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The Porsche 996 is well known for cooling system issues. One of the most prevalent issues is with the genuine radiator. Instead of replacing your radiator with another one that is guaranteed to fail again in the future, replace it with this upgrade instead.

Compared to the OE radiator on these Porsches, this radiator is constructed completely of aluminum and has a much higher cooling capacity. The original radiator is a single-row core whereas this upgrade features a dual-row core. Put simply, this radiator will keep your car cooler as it is considerably more efficient. 

Porsche 996 911 CSF Performance Radiator Kit


Porsche 996 911 Performance Radiator Kit Replacement Symptoms

It seems like a common theme on the Porsche 996s, the plastic parts of the cooling system degrade and fail. The OE radiator has plastic end tanks that over time are heat cycled which results in cracking. 

  • Coolant leak
  • Engine overheating
  • Coolant temperature gauge reading high
  • Sweet smell of coolant burning

Porsche doesn't specify a mileage in which to replace the radiator. Instead, replace the radiator when there are signs of failure or as preventative maintenance. 

Radiator replacement is easier than it might sound. On a scale from one to five, this job ranks somewhere between an two and three. It should only take around three hours to complete the replacement. 


Porsche Models Applicable

  • 1999-2005 Porsche 911 Carrera


Parts Included with Porsche 996 911 Performance Radiator Kit


Additional Parts Required with Porsche 996 911 Performance Radiator Kit

  • Everything you need to replace your radiator is included in this kit. 


Special Tools Required with Porsche 996 911 Performance Radiator Kit


Additional Parts Recommended with Porsche 996 911 Performance Radiator Kit


Aftermarket Upgrades or Genuine Option for Porsche 996 911 Performance Radiator Kit

We don't recommend replacing your radiator with another OE unit, but if you decide to:

Porsche 996 911 CSF Performance Radiator Kit


It's a good thing that our performance radiator kit comes with our Lifetime Replacement Guarantee like everything else we sell. Drive your car for another 100,000 miles or however long it lasts, and replace it again afterward using our incredibly simple return procedure. 

In the video below, Eric Hirschberg, our Porsche Catalog Manager, gets up close with this Porsche 996 911 performance radiator kit. If you're unsure if this kit will work on your car, you can verify the fitment by going to our homepage and use the vehicle selection tool in the upper left corner. As usual, if you like this Really Quick Product Review, subscribe and check back here for regular releases in the future.

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Evan Madore

Writer/Editor at FCP Euro and owner of a daily R53 MINI Cooper, a track-built R53 MINI, and a 1997 Dakar Yellow E36 M3 Sedan. ••• Instagram: @evan.madore

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