Originally Posted by c1apton
Harry (and UBrs) - not to sound like a preacher but... WHENEVER you buy a car used - go through the basic maintenance items from the day you buy the car. Harry you're not cursed, but you assumed it was ok. I trust no-one when it comes to what they say they've done. (except Dudesky - he does DIYs and shows what he's done. Rooz is another good one with his documentation) I don't care if it's a "shit-box daily driver" go through the basic maintenance items - so you KNOW it's been done.
Pull / change the plugs (tune it)
Change the fluids & filters (air, oil & fuel)
check for & fix all leaks
inspect brakes, lights, belts, tires.
Too many people concentrate on the mods and not the basics and then cop an attitude because the car left you stranded.
Harry, the previous owner probably topped off the coolant prior to sale and according to my buds in BMW NA it only takes an extra quart of water or coolant to blow those radiator necks - even a new radiator. Keeping my fingers crossed for you that it didn't cause my damage.
Kip said the radiator was replaced like 2000 miles ago. I would have forced Harry to revamp the cooling system if he did not say so. I am really starting to lean towards the fan delete being a problem. I just recently replaced my radiator, and if it goes before 50k miles, then I know it has to be the fan delete. I am trying to get Harry to grab an aluminum radiator while it's out there, especially if he plans on turbo'ing it later on.