I have a good reputable mechanic I take my vehicles to up here. Unfortunately the local Ford garage doesn't have a stellar track record with me.
I do a lot of my own repairs, but when I am short on time I take it to a mechanic (I work construction, and sometimes I only get a day and a half at home in two weeks). The last time I went to the Ford garage I wanted to get tire pressure sensors installed in my '14 f350, since it hasn't had any since I bought the truck (it came with aftermarket rims, no sensors). They told me to just put a piece of electrical tape over the light if it bothers me. I'm not kidding. They offered to sell me sensor at $150/tire, but they didn't know when they would have time to install them(and that $150 didn't include installation). So, when I noticed the leak in my radiator I priced one out online, and just for fun I called the Ford garage and got a price for them to remove and replace. It was just shy of $2,000, a grand in labor, and around $800 for the radiator, plus shop supplies. My guy charged me $250 to install it, I got it online for $500 including shipping, and he wanted me to swing by in a couple weeks so he could just take a look and make sure there were no leaks after it got some miles on it. Hard to be loyal to Ford service when they gouge so hard.
I'm sorta in the same boat. If it's a job I just don't wanna deal with and the cost vs headache ratio is correct, I take it to my local guy, whom I trust completely. As with most auto manufacturers, Ford has realized the 6.4 and 6.7 primary radiators are problematic, so, naturally they want your first born for parts and labor cuz they know the volume is out there.
I went OEM for replacement when, at 120k miles, the leak was enough to make me uneasy. I decided OEM because it lasted me 120k miles, I have to believe this one will last me another. Mishimoto, on the other hand, have been known to leak almost immediately and it's a constant expense until you're lucky enough to get a unit that won't leak.
...oh, and OEM replacement doesn't require the added expense/time of "checking ancillary" stuff like cab bushings, etc. to ensure a problem free replacement.
It's been almost 10k miles and no issues.
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