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Old 02-12-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Earlier this week my 03 WRX started smoking from under the hood, so I pulled over and noticed that coolant was leaking from the bottom of the radiator.

I'm looking at purchasing a cheap eBay radiator but was afraid of fitment issues. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-12-2012, 06:06 PM   #2
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Spend a little more and get a Mishimoto. Th fitment and quality is worth the extra money. Also, their lifetime warranty program is pretty accommodating.
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:18 PM   #3
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Places that sell new auto body parts like fenders, bumper covers.................... also sell radiators. When I worked at a new car dealer as a Honda mechanic, such a place had the cheapest price due to what insurance would pay for a radiator. If your OEM so called POS radiator lasted 10 model years, why buy something expensive? Are you going to keep your WRX forever?
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:06 PM   #4
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There are two types that shop on eBay:

1. Advanced parts ninjas that buy stuff without asking questions and get exactly what they pay for based on years of eBay and general parts knowledge.

2. Those that should not shop on eBay.

You sound like #2. Go find the post titled Cooling System FAQ and research your options as there are several. If you don't give a hoot, take it to your local Meineke and say "Put in the cheapest radiator money can buy" and smoke cigarettes.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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Check us out for your radiator needs or PM me for pricing.

http://www.fcpimport.com/Subaru-part...=150&year=2003
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:10 AM   #6
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Spend a little more and get a Mishimoto. Th fitment and quality is worth the extra money. Also, their lifetime warranty program is pretty accommodating.

This. I've owned both Koyo and Mishimoto and the build quality of both are excellent. My roommate's Mishimoto survived a failed head gasket where cylinder pressure was vented into the coolant system. It bulged out on the sides but still doesn't leak.
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:39 AM   #7
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This. I've owned both Koyo and Mishimoto and the build quality of both are excellent. My roommate's Mishimoto survived a failed head gasket where cylinder pressure was vented into the coolant system. It bulged out on the sides but still doesn't leak.
crazy, that means his cap didn't budge.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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import image racing sells good radiators. same one as mihimoto but less $$$$$. got mine there and have no problems.
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:32 PM   #9
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We carry the Mishimoto ones and have had great luck with them. Feel free to e-mail, call or PM for a price. Koyo are also good but a little more money.

Mishimoto has excellent customer service with next day replacement directly to the customers on the 1 we saw fail (and that ended up being from a stone, but they still covered it).

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Old 02-13-2012, 09:32 PM   #10
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GMS radiator from above.
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