. Happy Friday been a while since I posted on here. I see several people have either left or gone silent like me over the past few years.
Hope everyone is enjoying either cars. I know I have since day one. Never left me stranded till one month ago. Engine just kept shutting down on my way home from work. I had no idea what it was and I had the car towed home.
I made the rush hour news that evening - "... a white jeep on the right shoulder..." waaat did they just call me?
My boyfriend had the car diagnosed in less than 2min. The empty coolant reservoir was evidence enough - RADIATOR LEAK! Just great a car with only 85500mi? Got some coolant and a funnel, no doubt what the issue was - reservoir held the coolant fine the radiator didn't... Boyfriend looked up the radiator swap procedure and we watched a couple of you-tube videos and after reading some step-by-step write-ups it seemed the general vibe was that the AC system needed to have the R134a recovered from it. Then after the radiator swap the system needed to be evacuated, and then recharged with R134a again. This was the greatest obstacle. We looked into renting the tools from O'Reily but AutoZone had only SOME of the tools needed. We needed an R134a recovery pump and a tank. How much did the dealer want for the job? Nice of you to ask. Two words will constitute a suitable answer, "Too much!". 2000 bux/bucks/dollars whatever your favorite nickname is for money. Dealer wanted $800 for the radiator itself.
We looked up the parts list online and with the highest quality parts spent $450 on radiator + reservoir tank + upper/lower coolant hoses + water pump + thermostat + radiator cap + retainer clips/plastic retainers + 2 gallons of coolant + 2quarts of automatic transmission fluid. After completing the job all we needed was to have the AC evacuated and then recharged at the dealer - cost roughly $200. So total cost $650
Lest I forget the cost of the R134a recovery system + scale which will be used on 2 other cars and pay for itself in short order $950.
Grand total $1500 for ALL THIS.
If we towed the car to local shop to recover the coolant and back to work on it ourselves approximately $100 with free AAA towing. If we didn't buy the tool we could have got the job done for $750 not the $2000 the dealer wanted and even less if we replaced only the radiator itself (cost $185).
Seems like the radiator is a weak link in our EX35s. Complaints are all over the internet not sure if it has been addressed in the newer models. The part costs are not too bad compared to other luxury/performance brands of cars.