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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
112,000 miles

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1998 BMW 528 cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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1998 BMW 528 Owner Comments

problem #1

May 042005

528 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • 112,000 miles


Driving on entrance ramp to the freeway at about 10mph and saw white smoke coming from the driver's side of the hood. Pulled over and inspected coolant system and found that the neck had broken off the radiator(common problem with E39) allowing coolant to spray into the engine compartment. I was lucky that I was travelling slowly and was able to pull over rapidly before car overheated. Could have caused a dangerous situation if it had occured at highway speeds. Car was towed to mechanic, who replaced old radiator with an aftermarket brand that is more robust than BMW rad. I was not comfortable using a BMW radiator due to their cheap and flawed design.

- Bloomfield, NJ, USA

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