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 Post subject: eBay radiators are they any good ?
Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:10 pm 
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Hey everyone ,

I'm up for a new radiator for my EL and I was wondering if it's worth buying a cheap $150 radiator off eBay ? I know price is usually a pretty good indicator to quality but I on a tight budget atm and need something that will last me till mid January next year .

This is the one I was looking at buying http://cgi.ebay.com.au/RADIATOR-FORD-FA ... 2eadebcae2 . I don't intend on driving my EL much over the holiday period but it would be nice to have it working right should I need to use it . Any help would be greatly appreciated .

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 Post subject: Re: eBay radiators are they any good ?
Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:17 pm 
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It'll get you by.


But if you like the car, buy a decent one, Stick with a Copper core.

iirc, Ford was selling genuine ones for less than $200 a few months back.

Alloy rads are great, but cheap ones don't compare to better ones.

My moto is, it the car comes with an alloy radiator from factory, replace it with an alloy one, and if its copper, replace with a copper one.

Unless your upgrading to a BETTER one.

 

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 Post subject: Re: eBay radiators are they any good ?
Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:35 pm 
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I've been curious about the Alloy ones on ebay of late... They definitely aren't a PWR judging byt the price but have wondered how good they actually are... :?

 

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 Post subject: Re: eBay radiators are they any good ?
Posted: Sun Dec 12, 2010 11:38 pm 
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i brought a cheap radiator off ebay for my ba falcon about 6 months ago. i think it was $100.
when installin it the bolt holes were slightly off from where the factory one was but nothin to get cranky about.
since installing it i have not lost a single drop of coolant. and keeps my car at proper operating temp.
id say get it. but im sure other people would have negative storys..

 

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 Post subject: Re: eBay radiators are they any good ?
Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:23 am 
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ive had one for 3 years never had a problem actually because the alloy cools quicker my car temp and aircon have worked better because of the temp drop
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 Post subject: Re: eBay radiators are they any good ?
Posted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 12:34 am 
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Thanks Krytox & Benny D

I'll give Ford a call tomorow and see if they have any in stock . I don't like buying cheap parts but it only needs to last me 4 or 5 weeks and then I will replace it with a new copper core radiator after I start back @ work .

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