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Old 11-19-2001, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default Radiator failure

I did a search, and drew a blank. So I guess I'm the first WRX owner to report a radiator failure. I had posted earlier (spewing radiator), and the dealership confirmed today that the radiator has split at the seams. It wan't a bad leak, but it is a bad radiator. So a new one will arrive in a little over a week.

I have to say this really is a let down. I know these things can happen, but man! How odd is this? Well, it could have been worse. At least the car didn't suffer a catastrophic muffler bearing failure!
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Old 11-23-2001, 12:31 PM   #2
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Hi Darryl + the rest of the i-Club...

I also had a radiator failure with the same symptoms as yours. I received my WRX on 5/15/01. It took them 4 visits to "diagnose" the radiator as faulty. They replaced every hose and clamp in the engine until I politely asked them to exchange the radiator or the whole car. Guess what...they exchanged the radiator It is too bad that smoeone else had the same problem. -Bill
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Old 11-23-2001, 01:29 PM   #3
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Bill,
Thanks for the reply. As it turns out, my car arrived on the same day as yours, but I did not pick it up until the next day. I wonder if we two are the only ones to have this "affliction" to our cars. I was beginning to think no one else had this problem but me. So far my dealer seems to be very agreeable. There was no time wasted in confirming to me that it was a faulty radiator. I hope the information on how long it would take to replace was accurate. The wife thinks I'm doing very well for not having my REX available to me. All the same I was thinking of checking into a WRX detox center!
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Old 11-24-2001, 01:05 PM   #4
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My radiator is starting to leak a little. Some green fluid is building up around where top plastic piece meets the lower metal piece. Went to parts department to order a radiator. So now I won't have to do a double trip to service department
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Old 11-24-2001, 01:19 PM   #5
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Bobora,
Sorry to hear about your radiator. Good you're being proactive. Is your REX a first, or second allocation car? I wonder how many other REX owners are getting the green fluid. So far we seem to be a very small minority. Here's hoping it stays that way. I also hope that the replacement units are of better build quality. I'd like to consider this a fluke. I've never seen a radiator constructed like this one. It looks as though it were crimped together. I'm on engineer, so I can't say if that's good or bad.

Anyway, good luck to all of us.
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Old 11-24-2001, 10:48 PM   #6
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Hey guys,

The replacement unit is also a calsonic, also crimped. Interesting, Darryl, that our cars seem to have been a part of the same allocation. Bobora...when did you receive your WRX? Hey Darryl, I got to drive two different Neons during my visits to service. Just lucky I guess... It has been two weeks since the radiator was replaced and no problems so far. Hope it all works out for you guys as well. -Bill
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Old 11-25-2001, 10:59 AM   #7
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Bill,
How'd you manange to wind up in Neons? I really shouldn't laugh. They're not bad little cars. What does calsonic mean? As I said, I'm no engineer Good luck with your new radiator! I can't believe I'm still so calm in being without my car. Normally, I'd be anxious to be rowing through the gears again. Ah well. Soon, I hope.
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Old 11-25-2001, 11:03 AM   #8
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Calsonic is the OEM of the radiator.

I haven't heard of this in any other cars, let's hope you guys are the only ones affected.

My new WRX had loose power steering lines, I tightened them myself (after the PS oil dump my old WRX took). That seems to be more common, and also inconvenient.

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Old 11-25-2001, 11:33 AM   #9
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Glenn,
Thanks for the info. "Calsonic". I'd be surprised if we few were the only ones to have this radiator defect, unless the sluggo on th eassembly line felt better after lunch. I'd like to hope that we are the only ones, but my gut instinct is to worry over this car now. I've read of how durable Subies are, and I've certainly looked at enough older, different Subaru models to see how the held up. I also talked to quite a few owners. But this is a new car, and I need to get it back, and get some good trouble-free miles on it before I begin to assume it's like driving (my old) Toyotas.
Still, all in all, it is a driver's car!
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Old 11-26-2001, 12:30 AM   #10
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Darryl
I received my car in late april. I hope my new radiator doesn't have the same symptoms. Can't see it leaking, but it is seeping through the crimp connection! yuck!!! But I'm still very happy with this car.
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Old 11-26-2001, 07:49 AM   #11
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VINs?

Mine is off the first allottment, also purchased in April. Haven't checked to see if I have this radiator problem, but I sure will now.

VIN: 2056
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Old 11-26-2001, 09:04 AM   #12
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Greek guy,
I'm not sure which four digits of your vin you're using. Let me know, and I'll toss mine up here too.
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Old 11-26-2001, 12:33 PM   #13
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last 4 or 5 digits - shows your build number.
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Old 11-26-2001, 02:34 PM   #14
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Geek Guy (I got it right this time! ),
my vin is 5831. I hope that's useful for narrowing things down.
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Old 12-02-2001, 09:14 PM   #15
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same thing just noticed on my car...i'm taking it in tomorrow
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Old 04-24-2002, 02:49 PM   #16
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My car was purchased August 2001.

