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#1 2017-01-03 20:35:21

tinman
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From: Easton, PA
Registered: 2010-10-11
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Radiator failed

So it finally happened to me.  The car stranded me on the side of the road after having spewed the entire amount of coolant all over the place.  Mechanic says that the radiator cracked.  What's the word nowadays?  I knew early on that I should look for a Mishi radiator when I started hearing of these issues before I even bought one, but it didn't fail on my first one or for years on this one.  But now, I'm reading more and more that the Mishimoto quality has gone down hill.  So what's the recommendation?  Originally I was going to go all Mishi (radiator, tubing. clamps, cap, and thermostat).  Help steer me in the right way if there's a better path.  (My car is running simple stage 2 with no plans of going any bigger.)

L8

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#2 2017-01-03 20:46:47

krazykarguy
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From: South Carolina
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Re: Radiator failed

Cheap $125 aluminum eBay radiator was leak free with 70k of use on my car when I sold it.


2005 Aero 5MT
2014 Ford Mustang GT Premium 6MT - Sterling Gray Metallic

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#3 2017-01-03 21:14:20

countriccati
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From: Boston
Registered: 2015-02-18
User Number: 28345
Posts: 185

Re: Radiator failed

Have heard good things on Koyorad aluminum rads. Most likely will be the one for me whenever mine goes.


me and my aero

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#4 2017-01-03 21:45:10

itsnotmeitsyou
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From: San Antonio, Texas
Registered: 2011-07-31
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Re: Radiator failed

Running Koyo no prob since 2009.


2005 Saab 9-2x Aero:  More than you've had done to your car.
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#5 2017-01-04 06:55:02

snowphun
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From: Central CT
Registered: 2005-11-09
User Number: 890
Posts: 220

Re: Radiator failed

Koyorad in my recent build, nice quality.

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#6 2017-01-27 15:53:32

crisco
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From: skyline dr, va
Registered: 2006-12-26
User Number: 1721
Posts: 677

Re: Radiator failed

What price range are the koyos?


2 many saabarus

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#7 2017-01-28 15:14:57

sohlman
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From: Sacramento, CA
Registered: 2013-10-29
User Number: 11977
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Re: Radiator failed

Yeah I've heard good things about koyos. Every good shop I've talked to says Mishimotos are a nightmare.


06' Silver Aero 5MT - Cobb Turboback, Stage II  93 octane tune, ST coilovers (KW Variant1s), Cobb short shifter, 22mm front and 24mm rear whiteline sways and endlinks, engine rebuild (Manley forged rods and pistons)
White 2015 WRX - Whiteline rear swaybar, Perrin brass shifter bushing, Cobb J pipe, Cobb Accessport, custom buzzard damage

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#8 2017-01-28 15:23:28

dotmaster206
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From: Denver, CO
Registered: 2012-03-10
User Number: 7123
Posts: 1950

Re: Radiator failed

arrow-up ?? I have a Mishimoto...it seems to be of excellent quality.

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#9 2017-01-29 04:05:41

SaabaruRed
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From: Dillon, CO
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Re: Radiator failed

My girls has a Mish in her turbo Baja and I don't see any problems with it.


2006 Aero, Brilliant Red, 49k miles bought, 5MT.

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#10 2017-01-29 14:45:37

sohlman
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Re: Radiator failed

I had one in my Aero and had constant issues with the terrible plastic mishimoto radiator cap it came with. My shop ended up forcing a Subaru cap on as a replacement. I've also heard of issues with welds and efficiency. The two shops I mentioned previously both run race teams (rally America and global time attack) so I'll take their word for it. Both mentioned issues with the welds and efficiency.


06' Silver Aero 5MT - Cobb Turboback, Stage II  93 octane tune, ST coilovers (KW Variant1s), Cobb short shifter, 22mm front and 24mm rear whiteline sways and endlinks, engine rebuild (Manley forged rods and pistons)
White 2015 WRX - Whiteline rear swaybar, Perrin brass shifter bushing, Cobb J pipe, Cobb Accessport, custom buzzard damage

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