Mitsubishi Radiator cost MSRP $300. I paid $107 for an after-market radiator manufactured in Canada, not China. I couldn't find radiators manufactured in America. :(
Local Mitsubishi Dealer Radiator Installation labor cost $110/hour. The local dealer told me it would take them 2-3 hours to install. Total cost $330. Oh, and the Mitsubishi dealer only installs OEM Mitsubishi radiators. Three other estimates from independent mechanics to install the radiator were $150, $160 and $180.
I saved myself $500 or maybe even more doing this job myself, and the hands-on learning experience itself was priceless.
Plus, I had to overcome the ridicule, even laughter from male mechanics, and other guys after I told them I was going to replace the radiator in my car myself. They made it sound like it was so hard to make me feel insecure, give up, and take it to them. Even my own mom thought I was nuts, and told me to take it to a professional mechanic. So, basically I had no moral support while pursuing this DIY radiator project. I'm sharing my personal experience so you have no excuses to stop you from doing anything. (added emphasis after the fact)But once I took the initiative to learn something new, that knowledge gained, gave me confidence! You and I can do anything, once we set our mind to it and tell ourselves,