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#3318186 - 03/20/14 04:04 PM what radiator choices exist?
edwardh1 Offline

Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 1964
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
SAy for a maxima, totota camry or a 98 buick, are thay all the same, never hear about radiators or are they all "a chinese brand" and us brands left?

Edited by edwardh1 (03/20/14 04:04 PM)

#3318199 - 03/20/14 04:11 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
Chris142 Offline

Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 12988
Loc: apple valley, ca
Pretty much all come from the same factory in China. CSF does make some in Indonesia. SPI makes some in Canada but not all. I have not sold a Made in USA Radiator in many years.

Eskimo,modine etc are gone forever.
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#3318236 - 03/20/14 05:00 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
zzyzzx Offline

Registered: 05/18/12
Posts: 2604
Loc: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
I recommend the Spectra Premium (Autozone) as being better than the Advance Auto parts radiators (various bottom of the barrel brands).

#3318303 - 03/20/14 06:31 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
Burny Offline

Registered: 10/20/05
Posts: 74
Loc: Chesapeake
spectra off amazon

#3318353 - 03/20/14 07:20 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
Nayov Offline

Registered: 08/01/09
Posts: 813
Loc: ME
Denso. Made in Indonesia for my Frontier. Surprised and relieved that in wasn't made in China. Dirt cheap ($107) from Amazon.

#3318452 - 03/20/14 08:42 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
asand1 Offline

Registered: 12/16/12
Posts: 1234
Loc: Oregon coast
Koyorad or Koyo Radiator is what I have, and is highly regarded at

It is a japanese company with factories in China. quality control is very good from what I here. Packaging is excellent and my radiator was top quality. I paid ~$110 shipped.
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#3318470 - 03/20/14 09:03 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
01rangerxl Offline

Registered: 04/08/06
Posts: 8387
Loc: Birmingham, AL
I have been running a Spectra Premium I got through Napa for a year now. My part number was made in Canada.

So far no issues at all. I have been very pleased with it.

A big plus was true drop in installation. No Mickey Mouse stuff to make it was a direct drop in fit with no adapters or anything needed...I don't remember there being any in the box either. Basically aside from the brand markings on the plastic tanks, it looked like the OE rad. You cannot tell just by looking at it installed in the truck that it is not OE.

OE was Visteon/Johnson Controls (had both brands on it). It cracked due to lingering stress damage from a wreck 3 years prior to failure.
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#3318533 - 03/20/14 10:05 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
artificialist Offline

Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 7616
Loc: Florida
Japanese cars usually take a Denso, Koyo, or Calsonic, and no matter where they were made, they would always develop a crack in the top end tank. Cheap radiators from parts stores don't correct that weakness.

I have far fewer experiences with replacement radiators in American cars. That is because their radiators are built better. Visteon would be best from what I have seen.
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#3318534 - 03/20/14 10:05 PM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: Chris142]
Kruse Offline

Registered: 10/05/05
Posts: 3434
Loc: Kansas
Originally Posted By: Chris142
,modine etc are gone forever.

I've still got a 10 year old American-made Modine radiator in my shop for an Aerostar that never got installed. They were somewhat expensive, but a very good radiator. I <THINK> they now make coils for the HVAC world. That way they can charge $2K for a coil instead of $200. Go figure.

Edited by Kruse (03/20/14 10:10 PM)

#3318942 - 03/21/14 11:31 AM Re: what radiator choices exist? [Re: edwardh1]
cptbarkey Offline

Registered: 02/27/12
Posts: 2051
Loc: texas
i've picked up 50-60 dollar radiators on ebay. at that price, i dont care if it dies in 4-5 years.