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way is it that AC delco cost more?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by brelandt, Sep 16, 2010.

  1. Sep 16, 2010 at 11:08 AM
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    brelandt

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    I am looking to invest in replacement parts on my truck because I'm at nearly 70K miles. Looking at belts and hoses, those sorts of things.
    Anyhow I do most of my shopping on Rockauto and it seems that AC Delco items are always the most expensive part, no matter which vehicle I am buying parts for.
    I no longer buy the least expensive items anymore. Spent most of my 20's buying cheap parts and it's bitten me in the ass a few times.
    So now I'm buying only the best I can afford. I usually go with the saying that the "price reflects the quality of the product" but, I know this isn't always true.
    To my question......why is it that AC Delco's prices are so high? Are they really that good? Or is it for other reasons? ;)
     
  2. Sep 16, 2010 at 11:40 AM
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    I was thinking the same thing when I took the battery cover off my Acura and saw the Delco battery. It lasted 8 years in the Northeast so I say it is a good battery.
     
  3. Sep 18, 2010 at 6:26 AM
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  4. Sep 18, 2010 at 11:43 PM
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    Is it really worth it? I don't mind spring for the dollars as long as it's "the best" that I can get. I'm just unsure that the cost was due to the name on the box. I sell shoes and I know when something is high because of the name and which shoes are really good and the most expensive is not always the best shoe. ;)
     
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  6. Sep 19, 2010 at 12:58 AM
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    It's just a name, quality is not always there despite the price. I personally prefer not to use AC Delco parts on my truck. What parts are you looking to get that are AC Delco?
     
  7. Sep 19, 2010 at 7:58 AM
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    well, the water pump on my truck is good but... I like to have old parts changed and the delco pump is well over a hundred dollars which is about 50% higher than the next highest priced pump. Just things like that you know? Preventive maintenance. I change parts before they go out not afterwards. :cool:
     
  8. Sep 19, 2010 at 8:50 AM
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    how does Toyota OEM compare in price?
    water pumps, belts and important things should be left to Toyota OEM only
     
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    OEM is AC delco. Some one correct me if I am wrong.
     
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    Ive heard from more than one person that AC Delco is closest to OEM as you can get, without buying OEM obviously.
     
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    I sell aftermarket for a living, in some cases ac delco reboxes parts, from ngk and others....
     
  12. Sep 19, 2010 at 9:59 AM
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    Yes, well seeing how the truck is built at a joint venture plant here in norcal with GM or at least until the NUMMI was closed there are a lot of A/C Delco things on my truck and I believe even the one electronic part that failed on my parents 2000 Avalon had A/C delco on it including the radio.
    But my friends all had Camaros back in the 90's and those cars where always broken! Alt, Starters, fuel pumps you name it if it had Delco on it it broke. Not sure if things have changed since then? but for me delco stands for broke parts.
     
  13. Sep 19, 2010 at 11:05 AM
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    Well over $100? I'm about to buy an OEM water pump from Conicelli for $101.20 shipped. Costs $98.66 at other online Toyota dealers.


    For GM. AC Delco is a division of GM.
     
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    Something I learned from experience: Cheaper water pumps have stamped metal impellers and nicer ones have cast impellers. The cast impellers are much better at moving the water and keeping cavitation down. Just something to watch for. I have no idea what the Tacoma has from the factory.
     
  15. Sep 19, 2010 at 3:57 PM
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    Seriously? I never noticed that before but then again I only worked on imports.

    I would think it would be the other way around though. Not sure I ever noticed a cast impeller. I remember them as being stamped.
     
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