This morning, my friend called me and said that her car had lost a large amount of coolant. I went over, popped the hood, and saw a 1.5" crack on the lower radiator hose. The vehicle is a '96 Accord V6, yes V6, with 155k. I was surprised that the hose had failed. Upon squeezing the other end of the hose, it didn't feel like it was on the verge of failure. Yes, it felt a bit aged, but no signs of imminent failure. With that said, I'm glad that I replaced the hoses on my Saturn earlier this year even if they appeared OK. I wouldn't want to be stuck in this situation. Nevertheless, at the title states, does anyone have experience with Goodyear branded radiator hoses? I've heard that they are produced by Gates, but I don't remember where I read that. O'Reillys Auto sells them, and they are a good 20% less than the NAPA (Gates) hoses. If they're essentially the same thing, I'd hate to pay more. Also, on the older Hondas, I assume that plain 'old silicated coolant is all that is required, correct? I plan to refill it with O'Reilly's 50/50 PREMIX since it is on sale for $5/gal. Now the tough part is replacing the radiator hose with only a widow maker.. Thanks!