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2009 Xterra - Radiator replacement as a preventive measure

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The potential transmission/radiator issue in a 2009 Xterra I'm sure is no news to any of you. I'm hoping to get some advice to save me a little coin. I took my Xterra into a Nissan dealer to first off have the transmission checked, to see if there's been any contamination thus far. i'm lucky (for now) and everything looks clean. I asked about options to prevent this from possibly occurring down the road, should i be one of the unfortunate ones. I'm aware there's a bypass that can be done, but for the sake of this thread, i'm not interested in that option. The dealership told me that Nissan has come out with a replacement radiator once this problem came to light, that if installed prior to any contamination, is built differently (than the stock radiators in the 2005-2009 model years that caused the issue), and would prevent contamination. He said for that reason it is a lot more expensive, but it wouldn't be wise to use an aftermarket radiator because they may not prevent the contamination. Obviously the Nissan specific one he recommended is way more expensive than aftermarket. so i'm looking to shop around see if i can make this cheaper than the $1000 job the dealership is quoting me. Can anyone lead me to that specific radiator that he was talking about? no aftermarket, needs to be Nissan specific, and the revised version that would prevent contamination obviously. i just want to make sure if i'm shopping around for this that I know exactly what i'm looking for. Because obviously replacing the radiator with just any old radiator isn't going to do much good! TIA.
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In my opinion it is way easier and better to keep the old radiator and add a transmission cooler. it will take less than 20 min to do .
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The dealer fed you a line of bs about after market radiators also leaking.
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Here is a good replacement radiator for your vehicle: http://www.offroadgorilla.com/shop/c...athfinder-2005.

Nissan will cover the transmission it the cooler fails up to 10 years and 100K miles. However, years 8 and 9 have a deductible of $1500.00 and then $3,000.00. The radiator above is $350.00.

Mine year 8 starts in July and by that time, I will have that radiator installed.
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There are quality after market radiators for under $150.

I did the bypass in the fall to ensure that if the leak were to happen it won't wipe out my transmission and will replace the radiator shortly myself before towing anything.

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