Dont Get The Nissens Radiator

BriceW at BriceW at
Wed Jun 11 00:47:11 EDT 2003

I finished installing the Nissens all metal radiator last week.
I was very disappointed in the quality.
The black paint was already flaking off and it looked like an amateur
paint job.
The worst thing was when I went to put in the new mounts. I was cautious
as I heard that there had been problems so I hand tightened them in
slowly. You had to go slow as it was very tight. I was lucky as I only
broke off 1 off the so called captive inserts on one of the big mounts
closest to the wheel. You cant get the mount out of the radiator once
the insert breaks. Those inserts are the cheapest things I have ever
Rod at TPC says he has got reports on over 10 bad inserts. One guy sent
the 2 radiators with the mounts in it. TPC ate the cost. The rep for
Nissens says that the installers are doing something wrong. Give me a
break! The monnts just wiggle loose all over the lace once the insert
breaks. Its only a screw thrad with a cheap weld to attach it. You woud
have to actually see it to believe it.
I called one knowledgeable lister from here who had installed this
radiator. He had installed his with 2 inserts busted. I believe that
they were both the big insert mounts.
I needed my car as I didnt have a backup.
I would not have bought the Nissens if I had known this. Rod at TPC
would have let me send the Nissens back and exchange it for the OEM. TPC
is considering ceasing to sell the Nissens. They should. They are a
great parts resource.
I also replaced the aux radiator with a new OEM AKG. The difference in
quality and fit between the Nissens and the AKG was like night and day.
I hate having this piece of garbage in my car.
My advice is to get the OEM AKG as it will last 10 to 12 years and just
dont overtighten the hose clamps. I now wished that was what I had done.
I always thought that Swedish parts were quality. I now know better.

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