Radiator problem is a common vehicle problem that happens to most car brands and models. The following is a sample list of Radiator problems reported in most popular vehicles.
The vehicle is a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Chevrolet Silverado is 2GCEC19T35_. Had to add coolant over a time. . . . . No evidence of a leak on my driveway or any other place. Started truck one morning and heard clicking noise coming from engine. I observed water coming from the muffler. Tooked vehicle to dealer on April 22, 2014. ( mileage 84241) dealer found blown head gasket and seals, 0ne cracked head and water in oil. Repairs done: complete valve job (replace head gasket, seals & other associated parts), replace broken bolts, replace coolant hoses, radiator & heater hoses and thermostat etc. . Was not advised by service consultant of any recalls or bulletins for 2005 Silverado. This is low mileage for this kind of engine problem. Repair cost: $3683. 92 martin Chevrolet *** torrance, calif. It was Wed., Apr. 9, 2014 when this radiator issue happened.
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The car was a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is KL1TD56E09_. 2011 car lost acceleration hold light and check engine light came on had to pump gas pedal to prevent car from cutting off . Took car to chevy dealer had to purchase water or fuel pump I forgot which one. Then receive recall for coil. Had that replaced free at dealer. 2012 incident, car lost acceleration at speeds of 40mph again had to pump gas pedal to prevent cut off. Did not take to dealer added gas treatment to fuel and changed gasoline brands. Problem solved for about two weeks. Lost acceleration again. Changed air filter car was good for about 2 days. Continued to drive car for next several years with same problem. 2013 car not producing any heat added anti-freeze, heat came out right after. Next day no heat again anti-freeze container was empty again. Continued to added anti-freeze to prevent car from running hot. 2014 took car to dealer for anti-freeze problem they replaced the container and cap (purchased separately) and flushed the radiator cost $312. Two weeks later car ran hot steam shooting out from under the hood. Anti-freeze container empty again. Returned car to dealer where it is now they told me I had blown head gaskets and that it would cost $1500 to repair on a car I still pay monthly notes. They called the next day told me gm would cover 60% of the cost and I had to pay $600. I feel that gm should add the 2009 Chevrolet Aveo to their list of recall and replace the whole car for all who have paid out money for these reoccurring problems because this car is a piece of junk. This problem occurred on Feb. 14, 2011.
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Consumer has a 2001 Chrysler Pt Cruiser. The contact stated that while traveling various speeds, the engine overheated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic where it was found that the radiator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The failure mileage and VIN was not available. It was Mar. 12, 2014 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Chrysler Pacifica awd is 2A8GF68XX7_. Currently my Chrysler Pacifica touring awd has 31,008 miles on it. I have had the following problems September 11, 2008 at 2660 miles, rocker arm, valve replaced 4. 0 liter. Cracked black plastic upper radiator panel. October 27, 2011 multiple complaints to dealership about the vehicle acting like it wanted to accelerate on its own. July 14, 2012 miles: 22,574 front/rear differential shows a need for immediate attention. February 12. 2013, showed rear differential leaking. September 27, 2013, miles 29. 120 shows problem with rear differential. January 1, 2014 miles: 31,006 vehicle towed to dealership and was diagnostic for a drive shaft assembly needed, part#5157008ae. Second opinion given by master ase technician give on 01-14-2014, miles: 31,008, states transfer case/ptu is cracked and fluid is leaking. Recommendations: transfer case/ptu and rear driveshaft assembly needs to be replaced with a new and improved type unit because research show this is a known problem with this vehicle. This issue happened on Sunday, Sep. 11, 2011.
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Tl- consumer owns a 2004 Dodge Durango. The contact stated that while driving approximately 55 mph, there was smoke coming from the front end of the vehicle as the check engine warning light illuminated. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the water pump and the radiator needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The vehicle was repaired on two occasions but the failure recurred. The approximate failure mileage was 150,000 and the current mileage was 162,000. Dr. This problem occurred on Feb. 6, 2013.
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The vehicle was a 2004 Dodge Intrepid. The VIN of this vehicle is 2B3HD46R64_. Was traveling on the highway when the car began steaming, pulled over and all the radiator fluid was pouring out of the car. Turns out the water pump went out. The pump is incorporated into the motor requiring the motor to be unbolted, turned up, the radiator, valve cover, thermostat, water pump, timing chain and more to be removed. Cost was nearly $850 due to the extreme amount of labor involved and the fact Dodge only parts have to be used. Mechanic informed me, at that time that the 2. 7 liter engine was a very poor design and often give out completely before the car has 100,000 miles on it and Dodge is well aware of the problem. Found a lawsuit filed against Dodge for this defective engine in new jersey. It was Wednesday, August 22, 2012 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 1FMEU73EC6_. Tl- the vehicle was a 2006 Ford Explorer. The contact stated while traveling approximately 40 mph, there was a loud noise coming from the front end and the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact had already taken the vehicle to an authorized dealer who replaced the radiator twice and the failure recurred. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who diagnosed that the radiator and engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure multiple times and provided no remedy. The approximate failure mileage was 44,000. Dyd. It was 05/05/2010 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 Ford Mustang. While driving to work one chilly morning I could not feel any warm air coming from the heat or the windshield defroster. I had to return to home because the windows were fogging up and I had no heat. I drove another car to work that day. I later discovered the thermostat housing gasket had a slow leak and allowed most of the antifreeze to leak out. This was the reason the defroster was not working also the thermostat is no longer in contact with any fluid, only the plastic housing, and the temperature indicator never read much above cold while my engine is overheating internally due to low coolant. After replacing the thermostat housing and sensor I still smell antifreeze leaking from some where possibly the head gasket and have to top off the radiator more frequently. I believe this design, placing the temperature sensor in the thermostat housing, is a safety hazard. First off if you have a coolant leak the defroster will just stop working while your temperature reading will be normal or still cold. Secondly engine failure could occur, due to a false temperature indication, and could cause an accident while driving in traffic. This issue happened on Friday, November 15, 2013.
