Originally Posted by 911LE
I ordered a Denso radiator from Rockauto. It was labeled as "aftermarket" on the paperwork that came with it. It is definitely not the same as the oem radiator I removed. Cheaper plastic tanks. The first one had a crack in one of the tanks and it was labeled "Made in Taiwan". Oems were made in Japan. Buyer beware.
911LE....You are absolutely correct. Since I no longer do any mechanical work myself, I rely on an independent shop and also one of two Lexus dealerships to replace items. Sometimes the independent gets greedy and his prices are very close or higher than Lexus. That was the case when I replaced my radiator last year. He quoted me $500 for an aftermarket, and Lexus quoted me $1,000 (which I thought was nuts! for OEM radiator and install). I asked Lexus to use a Denso and it was done for $500. Yes it is not made in Japan, but the OEM part is $300+ if I purchase it myself. Sometimes on these older cars it becomes time to try and save some money on parts. Lexus told me they use Denso often for those customers who don't want the extra cost of OEM. As far as the Koyo wheel bearing hub goes, Koyo does make their bearings for Toyota and Lexus, and they are made in Japan. At least I have established that. I'll get the part tomorrow and report back. Thanks everyone.
PS. Does anyone know with certainty that a "Genuine" "OEM" Lexus replacement radiator (or any other Genuine replacement part) is actually manufactured in Japan or instead comes from one of those "Bins" that many auto makers get their parts, some of which might not be from the country that built the car?