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Hi im new here i just bought a 2003 xterra xe with a sports package and a towing package. I have done some maintenance like ngk spark plugs and wires and cap and rotor, synthetic oil, new fuel filter and charcoal cabin air filter. Ok now the question does a 2000-2002 xterra v6 have the same transmission as a 2003 xterra? Im looking at this ebay transmission cooler 230481343613. Thanks
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its hard to tell but that seems a little small to me.

here is one i found at NAPA, it is the top of the line (meaning most colling surface area) they have a medium, and a smaller one.

http://www.napaonline.com/Search/Det...+50090+2090048

i think a well known brand is B&M. you can go to any local auto parts store and they will have one that will work for you. the bigger the surface area on the cooler the better it will work.

here is one from autozone:
http://www.autozone.com/autozone/cat...&parentId=12-0

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thanks bro, also anybody know how hard these are to install?
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Tranny coolers are pretty easy to install. If you can swap your plugs, rotor & cap - you can handle a tranny cooler install.

The general rule when selecting an appropriate size cooler is take your vehicles GVW (which for stock Xterra is plus/minus 4300lbs) multiply it by 3 and that is the size cooler you need. If you will be towing, jump to the next larger size.

I am running a stacked plate cooler rated for 19,000 GVW on my SAS'd/armored 2001. Works great and I completely bypassed the radiator cooler, no electric fan either.

Look at B&M's website. That's what I'm running.
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I think mine took about 30 minutes to install 25 of that was fussing with the hoses fitting over those nipple things.

a lot of people by-pass the stock tranny cooler like T-Ray did, but i didn,t. Mine runs from the stock cooler to the after market one back to the tranny.

there is a how-to on that here somewhere, try a search of rit and you should find it.

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ok thanks for all your help guys and quick responses. So just cause Im bad with math lol I do plan on using the towing package so what size should I get?
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Either one of these coolers & you'll be set like a turbo jet:

B&M 70264
http://www.jegs.com/i/B-M/130/70264/...oductId=758370

B&M 70268
http://www.jegs.com/i/B-M/130/70268/...oductId=758370


I'm running the 70268, but if I ever planned on towing I'd get the bigger 70264. Bigger is better when it comes to tranny coolers. Also, if you live anywhere where the outside temperature gets cold, DO NOT bypass the stock radiator cooler.
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thanks alot t ray. And ya I am not going to bypass anything I just would like to add the tranny cooler just for fun and maybe get a little better mpg.
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No problem. FYI a tranny cooler will not help mpg, but it will improve the lifespan of the tranny. If you wanted good mpg or HP numbers, you are driving the wrong vehicle.
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