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Old 12-07-2011, 10:14 PM   #10
Ceeker
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Unfortunately the plastic rads are made from that biodegradable composite material. So over time, temp extremes - "plastic" tanks get brittle and crack, or the neck of the tank breaks off like it did for an e30 I was working on. However, depending on the break, age etc. You can fix it. I took an aluminum pipe, cut to desired length slipped it in with some Gorilla expoxy; then put the broken piece back on and clamped it. Came out better, stronger and I can re-use it. A new rad is in the range of 200-400 depending on model and who makes it. Oem is the the way to go...but I'm sure they get quite pricey.
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I think I've had 14 bmw's in 4 years.
2 IX's -sold and parts
2 325i 4 dr - sold
4 318is all white - sold and parts
1 87 325is red - parts
1 89 325i vert grey - parts
1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
latest addition 1 92-318i vert - blue - parts
latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

latest addition as of 2013-Gold 87-325is auto! it's a keeper!
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