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Old 07-20-2013, 12:30 PM   #1
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My 2001 Tacoma needs a new radiator and I would like to save money by purchasing one at autozone, but I don't want to buy one that will break or leak. The Toyota dealer told me a new oem one would be $275 while the autozone one is $150. Does anyone have experience with these? Is it worth paying almost twice as much for a toyota radiator?
Also, My truck is a prerunner model with an automatic transmission. Do I purchase the 4 wheel drive radiator?
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My 2001 Tacoma needs a new radiator and I would like to save money by purchasing one at autozone, but I don't want to buy one that will break or leak. The Toyota dealer told me a new oem one would be $275 while the autozone one is $150. Does anyone have experience with these? Is it worth paying almost twice as much for a toyota radiator?
Also, My truck is a prerunner model with an automatic transmission. Do I purchase the 4 wheel drive radiator?
Thanks for the help

I just put the second autozone radiator in mine. The first one started leaking after 4 years. Lifetime warranty so it didn't cost me but a gallon of antifreeze. I would go oem. Also there are different size radiators. 20 and 3/4 or 22 and 5/8 will work fine for your application. The radiators are the same width one is just taller than the other. If you get it from Toyota just have them run your vin and get the same size that is currently in it.
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I just put the second autozone radiator in mine. The first one started leaking after 4 years. Lifetime warranty so it didn't cost me but a gallon of antifreeze. I would go oem. Also there are different size radiators. 20 and 3/4 or 22 and 5/8 will work fine for your application. The radiators are the same width one is just taller than the other. If you get it from Toyota just have them run your vin and get the same size that is currently in it.
Thanks. Are the Autozone ones of good quality? Would you buy one again or would you just pay the $275 for the Toyota?
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Thanks. Are the Autozone ones of good quality? Would you buy one again or would you just pay the $275 for the Toyota?
Well the tank on the bottom of the first autozone one started leaking after 4 years. Even though it only costed me about 20 bucks in antifreeze I would go back oem. Try the camelback Toyota guy here if you are not in a hurry and can wait a few days he may be able to give you a better price.
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