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Topic # 239689 30-Jul-2018 17:14
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We like Wellington European but for other cars your typical Japanese cars etc ... are there any good mechanics out there which uses OEM parts and fluids?  We have some good experiences with some but they tend to get their parts from Repco etc .. ie Repco branded parts.  Just wondering about this and some people might have a recent model Japanese but rather not take it to the dealership or stealership.  







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  Reply # 2065216 30-Jul-2018 19:48
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IMO the potential problem isn't perhaps with non-OEM parts / fluids, but with someone making an incorrect "assumption" and using the wrongly specified fluid etc, particularly with coolants and transmission fluids these days.


The Japanese makers fleece you on parts prices too - in a lot of cases "OEM" may be extremely bad value if a non-OEM equivalent is available.  One example I had a couple of years ago was brake shoes for a Nissan 4WD transmission brake.  $160 for new shoes from Nissan, about $100 to get the old ones relined, $35 to get a set of "non-OEM" shoes from Supercheap auto - turns out they were a common part with assorted Hino etc light trucks, made in Japan, inspected them closely and they're made by the same company as the original Nissan OEM part.  The manufacturer, exporter, importer, and retailer were all still able to make a profit and sell exactly the same part at less than 1/4 the Nissan price.


If you have a Ferrari - then go OEM religiously.  If not, then it's your money I guess.



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