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My 2009 GMC Acadia was purchased in Aug 2009. Aside from routine maintenance, I have already had to replace the water pump, the radiator, & the timing belt (none of which were covered under my warranty) but on September 9, 2013 , my transmission let go. The dealership kept my vehicle for 20 days. Claim they couldn't rebuild it and had to get a new one. (which I have since been told that was a lie, that they have to use factory rebuilt transmissions). Got my vehicle back on sept. 28. On March 22, 2014, I brought it back to dealership because it was showing signs of slipping transmission again. Dealer told me it was fine sent me home. Less than 2 weeks later on April 8, the transmission let go again. No reverse & truck would not move in drive just rev the engine. Back to dealership for "another transmission" this time they had my vehicle for 18 days. I just picked it up 2 days ago. This morning while driving my kids to school, transmission went again! this is unsafe! I am scared to death to drive my kids around in this vehicle! I almost got into an accident this morning because of it! 3 transmissions in 6 months?! this is a red flag don't you think. . How much longer will GMC not value my life or my families?? something needs to be done about this!. This radiator issue occurred September 9, 2013.
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The car was a 2006 GMC C4500. The VIN of the problem C4500 is 1GDE4E1286_. Pulling a loaded trailer up a steep grade on a major highway. Speed was approx. 40mph. Driver hear a "clunk" noise then the low coolant light came on and then the engine temp started to rise. Pulled over and there was coolant leaking from the front of the truck. Upon further inspection the bottom radiator hose had been cut from the fan that exploded and the fan also tore the fan shroud open too. Summary- fan exploded, which ruined the fan shroud and the lower radiator hose. This issue happened on Jan. 20, 2014.
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Tl-consumer has a 2003 Acura Mdx. While driving approximately 30 mph, the contact noticed fluid leaking continuously onto the road. Once the contact reached their destination, it was determined that a large quantity of transmission fluid had leaked from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer who advised the contact that the failure was contributed to a faulty part within the radiator causing coolant to leak into the transmission. As a result, the transmission was damaged. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 163,000. Kmj. It was Sep. 18, 2012 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Acura Mdx. While driving the SUV in a busy street 30-45mph felt the vibration, grinding, the triangle distress sign came on and felt the vehicle is going to stall. Managed to get the SUV to the parking lot on the right side. The SUV completely stalled there and we got it towed to the Acura dealer. They looked at it and the technician gave us the initial diagnosis as "radiator has blown coolant line , fluids have cross contaminated and will take a lot of time to bleed out, also possible transmission failure in the process would need to retest drive after radiator replacement to see if transmission works". The failure date was Wednesday, August 22, 2012.
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Consumer owns a 2005 Honda Pilot. The contact stated that while driving 60 mph, the vehicle exhibited a reduction in power. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection where they stated that the radiator and transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 125,000. This issue happened on March 1, 2014.
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The car was a 2006 Hyundai Sonata. The VIN of this Sonata is 5NPEU46F36_. This vehicle was taken to the authorized service center of Hyundai on October 29,2013 for the safety recalls received from Hyundai motor America (NHTSA campaign number 13v-354 and failure of OCS recall by NHTSA). Since the service personnel insisted to do 70,000 mile service I agreed and after 1 hour he called me and said there is a leak in the radiator hose. This car has always been serviced by authorized Hyundai service centers and always had persistent problems like oil leaks (changed gaskets (paid$400), power steering leaks (paid $300), brake rotors problems which I had to pay $1300 to replace at 30,000 miles etc etc. This car comes with 10 year/100,000 bumper to bumper warranty that is fake. I had also paid ($1200) for an extended coverage for this vehicle when I bought this brand new. But Hyundai did not honor it since it was a dealer package and that dealer no more exist. On October 29,2013 after the recall service I paid $400 since the service manager said he did all that is urgent for this car. Next day morning I found my car in a pool of multiple fluids. I decided to take it back to the Hyundai dealer, but on the way the car was engulfed in smoke. I pulled over to the gas station which had a work shop, found that no coolant in the car. They filled the coolant and put a new clamp on the hose which was loose. I made a complaint to the Hyundai motor America after 2 days. Case number is 6156086. Since then I escalated the case calling them several times, but no reasonable effort from there side to help me. On November 13, the car again burned and got engulfed in huge smoke when my wife was parking in the drive way after returning from work. (I have the video on my cell phone). Again I called Hyundai America and they told me to contact the dealer. I called the dealer (Hyundai of paramus) and they said the service manager will call back. But never did. It was Nov. 13, 2013 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The vehicle involved was a 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe. The car had a crash. VIN of the vehicle was 5XYZG3ABXC_. In stop and go traffic, I took my foot off the brake to coast towards the car in front of me. This pattern had been going on for several miles. I was not touching the accelerator and in fact, my foot was not on the brake either, and the car suddenly accelerated full throttle. I had just a couple of seconds to try to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of me. I swerved to the right, towards the shoulder, but I hit the truck in front of me. I was braking the entire time, but it was not enough to stop the sudden unintended acceleration. My left bumper hit his truck on the right hand side of his bumper. My radiator was damaged and leaked all the fluid out onto the highway. The car was not drivable because of the radiator. It was 01/04/13 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle is a 2008 Infiniti G35 x. The contact stated that while driving approximately 35 mph, the vehicle began to buckle and proceeded to stall. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for diagnosis where the technician stated that the transmission was contaminated due to a radiator coolant leak. The vehicle was later towed to an independent mechanic for the replacement of the radiator. The approximate failure mileage was 32,0000. Updated 2/11/cn a transmission specialist verified the transmission was clean and functioning properly, after four flushings. Updated 02/14/14. This radiator issue occurred Thursday, May. 16, 2013.
