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Anyone bought a cheap radiator off ebay? Any thoughts.. Do's or don'ts.. My car doesn't get a lot af work, it's a second car.
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Don't do it. You get what you pay for. I assume you are talking about the cheap alloy radiators. Don't skimp cause how much is your motor worth to you.

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I thought that may be the answer. I might delete my question, it sort of answers itself.
But thanks heaps for the comment.

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I won't buy one guys, it's not worth it.

(I can't delete my question. Rusty, can you do it please?)

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Yeah Tim,I know how ya feel mate.I blew one in the ute about a week ago,it was the original and I must admit I thought of one of those cheap alloy ones on Ebay but Nah I've heard not so good things about them!...

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I sent our old VY to the wreckers the other week, it had a good radiator in it, dang it..

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Or do you need to get your copper one recoed?
I've heard its hard to find people who do it still?
Maybe a recoed copper one is a similar price to the alloy ones?

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Nah, this is for my VP. Prolly only cuppla hundy from the local Auto Parts shop. I'm just being a tightarse.

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Copper is very expensive.
An example: An ebay alloy radiator for our EH is around $170.
To recondition our original radiator with a new copper core cost just under $700.
But, if it lasts as long as the first reconditioned one, it will be there for 17 years.
I really don't the "cheap" ones work out saving any money over the long term.
David

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Old is good.

I had a Natrad joint down the road from me. He'd reco'd a few radiators for me over the years, the first one there was no cheap alloy ones readily avalable. it was a bit pricey, but I figured it would last for years (and did). They got more expensive over the years climbing up to around $700. I was chatting to the owner after the third rebuilt one and he commented that he wouldn't be around in years to come as the Chinese ebay ones were slowly killing off his business. I noticed a month ago he's closed up shop and all signage gone.

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Bummer.

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I've bought a few of these now over the past few years and I can't say I have had any problems.

I must admit I have only used them in commodores which had alloy radiators to start with, although a mate has used one in his EH and so far so good.

I think if the car has a copper radiator to begin with, I'd be more inclined to keep it that way, but then again a clean new cheapie has to be better than a blocked original?

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Nah, I'm thinking now I should just shop locally. This one in my VY has a small leak, not clogged. It's a fairly low-K's car. But I think I'll forget the cheapie.

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The other reason I went the cheapie, is I figured most of the alloy ones would be Chinese made.
I haven't checked that theory, but if I'm right, then your possibly buying the cheapie but paying more for it? Dunno

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I've bought 4 cheapies..(around the $100).put all in second low usage cars a 97 TE Magna, a 99WH Statesman, a 95 Corolla and a 04 Vectra...and all have been fine so far - over a few years usage...thats been my experience..The Magna is worth a few hundred at most and used by uni student kids...so a $100 radiator to stop overheating did the trick...in my view it's a simple cost/benefit question...

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Andrew

It's a nice car, I think in the long run it'll be better going with the real deal, not a cheapie.

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It's a nice old-er Holden it deserves a nice radiator!...:)

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ahh you cashed up east coasters..:-)...over here in struggle town SA it's a different story...I had the copper water pipes ripped off my house twice and it wasn't until I replaced them with plastic did they stay on the house long enough to get running water..

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Andrew

I bet that's what ya told ya Mrs,I reckon you took them off for extra beer money!..:-)

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hey maybe the EX missus was the one who knocked them off ! I suspect a low life neigbour...caused me all sort of heartache with the house insurance - happening twice in short succession does go to show though the value of copper to some ...

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Andrew

haha,yeah mate could have been her,I hear ya about them they'll punish ya any way they can!...:(

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