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Spectra Premium Spectra Premium Radiator

COMPLETE RADIATOR - B2251
Overall rating:
4.485 / 5
4.5
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5
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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1 Star
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113 out of 12094%of reviewers recommend this.
Customer reviews for Spectra Premium Radiator
Review 1 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Spectra Premium Radiator

PostedDecember 13, 2014
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Location: California, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Good quality at a great price. A nightmare to install - but it was due to the vehicle, not the radiator. Would definitely recommend.
 Everything was in stock and ready for pick up
 As printed...
Pros Price, quality, fit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great fit, better than anticipated

PostedDecember 13, 2014
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Location: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:35-44
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
After reviewing several other brands, I'm glad I went with this brand. All the bolt holes lined up and it even had a drain cock that the radiator that I was replacing didn't have. The only things I had to modify was the top brackets that hold the radiator in place. Not a big issue, the Spectra was narrower than the one I was replacing. I just had to add more padding btw the brackets and the top of the radiator.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability, fit
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 3 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great Quality, Even better price & service!

PostedDecember 12, 2014
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Location: Illinois, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Age:Over 65
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This is my second radiator purchase from Pep Boys.
Same result both times. Very satisfied!
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 4 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Fit like a glove

PostedDecember 11, 2014
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Location: Miami, FL, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Age:55-64
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:Online
Level of Expertise:I do all vehicle repairs myself
Price: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I have done the procedure before so the installation was quite easy. This radiator was a perfect match for the original. I' looking forward to several more years of service from this product so time ill tell if this one is as good as the original. I wished that the housing was brass instead of plastic like the old days but I suppose the cost would have been prohibitive.
 ordered it the night before and it was ready for pickup the following morning.
 was significantly cheaper on line but I would have had to wait a few days to receive it.
Pros Warranty, about 30% cheaper on line
Cons Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Well made product

PostedDecember 2, 2014
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Location: California, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Price: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Value: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Radiator was top notch for being a 2 row radiator!!
Pros Warranty, Dependability
Cons Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Purchased oil and anti-freeze

PostedDecember 1, 2014
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Location: Augusta, GA, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:45-54
Gender:Female
Shopping Preference:Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Sale person was friendly. My oil was the wrong required for my vehicle.
 wrong oil sold for my vehicle.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
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Review 7 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

WOW

PostedNovember 28, 2014
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Would you purchase this product again?No
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Age:Over 65
Gender:Female
Price: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
3 / 5
3 / 5
The thing really held water
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Review 8 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Basic single-core OEM replacment

PostedNovember 24, 2014
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Location: Jacksonville, FL, USA
Would you purchase this product again?No
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:No
Age:25-34
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Level of Expertise:I do all vehicle repairs myself
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
4 / 5
4 / 5
It's decent. It works as a basic stock replacement, but like stock it's disposable. It suffers from the same pitfalls as the stock radiator--aluminum bonded to plastic. The top tank will eventually crack (5-10 years). The install was relatively easy (unplug cables, drain, unplug hoses, remove, replace, reconnect everything, flush with distilled water, and refill with coolant). The stock A/C fan shroud fit, but not especially well.
This particular model works for the manual and automatic transmissions. If you have a manual, just ignore the ATF hose connections. The Spectra Premium radiator DOES NOT include a 170 deg 16 psi cap so you'll need to get one. It's made in Canada and comes with a LIFETIME warranty so scan your receipt and save it digital because you'll need it again in 5-10 years.
Remember to flush your coolant every three years (and replace your cap & thermostat) to avoid replacing this radiator for longer. This works for now, but I'll get an all-aluminum model next time. Good luck.
97 Acura Integra LS
151,000 mi
Pros Price, made in canada, lifetime warranty
Cons plastic on aluminum, does not include cap
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great Product

PostedNovember 23, 2014
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Location: Mount Joy, PA 17552, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:55-64
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
An exact fit for my 2006 Equinox!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5

No drain plug!