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The vehicle is a 2001 Infiniti I30. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is JNKCA31A01_. The core radiator support is rusting out where a support piece holding up the engine is attached. It has rusted almost through and if it rusts through, I was told there would be a large amount of stress on a secondary support for the engine, eventually leading to the engine falling out of place. I read through several forums and this is a very common problem among this model (and its sister model the Nissan maxima). This seems like it would be a safety hazard to me if people were not made aware of this and the support for their engine came loose. The failure date was Oct. 14, 2013.
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The vehicle having this issue was a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. While driving on the highway at a slow rate of speed (5 mph) due to a traffic jam, my vehicle overheated. Once towed off the highway, the mechanic diagnosed a fan failure for the radiator which caused the vehicle to overheat. Subsequently there may be damage to the engine caused by the fan failure. I researched this and discovered a recall issued (8/2006) by daimler Chrysler for the electric radiator fan (safety recall f25). I called Chrysler today (case #24570292) and they said that this recall does not apply to my vehicle even though the recall clearly states it applies to vehicles with the "s" in the 8th position which it is. Please advise on next steps. Thank you. This radiator issue occurred 02/06/2014.
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Vehicle identification number (VIN): 1J4GW48S92_. Consumer has a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The contact stated that she received NHTSA recall campaign number: 12v527000 (air bags) over a year ago. The dealer was notified several times but the parts were not available which she considered to be a major safety issue especially since her air bag warning lamp was illuminated. The manufacturer was made aware of the problem. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 86,000. The current mileage was 91,000. The transmission, windows, fan relay switch, and emergency brake. Also, the radiator was leaking and all of the shocks for the tail gate lift, failed. Updated 02/24/14 updated 3/12/cn. This issue happened on Tuesday, Jun. 4, 2013.
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The car involved was a 2011 Kia Motor Optima. The VIN of this vehicle is KNAGR4A60B_. Vehicle was driven a mile to a commuter rail station for a drop off and back home. Nothing unusual was noted during the short trip nor had any problems been observed in the days leading up to the incident. Shortly after parking the vehicle on the 5th floor of the parking garage and entering the residence, the complex fire alarms actuated and all residents were advised to evacuate without entering the community parking garage. Shortly thereafter, I was notified by the complex manager via my cell phone that my car was on fire in the garage. The entire front of the vehicle was burned and was declared a total loss by the insurance company. (allstate). The entire car would have burned if it hadn't been parked directly under a sprinkler head in the garage plus a speedy response from the fire department. An independent fire origin investigator was hired by the insurance company. His professional opinion was the fire started at the radiator fan assembly. This radiator problem happened on Mar. 4, 2014.
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The vehicle involved was a 2007 Kia Motor Sportage. In March 2013 I had casey kia install a refurbished engine to replace my bad engine because the mileage had surpassed the warranty. Out of pocket I spent about 3300. 00. I drove this car for another six months to which I had no known issues until on November 19, 2013. It started binding and hard shifting from 2-3 gear. Fluid was also on radiator. Casey also installed radiator at the time the engine was installed. They said in their report they replaced all fluids and replaced filters. Come to find out when I took this vehicle to ammoco transmission on November, 19, 2013 that not only was the transmission bad but radiator was bad. . No engine light was on at any time. They did a complete 100 point system check come to find out casey kia installed engine incorrectly leaving the engine light completely off so that if I had any issues what so ever that I would be forced to pay more out of pocket for intensive repairs to my vehicle. This car became so unsafe to drive that I was forced to have to trade it in to hall Hyundai which of course I got 1800. 00 for a 10,000. 00 vehicle. Not only did I have to give up my favorite vehicle I was forced into having to buy a car I did not like and did not want. . Because I needed immediate transportation due to being military. . I reported this issue to the kia corporation which they are investigating. I have complete reports from ammoco and the fact that I had to redo the fluids and redo the oil changes after it came out of casey kia hands . This vehicle has engine severe transmission electrical dashboard issues and is not certified preowned. . And if is a lie. . Thank you for your time and if you need to contact me please do I have all the maintenance history on this vehicle and its not pretty. . [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the freedom of information act (foia), 5 u. S. C. 552(b)(6). It was Tuesday, November 19, 2013 when this radiator issue happened.
