Last post on Mar 04, 2008 at 6:59 AM
You are in the BMW 3-Series
What is this discussion about?
BMW 3 Series, Coupe, Convertible, Sedan
#30 of 389 rhmass
Jul 17, 2001 (7:25 pm)
Does that mechanic even know how to spell BMW??? The water pump is a really easy job; you don't even have to pull the radiator. See for yourself:
The DOHC four cylinders up through about mid 1994 had a profile gasket that could leak like you described, but not the sixes. It could also be the thermostat housing. If yours is plastic it may have cracked. Metal replacements are available. Let me know what happens.
#31 of 389 div2 update you my experience today
Jul 18, 2001 (2:13 pm)
Somehow I wasn't able to get into the Edmunds site early morning, so I dropped off the car at the garage without the benefit of information from your post. I did get in late morning before the mechanic called me at work at noon. He identified the water pump leak and told me he would also replace the thermostat (almost exactly the same as mentioned in the link you posted) and he actually gave me an estimate of $350 for the work. I thought it was more than reasonable. I just picked up the car and everything seems to be in good order. May be I have finally found an honest mechanic I can rely on for my BMW. He also told me he used BMW parts. Thank you for the information in your posts which helped me to understand and evaluate his work on my car.
#32 of 389 rhmass
Jul 18, 2001 (7:34 pm)
I'm glad everything worked out. I just got worried when the guy said the pump was hard to access. It sounds like a pretty fair deal. You should be set for another 80,000+ miles. What kind of coolant are you using? I strongly recommend BMW's home brew. Good stuff and you only have to change it every three years.
#33 of 389 div2, I am very impressed by your knowledge!
Jul 19, 2001 (4:39 am)
Since I never mentioned in my posts the mileage of my car and you said in your last post that it would be good now for another 80,000+ miles. My car's current mileage is exactly 80750! You do know even how long certain parts on BMW last! Incredible.
While he said he used BMW parts, I think he meant the water pump and the thermostat, not the coolant. I can double check on this. I appreciate your help very much.
#34 of 389 rhmass
Jul 19, 2001 (6:43 am)
Lucky guess on my part. Happy to help. Enjoy your car. Don't worry too much about the coolant, just change it out in one or two years and you'll be fine.
Jul 19, 2001 (12:02 pm)
Now you're going to give him a big head! Maybe he'll started charging ))
Sep 27, 2001 (8:52 pm)
I'm interested in purchasing a 2001 325ci but I like the rims on the 330ci. Does anyone know where I can get these? How about after market? Can anyone also suggest any other cool rims to get and where? how much will it end up costing me? What should I do with the stock ones that are on the car now. Will the dealer trade it in?
Also I like the way the lower grill (where the fog lights are) stands out on the 330cibetter because it's painted silver rather than black. Has anyone heard of painting it?
Any cool sites to get aftermarket goods for the 3series?
I'm getting a sweet deal on the 325 or I would go for the 330.
#37 of 389 aftermarket
Oct 19, 2001 (10:58 pm)
It may be heresy here, but i'm sort-of anti-mod. I could spend 2-3K on mods, but i'd rather invest that money and spend 3-5K more buying a faster car next time.
#38 of 389 dhanley
Oct 20, 2001 (7:59 am)
Not to mention that few drivers schools will make you MUCH faster than $2-3K of mods could ever hope to.
Oct 23, 2001 (3:49 pm)
Also an excellent point.
I do know people with well over 10K in mods that have never been to any driving school at all; who don't know oversteer from unsersteer.