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Old 03-16-2014, 11:30 PM
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Fear the seam: OEM-style radiators can fail

I bought my OEM-style radiator for $130 after the original logged 130,000 miles and 10 reliable years. "What could go wrong?" was my thinking. Today, my friend Sterling and I looked at the radiator build up moisture along the seam of the radiator after roughly 1 month of being installed (by us) on my Jeep.



Unbelievable! I saved my receipt - this particular radiator that I purchased at Autozone comes with a limited lifetime warranty, which offers peace of mind. But, had I been traveling in the deserts of Baja California, what would my option have been? Superglue??

Word of advice - keep your receipts and super glue handy...
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You said "style" and "Autozone".... That's what could go wrong....

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Old 03-17-2014, 11:24 AM   #3
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"OEM Style" is not same as OEM or OEM quality. To me, regardless of their misleading "lifetime" warranty, Autozone sells poor quality junk. I say their lifetime warranty is misleading because such a warranty normally implies a quality product. Not so with Autozone's shoddy store brand products which would give me anything but peace of mind... especially when out in the desert.
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I'll run this junk until I have the real money to throw down on a serious radiator. Too bad I'm chasing good money after bad. $130 down the toilet.
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I've had a pos drake and griffen in AK. Best radiator I got and cheap is my napa. Aluminum clamped to plastic cores. Still going strong. Has auto trans ports regardless of trans but nothing goes thru them so no worries less than half the cost of bs upgrades.
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I'll run this junk until I have the real money to throw down on a serious radiator. Too bad I'm chasing good money after bad. $130 down the toilet.
Not to point out the obvious, but 10 years and 130,000 miles out of part is not insignificant.
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My original factory lasted 90,000 so I purchased another original factory from the dealer with the hope of another trouble free 90,000 miles. The true OEM original equipment come from the Manufacture of the vehicle. Some parts just need to come from the dealer or you just ask for problems; i.e. throttle position sensors.
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Glad I've got 252k+ on mine with no trouble...

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