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Old 03-19-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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Exclamation Warning: Ebay

I am writing this thread just to warn all of you about Ebay parts and to take the time and consider other wise when purchasing critical pieces..

Last night I was driving home from school when all of a sudden my car just stopped runninng. I tore into this morning checking the fp controller and all the fuses.. nothing,, so I decided to remove a few bolts from the dust cover and noticed the timing belt was loose, pulled on it and yup, it snapped, which most likely has screwed up engine.

There are timing belt kits sold on Ebay at a very reasonable price, I am warning all of you that have tight pockets, when it comes to this sort of thing, don't skimp out,, buy OEM!!!!!!!

ending on that note,, I will probably be selling a bunch of stuff here shortly so keep an eye out.
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:08 PM   #2
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so the 1 you had on there was a timing belt off ebay or...?
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Old 03-19-2008, 12:17 PM   #3
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yes it was the timing belt that came with the kit,, the rest I don't know if I would worry about since they are just rollers and a tensioner,, shoot, maybe the tensioner went bad,
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Old 03-19-2008, 01:16 PM   #4
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that has nothing to do with ebay, ebay isn't a brand of car parts. You bought some cheap chinese knockoff on ebay and THAT caused issues. you could have easily bought an OEM timing belt off ebay also.
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:24 PM   #5
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basically what I'm getting at here genius,, As I stated above, stick with OEM
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Old 03-19-2008, 02:42 PM   #6
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Which kit did you have and how many miles did you have on the belt?
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:00 PM   #7
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theimportstore or whatever the heck there called sells em,, there is not a big variety.. but the belt only had 30k on it..
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Old 03-19-2008, 03:04 PM   #8
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Sorry about your luck, I'll have to be careful with mine.

Did the belt come in a red and black box? Was it made by PCI?
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:44 PM   #9
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Yea dood I beleive that is the same thing,, to be honest with you.. I would use the rollers and tensioner but I would not use that belt,, spend the money and buy a good belt a $150 more is well worth the cost of a new engine. Unless you really want to just replace it anyways..
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:07 AM   #10
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Thats the thing, I just replaced the engine!

I'll Probably change it soon.

Did you determine the cause yet? Cheap belt? Tensioner?
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:11 AM   #11
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Sorry to hear about that. Thanks for the heads-up.

Chinese anything FTL (Yes, even Tso's Chicken - those MSG-serving, Great-Wall-building, %!#%!#%s.)

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Old 03-20-2008, 09:54 AM   #12
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Sorry to hear about that. Thanks for the heads-up.

Chinese anything FTL (Yes, even Tso's Chicken - those MSG-serving, Great-Wall-building, %!#%!#%s.)

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Actually General Tso's Chicken is American just served by the Chinese. They don't even have that in the motherland!
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:23 AM   #13
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theimportstore or whatever the heck there called sells em,, there is not a big variety.. but the belt only had 30k on it..
You bought a used timing belt?
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:28 PM   #14
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..spend the money and buy a good belt a $150 more is well worth the cost of a new engine.
$150 for a timing belt! Geez, I haven't bought a Suby belt yet but the Honda V6 OE belt was far less than that from a local stealership.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:29 PM   #15
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You bought a used timing belt?
Not used..he just bought a cheapo, off-brand belt.
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Old 03-20-2008, 02:45 PM   #16
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Not used..he just bought a cheapo, off-brand belt.
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You bought a used timing belt?
he said it had 30k on it. im guessing thats 30k miles he put on it. but you can easily misread this as he bought it with 30k miles on it. i sure hope you didnt buy used ebay stuff
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Old 03-20-2008, 04:57 PM   #17
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Ah, gotcha, that would make more sense.
The only Ebay timing belt kits that caught my eye were the ones that were labeled as OEM and stamped with Subaru. Is that the kit you bought (possible knock offs)?

What was the "branding" rather than making a blanket statement that could easily be applied to any generic local autoparts store brand also.
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:20 PM   #18
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I bought it from "the import store" I believe the brand is PDI.. if you search here in Nasioc "Timing belt" there are a couple of forums where people actually use them and didn't have a problem, even recommend,, hint: thats where I got the idea.

I did contact theimportstore and they did email back concerned about this, they said it was a first for them and they wanted me to give them a call.. Which will happen as soon as I tear into it this weekend and see if anything else could of actually caused this.. As well, I need to check up on the make of the belt and see if theres any gaurantee's or whatever.. It never hurts,, I'll keep y'all posted..
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Old 03-20-2008, 09:39 PM   #19
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Sorry to hear about that. Thanks for the heads-up.

Chinese anything FTL (Yes, even Tso's Chicken - those MSG-serving, Great-Wall-building, %!#%!#%s.)

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but tso's chicken is so tasty

and Subaru genuine parts has timing belts for 109. Luckly i just ordered one from them. considered the ebay kit, but decided better with oem
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Old 03-21-2008, 10:32 AM   #20
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I'm sorry to hear the trouble you've had, that really sucks.
How bad is the damage you think or quoted?
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Old 03-21-2008, 12:09 PM   #21
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something like this,, if something went wrong,, is gonna cost 2k + so I'm better off buying a sick new engine.. but if I put a new belt on and it runs,, then I'm golden,, but I'm not bettin on it
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Old 03-21-2008, 03:13 PM   #22
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I have been looking around on Ebay for stuff and I noticed this jack**s selling american OEM stuff calling them JDM. Beware! I have heard alot bad things about aftermarket "OEM" parts from e-bay.
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:02 PM   #23
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is this the PCI branded stuff?
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:29 PM   #24
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It is the PCI kit.. I don't think the company is digging my negative feed back
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Old 03-21-2008, 04:33 PM   #25
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+1 for OEM!

I go to 9k+ all the time with stock belt/pulleys/tensioner etc.

I did loose a PS belt once but that was after 30k miles.
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