New radiator or Radiator bypass and add aftermarket cooler?

Dogred08

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Monroe, North Carolina, USA
I just researched the part number on my radiator and it's actually an updated model it's not the original factory one and it's made in USA. According to what I read online it's at least a 2015 model with no SMOD reports. The number is 214609CA0E. Btw I just purchased the car used with no service history so I'm still discovering things.

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Latham, New York
The radiator to transmission leak issue (SMOD) on Nissans Xterra's went on to some early 2010s. Not sure about the frontiers. When I found out about the issue via the Xterra forums, I preemptively changed the radiator on my 08 X with a $130 spectra (um?). So why bother with the hassle of installing a separate tranny cooler? The factory original style transmission cooler in the radiator not only pre-warms the tranny in frigid regions but also has been shown to limit tranny temps when towing under severe conditions (I.e. heavy trailers, hot climates, steep grades).
 
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