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Spectra Premium Spectra Premium Radiator

COMPLETE RADIATOR - B2251
Overall rating:
4.419 / 5
4.4
 / 
5
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Rating breakdown 179 reviews
5 Stars
121
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
5
1 Star
10
151 out of 16492%of reviewers recommend this.
Customer reviews for Spectra Premium Radiator
Review 1 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect Replacement

PostedJuly 22, 2015
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Location: Sunny Downtown - Fremont, NH
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: 
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 fit perfectly. They also included the square nuts that anchor the bolts to both of the cooling fans too. Box arrived well packed with quick shipping from time of order. Also, the price was the best on the net and with FREE shipping make the sale for me. Keep up the good work PEP BOYS parts online.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 2 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

fast deliver

PostedJuly 21, 2015
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Location: Porter, TX, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?No
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:55-64
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
good part fast service
Pros Price
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Review 3 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

comes with copper pipe and rad cap

PostedJuly 18, 2015
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nice to see the corroded copper pipe comes with this radiator for the trans line, easy to swap over with just a rubber hose disconnect. nice new cap
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Review 4 for Spectra Premium Radiator
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Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Spectra quality good from past experience, but this is not an exact fit.

PostedJuly 17, 2015
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Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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 all vehicle repairs myself
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Quality: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
2 / 5
2 / 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? 
2 / 5
2 / 5
This is my 3rd Spectra replacement (3 different cars) radiator I have purchased. The previous 2 fit with no problems what so ever. This one (for 1994 Toyota Paseo) did not fit exactly. Everything went back together fine except when installing the 2 upper radiator support brackets. The upper tank is a bit higher and has a difference shape which made it necessary to modify the brackets. The rubber isolator mounts on the brackets were compressed nearly solid when installed. After modification I was able to get some clearance but still tighter than original. I hope the more solid (and prone to shock / vibration) mounting will not overstress the upper tank or radiator. Time will tell.
 Item description identified the correct application, but as noted in the review, it was not a total exact fit.
 I gave low rating because I expected no issues to install this radiator. Previous purchases from this manufacturer were excellent.
 Spectra makes a very good prodeuct but recdommend double checking all fitment and installation dimensions.
Pros Price, Dependability
Cons did not fit exactly as original
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 5 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

good product

PostedJuly 8, 2015
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Location: El Cajon, CA, 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:In Store
Level of Expertise:I do all vehicle repairs myself
Price: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 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
fit like new no hassels
Pros Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 6 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

A quality product

PostedJune 18, 2015
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Location: Marin county CA
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: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
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
My Chevy truck radiator had a small leak for a long time. I had intended for years to find an all metal radiator for it to last forever, but I never had the spare funds for that upgrade. When I thought about it, I had to admit that the plastic tanked original radiator had made it for 20 years with a little Barrs Stop Leak added, and the Spectra Premium seemed to be a well made version. So when the time came to replace my water pump which I replaced with a heavy duty version, Pep Boys had a 30% off online special, which made it affordable to choose a double thick 2 row Spectra radiator to replace my factory 1 row version.
Installation was pretty easy. I hope my truck will last as long as my new radiator!
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 7 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

So far so good

PostedJune 17, 2015
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Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
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 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
4 / 5
4 / 5
I can't tell you much right now. I barely use my minivan. Ask me again in a few months.
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 8 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Overall good quality and immediately available

PostedJune 16, 2015
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Location: Orange County, CA, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:Yes
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: 
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
Experienced a sudden radiator failure in my 1995 Tacoma, ordered the replacement from Pep Boys on line in the late afternoon and picked it up the next day. The replacement was an exact fit and an easy change-out. Initially, one of the fittings for the transmission cooler line was loose and leaked a bit, but tightening it cured the problem. This is the reason for the 4 star instead of 5 star rating; it should have been easy for quality control to catch this. The radiator has been on the truck for about 3500 miles now and no other problems. Had an on-line coupon for 30% off, which brought the price down to within $30.00 for the same part if I had purchased it from an Ebay seller I have bought from before, but I could not wait for the shipping. It costs a little more for a local seller to have the parts I need readily available and I was willing to pay in this case. Pep Boys displayed their usual efficiency and courtesy and I am well pleased with the transaction, even though I did have to function as the manufacturer's QC department relative to the loose trans cooler fitting...
Pros availability, pep boys service
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 9 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Transmission fitting leaks

