I Wish I Could Leave Zero Stars
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This radiator was purchased to replace the OEM radiator that lasted almost 90,000 miles before developing a leak at the end cap. Upon receiving the radiator and removing it from the box, I noticed that the cooling fins were damaged in several spots even though there was no apparent damage to the shipping box. The damage was not very severe, and I needed to replace the current radiator due to the ever-increasing leak so I decided I would install it regardless. I removed the old radiator which is a fairly straight forward job, and proceeded to compare it to the new one. All of the connections matched, however the replacement radiator was thinner than the factory one. Once again, I was already too far invested in this endeavor to turn around. Installing the new radiator was simple, but this is where things started to get even worse. After taking the vehicle for a short test drive, I opened the hood and noticed that the upper quick connect for the transmission cooler was leaking. Now keep in mind that the replacement radiator comes with new quick connect fittings, which I had installed. At this point, I called Autozone customer service. I inquired about getting a replacement fitting to install, assuming that there was a manufacturing defect with the one that I had received. The customer service representative that I spoke with informed me that I would need to remove the new radiator, and they could send an entire replacement radiator. All this just to replace a transmission cooler quick connect fitting, which they stock and sell separate in their stores. I obviously declined this proposition, as it was ridiculous. My only logical choice was to go to the dealer, and purchase an OEM replacement fitting. I installed it the following day, and the leak was fixed. I wish this is where the story ended, however after a couple more days of driving, the lower transmission cooler fitting started to leak. Well, after a second trip to the dealer and additional money being spent that I shouldn't have had to spend, the second leak was fixed. I can only assume there is a design flaw with the fittings that come with the replacement radiator, because after almost a month of driving neither of the OEM replacement fittings from the dealer have leaked a drop. Once again, I wish this was where the story ended. Unfortunately, this replacement radiator has developed a slight leak from the one end cap, which was the reason that I had purchased it in the first place. Needless to say, I wish that I had purchased the replacement radiator elsewhere, and hopefully would not be having all of these issues. Good luck if you decide to proceed with purchasing this product.