Coolant Loss Due to Leak from Expansion Tank on BMW 325i

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.

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Average mileage: 108,442 (11,000–200,000)
6 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006
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2004 BMW 325i127,000
Coolant Loss Due to Leak from Expansion Tank
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Coolant warning sign on. thermostat ok in the middle range, but overheated in the engine.
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2003 BMW 325i113,000
Coolant reserve tank is cracked. Replace once and within 6 mos happened again
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2003 BMW 325i121,000
Had a low coolant light on when starting shut it off had low coolant.put some water in temporally was leaking out as soon as I filled it took to Midas they replaced tank did a flush and new coolant for 345.00. The crack was right down the middle of tank hard to see till tank was removed
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2006 BMW 325i90,000
overheating, already changed t*stat, radiator fan sensor , and temperture sensor
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2004 BMW 325i104,000
justbought vehicle 2 monyhs ago......as temperature stated to rise in Houston...car started to run low on Coolant...have to replace weekly..
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2003 BMW 325i93,000
The coolant would leak when the car sat idle in a parking lot or at home in the garage. I filled coolant and it would leak right after I drove the car. The coolant low sign in orange would show on the dashboard. Initially I though my battery fluid was low or the batter alternator was not charging my battery. But soon I found the issue. So I had to change the coolant bucket as that was leaking the coolant slowly.
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2001 BMW 325i93,000
I just bought me a really nice 2001 BMW 325I, well I had it for one day and than it started to overheat. I didn't know why it was overheating, and didn't realize that the coolant is low. By the time i was able to add the coolant in it, it was too late. My car was damaged and damaged bad. Well the car broke down basically, it wouldn't start. So I had to get a tow and towed it to my mechanic. The story is BLOW GASKET, HEAD GASKET CRACKED, all because of a simple problem. So sad, repairs costly, est round 3k!!!!
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2002 BMW 325i80,000
Needed a new expansion pump and hose.
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2006 BMW 325i69,000
Running hot due to leaky coolant extention tank. Replaced it only to find out the real problem that caused the car to run hot in the first place was the thermostat and water pump were malfunctioning. After replacing all three and a $1200 repair bill, it's now running fine.
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Tank cracked leaking coolant. Replaced
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cooling system fails, continually runs hot, even after thermostat replacement
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Water pump fail followed by coolant reservoir fail.
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Car overheated without warning with white smoke coming out of the tail pipe. Replaced water pump, thermostat, upper and lower radiator hoses, fan switch and problem still not completely resolved. Coolant sensor disintegrated in expansion tank.
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2005 BMW 325i85,000
Stopped at the store on a long distance drive. When started car, temp gauge started normal, then went immediately to red. Under hood there is a light mist of water spray, location unknown. Let the car cool down, drove one mile before temp gauge back in red. Had car towed to repair shop. Needs new expansion tank and rollers. No further damage found.
There's a huge hole in the radiator I'm able to buy the part from napas but I need someone to install it
I have replaced this
The crack in my expansion tank was a low trickle so I only needed to top it off every so often. The main issue that ended up dumping away all my coolant and leaving me at the side of the road was that the O-rings on the coolant expansion tank failed.
2002 BMW 325i70,000
Radiator overheated, lost coolat, engine piston rings shrank. About $13,000 repairs so I'm buying a new car.
2004 BMW 325i160,000
expansion tank ruptured, sprayed water into alternator, this happend about 10 minutes after I had shut off ingnitioin. Car did not run hot. Replaced expansion tank, and alternator
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