2001 BMW X5 is leaking coolant and the indicator is reading "check coolant level" where might it be leaking from and will this be expensive to repair?
A ten year old European car is due for a new plastic radiator, so that is the most likely suspect if it has never been replaced. If that is it, the part is about $250 if you buy it on line, or $400 if you buy it at the dealer or through a mechanic shop, plus a couple hours labor.
Realistically, however, if you plan on keeping the car for a long time, or if you let your wife or daughter drive it, you should seriously consider going through the whole cooling system and replacing all the plastic and rubber parts. (all hoses, expansion tank and cap, thermostat, thermostat cover, perhaps the fan clutch, etc) If you don't, that cooling system will be back in your wallet every year for the next 5 years, and the sum of all the repairs will be a lot more than the total bill if you do it all at once.
I drive my BMWs for a quarter-million miles or more, so I accept replacing all the plastic and rubber parts in the cooling system every decade or so as a normal maintenance item. I buy all my parts on line and put them on myself, so it is really not all that expensive for me.
Use BMW branded coolant when you put it back together. You can buy that on line cheaper than getting it from the dealer.
Jun 01, 2011 |
BMW X5 Cars & Trucks