2003 Forester X, 5spd,
Hey guys, I have a 2003 X 5spd and I like driving in the mountains a fair bit. No matter how I drive, I end up getting quite hot during long hill climbs. I've tried everything from crawling up in 1st gear to just sending it. This past weekend after replacing my head gaskets (part of the original overheating problem) I and my friend driving his WRX went up a fairly steep mountain road, he drifting around corners and having a great time while I lagged behind, rapidly heating up. He has the Mishimoto radiator for his rig and never got hot. As much of my weekends involve steep backcountry roads this simply won't do, so I'm looking at getting myself the Mishimoto radiator for the XT. Has anyone else done this, or installed a different high-performance radiator? And does anyone know of a comparable cheaper option before I drop $340 on a radiator?