2004-2007 Cadillac CTS-V Performance Mods Discussion, Maggie Heat exchanger Price in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2004 - 2007; So I punctured my HEX when trying to install a new alradco radiator.. frustrating to say the least. So I ...
So I punctured my HEX when trying to install a new alradco radiator.. frustrating to say the least. So I called magnuson expecting a replacement to cost no more than $300. Well turns out a replacement is $900. does this sound right? This heat exchnager is so smaller and simple could it really be that pricey?
Automobile(s): 2004 CTS-V Raven, StainlessWorks header back exhaust
Re: Maggie Heat exchanger Price
Holy balls that is expensive! I seem to remember my dad's buddy has a maggie and his replacement H/E only cost like $450? I could be mistaken though. I would see if a good radiator guy can put a new core in it or something. I would do a lot of groundwork before I spent $900 on a replacement.
See if you have a radiator shop local to you. How bad did you "puncture" it? 1 tube? multiple? really bashed it? A radiator shop shop be able to repair or re-core it. You may be able to find a GOOD (really good) tig welder that could weld the hole in the tube (would have to remove some fins probably for access, but better than $900). Worse case scenario if you really are desperate and it is a small hole, pinch that portion of tube, clean it very well and epoxy it. When I did fleet work for construction vehicles, we actually did this fairly often on aluminum heat exchangers and never had further issues. I certainly wouldn't do it as a professional customer based technician, but the maggie cooler will only see a couple psi from thermal expansion.