car), costs more (like $350-$400) compared to the ones for e39, which costs over $200 at dealer and about $170 from outside sources (but also made in Germany). Don't ask me why the price difference! I have replaced both radiators on both cars. It is NOT advisable to repair or fix the cracks. It's up to you though, but I wouldn't.
| Originally posted by CBA@Jan 8 2004, 11:30 PM |
does the crack extend from the filler neck of the rad cap and down ?
cause if so id hold the dealer liable for any damages.
| Originally posted by CosmosBlack@Jan 9 2004, 12:03 AM |
I remember I had my cap replaced too on the e34, there was a recall.
As for parts, you could search on Google for "BMW parts". You'll get lots of sites, you compare and look for the best deals. Be very specific with your order. I believe an auto and a manual shift uses different radiators. If possible, provide your VIN.
Now, you said the leak has stopped. IF you are sure that there is a hairline crack on the radiator, you still have a problem. And you are putting your engine at risk driving it, coz' you never know when it will happen. I just hope you don't have to come post here one day and say, "Damn, if only I had replaced it one day sooner!"
ps: Please don't just take my word for it, do consult a knowledgeable mechanic for a second opinion.
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