Best engine coolant brand

1. Havoline Xtended Life Antifreeze/Coolant

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2. Rotella Ultra ELC AF/C Concentrate

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3. Delo Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant

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Best radiator coolant

1. Havoline Xtended Life Antifreeze/Coolant

2. MaxLife Valvoline Universal Antifreeze/Coolant

3. Delo Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant

Antifreeze for Diesel Engines

1. TRIAX All FLEE HD ELC – COOLANT/Antifreeze

2. Rotella Ultra ELC AF/C Concentrate

3. Star Brite Star-Cool Premium Synthetic PG Engine Coolant

G11 coolant

1. RAVENOL TTC Coolant Antifreeze Premix

G12 coolant

1. Audi Coolant Antifreeze Antigel Refrigerant

2. Ravenol LTC C12++ Coolant Antifreeze Concentrate MB 325.5

Coolant g12+

1. RAVENOL OTC C12+ Coolant Antifreeze Premix

Coolant for VW and Audi

1. OEM POEMVW Premium Antifreeze 50/50 Extended Life-Euro II Pink

Antifreeze for BMW

1. BMW 82141467704 Coolant / Antifreeze

Coolant for BMW, Mercedes, Mini, Smart, Volvo

1. OEM Premium Antifreeze 50/50 Extended Life-Euro I

Antifreeze for Mercedes

1. GENUINE MERCEDES MB Genuine Antifreeze

Coolant for Mini

1. Genuine Engine Coolant / Antifreeze

Coolant for Ford

1. Ford Genuine Fluid VC-3DIL-B Orange Pre-Diluted Antifreeze

Coolant for GM Cars

Antifreeze for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Saab

1. OEM Premium Antifreeze 50/50 Extended Life

Coolant for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM

1. Genuine Mopar Fluid Antifreeze/Coolant

Coolant for Japanese cars

1. Recochem OEM Pink Premium Antifreeze Concentrate Extended Life

2. Zerex Engine Coolant/Antifreeze

Coolant for Toyota and Lexus

3. Genuine Toyota 00272 1LLAC Auto Part

Coolant for Honda

1. Genuine Honda Long Life Coolant

Coolant for Subaru

1. Genuine Subaru SOA868V9270 Super Coolant

Antifreeze for Subaru, Infiniti, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Acura, Suzuki

1. Recochem OEM Green Premium Antifreeze Concentrate Extended Life

2. Recochem OEM Blue Premium Antifreeze Concentrate Extended Life

Antifreeze for Nissan

1. Genuine Nissan Fluid Blue Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant

Antifreeze for Kia and Hyundai

1. Genuine Hyundai Fluid Long Life Coolant

Very often car owners do not pay attention to the coolant, and in most cases do not change the coolant at all, they do not even know what is poured into the engine cooling system of their car. Such carelessness is in vain.

Best coolant for cars

1. Havoline Xtended Life Antifreeze/Coolant

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Havoline Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant DEXCOOL are based on a patented aliphatic organic additive formulation that offers a 150,000 mile/5 year life and is approved under GM6277M. These products meet the requirements of GM DEX-COOL. These products can be used in mixed fleets where passenger cars and light commercial vehicles are present. The main corrosion inhibitors in Havoline Extended Life antifreeze/coolant DEX-COOL have been shown to remain above 95% of their original concentration and are properly bottled after 150,000 miles in motor vehicles. This allows much longer intervals between coolant changes. Havoline Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant DEXCOOL has been formulated without inhibitors such as silicates, which have been shown to be abrasive for water pump seals.

Pros:

  • OEM Approval – Meets GM DEXCOOL requirements according to GM6277M specification.
  • Broad Service Application – Recommended for use in national, Asian and European automotive and light truck applications, including newer hybrid vehicles.
  • Heat Transfer – Improved heat transfer compared to silicate antifreeze/coolant products.
  • Contains ethylene glycol and 40 mg/kg denatonium benzoate.

