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Old 01-14-2007, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default Help in choosing front driveaxle/ half shaft brand

Does anyone have any advice on which driveaxle brand to choose for my 99 L? Here are the one's I have found so far:

GSP Part # NCV66037
A-1 CARDONE Part # 607007
NICHIO Part # S1243X Remanufactured #SOA925H600R1}
GKN Part # P3226 {Front CV Axle Assembly #SOA925H600R1}

The GSP is the cheapest (by far), but I tend to prefer OEM if I can get it.
Is the GKN the OEM manufacturer for Subaru (hence the SOA # listed)?

However at the price for the GKN I might have to consider just getting it done at the dealer.
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:28 AM   #2
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just get the best priced one that has a good warranty? doesn't much matter for a ~10yr old ~150hp car does it?
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Old 01-14-2007, 12:42 AM   #3
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uhh... that's not very nice.

The car is getting around 30k/ yr on it and I plan on keeping it for another few years. It has ~100k on it now. I'd prefer to do this only once thanks. I've put plenty of junky cheap parts on my cars while I was in college- Thanks, but I've had enough of that crap. These days I prefer to do it once and right.

Also may i please add that a warranty for car parts is the biggest bunch of crap I've ever heard. Just give me something that works and lasts. I'll happily pay extra for that. Sure autozone replaced my starter everytime I brought it back free of charge when I drove a pile of crap buick, but when you add up all the hours I spent swapping those things. Not to mention the time stranded in some random town in Ohio when I stopped for gas. Uhh, again no thanks again on the crappy parts- I'll stick with the good stuff.

And FWIW I have a fast car too...geez the attitude on this board sometimes.
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:26 AM   #4
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^^No kidding. I own a 34 year old car with about 90 HP, but that doesn't mean I will use junk parts on it.
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Old 01-14-2007, 09:33 AM   #5
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uhh... that's not very nice.

The car is getting around 30k/ yr on it and I plan on keeping it for another few years. It has ~100k on it now. I'd prefer to do this only once thanks. I've put plenty of junky cheap parts on my cars while I was in college- Thanks, but I've had enough of that crap. These days I prefer to do it once and right.

Also may i please add that a warranty for car parts is the biggest bunch of crap I've ever heard. Just give me something that works and lasts. I'll happily pay extra for that. Sure autozone replaced my starter everytime I brought it back free of charge when I drove a pile of crap buick, but when you add up all the hours I spent swapping those things. Not to mention the time stranded in some random town in Ohio when I stopped for gas. Uhh, again no thanks again on the crappy parts- I'll stick with the good stuff.

And FWIW I have a fast car too...geez the attitude on this board sometimes.
....d0000d.....the whole tone of your posts is ridiculous....makes ya sound like an idiot.

buy a factory unit from the dealer or shut up about it.
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Old 01-14-2007, 10:39 AM   #6
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buy a factory unit from the dealer or shut up about it.
I thought that's sort of what I asked? Is the GKN the OEM manufacturer?

I read searching on NASIOC that the OEM axles are not available anymore. Thus, I would be stuck with aftermarket regardless. I have no idea if this is true, and, yes, I do have a request in for a quote from the dealer.
Just trying to do my due dilligence and explore all the options in advance so I can get my car on the road again.

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Old 01-14-2007, 07:11 PM   #7
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A couple of months ago I had a rebuilt axle put in from MW Enterprises. A lot of people have suggested them as they have been rebuilding Subaru axles for about 15 years and seem to have a good reputation. (I know how you feel about AutoZone, etc lifetime warranties. No good if you have to replace the part every 6 months!).
My local Subaru dealer was also using MW Enterprises while rebuilt axles were not available from Subaru.
BTW, Subaru is now supplying rebuilt axles for about $190.00
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