I agree, taking the bumper out would make the job easier. I didn't take mine out but like Kajtek I probably increased the job time by another hour.Front bumper is hold by only 2 bolts and than slides out, but disconnecting the wiring and belly pan take some time. I did replace radiator without bumper removal, but had to bend some shrouds on the way, so better remove the bumper.
You paid too much i'm afraid,I paid about $550 for Behr from a warehouse. Not really cheap.
Radiator is not something you can really save. If buy cheaper one, it will keep the engine hotter, taking your fuel money for running the fans.
It is like buying cheap plugs - for each $1 saved - you will spend $10 on wasted fuel till you replace the plugs again.
Kajtek1, do you think Nissen has restricted channels as a result of the green coolant or is that not as good a radiator in the first place?Our 2nd, newly purchased E300DT has Nissen radiator. The car runs over 5 degrees warmer than the one I put Behr in. But PO put green coolant into the Nissen and I had to flush it.
I wish to answer the question myself, but it might turn impossible.Kajtek1, do you think Nissen has restricted channels as a result of the green coolant or is that not as good a radiator in the first place?