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      03-27-2013, 11:17 AM   #1
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Coolant

Hey guys,

First time putting Coolant into the Z, wondering if it has to the be the BMW brand?

Anyone know of a 3rd party brand that could work?

Thanks in advance!

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      03-27-2013, 11:18 AM   #2
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Always, always use BMW branded with distilled water.
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^ agreed with the above statement. BMW coolant is a concentrate so you'll have to dilute it 50/50. Here in Newport Beach CA its about $26 per bottle. If you went to Walmart a 50/50 mix of Prestone is about $13...pricing-wise its almost the same price so go with the good BMW stuff hope this helps!
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The BMW coolant is blue, FYI.. Since the OEM coolant is pretty reasonably priced, makes a lot of sense to just get the BMW stuff.
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Pentosin makes BMW's coolant, you can buy Pentosin blue at most autoparts stores. Pentosin red is for Audi/VW, don't buy that. Look on Pentosin's website for the part number, its G something (maybe G13?)

I think its only a dollar or two cheaper but its a lot easier for me to get than going to BMW or putting in a web order just for one item.
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Cool. Thanks guys. BMW is to far from my house, so I just ordered it from Bavauto.com.

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Question.

How many bottles do I need? also, what do you guys use to mix with water? just a random bottle container?
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If the radiator & engine block are empty, it takes 2 gallons to fill. So, 1 Gallon of BMW coolant and 1 gallon of distilled water should be good. Make sure you use distilled water to avoid introducing minerals into the cooling system.
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Question.

How many bottles do I need? also, what do you guys use to mix with water? just a random bottle container?
Nothing special is needed, maybe an old (washed out) milk jug would be convenient because you just fill them half/half, then if you have any left over you'll have it in a convenient container already.
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