- Sep 6, 2010
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The reason many guys are going to the auto dismantlers is pretty simple, you can't go to a Subaru dealer and ask to buy a complete engine, firstly because it would cost more than the car, if you bought it new, so getting the engine from an auto wreckers, is the cheapest way, and usually many of those engines there is nothing wrong with them, oh sure the car might be smashed all the crap, but the engine well they are in great shape, I have 2 such engines I took from the dismantlers, both are running great one in my boat, and the other in a Zenith STOL.
The Subbie engine parts are cheaper to come by that buying a Lycoming or a Rotax engine, and I agree with you, I am 90% sure many of their parts are made in China, and they sell them like they were made right in the USA.
Look up FreeTrade and NAFTA agreements, lots of stuff is made elsewhere, and sold like it was either Canadian made or made in the USA.
If it smells like poo, its probably poo, same poo, just a different pile.
I hear what you are saying, but looking form the business angle and warranties (36 months/36,000) by the manufacturer, the repair workshops nowadays don’t make real money selling services like greasing, oil changes, SP replacements and whatnot, so they astronomically inflate the spare parts prices.
Most of the OM parts sold in the west are actually made in China, this applies to for Subaru parts too. A ‘genuine’ STI ver8 oil pump, no sure, but believe would be in the vicinity of $180.00 in the sates , the same pump in China cost a mere $ 12.00, I could go one. Manufacturing from China has it benefits, one can import for the processing trade parts from Japan at cost, means a new Subaru block STI ver8 comes to only $220.00 while in the west one has to sell the car to buy the block. The ‘cheap’ made Chinese oil pumps are labeled Made in Japan..!