So my Outback XT (2005) was overheating.
So I got a new Tstat today, and I took both of them and boiled them from cold. When looking in the water, they are very close, but when taking them both out and standing them up on the counter, one closes far sooner than the other. Success!
But then, upon installing the new Tstat, I filled up the rad, and saw water flowing out from somewhere. I assumed the fins had uncrimped from the initial rise over normal operating temp, and using compressed air I saw it was coming from the top hose area.
So I pulled off the hose.
And the flange came with it.
It seems the flange had rotted away inside the pipe, and now I need a new radiator :/
I was thinking aftermarket, because the dealer is going to **** me on this anyway, and found this:
. Spec says it fits a Legacy GT, which is the same engine and body as my Outback XT, but I'm a bit worried it won't fit.
Will this fit?
Am I better off just going with an OEM unit?
Beginning of this story here: Overheating under boost conditions - NASIOC