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    Overheated causing 3 other problems

    My Mobile Mech replaced a busted upper radiator hose (was basically falling off the low side)

    Still overheated, OMG.... now he says its also the coolant reservoir tank and the electric cooling fan.

    Are these ok to buy used here or... maybe I should just get new ones right?

    He quoted me "around $300" which is probably pretty fair? (didn't think his charging me $100 for the hose replace was fair though, not sure why he charged so much when he admitted it was like 30 min... FYI he charged $90 to replace my right front window regulator which took over an hour (even though he actually did a crappy job on that one))


    And besides FCPEuro, what was the other online shop that was great?

    Will anyone here use like Advanced Auto Parts? I got the hose quickly from there, sure that wasn't a big deal.....
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    Why are you paying someone to replace a window regulator when you can easily do this yourself??? When replacing critical parts in the engine bay go with OEM parts. DON'T CHEAP OUT on your car or you will end up with more unwanted issues...

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    Why are you using that same guy that is doing a crappy job on all your stuff so far to fix a CRITICAL part of your car? lol

    Yeah, just buy it from online sites. Shop around if you don't need the lifetime warranty from FCP euro. Everything costs a bit more there to factor in the warranty. You can buy used stuff, but for the cooling system, I wouldn't lol Either get aftermarket that is better than OE or just go OEM.

    Just DIY cooling system overhaul. You can do it. It's not that hard.

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    Go brand new OE on the expansion tank but you can probably get away with a used fan if it was known good when it was pulled.

    I do not buy parts from Advance as a lot of their parts are of mediocre quality.

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    You need to consider the mechanic's diagnostic or exam time/fee. Yes, it should be easy to replace an upper radiator hose, but finding the weak link in a cooling system can take a bit more digging. You should consider buying cooling system parts from FCP if you plan on keeping the car for a few years - it's the car's Achilles heel!

    How did he do a crappy job replacing the window regulator? Did he damage something? Is your vapor barrier securely fastened so you don't end up with a foot well full of water the next time it rains?
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    I would do an entire cooling system refresh unless you want to go back and replace other parts in the near future.


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    https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/33...electric%20fan

    Is it the 10, 12 or 16 inch?

    And should I order the kit for $12 just to be safe
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dathaeus View Post
    https://www.fcpeuro.com/BMW-parts/33...electric%20fan

    Is it the 10, 12 or 16 inch?

    And should I order the kit for $12 just to be safe
    None of those; those are all aftermarket.

    According to FCP, this is the OEM one:
    https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...rt-17117561757


    You could probably use the aftermarket ones, but I'm a plug & play kinda guy myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by az3579 View Post
    None of those; those are all aftermarket.

    According to FCP, this is the OEM one:
    https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...rt-17117561757


    You could probably use the aftermarket ones, but I'm a plug & play kinda guy myself.
    Sweet thanks, you da man

    I assume it's only one size there unless I'm missing something right

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    Rear: 255/40ZR-17 Hankook Ventus V12 evo2 XL
    [ Staggered on square (17x8.5 +38) ]

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dathaeus View Post
    Sweet thanks, you da man

    I assume it's only one size there unless I'm missing something right

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    Don't forget to transfer the AUC module that sits on the fan shroud mounting as the new one doesn't come with one. It's the one the right-side arrow is pointing to (stole this pic from rmeuropean).

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