Cons:

  • None

Best auto coolant

2. MaxLife Valvoline Universal Antifreeze/Coolant

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MaxLife 50/50 antifreeze has been developed to work with all passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. MaxLife antifreeze is the only antifreeze with Alugard Plus, a special additive that allows different chemicals to work together to provide protection against rust and corrosion. The leading “all makes, all models” coolants use an OAT chemistry that is not compatible with IAT and HOAT chemistry (used in over 60 percent of all vehicles).

Pros:

  • MaxLife Antifreeze is the only antifreeze that contains Alugard Plus, a special additive that allows these chemicals to work together to provide maximum protection.
  • Lubricates seals and gaskets
  • Durable formula
  • For all makes and models
  • Protects against cold freezing and hot weather overboiling.
  • Contains 30 – 50 ppm denatonium benzoate as bittering agent.

Cons:

  • None

Best liquid coolant

3. Delo Extended Life Antifreeze/Coolant

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Delo Extended Life Coolant/Antifreeze products are high-performance engine coolants that use a patented organic corrosion inhibitor technology called aliphatic carboxylates. Delo ELC is free of nitrates, borates, silicates, phosphates and amines. These products contain nitrites and moly dates for additional cylinder liner protection. Delo’s extended life coolant/anti-freeze products are recommended for use in a variety of cooling system applications, including on-road, off-road and stationary engine applications. These products are also recommended for mixed fleet applications where heavy and light trucks are used. Please check the coolant recommendations of your OEMs.

Pros:

  • Helps avoid the cost of using SCAs (Supplemental Coolant Additives), periodic testing and the manpower required to perform these tasks by avoiding these costs compared to conventional or fully formulated coolants.
  • 750,000 miles on the road (8 years or 15,000 hours off-road) or 1,000,000 miles/20,000 hours/8 years with a Delo Extender additive at 500,000 miles/10,000 hours/4 years.
  • The silicate-free formula improves heat transfer compared to silicate formulations Silicates can reduce heat transfer and increase downtime due to overheating.
  • Contains ethylene glycol and 40 mg/kg denatonium benzoate.

Cons:

  • Difficult to find in the store

Antifreeze for Diesel engines

1. TRIAX All FLEE HD ELC – COOLANT/Antifreeze

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TRIAX FLEET ELC is the ultimate durable, heavy-duty diesel coolant and antifreeze designed to provide the absolute best performance and protection for all heavy-duty diesel applications, both on-road and off-road. TRIAX FLEET ELC incorporates the latest generation of OAT (Organic Acid Technology) with advanced inhibitors and moly date as additional protection for cylinder liners in heavy-duty applications. This product requires no initial or additional infusion of Supplemental Coolant Additives (SCA’s) and can reach its maximum emptying interval in its current form. This product is completely free of amines, borates and silicates and offers unparalleled long-term protection for both heavy duty and mixed liquor applications.

Pros:

  • Ultimate coolant without residues
  • Extremely long service life
  • Top performance at the highest level
  • Unsurpassed corrosion protection
  • Compatible with all types of antifreeze agents
  • Full OEM conformity

Cons:

  • Slightly pricey

Best hoat coolant

2. Rotella Ultra ELC AF/C Concentrate

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The Shell ROTELLA brand is pleased to offer a complete line of ELC and fully formulated engine coolants that meet the following requirements:

  1. Overheat Protection – Excellent heat transfer properties enable more effective heat transfer, frost and overboiling protection and help keep engines cool.
  2. Corrosion protection – Corrosion inhibitor technology protects metals from all forms of corrosion.
  3. Maintenance savings – The technology helps extend the life of seals, hoses and other components in the cooling system and the service life – and helps reduce overall maintenance costs.

ELCs are designed to travel 600,000 kilometers on the highway (and beyond with proper monitoring) and reduce overall cooling system maintenance. ELCs also provide complete component protection for the cooling system by helping to reduce water pump failures, hard water-related deposits and silicate gel (the green lard you sometimes see).

Pros:

  • Minimum coolant life of 600,000 miles or 12,000 hours without extension.
  • Free of nitrites, amines, phosphates (NAP), borates & silicates. Suitable for heavy and light applications without additional coolant additives (SCAs). Ideal for use in mixed liquor applications.
  • Organic additive technology Corrosion inhibitors along with moly date to provide additional protection for cylinder liners in high performance applications.

