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#1 Old 12-19-2011, 12:30 PM
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Armada Radiator Replacement for $1,200?

Is this a "normal" cost of Armada's radiator replacement? My dealer just gave me an estimate for replacing it due to coolant leakage.

I think it is too high, but who knows - I've never done with before with any car/truck.

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I paid about $400 at the garage where my son works.

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New radiator is about $250 plus $150 labor


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These dealearships Kill Me. You would think they have nothing but NASA PHD's working on my truck with what they charge......
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New radiator is about $250 plus $150 labor
Was is also a special deal as for drauden?

The dealer requested a $800 advance payment which I made already... and have to pay $400 after completion...

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I just had mine replaced a month ago. If I were you, I would not put in another OEM, unless they are doing it under warranty.

Instead... look at getting a Koyo ($205) and my Nissan dealer charged me $130 labor to replace it. I provided them with the coolant and the cap. Otherwise they charge something like $25 a gallon if they use their coolant. Note that the Koyo does not come with a cap. I went to my local parts place and got a Stant cap. Again, the OEM cap is known to be problematic.

Koyo site search: http://www.koyorad.com/search.asp
I actually bought mine through autopartswarehouse. For some reason they don't list anything for an '04... but you could probably call them and work it out. Anyway, here's the link: http://tinyurl.com/ctwnv45

The spring-type hose clamps are also known to be weak points in the cooling system, and you should consider replacing those with worm-gear type clamps instead.

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How much are they charging you for the radiator? At about 2 hours labor ($150 at my shop) they must replacing not only the radiator and coolant but also the hoses,clamps, a belt and a tensioner!
At those prices they should change your oil, rotate your tires,wash & wax and fill up your tank!
Tell them that is way too much and have the service manager go over the estimate with you and explain everything that they are doing. Do it now!
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How much are they charging you for the radiator? At about 2 hours labor ($150 at my shop) they must replacing not only the radiator and coolant but also the hoses,clamps, a belt and a tensioner!
At those prices they should change your oil, rotate your tires,wash & wax and fill up your tank!
Tell them that is way too much and have the service manager go over the estimate with you and explain everything that they are doing. Do it now!
They are charging about $600 for the OEM Nissan radiator, $50 for coolant, clamps plus $360 labor. I talked to a manager who said he does not recommend aftermarket parts, but he said they can install a get a radiator for $205 but the labor will still cost the same.

I said thank you and cancel their order - looking for a local shop that can replace it cheaper. Thanks for your help guys!

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Glad to be of help. That dealer was going to charge you $360.00 labor for a two hour job? that's a buck eighty an hour!
Good for you!
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verakot, the dealer is gouging you! GO GET YOUR MONEY BACK!

The average cost to replace a radiator in MN is about $700. Below is the price I calculated for St. Paul.

$715.46

Parts (78%) Labor (22%)
Estimate Details
Radiator Replacement for 2006 Nissan Armada
Parts (78% of total cost)
Cooling System
Parts: # 21460ZQ00A x 1 $555.46 Parts: #Oil/Fluid Prices not included$0.00
Labor (22% of total cost)
Installing Cooling System
$80.00 per hour x 2.0 hours $160.00 Using standard rate at ZIP 55104. Customize Labor Rate
http://www.driverside.com/car-repair...style_id=31714

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