PostedJune 13, 2015
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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: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Quality: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
4 / 5
4 / 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? 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Overall, it was an easy job to install this, but one of the four oil line fittings came with a bad o-ring. Dripping ATF until I bought a new fitting and made the swap.
 The item was ready when I walked into the store.
 With a comment about the cheap oil line fittings.
Pros Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 10 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Built like the original this radiator is a bolt in

PostedJune 11, 2015
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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: 
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 Spectre radiator was exactly like the OEM so it fit right back in with no modifications.
 Simple to purchase & part was ready when I got there
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 11 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Spectrum Premium Radiator

PostedJune 8, 2015
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Location: Cary, NC, USA
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Rewards Member:No
Age:35-44
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: 
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 
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
Good quality radiator for the money. Used the Spectrum Premium Radiator to replace an OEM unit in my 2000 Solara. Fit was perfect and the quality seemed as good, if not better than the Toyota factory unit it replaced. Even comes with a radiator cap.
Pros Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 12 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5

Customer Service Was Great...Item D.O.A.

PostedJune 8, 2015
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Location: Richmond, VA, USA
Would you purchase this product again?No
Rewards Member:Yes
Age:45-54
Gender:Male
Shopping Preference:In Store & Online
Level of Expertise:I do some repairs
Price: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Quality: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Durability: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Radiator arrived leaking and Customer Service tried locating another replacement. Unfortunately another radiator could not be found, so they refunded my money.
 It Leaked On Arrival.
Pros Warranty, Price
Cons Dependability
No, I do not 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

Absolutely perfect!

PostedJune 5, 2015
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Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Price: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Value: 
3 / 5
3 / 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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Fit was perfect. Design pretty much exactly the same as OEM. Accessories like the speed-nuts were the right thread to work with the OEM bolts. No extra parts left over.
 stop harassing me to give a review!
 Already did.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 14 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

ok

PostedJune 3, 2015
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Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Quality: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
5 / 5
5 / 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
Very good
Pros Warranty, Price
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 is a true direct fit product

PostedMay 31, 2015
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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: 
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I was first skeptical about the item being a single row radiator costing less than half the cost of an OE unit. After installing it my 5.0 V8 (which was a perfect fit) the engine runs cooler than it ever did with the OE brass unit, This product appears to be even thicker than the original two row. Even in traffic on a hot day, the car never breaks a sweat. Highly recommend this product.
Pros Price
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 16 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Looks like the original

PostedMay 30, 2015
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Location: Orland Park, IL, 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 all vehicle repairs myself
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 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Nice fit and finish. The box it came in shows the care exercised to get it to you undamaged.
the cooling fins are extremely thin(for quicker heat dissipation) so take care while installing. A piece of cardboard on each side is advised. Durability was rated at 3 stars because I've only had the radiator for 2 weeks.
 Easy, quick. Full specswould make it a more informed experience.
 A mention if this radiator accomadates a factory transmission cooler(which it does) would help buyers make a decision.
 So far but it has only been 2 weeks
Pros Warranty, Price, excellent shipping package
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 17 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5

Installed fine - still working a few weeks later

PostedMay 28, 2015
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Location: Northern California
Would you purchase this product again?Yes
Did you find everything you were looking for?Yes
Price: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Value: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Quality: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Ease of Installation/Use: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate your overall online experience with Pepboys.com 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Please rate the quality of product information 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Did this product meet your overall expectations? 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Product looks a little cheap, but price was also quite low, especially with online coupon that knocked off another $30. Hopefully it will last a while. The install was fine, but slightly confusing since my car (manual transmission) didn't have hookups for the transmission cooler. Felt odd to leave two connections unused, but turned out fine. Also wish I'd been smart enough to replace the lower hose since it will be hard to get to when it eventually fails!
 Install tips would be nice
 Too soon to know about durability, but at this price I'm willing to take my chances
Pros Price
Cons none
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 18 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Perfect fit for my 1998 4runner Limited 4x2

PostedMay 24, 2015
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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: 
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
It was an easy job to replace this radiator. I just added a little time cleaning the surroundings prepping the area. The radiator construction was excellent and came very protected with all fins straight as arrows. My only advice is: clean the threads before installing. They came with a heavy dose of glossy black paint that may damage the screws. One of mine did but caught it on time, no harm.
Pros Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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Review 19 for Spectra Premium Radiator
This review is fromSpectra Premium Radiator.
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5

Great

PostedMay 22, 2015
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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: 
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
still working got it about 2 months ago .
Pros Warranty, Price, Dependability
Yes, I recommend this product.
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