Cons:

  • Difficult to find in the store

Best coolant for high performance cars

3. Star Brite Star-Cool Premium Synthetic PG Engine Coolant

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Star Cool combines a non-toxic propylene glycol base with unique polyorganic additives (POAT) to develop the most technologically advanced engine coolant on the market.

Star Cool is ideal for year-round use; protects against overboiling to 265°F and freezing to -26°F.

Lifetime exceeding all OEM specifications.

750,000 miles or 12,500 hours in diesel engines

250,000 miles or 4,000 hours in gasoline engines

Pros:

  • PCT additive package maintains engine temperature to achieve maximum horsepower.
  • Reduces operating temperatures faster than other coolants
  • Meets or exceeds all OEM and ASTM specifications.
  • Designed to seal leaks or cracks in needle holes.
  • Non-toxic – Does not contain ethylene glycol.

Cons:

  • None

G11 coolant

1. RAVENOL TTC Coolant Antifreeze Premix

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RAVENOL TTC Traditional Technology Coolant premix -40°C is an environmentally friendly 1.2 ethanediol (monoethylene glycol) based nitrite, amine and phosphate free coolant for internal combustion engine cooling circuits that provides maintenance free corrosion and antifreeze protection. It is formulated as a long-term coolant based on a proven inhibitor development. Not only is the antifreeze effect (which is automatically present in an ethylene-glycol-based product) decisive for the quality of a coolant, but also the rust protection. This is why automobile manufacturers subject coolants to lengthy corrosion and cavitation tests. RAVENOL TTC Traditional Technology Coolant protects the cooling system from corrosion, frost and overheating in summer.

Pros:

  • Suitable for use in VW, Ford, Fiat and Chrysler applications according to the specifications listed below.
  • Specially developed with high quality additives for optimum cold protection.
  • Elastomer compatible with elastomers used in vehicle radiators.
  • Excellent for light metal engines

Cons:

  • You will not find enough information about this coolant

G12 coolant

1. Audi Coolant Antifreeze Antigel Refrigerant

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Genuine antifreeze and summer coolant protect the cooling system from corrosion and overboiling and provide exceptional cooling in summer and frost protection in winter. The product is aluminium compatible and is recommended for all domestic and foreign petrol, propane and diesel powered passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.

Pros:

  • Aluminium compatible
  • Ethylene glycol
  • Can be used all year round to protect against frost, overheating, corrosion and calcium deposits.
  • Suitable for all types of engines, G12 Plus can be mixed with the G11, G12 and the former G12 Plus.
  • OEM Audi/Volkswagen Engine Coolant
  • Contains bittering agent

Cons:

  • None

Best coolant for aluminum radiator

2. Ravenol LTC C12++ Coolant Antifreeze Concentrate MB 325.5

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RAVENOL LTC Lobrid Technology Coolant concentrate is an environmentally friendly 1,2-ethanediol (monoethylene glycol) based coolant for internal combustion engine cooling systems that provides maintenance free corrosion and antifreeze protection. This product is based on a proven inhibitor development by combining silicates with organic additive technology (OAT) as an extended life coolant.

Pros:

  • Excellent for aluminium engines and can be mixed with other coolants.
  • High quality corrosion additives for optimum rust protection for all metals and metal alloys used in cooling systems, including aluminium.
  • Prevents sedimentation and foaming in the cooling system and has good reserve alkalinity properties.

Cons:

  • You will not find enough information about this coolant

Coolant g12+

1. RAVENOL OTC C12+ Coolant Antifreeze Premix

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RAVENOL OTC Organic Technology Coolant PREMIX -40°C is superior to other glycol-based engine coolants. If you are looking for an OEM replacement coolant for your vehicle that has the ” upper edge ” in exceptional performance qualities, you have come to the right place. RAVENOL OTC Premix is mixed with 50% deionized water to obtain a ready-to-use coolant at -40°C. RAVENOL OTC Premix coolant also allows perfect alkalinity of the coolant system. RAVENOL OTC Coolant Antifreeze Premix is a pre-diluted anti-freeze and antifreeze coolant for year-round use in automotive engines. Even in summer, the coolant must contain sufficient antifreeze to ensure good corrosion and overheating protection.

