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2001Silver330CI 02-04-2020 10:44 AM

BMW Coolant - Any Other Brands?
 
Are there any other brands of coolant that we can use in the e46 beside the blue BMW coolant? Maybe this one?

VALVOLINE™ ZEREX™ G-05™ ANTIFREEZE / COOLANT
https://www.valvoline.com/our-produc...freeze-coolant

bonestockE36 02-04-2020 11:06 AM

I use G-05. G-48 is probably a better substitute. Whether or not the very slight difference in additives matters, I don't know.

jmo69 02-04-2020 11:53 AM

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Originally Posted by bonestockE36 (Post 18712611)
I use G-05. G-48 is probably a better substitute. Whether or not the very slight difference in additives matters, I don't know.

I'm pretty sure the G-48 is blue too, saves getting flamed if you post pics of your cooling system. I have a local indie that carrys the BMW at a fair price.

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LeverThis 02-04-2020 12:20 PM

A couple of the nearby BMW dealers sell a gallon of coolant concentrate for about $25. Total cost with sales tax and a gallon of distilled water is $30 or less, or about $15 per gallon ... basically same cost as the aftermarket coolants.

Spannerhead 02-04-2020 12:46 PM

Zerex, Peak, Prestone, etc...

riverwolf 02-04-2020 12:49 PM

Not sure if you're asking due to availability or cost.

Pentosin Pentofrost NF appears to be the OEM form of BMW coolant. Available in concentrate form at Advanced Auto, at least here in NC.

2001Silver330CI 02-07-2020 01:45 PM

Riverwolf....The BMW store is about 25 minutes away and I have a small leak in the cooling system so I may have to pick some up ASAP. Looks like my Advance Auto Parts store carries it too. Thanks

Pentosin Pentofrost NF Antifreeze with silicates - $14.99
https://shop.advanceautoparts.com/p/...entofrost%20NF

cvx5832 02-07-2020 02:36 PM

I use the 50/50 stuff from Prestone. Possible side effect: Some E46Fanatics members may have an anurism.

2001Silver330CI 02-07-2020 03:15 PM

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Originally Posted by cvx5832 (Post 18714827)
I use the 50/50 stuff from Prestone. Possible side effect: Some E46Fanatics members may have an anurism.

Is that the green stuff? Hope you didn't mix the blue and green to get purple! ;-)

orb 02-07-2020 05:18 PM

I thought Zerex G05 was the OEM coolant?

TerraPhantm 02-07-2020 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by orb (Post 18714965)
I thought Zerex G05 was the OEM coolant?

G48. Relatively rare to find on shelves.

BMW does make a green coolant now which apparently can be mixed with the blue. https://www.newtis.info/tisv2/a/en/e...ing/1VndAEbNUP

BullCityBimmer 02-07-2020 05:52 PM

Rowe

dmax 02-07-2020 06:34 PM

I'm reporting you to the authorities for even asking. :) BMW coolant isn't expensive--you use a gallon every three years.

Just mix with distilled.

SaberLily 02-07-2020 07:04 PM

Toyota Red - my preference for everything

Any good quality non-silicate, non-DEXCOOL coolant can be used.

Jackson42 02-08-2020 06:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by riverwolf (Post 18712689)
Not sure if you're asking due to availability or cost.

Pentosin Pentofrost NF appears to be the OEM form of BMW coolant. Available in concentrate form at Advanced Auto, at least here in NC.

+1 on Pentofrost NF. Been using it forever; never had a problem.

wasp9166 02-08-2020 06:56 AM

i use g-05

LeverThis 02-08-2020 11:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Jackson42 (Post 18715195)
+1 on Pentofrost NF. Been using it forever; never had a problem.

The Pentosin looks like its the same as the bmw coolant but it's very expensive if you buy the small 1.5 liter bottles for about $15 each.

Dogthebountyhunter 02-09-2020 01:39 AM

I used to only use blue pentosin, but I realized I change my coolant at least one every 6 months so there is no point. Now it's all autozone green for $14. As long as you don't use Dex cool I think your good

swordsman11868 02-09-2020 01:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cvx5832 (Post 18714827)
I use the 50/50 stuff from Prestone. Possible side effect: Some E46Fanatics members may have an anurism.



Aneurism achieved.

docnabimmer 02-09-2020 02:32 AM

"Aneurysm" and I don't even want to say that I use Supertech phosphate free ...." Myocardial infarction" will be next


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