The price of Part’s

Submitted: Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 19:52
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Motorcraft Spark plug wires >$370 (Should of seen the expression on the face of the guy at Coventry’s LOL, and my word’s that followed.
VS> NGK Spark plug wires> $75

Motorcraft Platinum Spark plugs> $20 each.*6
VS> NGK Iridium Spark plugs $14 each *6.

Motorcraft Fuel filter> $72
No other part in stock so that’s what I brought.

Motorcraft Brake pads front and back set’s> $300
VS> Bendex 4WD> $180

These is the list of parts I just brought from Coventry’s it astounded me the difference between OEM and aftermarket prices.

OEM $862
Aftermarket $411
Difference $451 WOW that is substantial wouldn’t you say.

Is it just I or do Manufactures seem to screw us on the price of parts, who else has experienced this sort of price difference between parts with other 4WD’s or am I just lucky as I drive a Import LOL.
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Reply By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 20:10

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 20:10
I think that they may not do so well at the spare parts counter if you can get elsewhere, BUt they do well when you put your vehicle in for service, as they charge the same outragious price for the parts. For some reason most people can find the cash for a service but are reluctant to part with the cash for parts.. I think we all think they can do servicing much superior to us owners. Somehow i dont believe it is true. Michael.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:12

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:12
You would think that they (Dealers, manufactures) would try to price the parts competitively to try and keep you coming back for part’s and service, expectedly when people like Coventry’s REPCO and so on are around who can generally offer 2 or 3 Aftermarket product’s cheaper and of equal quality.

In some cases it is best to buy the OEM product as it had been designed for that car but with some stuff it just isn’t worth the extra $$ then at the same time it is also better to buy aftermarket on some stuff as it has been designed for the car and has been improved upon.

Just think if I got a dealer to do the Job I would have been lucky to get change out of $1200 Yikes!!
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Follow Up By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:29

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:29
They attempt to milk you for every cent once you have it in for a "service".

Next time you are about to go in for a service put a bit of chalk dust on the rear door hinges, take a photo of the hinge with a newspaper in clear view (for date comparison) and let's see if they actually do lubricate the door hinges like they are supposed to. Very interested to see what happens if you walk up to collect the car with the photos in hand as proof, and the chalk dust is still there. Another few tricks, dent the oil filter (difficult to "undent", likewise the steel can fuel filter, scratch the date into the plastic fuel filter, nailpolish an extra line (ring) on the shank of a sparkplug. May all seem a bit extreme, but if you are paying for something to be done "by the book" then that's the way it should be done, and you have every right to a refund of the labour and materials if it is not done.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:51

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:51
Milk you for every cent LMAO, we youse that same saying at work "Milk",

Just Milk it LOL. Translation> Just take it easy
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Reply By: Willem - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 20:34

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 20:34
And here I am feeling hurt for having to fork out $46 for a genuine Nissan diesel fuel filter this week!

Must say though, that plastic parts for Nissans are exhorbitant while metal bits always seem to be reasonably priced.
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:24

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:24
$46 I will take 1.56 of them LOL.

How is the new OEM rear Main seal holding up?

Best of luck with the trip this year and locating the marker in the desert will be interesting to see if you find it and to see how close it is to the geographical centre according to the GPS.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:34

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:34
Well ithas only been a week so we will see what leaks and whar

I am also very interested to see just how far out we were with our original calculations on the Geo Centre

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Reply By: Bartz4b - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:26

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:26

I often wonder about the quality difference between afermarket and OE. I'm suspicious that the products are made in the same factory but even if this is the case, is the OE gear made to better specs, and does that difference justify the extra expence?

Recently I was looking for top and bottom radiator hose for the Patrol. I couldn't find any after market so I bought OE. Top hose $142, bottom hose $45!!! Didn't that hurt!

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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:57

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 21:57
Bart, Those hose prises are really over ther top!! Toyota a few years ago were advertising their spares were superior, citing that their original oil filters were finer and double pleated... bla bla bla.. and offered more protection longer than aftermarket.. So... who knows... Michael
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Follow Up By: Exploder - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:33

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:33
In some cases yes but with the standard sort of stuff Pads, plugs and so on probably not a bit difference if you use well know quality stuff.

