Youíre all dreaming if you donít think yours will fail. Itís just a shi!!y stupid design.
Attaching the plastic end caps to the center aluminum core (with GLUE) appears to be the problem.
The coolant eventually breaks it down. Ours failed, on our 2003, two years ago this April with about 32,000 on the odometer.
We replaced ours with a ...should never fail Brassworks, for around $600.00
I liked the idea that it would never fail again (of course the hoses could)
I think to spend 15-20 hours of labor taking it out and putting the new one in ...
OR spending a few thousand on labor...
To put another crappy OEM similar model is silly, but maybe thatís just us.
BTW for you amateur or even skilled mechanics who think you can do it in a few hours...GOOD LUCK.
Iím laughing at your hubris already.
There is a reason why dealers charge the quoted numbers, and the independents who have done it. (For the labor alone)
I believed the time estimates...from others before us (my wife and I), and they werenít lying.
Which reminds me, a second person/set of hands is almost essential at times.
If it took a couple hours, then I as well would have put another OEM version in (Maserati /Saab etc)
For you 2004, 2005, 2006 owners...
As Chet said in Weird Science
Time to pay the Fiddler
2003 Rosso Bologna Coupe GT. My wife's car- YES she drives a stick. Cuoio interior, BMC air filter, Brassworks heater core, TUBI exhaust. Giggity!
2004 Porsche 911 Convertible 6-speed
2004 ZHP BMW 330Ci Convertible 6-speed
We don't drive any stinkin' Automatics