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Old 01-03-2021, 06:20 PM
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Water pump alternatives

Hi - I have a 2007 BMW X5 3.0 with 4 zone climate control. My water pump just went bad and I need to replace it. It seems like the only one they have for our cars with 4 zone climate control is the genuine Bmw one which is like 500 bucks. Are there any alternatives or do I have to bite the bullet and pay for the genuine one ? I couldn’t find anything other than the original one on websites such as fcp, Turner etc


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Old 01-03-2021, 11:21 PM
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Considering just how important the water pump/ thermostat are to the engine and how prone to failure the OE parts are why look for inferior makes? A good friend has a saying: "Everybody always has enough money to do it right the second time."
I admit to being a price shopper but have learned the lesson that buying the cheap part, fitting it and having to redo the whole thing again when it fails is always more expensive than just buying the more expensive part in the first place.
FCP offer a lifetime warranty and you know if you keep the car it will, most likely, fail again. They pay for the replacement part. Save yourself the cost of cheap part then more expensive part and do it right the first time.
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I had to replace a similar pump on client's n52 TWICE. don't buy a knock off but OEM from fcpeuro wasn't terrible. The second replacement was OEM and I bought the thermostat at the same time.

It's such a beast to install I was very happy we found a neighborhood mechanic to do the labor for less than I charged ($250 vs. 300-350)
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Does anyone know if Pierburg makes these for BMW?

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I believe VDO makes the OE.
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I believe VDO makes the OE.
No personal experience with it, but all the pictures I've seen of it show Continental on the side.

AutohausAZ seems to have the best price on this ATM @ $480. But if keeping the vehicle I'd buy it at FCP for sure @ $527. Shame someone else doesn't make a quality replacement. Pierburg was the OE supplier for the majority of N52 pumps (not just X5 chassis) if I recall.
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No personal experience with it, but all the pictures I've seen of it show Continental on the side.

AutohausAZ seems to have the best price on this ATM @ $480. But if keeping the vehicle I'd buy it at FCP for sure @ $527. Shame someone else doesn't make a quality replacement. Pierburg was the OE supplier for the majority of N52 pumps (not just X5 chassis) if I recall.

Agreed. Fortunately for cars that don’t have 4 zone climate control can get the one made by Pierburg for half the price. We re stuck with buying the original “BMW” one for around 500.


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Do these new water pumps last any longer than what came with a new car? Water pump on my 09 X5 3.0i failed at 72k miles. Good thing it was less than a mile away from my house and I was able to limp home. Now with 124k I am starting to think about that water pump again :/ In the winter I go skiing in Sierra Nevada, and I keep thinking about the water pump every time I drive my X5 up the mountains. Should I preemptively replace it again?
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Do these new water pumps last any longer than what came with a new car? Water pump on my 09 X5 3.0i failed at 72k miles. Good thing it was less than a mile away from my house and I was able to limp home. Now with 124k I am starting to think about that water pump again :/ In the winter I go skiing in Sierra Nevada, and I keep thinking about the water pump every time I drive my X5 up the mountains. Should I preemptively replace it again?

From my understanding, these pumps last about 80k to 100k miles but have failed prematurely before too. Sounds like you’ve only driven about 55k so probably have another 15 to 20k left before you get in the danger zone.


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My customer had his fail on his N52 motor at about 125 and 145 k miles. The second was OEM from fcpeuro with lifetime warranty. The first was crazy cheaper like $140 from Amazon but lasted 13 months one more than warranty. Get OEM, get lifetime warranty. If I had N52 I would preemptive purchase the pump by about 110k miles and keep in the trunk.
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