Radiator choices,modified Modine, Nissens or AKG?

Derek Pulvino dbpulvino at hotmail.com
Tue Jul 22 14:30:27 EDT 2003

As it where, I went OEM as well.  Didn't want to fuss with it, and even
after I found a place that said they could likely repair the radiator.

Worst case scenario saw me reparing the separated end tank...only to see the
neck break off...  Na.

Scott Mockry also thought go for OEM as wasn't as confident in the quality
of the Modine.  Somebody I know also suggested checking Radiators.com.
Never made it there, but may help you out.

Derek P

Message: 14
Date: Tue, 22 Jul 2003 15:42:00 -0400
To: Martin Pot <paulnet at direcway.com>, quattro at audifans.com
From: Kneale Brownson <knotnook at traverse.com>
Subject: Re: Radiator choices,modified Modine, Nissens or AKG?
Cc: 200q20v at audifans.com

At 11:24 AM 07/22/2003 -0500, Martin Pot wrote:
>Hi there.
>My radiator has gone bad on the '91 2CTQA, and have to make up my mind
>way to go. I have gone through this before with the sedan, and ended up
>buying a Modine, which I had modified by letting the radiator shop adding
>two one inch nipples for the aux radiator.
>It has been a year or so and have not had any trouble with it.
>Now I have found a Nissens 60437 radiator that is all metal and is made for
>this car.
>The trouble seems that there is a quality issue relating to the lower mount
>strength, the tank construction and the paint coverage.
>I was wondering if any of you are using a Nissens and have experienced any
>I sure would like to go all metal because I have had the broken neck
>experience with my '86 5KCSTQ at a most inconvenient time, and don't want
>that to happen ever again.

I just experienced the broken plastic neck on the 200q20v radiator.  I
bought a new OEM through Scott Mockry, who also handles the Nissens.  The
UPS driver who delivered the radiator to me today couldn't believe the box
contained a car radiator because it was so light.  I ordered the OEM
because I figure the original lasted as long as any radiator I've ever had
on a vehicle (except tractors).   If I still have the '91 in another dozen
years, I'll order another OEM plastic-tanked version as a precautionary
replacement.  And I'll keep the original around with its copper tube
epoxied to the plastic "just in case".

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