[DML] Re: Coolant bottle consensus
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[DML] Re: Coolant bottle consensus

Nothing's exact, but wander thru the boneyards looking at 1984-1991 
BMW 3-series (i.e. 325). The 5- series probably uses something 
similar. They use a more square-off plastic bottle, mounted on the 
drivers side of the engine compartment above the fender. There will 
be a level sender in the bottle. It is NOT a bolt-on replacement, you 
will have to adapt hose size and mounting. If I recall correctly the 
hose attaches at the bottom of the bottle rather than one end. Make 
sure you get the electrical plug for the sender i.e. cut it off the 
donor car. 

Once you figure out the fit, you can get a brand new one from the 
dealer or likely from Bavarian Auto. Probably for about the cost of a 
stainless DMC bottle. 

As for your original question  - I have several original (very used) 
plastic DMC water bottles laying around from metal conversions, none 
of which I'd trust on a car that I was driving farther than the local 
K-Mart. They hold water, at least they did when removed from the car. 
What's it worth to you? 

PS - Doesn't your 928S have a similar bottle on it? 

Dave Swingle

--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "Ed B." <mr.pants@...> wrote:
> Hi all...  While I'm on my quest for a replacement coolant bottle:
> What is the consensus on the metal coolant bottles when it comes to 
> stainless-steel vs. aluminum?  I seem to recall posts about the 
> stainless-steel ones causing "problems" with the coolant?  What 
> these problems be?  Or am I mistaken in my recollection...?  Or 
does it 
> really matter?
> I also was thinking of using a pressurized bottle with a level 
> something from another car, but similar in size/shape/volume.  
> on the list a while back mentioned one from a late 1980's BMW would 
> as a replacement for the stock DeLorean coolant bottle.  Can 
> verify this with a specific BMW model number?  It would be a nice 
> project to use this & add a level sensor light somewhere in the 
dash if 
> possible -- and the price is right if I go to my local wrecker's.  
> having a hard time wrapping my head around spending about $200 CDN 
> (after shipping & exchange) just for a coolant bottle - even if it 
> all flashy-stainless-steel-looking, sitting in the engine bay where 
> nobody will see it...
> - ed
> -- 
> 1982 DMC-12 [11594]
> 1986.5 928S
> 1990 Coupe Quattro 20V

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