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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 3:24 am 
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i found a radiator on ebay, no bids just a buy for 150, aluminium core

i was talking to a mate on msn about these and his mate was told when he had one that once they are f**k, they are f**k, and u can only use one type of coolent or something... is this true?

and how good are they?
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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 3:30 am 
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ive heard that they are f**k s**t, the ones to get are the plastic core ones but im not 100% on that. You would think that the aluminium ones would be better but apparently not.
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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 12:03 pm 
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nar they can be good most new cars runs ally rad's
just make sure u do nto mix coolants and flush the coolant on a regular basis

also add a extra earth strap from the engine to the chassis


ps the copper core rads are better than plastic :)

 

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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 12:59 pm 
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I replaced mine with the copper core one for $200 after going through 2 aluminium one's . One was replaceed under warranty. The car has only done 89,000kms and is onto its third and last for a while.

For some reason the AU factory aluminium ones start leaking from the top passanger side. A work mates AU3 was leaking there as well.

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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 1:40 pm 
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copper would be best then alu then plastic.... plastic is shocking at heat transfer.

the only thing better than copper is silver and then diamond being the best....

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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 3:54 pm 
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so i'm best to not get the ally rad?
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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 4:38 pm 
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the ally is ok, the au's come standard with them i believe, if u can get copper than get that as we have it in the taxi now upto 400,000 no probs, the aluminium one went after abt 350,000.

 

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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 6:12 pm 
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Plastic core ey? Find it hard to beleive. Plastic header tanks are understandable, but definately not the core itself.

 

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Posted: Sun May 29, 2005 10:01 pm 
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ally core are ok as long as they are properly earthed. The number one killer of them is stray current, causing oxidation.

 

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Posted: Mon May 30, 2005 2:49 pm 
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Andrew J wrote:
Plastic core ey? Find it hard to beleive. Plastic header tanks are understandable, but definately not the core itself.

nar it is the pastic header tanks with ally core

prob in the Au s2
AU s1 has copper rad :)

 

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