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At 88,000 miles, my 2003 Land Rover Freelander lost ~80% of power while going up a hill on a major high way and started to billow smoke. After steering the vehicle out of traffic, I popped the hood to find the material on the lower side of the hood on fire. Upon putting this fire out, I realized there was still a large amount of smoke coming from the underside of the engine cover and my anti-freeze was empty, when served only a couple weeks prior. After letting the vehicle cool, I took off the engine cover to find it had a mixture of coolant and oil resting on top of it; a dark-milky colored liquid. Upon having it towed and further inspected by a professional, not only is my head gasket gone, a fitting on the a radiator line had melted above the engine, and a catalytic converter is as well. I got it back to my house in this condition because I still owe $7500 and have only had it for 1 year. Mechanically totaled in my driveway, it now only sometimes will shift and when it does, only happens with force. Prior to this almost fatal disaster, I had three window assemblies brake; ruining the motors and causing them to fall while driving, and my brake lights do not function. I replaced the brake light switch, problem with brake lights still persists. I've given up hope on this SUV and have got not one reply from Land Rover costumer service. I am stuck making payments, and even if I could afford to fix it, would never put my wife and daughter in it again. Please get these vehicles off the road, before someone is even less lucky then I. This radiator problem happened on Mon., May. 16, 2011.
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The vehicle was a 2010 Land Rover Range Rover. Radiator leak. It was Wednesday, March 24, 2010 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle is a 2006 Lexus Rx400h. The VIN of the problem Rx400h is JTJHW31U26_. Leakage of coolant from the radiator discovered and in less than 50 miles an engine warning light lit, indicating failure of the hybrid synergy drive system , namely the hybrid inverter. Vehicle was brought into a Lexus dealership and the radiator and inverter were replaced. It was Jan. 11, 2014 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle is a 2006 Lexus Rx330. The contact stated that while driving 30 mph, the steam began rising from the engine area. The contact stopped the vehicle and noticed coolant leaking from the radiator. The contact took the vehicle to a dealer, who advised that the radiator was fractured and needed to be replaced. In addition, the water pump and timing belt were recommended to be replaced. The dealer replaced all three components. The failure mileage was 60,000. This radiator problem happened on 01/16/14.
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The vehicle involved is a 1997 Lincoln Town Car. While driving approximately 65 mph, the engine overheated and a large amount of white smoke expelled from the exhaust. The warning indicator illuminated on the instrument panel. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and inspected under the hood. He noticed that the coolant was extremely low and allowed the engine to cool completely. He then added water to the radiator reservoir. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic and he stated that the failure was related to a blown head gasket. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 105,000 and current mileage was 107,000. Updated 10-29-08
updated 10/30/08. It was 07/14/2008 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle involved is a 1999 Lincoln Navigator. The VIN of the car is 5LMPU28L3X_. Spark plugs failed. As a result, vehicle jerked forward without warning. Coolant leaked twice in the past. The radiator assembly was reinstalled. The left front window squeaked. The trim on the front door panel was removed and reinstalled. The engine light had come on and the engine had run rough. The service dealer replaced the faulty coil pack on the #4 cylinder. The heater hose was replaced due to leakage. The heater did not blow air and displayed a burning smell. The failure date was Monday, Dec. 15, 2003.
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The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 Mazda Mazda6. The VIN of the problem Mazda6 is 1YVHP80DX6_. The vehicle involved is a 2006 Mazda6. The contact stated that the radiator fan failed. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who stated that the radiator fan control module needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 97,000. It was Thursday, April 17, 2014 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle is a 2008 Mazda Tribute. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 4F2CZ02Z28_. Took the vehicle to the local firestone store for service to have the transmission fluid changed and flushed and they told me that the transmission cooler was leaking and this was a common problem with the 2008 Mazda Tribute and Ford escort and the only way to fix it was to replace the entire radiator because they were built into the same part. They told me $550 min. To replace. I then did some online research and went to the local Mazda dealer. They said it was a common problem and that Mazda had a program to fix this but the date was up and that there was nothing to do but pay to fix it. The Mazda dealer said $1100 to fix it. I went nuts and told them this was a rip-off. They said they would call Mazda to see if they would do anything to help with the cost since this was a known problem and there was a program to fix it for customers. They call back last Thursday to tell me that Mazda was not interested in helping in anyway and rejected the request. I told them this would make the decision for me on buying a fourth Mazda. I'm a repeat customer and they didn't even ask that information prior to making a decision. The is a bad problem with these vehicles and Mazda needs to step up and fix it!!!. This problem occurred on Sat., Jul. 28, 2012.