Pros:

  • Formal works approval Volkswagen/Audi for VW TL 774 F (G12+ Plus), formal works approval MAN for 324 SNF and meets Mercedes-Benz MB 325.3.
  • Phosphate, silicate, nitrite, amine-free OAT glycol formula that meets and/or exceeds the requirements of the G30 type OAT VW coolant.
  • Excellent cooling performance with frost protection down to -40° C (50/50 premixed ratio), offers excellent frost protection in harsh winter climates and excellent thermal conductivity and dissipation properties for high performance applications.

Cons:

  • The price is way too high

Coolant for VW and Audi

1. OEM POEMVW Premium Antifreeze 50/50 Extended Life-Euro II Pink

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OEM Extended Life EURO II antifreeze/coolant meets or exceeds the performance requirements of ASTM D3306, BS6580 and VW TL 774F. It is recommended for use in foreign vehicles of Audi, VW, Porsche and other newer models as well as in vehicles with gasoline or diesel engines that require a nitrite-, amine- and phosphate-free OAT engine coolant (NAP). This ethylene glycol-based antifreeze/coolant uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT) to provide enhanced protection against rust, corrosion and pitting by cavitation for all metals in the cooling system, including aluminum. When added as an initial charge and properly maintained according to the engine manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations, this coolant provides up to 250,000 km or 5 years of protection in automotive applications. For best results, do not mix with conventional high pH, phosphate, borate or silicate antifreeze/coolants.

Pros:

  • Low silicate OAT.
  • Free of nitrite, amine and phosphate (NAP).
  • Aluminium compatible.

Cons:

  • None

Antifreeze for BMW

1. BMW 82141467704 Coolant / Antifreeze

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Yes, BMW 8214141467704 Grey Antifreeze Coolant is expensive as one gallon goes for more than $30 and you need 2 gallons, especially for larger engines. It’s also not a premix, so you have to mix it 50/50 with distilled water.

But what the hell? The money and effort together are a small price to pay if you absolutely want to make sure your BMW is maintained properly. After all, BMWs are expensive, and any mistake in the choice of coolant can lead to horrendous repair costs. This will give you the original OEM item, so you can expect no problems with anything.

Pros:

  • The price online with the right sellers isn’t really bad, especially when you compare how much a BMW dealer will charge you for it.
  • Having a concentrate is not really a bad thing, because you can adjust the mix according to your circumstances. For normal use you can mix 50/50, which provides frost and corrosion protection down to -34° F (-37° C). But if you are in Alaska or a similar cold place and winter is over, you can mix 60% of it with 40% distilled water for protection down to -62° F (-52° C).
  • It’s so good that many BMW owners use it for their other cars. It leaves your coolant system flawless and without any signs of corrosion. Other alternatives require more frequent flushing and can be uncomfortable.

Cons:

  • It’s not premix, but it doesn’t warn people about it on the front label. That should have been emphasized. Instead, you need to read the small print in the instructions on the back to learn that you need to mix it first.
  • Yes, it’s very expensive compared to other coolants. This may not be a big deal for rich BMW owners, but it is a problem for price-conscious people. So it’s also not necessarily the cheapest option for non-BMW vehicles.

Coolant for BMW, Mercedes, Mini, Smart, Volvo

1. OEM Premium Antifreeze 50/50 Extended Life-Euro I

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OEM Extended Life EURO I Antifreeze meets or exceeds the performance requirements of ASTM D3306, BS6580, ASTM D6210-10, ASTM D7583 and is recommended for use with VW TL774G+. It is recommended for use in BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and other newer models of light gasoline or diesel powered vehicles requiring a nitrite-, amine- and phosphate-free OAT engine coolant (NAP). This ethylene glycol-based antifreeze/coolant uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT) to provide enhanced protection against rust, corrosion and pitting by cavitation for all metals in the cooling system, including aluminum. When added as an initial charge and properly maintained according to the engine manufacturer’s maintenance recommendations, this coolant provides up to 250,000 km or 5 years of protection in automotive applications. For best results, do not mix with conventional high pH, phosphate, borate or silicate antifreeze/coolants.

