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#3887 of 5349 Re: 2008 328i Fuel Pump Recall [Mr_Shiftright]
May 26, 2008 (12:00 pm)
I'm thinking the radiator auxuliary cooling fan debacle from the 2001 vintage E46s easily blew through the 10% failure rate. With that fan, it wasn't a matter of if, it was a matter of when it would fail. As I recall, BMW ponied up and replaced every fan out in the field, regardless of whether it failed or not.
Strictly put, the problem was with one of BMWs suppliers, however, BMW took it on the chin due to this issue in CR and other publications of that ilk.
May 28, 2008 (10:49 am)
I'm going to be replacing my water pump within the next couple of weeks...
At the same time, I figured it would make sense to replace the thermostat, hoses, and belts. Is there anything else you guys would recommend I do while the car is at that level of disassembly?
The car is an '01 330Ci w/~140K miles.
#3889 of 5349 Re: water pump [kominsky]
May 28, 2008 (9:03 pm)
I'd go ahead and replace the thermostat housing as well as the idler pullies. I'd also say that the radiator-if original-is also living on borrowed time. OTOH, I've found BMW coolant hoses to be unusually durable; my 113K 1995 318ti is still on its original hoses. Still, if you want to replace them I'd only use BMW parts.
#3890 of 5349 Re: water pump [kominsky]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 30, 2008 (8:26 am)
radiator! The clock is ticking!
#3891 of 5349 Re: water pump [Mr_Shiftright]
May 30, 2008 (9:51 am)
okay... a radiator has been added to the shopping list. OEM the best way to go? The only way?
#3892 of 5349 Re: water pump [kominsky]
by Mr_Shiftright HOST
May 30, 2008 (11:25 am)
I don't think they are all that expensive, but if you have a good independent BMW repair shop that you go to, I'm sure they have a parts source for a radiator.
#3893 of 5349 Radiator
by kyfdx HOST
May 30, 2008 (12:16 pm)
Zionsville? Something like that.. out of Indiana..
#3895 of 5349 Re: Yup... [kyfdx]
May 30, 2008 (9:18 pm)
The all-metal Zionsville radiator is a very nice piece, but if you aren't going to track the car or keep it for another 100K the OEM part is a relatively inexpensive alternative. I'd also change the expansion tank while I was at it.
May 30, 2008 (10:14 pm)
I'll probably go with the cheaper OEM part. I have no idea how much longer I'll have the car, but it's the first one I've owned for more than 100K miles without getting bored. Since my 1st radiator has lasted for 140K miles, the next one should last at least until BMW adds a dipstick to the 135 and I get "the itch" again...