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The vehicle is a 2003 Mercedes Benz E55. Took my car into dealership to get checked for a known issue in which the radiator would mix the engine coolant with transmission fluid. Dealer confirmed I had the faulty radiator and that the transmission fluid had glycol in it. I was told they can not cover the repairs nor replace the parts and that I would have to pay all costs even though it's a known issue. So I decided to flush the fluid out and install a separate cooler to avoid fluid from going through radiator in hopes I could save the transmission from being damaged by the contaminated fluid since I did not have the funds to replace the components. I was driving on a busy expressway along with four other coworkers when my car's engine over revved and the car began to lose momentum. Nearly getting rear ended by vehicles behind me, I got out of the lane and merged onto the shoulder. Thinking the car may of had some electric fault in the transmission which might of caused the issue, I began to cautiously drive the car back to work when it did the same thing again. Next day I was taking vehicle to dealership when it completely stopped moving. The engine would run properly, but when placed in drive or reverse, the car would not move. Told dealership my issue and was told that the transmission went out. They would not cover the costs even though it was caused by equipment failure, so I paid all the cost out of pocket in order to get vehicle back up and running since it is my only car. After talking with service manager at dealer and their tech's, they have known about the issue specifically with my vehicles year and that it is not a recall nor something the dealer can cover. This issue nearly caused me to have an accident three times and it is an issue that the dealer must take responsibility for and cover at no cost to owner since they have known about the issue. This radiator issue occurred Tuesday, August 13, 2013.
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The car is a 2003 Mercedes Benz E500. I have a mercedes-benz 2003 E500 that has a defective valeo radiator that caused glycol contamination leakage into the automatic transmission fluid. My un-drivable car now has transmission failure because of power loss while traveling at high speeds. Inability to accelerate or keep up the minimum speed of the posted highway signs is common. I asked mbusa about the problem and initially they refused to acknowledge the problem existed. After finding technical service bulletin p-b-27. 55/50f dated March 24, 2006 they acknowledged the defect but denied any assistance to me, leaving it up to a local dealer to handle the matter. The local dealer would not assist me except performing the $200 glycol bulletin test and described the cost for repairs. My car glycol contamination test result compared to the chart was deep purple as a result of the glycol and transmission fluid contamination level being above 400 mg/liter which is the worst case scenario of rusted transmission and showing glycol contamination started months earlier to the noticeable problems with the car. Also the bulletin outlines test kits sold to dealerships in packs of 30's. The bulletin also says that the problem is not intermittent and can be reproduced at all times. This problem is wide spread and needs to be a recall due to power loss while driving. It was December 1, 2007 when this radiator issue happened.
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VIN of the vehicle was 4M2EU48846_. The reporting person's vehicle is a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while parked, a small amount of radiator fluid leaked from the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where the radiator was replaced four different times. In addition, the dealer informed the contact that the fan motor would need to be reprogrammed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The approximate failure mileage was 35,000. This problem occurred on May. 4, 2010.
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The vehicle involved is a 2006 Mercury Mountaineer. The contact stated that while approaching the vehicle, he noticed that there was antifreeze leaking onto the ground. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000. The VIN was unavailable. Updated 02/11/2014 the consumer stated the radiator was leaking in the seams. The radiator was eventually replaced at a cost of $400. 00. Updated 02-2-/14. It was Wednesday, September 11, 2013 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The car involved was a 2003 Mitsubishi Montero Sport. There was crash involved with this Mitsubishi Montero Sport. I was pulling in a sheets station and going into a parking space when my accelerator pedal stuck to the floor and when I left go the brake pedal vehicle kept moving and crashed into a red post which stopped the vehicle then I noticed the gas pedal coming back up and was able to ,put in reverse and cruise back in same parking space did damage to motor and radiator and front body my wife claims this has done it to her as well. I was scared. The failure date was November 29, 2013.
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The car involved is a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander. The radiator blew apart while driving on the hwy causing the engine to quickly overheat. There were no warning lights to indicate there was a problem. Upon inspection by my mechanic it was discovered that the cylinder head also cracked. He was aware of a possible known issue and contacted Mitsubishi who verified a problem with the cooling fan controller. After having the vehicle towed to the Mitsubishi dealership I was told by them that they would only cover the cost of the parts and not the labor. I would have thought that if a defective part caused these problems that I shouldn't have to pay anything much less over $1,100 in labor. This radiator issue occurred 12/20/05.
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The vehicle is a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. Driving down the road, vehicle becomes sluggish. Notice that the temperature begins to rise rapidly. In afternoon work traffic and have difficulty negotiating traffic trying not to break down in the middle of a busy road/intersection at 5:20pm. Vehicle was take to a repair shop where I was informed that the radiator had ruptured, thus sending coolant into the transmission and transmission fluid into the engine. Current estimate is approx $3000. It was 05/20/2014 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The vehicle having this issue was a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder. Upon driving at 25mph the rpm's increased without any power. No matter how much gas I gave it o would only crawl and could barely exit the intersection. I was able to pull over and shut the car off. I tried to turn it back on and it would not. I brought it back to the dealer and was informed the radiator and transmission are bad. I then learned that this is a problem with many Nissan SUV's. It was 05/12/14 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The vehicle is a 1999 SAAB 9-5. All of these repairs in about a two year period: abs module, oil cooler, throttle body, upper radiator hose, and both dic cassettes. This is completely unacceptable for what was originally a $40k car. I have loved SAAB's since my childhood, but this one car has completely turned me off of them. First the abs module went, had it rebuilt ($150) and no improvement. So I bought a new one ($350). Then just after that the throttle body died ($450). Then just a few months later the oil cooler ($1100) went out. It ran smooth for a short time, but then both dic's died at the same time ($850). It is time for this car to go away, and I will never buy another SAAB. Why is there a recall on the dic for all subsequent years, but no the 1999's?
thank SAAB!!!. This radiator issue occurred Wed., Oct. 7, 2009.
