Why must everything with this car be complicated? BMW Coolant Edition.
September 29, 2013 8:27 AM Subscribe
Do I really need to buy the BMW brand coolant like the manual tells me, or is there an equivalent coolant that will work just fine?
posted by zara to grab bag (8 answers total)
Lets start this with I have very, very basic car knowledge, and this is why I turn to you.
Car in question: 2005 BMW 325xi
After wondering what that smell was (always a fun game), I figured out that I have absolutely no coolant in my car (no, the light didn't come on, and the temperature gage wasn't showing it was running hot, thanks super complicated car computer system!) I took it to my local gas station late on Friday night, and the night man asked what coolant it needed.......and we both read the manual four times and all it says is "BMW Coolant." Unhelpful.
The car is now sitting in the garage and will not be moved until it has coolant.
The BMW coolant seems to be much, much more expensive than the Prestone coolant, and I can't figure out if I can just run over to Autozone and pick up the Prestone coolant and call it good, or if I really need to spring for the BMW brand. I've googled all over the place, but all the sites either say "OMG BMW 4EVA YOU WILL RUIN YOUR CAR W OUT" or "Dumbass, its just a brand name, use whatever you want. "
Can someone tell me if the ratios are the same for the BMW coolant and a Prestone, or explain why I really should spring for the BMW one in a simple to understand explanation that doesn't involve "BECAUSE BMW!"?
(PS- and yes, I'll take it to the shop and ask why NO INDICATOR LIGHTS CAME ON. But first, I need to get it there without causing more damage.)