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Old 04-01-2024, 04:17 PM   #1
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Is there an updated list somewhere for parts manufacturers that people like? Obviously I would like to save money, but also willing spend money to stay away from junk. I'm somewhat new Subaru so need some help here. Rebuilding My daughter's 2005 Impreza Outback Sport engine.
I searched but couldn't find anything. I'm sure this info is buried somewhere in these forums.
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Old 04-01-2024, 04:54 PM   #2
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Best is to just get Subaru OE Parts. Subarupartsdeal.com is your friend for the cheapest parts online (and dealership). You can input the VIN and it will show you everything that fits to that specific vehicle.

The only thing I would upgrade would be oil pick up which you can get from Killer B Motorsports...otherwise just stick to Subaru Original parts.
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Old 04-02-2024, 06:53 AM   #3
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There is no list and even if there was it shifts so a list will do you no good. For example, the make of the oil filter in Subarus has changed 87 times in 20 years. Who makes them today? Dunno and don't care as it don't matter. Buy your OEM parts though an OEM discounter or look on eBay or facebook for parts as many hoard parts and then sell new old stock OEM parts for a song.
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Old 04-02-2024, 10:56 AM   #4
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If you are looking for aftermarket performance parts then check out the vendor and part review areas here on Nasioc. Yes, some of the info is out of date given the migration to facebook (sadly), but those companies that have been around for a long time have been around for a long time for a reason. Typically because they do well at what they do (there's a few bad apples in that group, but the reviews will show that quickly).

For OEM type parts then OEM is the the best to go with. I DO want to be very clear on something. Electronic stuff - coils/coilpacks, sensors, those types of things, absolutely stick with OEM. You'll be tempted by the much cheaper price of non-OEM (Oxygen sensors is a good example), but trust me on this, stick with OEM. It will be cheaper in the long run.

Hope this helps.
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Old 04-02-2024, 03:07 PM   #5
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Most of the parts I purchase are OEM. I order them online on my dealer's website (At least 10% cheaper online) and pick them up at the dealership.

I also use RockAuto for some components. For example I replaced all the AC lines on by 03 wrx and they were way cheaper on RockAuto compared to the dealer (like $25 vs $160) and they seem just as high of quality. Some electronic components such as coilpacks are cheaper on RockAuto and if you get Denso or NGK they are OEM equivalent or the exact same part made for Subaru.

But when it comes to engine components I only use OEM. This also goes for all the coolant hoses, PCV hoses, etc.

OP you mentioned that you are rebuilding your daughter's engine, so what parts are you looking for exactly?
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Old 04-02-2024, 03:16 PM   #6
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I am definitely going with OEM, especially for powertrain/drivetrain/safety related items. Just wasn't sure if there are some sour grapes even within those choices.
Thanks for the Subarupartsdeal.com link.
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Old 04-04-2024, 01:42 AM   #7
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second rockauto, have bought multiple parts for my 4runner off there, and have had no issues. i believe some of the auto stores like napa sells rebranded rockauto parts (such was the case for my 3rd gen 4runner cv axles)
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Old 04-04-2024, 08:02 AM   #8
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second rockauto, have bought multiple parts for my 4runner off there, and have had no issues. i believe some of the auto stores like napa sells rebranded rockauto parts (such was the case for my 3rd gen 4runner cv axles)
As far as I know, RockAuto is not a manufacturer, they are an online company only that has ties to many manufacturers and warehouses. When you order, they check all sources to fill the order. They also update parts and stock all over the place.
I may be wrong, but I don't think so.

Yes, I have used RockAuto for many years and orders. In general, they have been great with almost no issues.
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Old 04-14-2024, 10:54 AM   #9
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I found less issues with going with OEM parts
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Old 04-29-2024, 02:41 AM   #10
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Buy quality. Cheap parts cost you in the long run.
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Old 04-29-2024, 01:26 PM   #11
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I typically go to subarugenuineoemparts.com since they're a dealer based in Covington, LA. Or, if I'm trying to save a bit, I'll hit up subarupartsdeal.com for some cheaper finds.
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Old 05-12-2024, 01:04 PM   #12
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Well, i use replacements and no issue with them but for the condition of the roads can be the difference.
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Old 05-15-2024, 09:53 AM   #13
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Flatironstuning are really great to deal with and stock both oem/aftermarket.. plus they have a near infinite pool of knowledge around just about anything Subaru performance.

For oem stuff I use the fiche at parts.subaru.com.
I recently placed an order through the subarupartsdeal place for a bunch of small 2006 wrx sti transmission and driveline parts (roll pins, snap rings, etc). It took them 6 days to ship because some parts were not in stock but otherwise I would recommend them - they were the cheapest and the order came exactly as it was placed... and there was A LOT of fiddly small parts in there.
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Old 05-16-2024, 05:46 PM   #14
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As far as I know, RockAuto is not a manufacturer, they are an online company only that has ties to many manufacturers and warehouses. When you order, they check all sources to fill the order. They also update parts and stock all over the place.
I may be wrong, but I don't think so.

Yes, I have used RockAuto for many years and orders. In general, they have been great with almost no issues.
Where do you guys get your timing belts? I would like an OEM with 100k durability.
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Old 05-17-2024, 04:07 AM   #15
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Where do you guys get your timing belts? I would like an OEM with 100k durability.
From Subaru. Search for it on SubaruPartsDeal.com

EDIT: Here is the link. 65$...Subaru OE.

https://www.subarupartsdeal.com/part...3028aa21b.html
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