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VIN of the vehicle was YS3CD68U2V_. Problems with abs on a 1997 SAAB 9000 cs. The abs ecm unit was replaced at 45900, at 55393 most of the brake system had to be replaced, the consumer believed that this type of brake work should not occur at such low mileage, also the exhaust system and radiator had to be replaced. This problem occurred on Wednesday, October 24, 2001.
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The VIN of the problem Sl2 is 1G8ZK5271X_. I purchased my Saturn Sl2 4-door brand new in 1999 with only 10 miles on it. It was a perfect car until it overheated one day. I called the dealership service department and they told me to use only dex-cool in my engine. So I walked and purchased some and went on my way. Since that time my engine continuously gets overheated, I have had to replace the water pump, the radiator cap and now the dealership has told me that I have a cracked radiator head with warped gaskets which will cost too much for me due to my being on disability. My car only has 94,000 miles on it and I have it serviced regularly. I feel that dex-cool or the dealership should be held responsible in fixing my vehicle to no fault of my own. The failure date was Sunday, Jul. 14, 2002.
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The car was a 2006 Subaru Legacy. Vehicle identification number (VIN) of the vehicle is 4S4BP61C96_. Before this - engine replaced with very few miles - Subaru claimed no warranty - insurance paid based on tiny leak in radiator - car just quit. Never knew of any leak - not water in garage floor ever. Then on 12/28/10 had heard loud knocking noise in front end. Subaru sent wrecker (2 hrs_ 1-way) to pick up car - replaced front end problems. Continued/constant problems with this vehicle - truly a lemon. I am 77 - have been stranded more than 2 x's recently - car just loses power - ck engine & cruise lights - also 10/9/12 dash lights on drove 6+ hours to service in new braunfels, TX. Nearest dealer is 2. 5 hrs away 1-way. Need dealers no one else will even look at Subaru. This is truly the Subaru from hell!!!!! limited income cannot buy another car but I should would if I could. It was December 28, 2010 when this radiator issue occurred.
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I have a Subaru Tribeca 7 passenger. I was driving down the tollway and a rock flew up and busted a hole in my radiator. When I took it to Subaru, I found out that there is a design flaw. There is an opening in the front grill without any slats. The radiator hangs low enough so anything can fly up, through this opening and puncture the radiator. I was told by Subaru that this will happen in 1 out of 3000 cars. I checked most of the other crossover SUV by other manufactures, and they either have slats in the opening or the radiator does not hang down low enough to be exposed to any road debris. I had the car 1 week after buying it new and had to spend over $600 on a radiator. But, my bigger concern, is that it can happen over and over again. Thankfully, I did not crash the vehicle. Subaru needs to do something to protect this from continuing to happen. The failure date was Friday, March 23, 2007.
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The vehicle is a 2008 Suzuki Xl7. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of the car was 2S3DB41768_. I was in the parking lot of wall mart with the engine idling heard a loud noise the car started shaking,turned it off immediately,got out looked under the hood nothing visible at the time. Got back in started the car checked temp gauge everything looked fine, and the loud noise again car started shaking,got out looked under the hood could see a little antifreeze on the ground,turned car off immediately,had it towed to matt blatt a Suzuki dealer in glassboro NJ got a call three days later, informed the fan blades came off the pulley hit the radiator made a hole in it, the service person said it would cost$1200 to repair, informed the front bumper would have to come of which added to the labor cost, told service tech that was a factory defect and I should not have to pay for it, he then gave me the number to Suzuki International. Called same they said they would not pay for it, the car was no longer under warranty at 57000 miles for this problem. Needles to say this left a bad taste in our mouth for this product we also had no help from the dealership. This radiator problem happened on Fri., Sep. 21, 2012.
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The car was a 2002 Suzuki xl-7. Brought vehicle to one dealer, multiple times regarding engine coolant empty, overheating. First dealer stated was bad radiator cap. Replaced, and problem still occurred. Went to this dealer 3 times for problem with no resolution. Finally went to another dealer, and found cylinder heads to be bad, stated problem could have been avoided if diagnosed earlier. Original dealer wanted fee for diagnosis, even though car still under full warranty. After replacement, engine now makes constant ticking/knock and ping noise when driving, and more pronounced when accelerating. Second dealer stated unable to recreate problem, however continues to occur even 1 year later. This issue happened on Thursday, August 28, 2003.
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The vehicle is a 2013 Toyota Highlander. The VIN of this Highlander is 5TDDK3EH3D_. The vehicle did not alert to any engine and/or vehicle problem (no caution light, no engine light, etc. ) the driver happened to look down at the fuel tank and noticed that the temperature gauge exceed the measuring mark (over the red zone) and was still running. The driver immediately went to a safe place. Towed to the dealership. Dealership informs that a "small rock or road debris" traveled through the front grill and punctured the radiator. After researching why the radiator is not covered under the warranty on brand new vehicle under this road debris, I read over 30 reported cases in not only the Toyota Highlander, Toyota tundra, and Toyota corolla as their is no protection to the front portion of the radiator and/or condenser. Would have caused engine fire, do not understand why there were no safety lights and or indicators something was wrong with vehicle. It was Tuesday, April 8, 2014 when this radiator issue happened.
