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2001 BMW 525IT Radiator / top hose replacement

How much would it cost to replace the radiator & top hose in my 2001 BMW 525IT?

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One place i looked wants 300 u.s. for the rad and about 26 dollars for the top hose

Posted on Feb 26, 2009

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