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2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator #4603955
12/14/17 11:01 PM
12/14/17 11:01 PM
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Phishin Offline OP
Phishin  Offline OP
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I can get a good deal on this SUV. It has 112k miles on it. But these cars have a known problem with a leak in the radiator causing the ATF and antifreeze coolant to mix, thus destroying the tranny.

Many folks just perform a bypass of the radiator, but as preventative maintenance, I figured I'd change the radiator, hoses, clamps, and coolant.

Can anyone recommend a great aftermarket radiator?? In the past, buying replacements has always been hit and miss.

Are Griffith radiators highly regarded here? A quick search of some forums, I've seen them mentioned. But I hear they can be pricey.


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Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4603962
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maxdustington Offline
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Mishimoto

If you are that concerned, change the rad, leave everything else and spend the money
on a new trans cooler. It's not 1985 anymore and hoses can last the life of the car.


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Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4603965
12/14/17 11:11 PM
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I would stick with OEM. I don't have specific Nissan experience but with my Liberty, I had a shop put an aftermarket one about 4 years ago, and it's beginning to weep now. Putting an OEM one in. It isn't even the in-radiator tranny cooler type, I wouldn't trust Chinese stuff to keep those separate.


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Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4603979
12/14/17 11:28 PM
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The OEM p/n for this product is 21460-9CAOE and costs nearly $500. If I were in your shoes I'd go to RockAuto and get a Denso replacement for about $97.

The only problem I've had with Denso radiators is that once I had one that was slightly dented when I received it.


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Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4603989
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OEM only. There's a reason aftermarket parts are cheap,you get what you pay for. Go online and find a wholesale Nissan OEM parts source.


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Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4604042
12/15/17 01:50 AM
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I've had issues buying OEM radiators. They end up stuck in a warehouse and by the time you use them the seals under the caps fail. The one I installed on my Hyundai lasted approximately 1 day before leaking worse than the one it replaced.

Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4604070
12/15/17 04:18 AM
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Aftermarket Denso.

One way or another, get rid of that trans oil going into the radiator.


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Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4604120
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I don't know what the "best' aftermarket radiator is. That said, having replaced an 01 Civic radiator a few years ago I first looked at Rock Auto options. TYC was a heart/most popular choice. I got it through Amazon, faster delivery for close to same price. It turned out to be a Koyorad, fit perfectly and has worked fine.

Anyway, looks like TYC and Denso are RA heart choices for the Xterra. I'd likely pay the ~$9 difference and go Denso for the name. Before buying, check Amazon price for same as RA Denso part #.

Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4604695
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Denso radiators are good. Their aftermarket radiators are made in Taiwan by their subsidiary Cryomax.

Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin] #4604699
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UncleDave Offline
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Try Ron Davis.

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