Bug me again!
I've been experiencing a small (500ml/month) drip from the cooling system. I just kept it filled correctly, and put off going to the stealership. I went there yesterday and the financial poop really hit the fan. They told me it's the worst case scernario I've been dreading and the whole radiator has to be replaced to the tune of $800 CDN. However, I did not personally see a hole in it, even though they showed me the underside. There was a lot more dried and crusty coolant under the car than I would have expected from the small drip. Question: if they didn't pressure-test the system, how could they know it's the rad and not one of the coolant lines? I assume whatever hole there is is really small and hard to find visually. I'm getting the feeling that they suggested the expensive replacement because they thought I wouldn't know better (26-year-old female). Any insight, suggestions or comiserations would be very welcome.