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The vehicle involved was a 2002 Toyota Camry. Began noticing gurgling/water sloshing noises at approximately 100k miles. Approximately one month later, car overheated. Noticed coolant was low, so had coolant refilled. Checked out by mechanic next day and was told that a stop-leak would fix problem. Completed this procedure at personal cost. Three days later, car overheated again. Took to different mechanic, and was advised to replace radiator. Replaced radiator at personal cost. Few days later, car overheated again. Took to four different mechanics and noticed coolant leaks. Was advised by all four mechanics that it was blown head gasket, that this was a common problem with this make/model, that replacing the engine would be safest solution. One mechanic also said that simply replacing head gasket might not work because the bolt threading in this particular model was known to be defective. Cannot afford $4000 to replace engine, especially if this same problem can possibly recur. Currently refilling coolant every other day. This radiator problem happened on 06/20/2013.
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The vehicle involved is a 2010 Volkswagen Routan. Driving on a neighborhood street when a sudden drop in the ac power followed by a quick rise in the engine temp to the top of the gauge. Within 2 minutes steam was observed coming out of the engine. Quickly pulled over to the side of the road. After cooling the engine and opening the hood it was observed that engine coolant was all over the engine parts and boiling off due to the heat. Water was poured in the radiator and a leak was observed from a plastic y joint in the water cooling pipe/assembly. Vw part number 7b0121086b. With the water filled to the max as soon as the engine was started a steady stream of water was observed coming out of the y joint. With over a gallon of water in the vehicle drove the car home and in less than 3 miles the water was completely drained from the system. Please cross reference this with any complaints related to the Chrysler town and country minivan and the Dodge grand caravan as they are all produced by Chrysler corp. The y connector failure was easily found online and appears to be a defective part / design flaw as the plastic piece was not able to withstand the pressure and heat and seemed to split at the seam to cause the leak. The failure date was Fri., Jul. 12, 2013.
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The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 3VWRL71K39_. 2009 Volkswagen Jetta tdi at 53,000 miles my radiator went out due to a design flaw were a clamp rubbed a hole in the radiator. Vw would not cover under factory warranty, at 68,000 miles the alignment went out in the automobile, and finnally at 72,000 miles I noticed my transmission making a hard shift and a delay shift when taking off, I inquired about it twice at the dealer ship and was advise nothing was wrong. Then at 94,000 miles I started hearing a loud noise from my motor it is the dual mass cluch flywheel has gone out. The dealership wants $3000. 00 to fix. I called vw of America, the vp I talked to, said just because the part was recalled in australia and canada it doesn't mean anything to them. This problem occurred on Monday, Jul. 11, 2011.
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The vehicle involved was a 2004 Volvo Xc90. I was driving on the parkway and notice a warning light on the dash. It stated urgent transmission needs service. I've taken it to the dealer and needed to replace transmission and radiator among other things. It was Wednesday, January 14, 2009 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The car involved is a 2005 Volvo S60. I have had to replace the engine cooling system (radiator) twice for this car in less than 66k. While you are driving, the warning "stop car immediately coolant low" comes on. Volvo has changed the supplier for this part, which tells me they know it is a problem. Not only is this scary, but the cost to replace (with labor) is over $1,300. I think this is both a hazard for the driver, other drivers (if you need to pull over quickly and stop your engine) as well as an unnecessary cost. As a consumer who has tolerated enough corporate abuse (banks, wall street, car bailouts) I am hopeful that the NHTSA will look into this issue and require that Volvo stand behind the quality of the cars they make and sell. The failure date was November 3, 2008.
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Tl- the vehicle involved is a 2006 Audi A4. The contact stated that they smelt a sweet burning smell for two years in the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to the dealer several times and it was always said that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. The contact stated that while driving the vehicle the radiator blew. The vehicle was taken to a mechanic and it was found that a plastic piece broke on the radiator that allow anti freeze to leak into the vehicle and caused the sweet burning smell. The vehicle had been repaired. The VIN was not available. The failure mileage was 89,000 and the current mileage was 104,000. Rl. This radiator problem happened on 02/07/2011.
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Vehicle identification number (VIN): WAULT68E02_. Consumer has a 2002 Audi A4. The contact stated that the vehicle would constantly overheat without proper warning. The contact replaced the radiator and thermostat, but to no avail. The contact took the vehicle to an independent mechanic who advised that the problem was within the engine, but could not determine the specific cause of the failure. The vehicle was not inspected by the dealer or repaired. The failure mileage was unknown. This problem occurred on Mon., Aug. 8, 2011.
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The vehicle involved was a 2008 BMW X5. I was driving home from store when the coolant fan came on and would not go off. Display stated that the engine was over heating and if it continues take it in for service. The next morning I turned on the car and the same thing happened and was told not to drive the car because could damage the engine. Had the car towed and was told that it was the radiator. Was told that BMW resigned the radiator there for the hoses had to be done over. There was never any other indication prior to this. Was on my way driving out of town. Looked online and it appears that this is a common problem. This should not be happening with only 46,000 miles on the car. I have been the original owner. This issue happened on Apr. 30, 2014.
