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Old 10-23-2010, 01:36 PM   #1
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m20 Radiator

hey guys, my '86 325es is start to leak coolant from the radiator pretty bad. does anyone have or know of a place where i could get a used m20 radiator for manual transmission? thanks
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Old 10-23-2010, 03:28 PM   #2
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the rads are different on the older models; the newer e30's have the sensor on the passenger side while yours had it on the drivers. Get an earlier model rad.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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I bought a rad for my 1985 325e from:

K & H Radiator Shop
(416) 266-7777

Don't buy used, just not worth it. Its going to end up failing when you least want it. The manual rads are the same as the auto when you buy new, you just keep the auto fluid cooler cover caps on.

I think the rad new was $170?
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:45 PM   #4
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what about Mishimoto rads? will they fit in my early model e30?
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:59 PM   #5
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what about Mishimoto rads? will they fit in my early model e30?
Mishi what??? Are you looking on ebay?

Dude, go down to the local rad shop and pick yourself up a new, quality rad you can trust. If you ever have problems they will always be there. Trust me I speak from experience, and HATE doing a job a second time when I didn't need to.

There are just some things not worth cheaping out on, like water pumps, timing belts, fuel pumps and rads. Buy the good stuff ONCE and never have to worry about it again.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:16 PM   #6
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http://www.mishimoto.com/bmw-e30-per...tor-82-91.html

Charlie and the gang at bimmersport told me to look into Mishimoto supposedly these are the best. just wondering if its a direct fit on my early model e30
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:26 PM   #7
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Okay sure... if you have any problem keeping the car cool. Do you?

My experience has been that my M20B27 with a working thermostat and clutch fan has NEVER had any cooling issues. This is racing it in 90F heat at large track and shorter less fast tracks.

I've been in traffic in 95F weather with the same car and my autometer gauge has never read over 190F. 70 water/30 coolant mixture with no additives.
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Old 10-24-2010, 02:00 AM   #8
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I think i should have a used OEM in great condition...

IMO i would not trust a cheap aftermarket rad. Seen too many of them fail in just a few years... a good used OEM one might outlast them at a fraction of the cost....
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Old 10-24-2010, 09:02 AM   #9
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how much for the used OEM rad Fil?
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:37 PM   #10
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I bought a rad off Creeker for 60$ (used). My old one leaked like crazy and now the new rad works perfect and fits the older style OEM plug (driver side).
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Old 10-24-2010, 12:45 PM   #11
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+1 for used OEM over new cheap aftermarket.

That said, I have a Mishimoto ready to go in this winter. And yes, I do need the extra cooling.
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