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Old 09 Jun 2012, 11:55 am
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Default Radiator lifetime - how long did yours last?

Has any consensus emerged as to the average radiator lifetime? I see that the fans seem to last maybe 50-75k, but how about the radiators themselves? I'm changing the fan, torque struts, thermostat, hoses / rubber goods, belt, etc. If the radiator is another high failure item, I'll change it also. For those of you who changed radiators, how many miles did you get?

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Old 09 Jun 2012, 12:13 pm
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i have 240k miles on my car, the wrong coolant in it, and the original radiator still works perfectly. even when it's 97, i have the AC cranked, and i am speeding from redlight to redlight.
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Old 09 Jun 2012, 12:23 pm
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111,000 miles on mine, 2nd fan but OEM radiator. Changed coolant once when it overheated because of the fan.
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Old 09 Jun 2012, 12:36 pm
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Default Re: Radiator lifetime - how long did yours last?

125k and still on the original OEM...

Though the top inlet is starting to get brittle (plastic cap). I will probably replace it before winter just in case. Will most likely get another OEM one, not unless a good inexpensive aluminum one turns up.
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Old 09 Jun 2012, 03:19 pm
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i have 240k miles on my car, the wrong coolant in it, and the original radiator still works perfectly. even when it's 97, i have the AC cranked, and i am speeding from redlight to redlight.
OK, so that makes it pretty clear, and it sounds like good fun. I'll try that for a test when I put it back together... :-)
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Old 09 Jun 2012, 03:54 pm
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Just be careful who might be watching while your doing your speeding from light to light.
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Old 09 Jun 2012, 07:35 pm
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6 years 95k miles. Started leaking at a seam. Original fan now at 120k.
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7 years 100K started leaking at the seam. 03 GT Turbo radiator.
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2002, got 128k before neck started chipping away. Replaced with a quality Koyorad.
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'01 w/ 150k. As far as I know it has the original fans and rad, but I bought the car with 100K so it's possible they were replaced.
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