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Old 04-03-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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My regular mechanic wants $850 to replace my heater core so I decided to get another quote. This mechanic wants $550 to replace the same heater core. Sounds good however, mechanic B is using an aftermarket heater core--which he said is not a rebuilt core just aftermarket.

Mechanic A is using OEM which is more expensive but he does a 2yr warranty and won't do that unless he uses "good" parts. Mechanic B does a 1 yr warranty.

I thought I had read on here that people do not recommend using rebuilt heater cores or junk yard cores because this isn't a job you want to have done twice. Not sure about aftermarket heater cores.

Which direction should I go? I obviously need to save money but not if that is going to cost me twice down the road.

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Old 04-03-2012, 07:49 PM   #2
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How old is the heater core you are replacing?

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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it can't be that hard to get to is it. You should be able to fix it.
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How old is the heater core you are replacing?
I believe it is original 1997.
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Old 04-03-2012, 09:06 PM   #5
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it can't be that hard to get to is it. You should be able to fix it.
Its not the easiest thing to do and with my experience I will most likely break two other things trying to fix the one. Some have said it is one if the worst repairs to do just because of the amount of labor involved.....that is why it is so expensive.
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Old 04-04-2012, 08:46 AM   #6
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If you don't break 2 things fixing 1 other... is it really a repair???
If you take your time, its cake. there is plenty to remove but like I said if you take your time, its not that big of a deal.
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Old 04-04-2012, 01:32 PM   #7
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I'm pretty sure either way you go, OEM or aftermarket, both will outlive their warranty. I'd go with the aftermarket and DIY. Will probably take half a day.

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