Pros:

  • Recommended for: BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Smart, Volvo
  • Formulation features: Low silicate oat. Free of nitrite, amine and phosphate (NAP).
  • Meets or exceeds the performance requirements of: ASTM D3306, D6210-10, D7583; BS658080

Cons:

  • The color may differ from the picture

Antifreeze for Mercedes

1. GENUINE MERCEDES MB Genuine Antifreeze

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MB Spec 325.0 Applies to all Sprinters and other MB vehicles Blue coolant cannot mix with yellow coolant. Replacement Q10030002.

Pros:

  • Applies to all Sprinters and other MB vehicles.
  • Blue coolant cannot mix with yellow coolant.
  • Replaces Q10030030002
  • Contains a bitter substance

Cons:

  • None

Coolant for Mini

1. Genuine Engine Coolant / Antifreeze

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This original MINI one-gallon jug (3.79L) with antifreeze is a bluish color that is unique to MINI cooling systems (and BMWs) and is phosphate- and nitrite-free. This coolant is fully loadable. Most MINI cooling systems are 8.5 liters in size.

Pros:

  • Perfect quality
  • Phosphate and nitrite free

Cons:

  • Difficult to find in the store

Coolant for Ford

1. Ford Genuine Fluid VC-3DIL-B Orange Pre-Diluted Antifreeze

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Make sure that the correct coolant is used. Mixing engine coolants can damage the cooling system of your engine. Using an unsuitable coolant may damage the engine and cooling system components and void the warranty.

Pros:

  • Orange-colored, long-life antifreeze/coolant based on ethylene glycol for use in petrol and diesel engines.
  • Provides anti-freeze, anti-cooking and anti-corrosion protection throughout the year.
  • Ready to use; no addition of water required – the 50/50 mixture of coolant and purified water provides frost protection to -37°C (-34°F) and boiling protection to 129°C (265°F).
  • Do not mix different colors or types of coolant in your vehicle.
  • Contains a bittering agent

Cons:

  • The only problem is that it dries out and you have to refill it every few months.

Coolant for GM Cars

Antifreeze for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Saab

1. OEM Premium Antifreeze 50/50 Extended Life

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If you are Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Saab, Chrysler or Ford owner, you have found your suitable solution for OEM Orange.

OEM Extended Life Orange antifreeze/coolant meets or exceeds these specific vehicle specifications and offers excellent high-temperature aluminum protection and advanced cavitation protection against rust, corrosion and pitting for all metals in the cooling system.

Pros:

  • Formulation features: Free of silicates, borates, nitrates, nitrites, phosphates and amines.
  • Meets or exceeds the performance requirements of: ASTM D3306; JIS K2234
  • Compatible with other similarly formulated OAT coolants. For best results, do not mix with conventional high pH coolants, phosphate, borate or silicate.

Cons:

  • Difficult to find in the store

Coolant for Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and RAM

1. Genuine Mopar Fluid Antifreeze/Coolant

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This product is an original red Mopar coolant from the manufacturer. It is concentrated and usually requires a dilution of 50 – 50 mixtures. Reduce only with distilled water.

Solutions vary according to ingredients and ratings. Read the instruction manual, buy the correct solution, add it according to the instructions (especially the correct ratio of antifreeze to water), regularly check the MIN/MAX mirror, the color and clarity of the solution, label the antifreeze container if you plan to store it, and keep it in a safe place away from children and pets.

Pros:

  • Original OEM Dodge/Mopar factory assembly part
  • 5 years/100000 miles

Cons:

  • The price is higher than what you would expect for a generic antifreeze.

