The cooling system may be the E36's biggest letdown. Many plastic components in the system were not manufactured for longevity, especially when used in racing/track environments. Two areas of the stock radiator that are prone to failure are the plastic end-tanks and the plastic necks for the upper and lower hoses. The plastic will become brittle and crack. The solution is to use more durable materials such as aluminum or composites. This all aluminum radiator sourced from Asia, is an economic alternative to the premium pieces from PWR and Fluidyne while still addressing the stock radiator's plastic shortcomings. We have tried this radiator in some of our E36 track cars and found it fits like the stock OEM using the original mounting hardware and ability to use the stock shroud. It's the same thickness and surface area as the original radiator so there won't be any change in coolant volume and we don't expect it to lower coolant temps. But if you're installing the OEM plastic version over and over, this may be the perfect alternative at a low cost.
Note: this radiator does not have the tabs for fitting the factory Euro oil cooler
This item fits the following BMWs:
1992-1999 E36 BMW 323is 323ic 325i 325is 325ic 328i 328is 328ic M3
4 x 15 x 33
Price: $189.95 (USD)
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