Radiator Finally Failed

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  1. BroCo
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    I know this is a common problem with the GD STI's and mine finally let loose after 144K miles. I was thinking about replacing it with a Mishimoto, anyone have any feedback or other suggestions?
     
  2. Krazylegz1485
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    What broke? Just curious.
     
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    Looks like a crack in the radiator somewhere. Looked like a steam powered Subaru when I pulled into work.
     
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    I've had only one radiator failure in my life. Our Toyota Camry cracked a plastic end tank. The dealer gave me the option of OEM (had to order) or a Modine (available locally same day) that was a couple hundred bucks cheaper. I went with the Modine as I was familiar with the name and thought of them as a quality product. It failed within the first few months. Both myself and the dealer were not amused. They warrantied the Modine and it lasted the rest of the life of the car. I can't remember the last time I was disappointed in an OEM replacement part.
     
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    I loved my Koyo. But Mishimoto makes a good aluminum one as well. I think the Koyo is bigger, but bigger isn’t always better?
     
  6. joebush44
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    Personally, not a fan of anything Mishimoto makes. KoyoRad all day. CSF is a legit company/brand as well, but I have no personal experience with them.
     
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    I had a mishimoto in my outback sport, No complaints but also wasn't going to see the limits of it's capability.
     
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    CSF racing is a much better quality and more efficient unit. I've also heard a few bad experiences with Mishi products, but they do have a good warranty. It's just inconvenient to have to replace it if something fails...
     
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    +1 for Koyo
     
  10. BroCo
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    Thanks for all of the input. Just pulled the trigger on a Koyo!

    I have to share a review that made me LOL.

    You don't allways get what you pay for but you allways pay for what you get.

    My stock Calsonic radiator cracked at 110k miles. This is common so it didn't break my heart. Looked at mishimoto. After purchasing one of their parts, not cooling related, and seeing their quality I decided to pony up the extra coin.

    The fan mounting holes were ever so slightly off but where very in tolerance. Packaged beautifully. Finish on radiator was extremely nice. They supplied hardware!!!!! This was cadmium plated and included spring washers which was quite nice.

    Also included a stickers and I heart the crap out of stickers
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    Stickers!!!!!!
     
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    Allways...
     
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    I had a Miata that blew up a couple plastic tanked radiators so i threw a mishimoto aluminum rad on and never had problems again! Don’t know why the car was blowing up radiators though.. lol

    Edit: Will keep an eye to see how you like the koyo!
     
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    Koyo > Mishimoto all day every day. Good choice.
     
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    Finally got around to swapping out the radiator. I'm very impressed with the quality of the Koyo Radiator! Only negative was the sticker they gave me was ****ed up!

    After installing and topping off the cooling system I started the car to bleed the air off. Let it run for 20 minutes or so. Got it up to temp and waited until the bubbles quit forming. I buttoned everything up and took if for a test drive. Everything was perfect until the next morning. I get in it yesterday morning and fire it up, car was idling rough and was back firing when down-shifting. I drove it back home and noticed steam coming out of the hood scoop. I popped the hood and couldn't find anything leaking around the radiator but the steam was coming from around the turbo. I looked around the area where the steam was coming from and couldn't see any leaks.
     
  16. tangledupinblu
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    Sounds like the upper tank maybe? That is close enough to the turbo/turbo heat shield
     
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    I'll have to take another look at it tonight. I just shut the hood, gave her the finger and walked into the house and watched football.
     
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    Sometimes that feels as good or better than fixing it.
     
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    My random guess would be the coolant hose on the back of the passenger head that goes to the turbo (from the factory it had like an accordion style aluminum heat shielding on it). Either the hose clamp to the turbo hard pipe is loose or the hose clamp that goes into the hard line into the cyl head is loose...or even the banjo fitting into the block itself. Shot in the dark.

    Good to hear on the Koyo :thumbup:
     

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