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Coolant for Toyota and Lexus

1. Recochem OEM Pink Premium Antifreeze Concentrate Extended Life

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OEM Premium Extended Life PINK antifreeze/coolant meets or exceeds ASTM D3306 and JIS K2234 performance requirements. It is recommended for use in newer models (2004 – today) of Toyota/Scion/Lexus and other automotive and light vehicles requiring a phosphate-based OAT engine coolant. This ethylene glycol-based antifreeze/coolant uses Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT) to provide enhanced protection against rust, corrosion and pitting by cavitation for all metals in the cooling system, including aluminum. The superior performance of this durable product allows it to go far beyond the life of conventional products.

Pros:

  • Application: Motor vehicles and light commercial vehicles requiring a phosphate-based OAT engine coolant.
  • Recommended for: Lexus, Toyota, Scion, Scion.

Cons:

  • None

2. Zerex Engine Coolant/Antifreeze

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ZEREX™ Asian Vehicle Antifreeze/Coolant was developed specifically to meet the needs of Asian vehicle manufacturers (Toyota, Lexus, Scion and others) who require a red, silicate-free Hybrid Organic Acid Technology (HOAT) with a phosphate additive. This patented formula replaces the original liquid and provides protection against rust, corrosion, flooding and frost.

Pros:

  • Pre-mixed blend with demineralized water for added protection and comfort
  • 5 Year/150,000 Mile Guarantee
  • Recommended for all Asian vehicles
  • Silicate-free, phosphated HOAT chemistry
  • Protects against frost and overboiling
  • Product contains bitter substance – denatonium benzoate

Cons:

  • Not available in some countries

3. Genuine Toyota 00272 1LLAC Auto Part

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OE-developed inhibitors provide maximum protection of the cooling system from harmful rust and corrosion. Practical pre-diluted antifreeze – no addition of water required.

Pros:

  • Rust and corrosion protection
  • Reduces the temperature; Full strength
  • Works with all Toyota / Mix 50/50 with distilled water
  • Contains a bitter substance

Cons:

  • None

Coolant for Honda

1. Genuine Honda Long Life Coolant

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We always recommend original Honda fluids for Honda vehicles. It will double the life of your Honda vehicle and its components. Follow the manufacturer’s recommendation to maintain your ride, don’t go cheap. It also contains an additive, a “bitter agent”, to prevent accidental consumption by pets or children.

Pros:

  • Contains a bittering agent
  • Highly recommended for all Honda vehicles, including Honda motorcycles, to maintain proper cooling and reduce corrosion in aluminum engines.

Cons:

  • A little expensive

Coolant for Subaru

1. Genuine Subaru SOA868V9270 Super Coolant

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This pre-diluted antifreeze/engine coolant is designed to provide long-lasting corrosion and rust protection for all components of the cooling system and prevents the use of poor quality water, which can result in cooling system failure.

Pros:

  • Provides cold protection down to -62 degrees F
  • Protects against corrosion with organic corrosion inhibitor
  • Eliminates the need for additional corrosion inhibitors.
  • Compatible with non-metallic surfaces
  • Required for use with all warranty repairs

Cons:

  • None

Antifreeze for Subaru, Infiniti, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Honda, Acura, Suzuki

1. Recochem OEM Green Premium Antifreeze Concentrate Extended Life

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OEM Premium Extended Life GREEN CONCENTRATE antifreeze/coolant meets or exceeds performance requirements ASTM D3306 and JIS K2234. This long-life product is based on patented extended life corrosion inhibitor technology. This ethylene glycol based product is free of silicates, borates, nitrates and amines. It protects the metals in the cooling system from rust and corrosion and provides excellent high-temperature aluminum protection. It is fully compatible with other similarly formulated coolants with extended life and is recommended for use in newer foreign models and light commercial vehicles.

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Pros:

  • Application Newer models of foreign passenger cars and light trucks
  • Recommended for: Hyundai, Infiniti, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Acura, Honda, Suzuki.

Cons:

  • None

2. Recochem OEM Blue Premium Antifreeze Concentrate Extended Life

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If you are a newer model Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki or Mazda owner, you have found your match with OEM Blue.

OEM Extended Life Blue Antifreeze/Coolant meets or exceeds these specific vehicle specifications and offers excellent high-temperature aluminum protection as well as advanced cavitation protection against rust, corrosion and pitting for all metals in the cooling system.

