Problem Description and Possible Solution
An engine coolant leak may develop from the expansion tank resulting in engine overheating. When a cooling system component fails the entire cooling system should be inspected. It is not uncommon to find additional component have failed or are leaking.
Overheating can cause severe engine damage. If the engine begins to overheat it is recommended to stop at the first available location and have your vehicle towed to a repair shop.
Average mileage: 84,843 (43,000–122,000)
16 people reported this problem
Radiator failed due to decomposition and hardening / cracking of its plastic tanks. It was replaced. The coolant expansion tank also began to leak from cracks. This was also replaced. Radiator was $99 and Coolant Tank $38 from RockAuto. Since most plastic parts which are exposed to hot coolant seem to become brittle and can fail, I also replaced the Thermostat Housing ($62), and the Top and Bottom Radiator Hoses, complete with their Plastic End Fittings and Wire Restraining Clips (about $25 ea). I also replaced the Temperature Sensor in the Bottom Hose ($17). I plan to replace the Coolant Level Sensor, as I've been getting false "Check Coolant Level" messages.
The first time I had this problem was just six months ago. I Replaced existing radiator and coolent expansion tank with new units, and now the same problem has reoccurred. I have lost faith in BMW replacement parts!!!