As for OEM $375 Vs NGK $75, truth be told the NGK’s were about $100 but I think the guy felt sorry for me after seeing the OEM price, that and I brought some Sidchrome ring spanners too and total cost came to like $600 so the $25 discount was no biggie.

Yeah I too got quoted about $200 for OEM hoses top and bottom when I replaced my radiator last year. They also only had one top hose in stock, needless to say I just spent $460 on an aftermarket radiator and what good is one hose so I left the old ones on. OEM unit was $1100 isn’t that a joke, yes and I could also just flush my money down the toilet I thought.
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Reply By: Member - Peter R (QLD) - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:32

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:32
My 80 series L/C , dual fuel, has not been running well on LPG (Impco) for some time particularly up to 1500 revs. Petrol no problem.
Problem just traced to a new mixer fitted about 15 months ago.
I was charged for an "Impco" but the part fitted is not a genuine one, and this was the problem.
Just something else to check and it shows all workshops are not the same .

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Reply By: Exploder - Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:40

Friday, Mar 31, 2006 at 22:40
In the spirit of all the backyard mechanics out there

I pulled this of a U.S forum.

Oil Change

Oil Change instructions for Women:
1) Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the
last oil change.
2) Drink a cup of coffee.
3) 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained

Money spent:
Oil Change $20.00
Coffee $1.00
Total $21.00

Oil Change instructions for Men:
1) Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil,
filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for $50.00.
2) Stop by 7 - 11 and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home.
3) Open a beer and drink it.
4) Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6) In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7) Place drain pan under engine.
8) Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9) Give up and use crescent wrench.
10) Unscrew drain plug.
11) Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process.Cuss.
12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms.
Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.
13) Have another beer while watching oil drain.
14) Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench.
15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil
filter and twist off.
16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil
everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in
trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.
17) Buddy shows up; finish case of beer with him. Decide to finish oil change tomorrow so you can go see his new garage door opener.
18) Sunday: Skip church because "I gotta finish the oil change." Drag
pan full of old oil out from underneath car. Cleverly dump oil in hole
in back yard instead of taking it back to Kragen to recycle.
19) Throw kitty litter on oil spilled during step 18.
20) Beer? No, drank it all yesterday.
21) Walk to 7-11; buy beer.
22) Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to
gasket surface.
23) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
24) Remember drain plug from step 11.
25) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
26) Remember that the used oil is buried in a hole in the back yard,
along with drain plug.
27) Drink beer.
28) Shovel out hole and sift oily mud for drain plug. Re-shovel oily
dirt into hole. Steal sand from kids sandbox to cleverly cover oily
patch of ground and avoid environmental penalties. Wash drain plug in
lawnmower gas.
29) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.
30) Drink beer.
31) Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with
oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench
tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame.
32) Bang head on floorboards in reaction to step 31.
33) Begin cussing fit.
34) Throw stupid crescent wrench.
35) Cuss for additional 10 minutes because wrench hit bowling trophy.
36) Beer.
37) Clean up hands and forehead and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
38) Beer.
39) Beer.
40) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
41) Beer.
42) Lower car from jack stands.
43) Accidentally crush remaining case of new motor oil.
44) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled
during steps 23 - 43.
45) Beer.
46) Test drive car.
47) Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.
48) Car gets impounded.
49) Call loving wife, make bail.
50) 12 hours later, get car from impound yard.

Money spent:

Parts $50.00
DUI $2500.00
Impound fee $75.00
Bail $1500.00
Beer $40.00
Total - - $4,165.00

But you know the job was done right!
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Reply By: Member - TPM (SA) - Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 02:52

Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 02:52
Gotta love the diesels, 3 filters and ya outta there !
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Reply By: Member - Bradley- Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 22:40

Saturday, Apr 01, 2006 at 22:40
well you dont think that ford / gm / toyo etc make their own parts do you ?? they are all supplied by oem suppliers, which just make them to the spec required (whatever that may be) And this buisness is extremly price driven, they screw em down to every cent. Often its not hard to work out who is making the "original" parts and buy them from there, usually at about half price.

re- leads, theres a guy here in melb we use who makes leads sets to order, oem spec or custom job, mate got a set of 8mm spiral core leads for a commyv6 last week, awesome quality, about $60. if you want his details i'll get em for ya.
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