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Replacement Radiator #4704504
03/23/18 06:29 PM
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Ndx Offline OP
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Hi Guys,

Another car another issue ... my BMW needs a new radiator ... leaking from the plastic side.

Brands to chose:

BEHR - currently installed 80k km only on it. should I get another one ??
TYC
ADI/PRO
OSC
DENSO
CSF
HELLA/BEHR
NISSENS

THX

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704507
03/23/18 06:30 PM
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My Behr radiators all last 30 years and >200k miles. Surprised yours did so poorly... COO?

Is the Hella one a relabeled Behr?

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: JHZR2] #4704509
03/23/18 06:32 PM
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Originally Posted By: JHZR2
My Behr radiators all last 30 years and >200k miles. Surprised yours did so poorly... COO?

30+ years ago, BMW cooling systems were fine. The ones made in the last 20 years don't last anywhere as long. Cooling systems are actually a weak spot in most/all newer BMWs. Not surprising at all.


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Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: JHZR2] #4704512
03/23/18 06:34 PM
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Behr was OE but the Hella Behr was and AFAIK still service grade. The HB are pretty good though I cant remember ever having trouble with them. COO varies although none are USA or German from the ones I have got.


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Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704526
03/23/18 06:44 PM
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Any OEM ones? I'd go that route. Maybe Behr branded and what Behr supplied BMW is a different spec?


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Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704567
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I guess I could go OEM but not sure if its worth 3x the price.

I'm thinking giving a try DENSO seems like reputable name ...

or found another one NRF B.V. Radiator

Last edited by Ndx; 03/23/18 07:24 PM.
Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704582
03/23/18 07:26 PM
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Nissens are usually good for BMWs also. I have had good luck with theirs for my E30 and E90. Both were made in Europe.

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704619
03/23/18 07:54 PM
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Thx, I like Nissen too thank you for recommendation reviews online are good as well.

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704678
03/23/18 08:43 PM
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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The land of USA-made Subies!
I've had good luck with Denso. Original was made in Japan, replacement was made in Michigan. I'm happy so far with mine.

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: SubieRubyRoo] #4704689
03/23/18 08:52 PM
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OEM, Nissens, or Denso

Originally Posted By: SubieRubyRoo
I've had good luck with Denso. Original was made in Japan, replacement was made in Michigan. I'm happy so far with mine.


What kind of car was it for where the aftermarket Denso radiator was made in Michigan? All the ones I've seen were made in Taiwan (by their subsidiary Cryomax) or Indonesia

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704702
03/23/18 09:12 PM
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Ndx Offline OP
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The Nissen for my car is made in Slovakia ... smile

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704735
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The land of USA-made Subies!
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The land of USA-made Subies!
Slacktide, Honda Odyssey. Purchased from Amazon.

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704829
03/24/18 01:04 AM
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Hella Behr or Nissens would be my pick for anything European.

Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704882
03/24/18 06:10 AM
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Behr, Nissens or OE.

FCP Euro should carry all 3 with lifetime warranties.

Last edited by dlundblad; 03/24/18 06:10 AM.

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Re: Replacement Radiator [Re: Ndx] #4704924
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Yup ordered Nissens from FCP

Thx guys

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