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#4603955 - 12/14/17 10:01 PM 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator
Phishin Offline

Registered: 05/01/12
Posts: 2430
Loc: Indiana
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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#4603962 - 12/14/17 10:09 PM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
maxdustington Offline

Registered: 01/21/17
Posts: 683
Loc: Toronna

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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#4603965 - 12/14/17 10:11 PM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
HoosierJeeper Offline

Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
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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#4603979 - 12/14/17 10:28 PM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
FowVay Offline

Registered: 06/02/02
Posts: 2679
Loc: Southeastern USA
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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#4603989 - 12/14/17 10:51 PM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
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Registered: 12/30/06
Posts: 18181
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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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#4604042 - 12/15/17 12:50 AM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
boom10ful Offline

Registered: 01/17/17
Posts: 128
Loc: California
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.

#4604070 - 12/15/17 03:18 AM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
DoubleWasp Offline

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Loc: Fort Lauderdale, FL
Aftermarket Denso.

One way or another, get rid of that trans oil going into the radiator.
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#4604120 - 12/15/17 06:52 AM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
Sayjac Offline

Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 12273
Loc: The Old North State
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 #.

#4604695 - 12/15/17 04:30 PM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
slacktide_bitog Online   content

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6178
Loc: USA
Denso radiators are good. Their aftermarket radiators are made in Taiwan by their subsidiary Cryomax.

#4604699 - 12/15/17 04:38 PM Re: 2006 Nissan Xterra: Best Aftermarket Radiator [Re: Phishin]
UncleDave Offline

Registered: 06/02/14
Posts: 1646
Loc: Ca.
Try Ron Davis.

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