View Full Version : Did I get ripped off?

12-30-2006, 07:01 PM
My 91 GT-S blew a radiator on the highway and luckily, the shopping center I pulled into had an auto repair shop which was able to replace my radiator for $250 that I guess is an okay price. However, they charged me $40 bucks to flush the coolant from the engine at the same. Was this necessary? They were telling me that if I didn't do this then the coolant in the engine would remain there and I didn't want this to foul up the new radiator with any residual gunk. However, I was wondering whether the extra service should have been included with the new radiator service in the first place....

12-30-2006, 07:38 PM
250 is kinda alot for a radiator. i got a new aluminum one for $100. i guess the $150 is for labor. and yeah you have to drain the coolant when replacing a radiator.

12-30-2006, 07:50 PM
The $250 was for everything out the door.

12-30-2006, 09:06 PM
you didn't get ripped off

call your local toyota dealer and ask them for a quote on a radiator replacement for your car

and yeah, an engine coolant flush is a good idea to do at the same time

david in germany
12-30-2006, 09:16 PM
If the coolant they used isn't toyota red I would suggest you get it flushed again an have it replaced with OEM toyota red coolant. (better product)

12-30-2006, 09:34 PM
Thanks y'all. The other concern I had was that I had to drive the car for 5 to 10 minutes with the needle in the red to get off the highway. I was concerned that the head gasket could have been affected by the heat. Is the 5S-FE engine prone to problems when subject to short term over-heating? BTW, I just heard that I could have turned on the heater full blast to reduce the temp. Does this actually work?

91 Celica GT-S
01-02-2007, 02:21 AM
if it was just 5 to 10 mins it shouldent be a problem. unless your car isnt running good now. i know i overheated my car many times and damn theyre tuff but eventually i had to replace my radiator and head gasket. and yes turning on the heater full blast works cause it does take away heat from your coolant however its not very effective

01-02-2007, 02:28 AM
Pleased to report that everything seems to fine. Power is just the same as before and there are no leaks that I can see. Oil is nice and clear and same with coolant. Yep, these Toyotas are built to last! With only 144,000 miles, I am looking forward to another 5 years or more.

01-02-2007, 02:29 AM
Just wait till you get to about... oh... 215K

01-02-2007, 04:06 AM
Just wait till you get to about... oh... 215K


01-02-2007, 09:28 PM
Toyota quoted me over $500 to do the radiator. Directly across the street was a radiator shop that did the job for $253.75 including flush and fill of coolant.