I noticed green antifreeze leaking out of the top where the plastic meets the aluminum about 2 days after my car was in for service. I thought perhaps the mechanic had been sloppy topping off fluids and other than complaining to the dealership at the time, thought nothing more about it.

Then on Sunday, I was speaking with another WRX owner and we got onto the subject of radiators. Turns out he - it was REDOBS from the NESIC forum actually - had had his radiator fail and replaced under warranty. I went to my dealer today and they took one look at it and came to same conclusion about mine. No questions asked, they ordered a replacement which should arrive Friday.

They claim I was the first WRX to come to their dealership with the problem.

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Old 01-04-2003, 12:11 AM   #17
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bump from the dead.

my wrx has 26k on it, and my radiator is leaking. i've smelled coolant when the car has shut off for about the past 800 miles, but my levels were ok, and i didn't see anything. however, tonight, when installing my EDM lights, i pulled off the intake snorkel and lo and behold, there was dried green crap on the passenger side of the radiator, and dried splashes off coolant all over the engine compartment on that side.

i'm going to take it in asap. however, i'm worried the leak may have damaged my engine, as it appears to have been leaking for a while. my water temp gauge has never risen, and the level is still above them lower line. any potential damage?
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Old 01-23-2003, 06:42 PM   #18
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Oh man I have the same symptoms: Was starting my car for work this morning and noticed some dribbling antifreeze/coolant I popped the hood looked at the tank at it was a little low. Under my hood in the front near the radiator has splashed of dried green antifrezze. This sux I have an 03 rex thats only 5 months old.
The worst part I just had my Downpipe nd catback installed last week So Subaru is prob blame it on that, Im so bummed out
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Old 01-24-2003, 01:32 PM   #19
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Default leaking radiator at 30,000

I had my radiator replaced about 2 weeks ago. I asked the dealership to do a pressure check and sure enough, a leaky radiator. From what they told me it was only a minor leak but was still covered under warranty. It had the tell tale green fluid build up at the top as earlier described.
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Old 01-26-2003, 04:11 PM   #20
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My radiator is leaking also. Same place everyone elses is. Maybe there should be a recall for it since it is an apparent problem. My mods are AEM CAI, BPM TT, Samco hoses, think they will give me crap about it? Anyone know if there is any aftermarket radiators out there?
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Old 01-26-2003, 09:28 PM   #21
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Well, another one to the list....I began to notice leaks earlier this month and now I have all the signs you guys are talking about. I'll bring it in this week to get it checked/replaced.

Calsonic my a&#! Just to think, that blue Calsonic JGTC Skyline was my favorite car in GT3 Never had a radiator failure on that car.
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Old 01-27-2003, 03:28 PM   #22
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Yep, add another one to the list! 34,000+ miles on the odometer, got the car in 04/01.
I started smelling antifreeze when I parked my car at work. Didn't think it was my car the first time. The second day it happened, I remember reading some of these threads on the radiator failures, so I popped my hood, didn't see anything, looked underneath to see coolant dripping. Brought it in and sure enough, the radiator was leaking from the plastic/metal interface. After I got the car back, I asked out of curiosity how much it would have cost if it wasn't covered under warranty. They said the part alone was about $390 so it would've been around $500.
Glad I still had warranty left!
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Old 01-27-2003, 05:05 PM   #23
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so if they replace it again with the same crappy radiator, what's to say that it won't start leaking again after another 30k? would it be worthwhile to just upgrade to an MRT radiator ($500)?
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Old 01-27-2003, 06:58 PM   #24
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Yup It was diagnosed Busted radiator: My rex is at subaru now getting fixed. If this happens again I will probably just upgrade the radiator. Not having my car BITES.
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Old 01-27-2003, 07:51 PM   #25
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I also have a radiator leak at the top crimp. Am taking it in monday. I have really about had it with this car. Get this, when looking under the car to see where the leak was coming from I see that some dumb *ss forgot to hook up the spring that assists the throwout bearing from putting pressure on the clutch fingers. So I removed my intercooler to get at this little spring and hooked it back up. Wow, what a difference. The clutch is smooth as butter. I think this was what was wrong with my car to begin with and maybe why I went throught 3 clutches and a new Tranny in 30,000 miles. Sorry about the rambling. Just needed to vent. Anyway, if they won't replace the radiator, this baby's a Lemon, and Lemon Law time it is.

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