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The vehicle having this issue was a 2006 BMW 5 Series. The VIN of this vehicle is WBANF73596_. I bought the car it had an oil leak, radiator leak, developed an air bag malfunction, the engine stopped running, tar is accumulating on top of the sunroof every time I open it, the heater fan makes noise, the transmission makes noise after four attempts it is still leaking oil. All of my friends who own BMW's have also had air bag malfunctions. None were part of the recall, all paid $1,300. 00 to have it fixed. BMW should have recalled all of them. The purpose of recalling some is to avoid a total recall. They are building their cars with inferior parts so that they do not last for more than 60,0000 before major problems occur. One of my friends has spent over $10,000 on repairs to his 2004 x3. This radiator issue occurred Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.
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VIN of the vehicle was 2G4WS52J92_. The reporting person's vehicle is a 2002 Buick Century. The contact stated that she took the vehicle to have an oil change when the mechanic stated that there was oil in the radiator. In addition, the intake manifold needed to be replaced and the radiator needed to be flushed. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The failure mileage was 47,400. Updated 11/14/lj updated 11/18/2013. This problem occurred on 09/09/2013.
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The car is a 2002 Buick Rendezvous. We begin experiencing overheating and took the car to the manufacturer; $5000 plus later we are still having the same problem. More recently we replaced the radiator and it continues to overheat. This radiator issue occurred Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013.
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The vehicle involved is a 2000 Cadillac Eldorado. The car has been overheating since 83600 miles. We changed the thermostat and it still did the same thing. Took to Cadillac dealer and they said there was nothing wrong. Went got the car and paid price 3 days later it was overheating and antifreeze was disappearing. Filled the radiator up with antifreeze and it disappeared again. We changed the lower radiator hose and flushed the radiator and tried it again. The coolant disappeared again and no sign of a leak. Where is the antifreeze going. I was told it was the head gasket or the intake manifold gasket. I am unemployed and do not have the money to have this done. I can not find work without a vehicle. I just bought this car at 75000 miles. This car ran like a charm until I took it in for an oil change at the Cadillac dealer and they put the wrong oil in the engine. By the way this engine is the northstar engine. The mileage now is at 84000 miles. All Cadillac dealers I have taken my car to previously have always used mobile oil. They were trying to tell me this other oil is the same. Obviously this was not the same. It wrecked my car and now I can not afford to fix it. This car has the years on it but not the miles for the years. Why should you have to tear an engine apart with this low of miles on it. Cars are to last to 250,000 miles well this one has not even made it to 100,000 miles. I would really like some help getting this vehicle fixed. If this is the way Cadillac's are I will never buy another Cadillac in my life. This radiator problem happened on Feb. 10, 2014.
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The vehicle involved is a 2005 Cadillac Cts. The contact stated that while driving 35 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the radiator failed and caused coolant to leak into the transmission. As a result, the radiator and transmission both needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 82,000 and the current mileage was 86,000. It was Mon., Dec. 2, 2013 when this radiator issue occurred.
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The car is a 2003 Jaguar S-type. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is SAJEA01U43_. 2003 s type Jaguar. Consumer states problem with electrical system, transmission slipping, drive shaft, and rear-end differential
the consumer stated the vehicle was serviced 12 more times after he received a recall notice regarding the transmission and the problems were never corrected. Also, the windshield wipers did not work properly. The dealer replaced the wiper blades. The battery had to be jumped twice, the radiator and heater valve hoses were leaking and had to be replaced. The head lights fogged up and the bulb had to be replaced, the driver's seat rocked back and forth, the exterior driver's side mirror was not working due to a sticking switch. This problem occurred on May. 19, 2011.
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The reporting person's vehicle is a 2004 Jaguar S-type. The contact stated that there was a massive anti-freeze leak in the vehicle. The dealer discovered that the radiator was cracked. An independent mechanic repaired the radiator and found that most of the components under the hood were not Jaguar parts. The parts were Jeep, Chevrolet, and other brands. Upon further investigation, it was revealed that the vehicle was previously involved in two major crashes. On a separate occasion, the contact found holes in the radiator hoses. In addition, the water pump was cracked and needed to be replaced. Later, while driving less than 35 mph, the brakes failed. A police officer flagged her down and informed her that smoke and sparks were coming from the rear driver's side tire. The independent mechanic stated that the caliper failed. The system would not accept the VIN provided. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current mileage was 54,000. It was Tuesday, September 30, 2008 when this radiator issue happened.
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|Engine And Engine Cooling problems||
|Car Stall problems||
|Engine Cooling System problems||
|Manifold/header/muffler/tail Pipe problems||
|Check Engine Light On problems||
|Gasoline Engine problems||
|Engine Belts And Pulleys problems||
|Engine Exhaust System problems||
|Engine Stall problems||
|Engine Oil Leaking problems||
|Engine Shut Off Without Warning problems||
|Engine Failure problems||
|Gas Recirculation Valve (egr Valve) problems||
|Emission Control problems||
|Engine Clicking And Tapping Noises problems||
|Engine Burning Oil problems||
|Catalytic Convertor problems||