Pros:

  • Application Newer models of foreign passenger cars and light trucks
  • Recommended for: Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Mazda, etc.

Cons:

  • None

Antifreeze for Nissan

1. Genuine Nissan Fluid Blue Long Life Antifreeze/Coolant

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Blue long-life antifreeze/coolant (LLC) is a 50/50 blend and has the same distinctive blue, high quality factory fills as new Nissan vehicles. Nissan products are manufactured to the same high standards as your Nissan vehicle. They are developed through professional performance and durability testing.

Pros:

  • 50/50 premix – no addition of water required
  • Coolant has an advanced formulation for engine parts made of aluminum and cast iron.
  • Does not contain amines or silicates that could damage the seals of the water pumps.
  • Does not contain borates that can cause aluminum corrosion and pitting.

Cons:

  • None

Antifreeze for Kia and Hyundai

1. Genuine Hyundai Fluid Long Life Coolant

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Hyundai Genuine Parts Durable coolant is the exact original equipment liquid that came with your vehicle. When you choose an original OEM fluid, you can rely on the high quality and effectiveness of the product and brand without guessing whether the product will work in the right order with your vehicle.

Pros:

  • Original OEM part
  • Designed for optimum performance
  • Original equipment

Cons:

  • None

Usually, many car owners remember the coolant before winter. In addition, since there are many coolants on sale (from different manufacturers, with different properties and designed for certain engines), it is very difficult to make the right choice.

As far as antifreeze is concerned, there is no single international classification of antifreeze agents.

Among the recognized international standards of different countries, for example, such as those:

  • Germany – FVVV HEFT R 443;
  • UK – BS 6580, B5 5117;
  • France – AFNOR NF R 15-601;
  • Japan – JIS K 2234;
  • USA – ASTM D 3306, ASTM D 4340, ASTM D 4985, SAE J1034.

What is the best coolant?

However, not all manufacturers adhere to these classifications.

In many western countries, antifreeze quality standards are used, which are agreed with car manufacturers. Car manufacturers organize tests and conduct tests of antifreeze products (laboratory, operational, and benchtop) on their cars according to their own methods. Then the manufacturer gives recommendations on the use of a particular coolant in their cars, determines the list of engines where this liquid can be used, enters it into service books, lists.

Most of the car manufacturers specify tolerances in the manual: for example, for Skoda, Seat, Audi and VW – specifications TL 774-C, TL 774-D, TL 774-F, Renault and Ford – WSS-M97B44-D, and for MB – antifreeze 325.3.

Very popular classifications are British Standard – BS 6580 and Volkswagen – G11, G12, G12+, and G12++. It should be noted that VW G11 and BS 6580 classifications impose very similar requirements on antifreeze products.

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Consider the classification of antifreeze from Volkswagen as one of the most popular.

Antifreeze G11 (“hybrid” antifreeze according to the specification of VW TL 774-C) is characterized by lower scale deposits in the cooling system (because it does not contain amines, phosphates, nitrites and borates), extended service life of water pump seals (due to less insoluble deposits), and better protection against cavitation corrosion. As a rule, it is one of the cheapest antifreeze products, which can be used in cars up to 1996 with radiators of all types, including aluminum. The service life of antifreeze G11 at a ratio of 1:1 – about 2 years. Most often, G11 is a blue antifreeze (although there are both green and yellow colors).

Antifreeze G12 (“carboxylate” antifreeze in accordance with the specification of VW TL 774-D) does not include silicates (silicon salts that cause corrosion of non-ferrous metals), which improves its anti-corrosion properties and makes it possible to use it for a much longer period (service life of about four to five years when diluted 1:1). Such antifreezes are used in 1996-2001 cars of production. Usually G12 is a red antifreeze (shades from pink to violet are possible). Antifreeze G11 and G12 are not recommended to be mixed.

G12+ antifreezes (corresponding to TL 774-F specifications) do not contain silicates, nitrites, borates, phosphates and amines and are recommended for cars since 2001. They can be mixed with any antifreeze G11, G12 and BS. Most G12+ antifreeze products are painted pink (red).

