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Advice on radiator for GT 3.2

I've been loosing coolant and after trying to pin point where the leak for the past week I notice that the leak is coming from the radiator. My question is can I use a new radiator from a 156 V6 as it seems to be cheaper that the GT 3.2

Also there any difference between a radiator from different models or engine?

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The rads from the 147GTA and 156GTA would be a perfect fit, I ain't too sure about the 2.5v6 though.
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yes the 156 2.5v6 rad will fit in the GT 3.2V6 I had mine replaced, got it from Veloces of London, there was no difference when we got it out and put it next to the new one, hell of job though had to take front bumper off
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Cheers fellas

I've been reading a lot where some people has change the radiator with the 156 without removing the bumper, I wonder if that is the case for the GT as well.

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I have a 156, the rad change is possible with the bumper on, but is soooo much easier with it off!
 
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I changed mine to a 2.5 156 rad the week before christmas. dis- and reassembly took about 5.5h with bumper off and a 3 year old daughter helping out (I also removed rust and repainted the lower support and fan frame, but thats not included in the 5.5h).

The 2.5 rad was a few mm thinner, and lacked the 2 bottom mounting holes for the plastic surround in front of the rad. other than that it fitted perfectly.

I figure since I don't live in australia or saudi arabia, the cooling capacity will be sufficient in spite of the new rad being slightly thinner. It has certainly been good enough so far when the temperature has been constantly below -10C

Brand was hella/behr, alu core, cost 180 eur.
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I'd put money on most 3.2 running the 2.5v6/2.0TS rad now.
It may have changed, but there were no aftermarket options for getting a 3.2 rad, which only left the expensive Alfa OEM part, which was Valeo but Valeo didn't sell it aftermarket!
2.5v6/2.0TS rads plenty of aftermarket options at a fraction of the price of the 3.2 rad.
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I'd put money on most 3.2 running the 2.5v6/2.0TS rad now.
It may have changed, but there were no aftermarket options for getting a 3.2 rad, which only left the expensive Alfa OEM part, which was Valeo but Valeo didn't sell it aftermarket!
2.5v6/2.0TS rads plenty of aftermarket options at a fraction of the price of the 3.2 rad.
I had a really good ferret about when I needed a new rad. The prices are all over the place. I ended up with an aluminium cored radiator from Romford Radiators who list on flea bay. The rad is specced as a 1.8-2.5 litre job, but it has been absolutely fine in my 3.2.

The rad I took out was a Valeo part, maybe OE, maybe not. But putting the two next to each other, there was no real difference. The new Ali one actually had a better design of rad tube with lots of thin pipes were the old on had much fewer larger oval pipes. The new rad has done a warmish summer and plenty of traffic.

I'd say get a generic eBay job. Mine was 49.90 delivered.
 
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Is that true that TwinSpark 1.6 - 2.0 rads are same as 2.5 in 156 ?
Need new one for GT 3.2, Can i buy 156 TS spec ?
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Is that true that TwinSpark 1.6 - 2.0 rads are same as 2.5 in 156 ?
Need new one for GT 3.2, Can i buy 156 TS spec ?
156 2.0TS/JTS is the same rad as 2.5V6
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