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radiator replacement

Posted: Fri Mar 08, 2019 5:01 pm
by kennygs72
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

Re: radiator replacement

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:35 am
by smwalker
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?

Re: radiator replacement

Posted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 7:58 am
by SSpeedracer
I bought a spectra for $200. The ACDelco was $400-500. Absurd.

Re: radiator replacement

Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2019 2:24 pm
by kennygs72
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?

Re: radiator replacement

Posted: Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:46 am
by smwalker
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.