Unfortunately Advance Auto Part doesn't ship outside USA.
I called my GM dealer and as expected:
-Thermostat and Housing cannot be sold apart. So it's 114$
-Gasket isn't included... so it's 15$ more.
(Yup, Canadian dollard is over parity, but we we're still getting screwed over auto parts prices...)
*The thermostat is also on national back order with no availability date specified...
So I ordered the Beck/Arnley one from RockAuto. Could have been cheaper, but since shipping is already 30$, I decided to take the one that seemed the safest bet (Thermostat/Housing/Gasket in the same box). I also added a few parts that will need my attention in the next few months like ignition wires and a serpentine belt.
Received the Beck/Arnley part. Was in fact a Motorad, made in Germany, that has the same exact specs as the one sold on eBay. Guess it has to be the same.
I had a leak around it on my 1st install... so I did the job again.
-Sanded the new part where it has to contact the block. The finish was a bit to rough.
-Sanded the block to remove some rust/gasket leftovers
-Added a tiny bit of black RTV under and over the gasket (The used OEM one showed signs of RTV residue on it).
This time, no leaks... and the temp gauge is back to normal. I also get goot heating again!
Weird thing is, from looking carefully at the OEM part, I cannot understand how you could get a good fit buying only the thermostat. Unless the pictures I get are not the right ones on parts sites.
So would you say to go with the ebay one? I need to change mine and was wondering if I could buy the inexpensive thermostats only also. Sounds like you solved my situation. What kind of RTV did you use also. Hi temp or just the normal?
I used ordinary black RTV... it said on the package that it was OK to use pour cooling system parts.
Compare the eBay price including shipping vs Rockauto. Depending where you need to ship, one might be cheaper than the other. In Canada, Rockauto made more sense, plus I added a few more parts in the cart that I needed too.
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