PostedNovember 23, 2014
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Location: Anaheim, CA, USA
Would you purchase this product again?No
Did you find everything you were looking for?No
Rewards Member:Yes
Shopping Preference:Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Value: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Quality: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
2 / 5
2 / 5
So far so good. The one and only thing that really stands out from this radiator is that there is NO DRAIN PLUG. Draining this radiator is a mess.
 truck seems to be running well.
 No drain Plug
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent Product, Excellent Service

PostedNovember 21, 2014
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Location: Jerseyville, IL
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:No
Age:55-64
Gender:Female
Shopping Preference:Online
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The radiator cost about half of what other companies wre charging because they had a $20 off plus free shipping. IT ARRIVED ONLY ONE DAY AFTER I ORDERED IT!! I couldn't believe how quickly I received the product. The radiator fit my car beautifully and now I don't have any radiator leaks. Excellent product, excellent quick shipping and customer service. I'm a very satisfied customer.
 I couldn't be happier.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect fit.

PostedNovember 19, 2014
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Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:35-44
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Level of Expertise:I do all vehicle repairs myself
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Perfect fit,reasonably price and excellent customer service from Pep Boys.
Pros Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 13 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

same specs as the original from GM.

PostedNovember 14, 2014
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Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:45-54
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Durability: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
4 / 5
4 / 5
this radiator look just the OEM part. and has a strong life time warranty. performance cooling pretty much the same as the original part from the factory.for durability we just have to wait and see,(the original I`m guessing lasted probably since the vehicle was made, it has the tag and part number from GM.
 price was right and product ready to go.
 pep boys delivered .
 product was just same as original
 price and quality goes hand and hand at pep boys.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability, product in stock.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Nice Rad For The Price

PostedNovember 14, 2014
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Location: Clarksville, IN, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:35-44
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Level of Expertise:I do all vehicle repairs myself
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
great fit nice packaged
 Great Service
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 15 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

This product was extremely durable

PostedNovember 13, 2014
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Location: Ontario, CA, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:No
Age:55-64
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Durability: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I was impressed that the radiator had the hose clamps for the two small hoses. It was very simple to install. The price was insane with the 20 dollar off any radiator coupon.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

yes better than what i thought it to be

PostedNovember 12, 2014
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Location: murfreesboro tn
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:No
Age:Over 65
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
everything was as you stated. fit perfect
 better than i thought at that price
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect match

PostedNovember 9, 2014
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Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:Over 65
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:Online
Level of Expertise:I do all vehicle repairs myself
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
It was a perfect match for the radiator it replaced, everything needed was included. Arrived in a timely manner.
 It is impossible to enter shipping address the way it's supposed to go.
Pros Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5

Radiator did not fit my 1989 V6 Toyota SR5 Pickup

PostedNovember 4, 2014
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Would you purchase this product again?No
Did you find everything you were looking for?No
Price: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Value: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Quality: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
1 / 5
1 / 5
The radiator was about an inch taller than the original/oem radiator I needed to replace. The hood could not be closed due to that extra inch. No other way around it. I had to return the item to the store.
 Online process was great.
 Information was generic.
 Radiator did not fit.
 Does not fit on 1989 V6 Toyota pickup
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

CU1830 Radiator is Direct Fit and works

PostedNovember 1, 2014
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Location: East Los Angeles, CA, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:No
Age:45-54
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
The CU1830 is made in China as opposed to Canada like in the past. It is a direct fit like the OEM radiator. One of the 2 transmission oil cooler fitting plastic locks broke upon installation (cheap plastic). There is no linear sponge on top nor the bottom of the radiator like there was on the OEM radiator.
However, overall after (2) weeks of use, the radiator does indeed cool the engine well. The price was most reasonable.
 Using Pepboys Online to buy auto parts is easy and pleasant.
 Pepboys Online could put some more information regarding the product.
 The radiator functions well, by keeping the engine cool.
Pros Warranty, Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 20 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect fit

PostedOctober 30, 2014
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Location: California, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Durability: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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I replaced my 21 year old radiator on my Lexus SC400 after it started leaking from the upper section.
This radiator cost a fraction of the original one. It sure is lighter in weight but is perfect fit and it appears to work like the original one..
Only time will tell how long it will last but for now I’m very satisfied with the radiator and Pep Boys customer care.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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