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Old 07-14-2003, 01:32 PM   #1
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Angry Yay! Blown radiator and no warranty!

I was wondering why I smelled coolant Saturday and why the temp kept flirting with "H." Having no choice but to keep going the 3 miles back to my mother's house, I put the heat on full blast and made it home and saw coolant sprayed all over the lower half of the engine bay. After topping off the radiator and letting the engine idle for 5 minutes I see coolant raining down from below the radiator. A 30 minute ride with the AAA tow truck guy (who was actually pretty cool) later, I dropped off the car at the dealer and had to wait until just a few minutes ago to get confirmation. I know it'll be expensive, but that's not what bugs me.

What bugs me is that I just got done refinancing the car as a lease buyout and was adamant that I don't need an extended warranty (just a profit padder for the dealer) and kept singing the praises of the reliability of Subaru! Figures.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 07-14-2003, 02:40 PM   #2
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Haven't I read some stories on here about 3-4 year old Impreza's losing their radiator?

Isn't a radiator replacement relatively cheap? I had an independent garage quote me $275 (parts/labor) to replace the radiator in my GF's 92 Jeep Cherokee.
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Old 07-14-2003, 04:25 PM   #3
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Nope. Ain't too cheap. I got quoted $652.48 installed with tax Subaruparts.com has a radiator for $287.50, another $50 to have it overnighted. I called back to see if anything can be done. Someone will get back to me (hopefully). This dealer sources their parts from Subaru of New England. They seem to have a monopoly out here.
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Old 07-14-2003, 06:26 PM   #4
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Man... never would've thought about that on a 2000 impreza

I don't know what you think about aftermarket parts, but it may be worth it to just get one from an auto parts store. One of the discount stores in my area sells your radiator for $265, and of course you wouldn't have to pay shipping. Just a thought... not sure if it would be a gamble or not.
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Old 07-14-2003, 10:44 PM   #5
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Wow!

That's crazy. How many miles do you have on the RS? Any symptoms leading up to this?


Did you try www.fsautoparts.com or www.radiators.com ? They may have better prices.

Best of luck with the repairs.
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Old 07-14-2003, 11:02 PM   #6
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Maybe try to find one in a junkyard and install it yourself. I've done it twice in '80s Subies; it was quite easy.
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Old 07-15-2003, 07:35 AM   #7
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Actually that's a really good idea. The car is so new that even a junkyard radiator would be in good condition, and this doesn't seem to be a common problem.
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Old 07-15-2003, 10:15 AM   #8
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not sure how mechanically incline you are, but replacing a radiator is a fairly simple task...........i would look into doing it yourself

650 to replace a radiator is very steep, i mean, very very steep
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Old 07-15-2003, 01:24 PM   #9
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Replacing a radiator means disconnecting 2 big hoses, 2 fan electrical plugs, 1 or 2 bolts for the overflow tank, and usually 2 bolts to remove the top brackets. Then the radiator will lift right out.

Remove 8 more bolts, move the fans from the old to the new radiator, put those 8 bolts back in, put the radiator back in, fill with coolant.

Are you even sure you need to replace the radiator? Where exactly was the leak coming from?
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Old 07-15-2003, 01:58 PM   #10
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I had a pinhole leak on my radiator and the dealer quoted me about the same, $650, for the radiator and labor! MF'ers said it was my fault!
So I told them not to touch it and i'll deal with it myself. I checked out radiator.com and found a stock 00-01 radiator for about $250 or so. I also tried here and found some people selling their old ones, but I wasn't too sure about those.... sooo... I went to Autozone and bought a $2 bottle of that "Stop radiator leaks" aluminum stuff and the dripping has stopped. And that was about 5+ months ago. I know it's not the best solution, but honestly.. $2 vs. $650 and my car still runs well??? It was a great "2 dolla" investment. Hopefully that kid on the bike won't be going after me for that. <--- movie reference! Anyone know?
But seriously... If you were going to spend $650 on a radiator... buy the racing one's like Fluidyne or something better than the stock one. Also if you have any good radiator shops around.. maybe you can ask them to maybe find the leak and "weld" the hole on it. That might work also. Good luck!
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Old 07-15-2003, 02:39 PM   #11
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IF you are still within the 3yr/36k mls (or just beyond it), and can show proof that you repalced the coolant at the 30k miles service I would give SOA a call.
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Old 07-15-2003, 03:59 PM   #12
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I should have known posting here would make me feel like I paid way too much. Mileage is 47k and change, warranty is gone. I'm not mechanically inclined enough to tackle a radiator replacement, nor do I have the facilities to minimize hazardous waste cleanup. If I were going to do it myself I would happily buy a radiator aftermarket for $188 shipped overnight, but this dealer gave me a loaner (with no warranty) and will, of course, stand behind their work and parts. And since I'm a glutton for punishment, I'll stock up on some Preparation H.
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Old 07-16-2003, 05:18 AM   #13
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For future ref, radiator.com sells the '00 RS aftermarket radiator for $160, and will find a local shop in your area that will install it, too. Just a guess, but I don't think they will charge $450-500 for the labor alone. You can pay an extra $20 for the lifetime warranty on the radiator.
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