It is important to note that in 2006 Volkswagen changed its classification, excluding the position G12 (specification TL 774-D). G12+ (specification TL 774-F) remained in position and G12++ (specification TL 774-G) and G12+++ (specification TL 774-H) were added.

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Note that when choosing an antifreeze agent for your car, you should be guided not so much by the price and brand of coolant, but primarily by the requirements of your car’s operating manual or service book. These documents specify the recommendations of the car manufacturer and possible nuances of the use of a particular liquid, known to the latter. The car manufacturer may specify specific manufacturers or brands of antifreeze products that have successfully passed all tests carried out by them, or write a class of coolants.

When choosing an antifreeze, it is important not only to find the recommended antifreeze, but also to be sure of its quality. The problem is that there are a lot of fake products on the market today. You can be offered a coolant with a label that has a lot of standards and tolerances. Such a product should be treated very carefully, as it is often a fake.

Antifreeze for Asian Japanese & Korean Cars & Trucks

Antifreeze type Color Specified For:
PENTOFROST A1 (Concentrate) Red Lexus (1990-2004)
Scion (2004)
Toyota (1985-2004)
PENTOFROST A2 (Concentrate) Green Hyundai (1990+)
Infiniti (1990-2008)
Kia (1990+)
Mazda (1990+)
Mitsubishi (1990+ and Lancer based models to 2011 – no Raider)
Nissan (1990-2008)
Subaru (1990-2008)
PENTOFROST A3 (50/50 Pre-Diluted) Blue Acura (1990+)
Honda (1990+)
Infiniti (2009+)
Mitsubishi Raider (2006+ and all Lancer based models to 2012+)
Nissan (2009+)
Subaru (2009+)
PENTOFROST A4 (50/50 Pre-Diluted) Pink Lexus (2005+)
Scion (2005+)
Toyota (2005+)

Coolant for European Cars and Trucks

Antifreeze type Color Specified For:
PENTOFROST NF with silicates (formerly called LONGTIME ANTIFREEZE G11) Blue, Bright & Clear Audi (up to 06/1996)
BMW (all years)
Dodge Sprinter (all years)
Jaguar (up to 1997)
Land Rover V8 & Diesel
Mercedes-Benz (all years)
Mini (all years)
Porsche 924, 928, 944, & 968 (all years)
Range Rover V8 & Diesel (1990-2005)
Saab (up to 2000)
Volkswagen (up to 06/1996)
Volvo (all years)
PENTOFROST SF without silicates (formerly called LIFETIME ANTIFREEZE G12) Pink & Clear Audi (after 06/1996 up to 2005); Spec. TL 744 F
Jaguar (1997 on)
Land Rover Freelander, Discovery, Defender(1998 on)
Porsche Boxster, 911, Cayman & Cayenne (1996 on)
Saab (2001 on)
Volkswagen (after 06/1996 up to 2005); Spec. TL 744 F
PENTOFROST E (Concentrate – H-OAT/ with silicates) Violet All Audi, Volkswagen, and Porsche models (2006 on)

Keeping your antifreeze fresh and clean is important for any vehicle, import or domestic. Be sure you’re using the right antifreeze to ensure the best performance and reliability from your engine’s crucial cooling system.

Antifreeze/Coolant Type TMC Spec Suggested Color Code
TMC A—Conventional Low-Silicate RP 302A Green (PMS #374-376
TMC B—Fully Formulated Ethylene Glycol RP 329 Purple/Pink (PMS #235-241)
TMC C—Fully Formulated Propylene Glycol RP330 Blue (PMS #297-301)
TMC D—Organic Acid Technology (OAT) Per OEM Specs* Red (PMS #190-193)

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David Muench (Carnes Mechanical)

David Muench (Carnes Mechanical)

Hey, I’m David. I’ve worked in a cars store for 6 years. I write reviews and guides, helping people to choose the most suitable technicals and best product for them. I’m happy to finally share my knowledge of the industry here, on CarnesMechanical.

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