radiator replacement

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kennygs72
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radiator replacement

Post by kennygs72 » Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:01 pm

so my radiator is leaking from the top tank , the upper hose barb is cracked under the hose so I 'm to be replacing it. which one would you buy ?
Spectra? looks a little too cheap to me
Ac Delco? a little pricy
cold case? looks good but only shows fitment for the G8
2008 P71 3:55 Tracloc
2011 Caprice PPV 9C3

smwalker
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Re: radiator replacement

Post by smwalker » Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:35 am

If I remember correctly the GM units come with a lifetime warranty now - although I believe that has to be installed by a GM shop.

If you plan on keeping the car I would go for a GM unit but if you do not mind replacing it a bit more often just go with the cheaper aftermarket unit.

Does it look like that was that your original Radiator? How many miles and years you get out of it?
Steve Walker
Azusa, CA
'11 PPV 9C3 Huron White

SSpeedracer
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Re: radiator replacement

Post by SSpeedracer » Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:58 am

I bought a spectra for $200. The ACDelco was $400-500. Absurd.
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kennygs72
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Re: radiator replacement

Post by kennygs72 » Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:24 pm

my '11 9c3 just turned 81k , it does look like the original one. I agree on the price of the delco unit, that's kinda why I was asking about them. Has no one used the Cold case radiator?
2008 P71 3:55 Tracloc
2011 Caprice PPV 9C3

smwalker
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Re: radiator replacement

Post by smwalker » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:46 am

I know many of the G8 guys have used the cold case. If I remember correctly they were having an issue with the lower hose connector. May have figured it out by now.
Steve Walker
Azusa, CA
'11 PPV 9C3 Huron White

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