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theholycow 12-22-2009 05:34 AM

Vehicles with cheapest parts cost
 
Someone posted this once before, but I can't find the thread. It's a web page that compares parts cost between two vehicles:
https://www.rockauto.com/repairindex

Does it seem accurate?

Can anyone find any OBDII vehicle with significantly cheaper parts than a 1997 Ford Ranger? How about one available with a manual transmission? The only one I've found that's about the same is a 1997 Chevrolet S10.

Jay2TheRescue 12-22-2009 05:53 AM

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Originally Posted by theholycow (Post 145526)

Can anyone find any OBDII vehicle with significantly cheaper parts than a 1997 Ford Ranger? How about one available with a manual transmission? The only one I've found that's about the same is a 1997 Chevrolet S10.

1996 Cavalier.

EDIT:
Parts for the 1996 CHEVROLET C1500 PICKUP 5.7L cost only 84% of what parts for a 1997 FORD RANGER 3.0L cost.


Parts for the 1996 CHEVROLET CAVALIER 2.2L cost only 94% of what parts for a 1997 FORD RANGER 3.0L cost.


Parts for the 1981 BUICK REGAL LIMITED 3.8L cost only 75% of what parts for a 1997 FORD RANGER 3.0L cost.


Parts for the 1980 BUICK LESABRE 4.1L cost only 81% of what parts for a 1997 FORD RANGER 3.0L cost.

theholycow 12-22-2009 05:59 AM

:thumbup: Good finds.

GasSavers_BEEF 12-22-2009 06:21 AM

I was going to say the cav but beware the fuel pump.

it comes in an assembly and runs about $400 (at least that is what I have been told)

Project84 12-22-2009 06:48 AM

Put a fuel pump in a 2.2L Sunfire a few weeks ago, it was $180. I believe its the same pump as in the Cav.

GasSavers_BEEF 12-22-2009 07:59 AM

not sure if yours would work but here is what napa has.

they had one for $315ish and one for over $400. this one was OEM Replacement

https://www.napaautoparts.com/Search/...+50012+2012016

buddy of mine told me never to replace one with a junk yard part...errr..except if you have a cavalier.

****edit*****
mine sucks because it is an assembly. you can maybe replace the pump alone but everyone wants to sell you the assy. luckily, mine has done me pretty good

theholycow 12-22-2009 08:27 AM

I think all modern vehicles get their fuel pump replaced as an assembly and they're all $150-500.

The fuel pump from my truck:

https://lh4.ggpht.com/_oNsRR_T1Qx0/Sz...IMG_3389-1.JPG

dieselbenz 12-22-2009 09:10 AM

Fuel pump for my Volvo is $88. You can buy it separately from sender unit.
https://www.fcpgroton.com/product-exe...ategory_id/149

The parts maybe cheaper for those vehicles but how often are you going to have th change them?

Jay2TheRescue 12-22-2009 09:47 AM

Yeah, the sender & pump was integrated on my truck as well I think it cost me $600 to replace if I remember correctly.

theholycow 12-22-2009 10:16 AM

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Originally Posted by tjts1 (Post 145540)
The parts maybe cheaper for those vehicles but how often are you going to have th change them?

It's tough to quantify. The small amount of vague data available doesn't even begin to tell the whole story. All we can go on is personal experience and study of existing vehicles (for example, looking at them on Craigslist to see what condition they're sold in at what mileage, and how much they cost with X amount of miles).

Jay2TheRescue 12-22-2009 10:38 AM

I've replaced the fuel pump on my Buick several times over the years, but the pump was only like $25 or $30, and I replaced it myself in under an hour. In the truck it lasted 10 years and 150,000 miles, but to replace it cost over $600, and I did not have the tools (or the time) to remove the tank to replace it, so I had to pay to have it done.

theholycow 12-22-2009 01:47 PM

In the truck, you don't have to remove the tank. Remove the bed instead. All you need is a strong partner, or if you are not strong, 3 partners. I can lift one side myself. There's two bolts in each corner, just lay under the truck, unbolt it, unplug the lights between the bed and the bumper, and lift it off. That's how I got mine out, though I didn't have a partner so I just lifted one side at a time and put lumber under it.

Jay2TheRescue 12-22-2009 02:51 PM

The dealer wanted to remove the bed, but I made them drop the tank, because it was a 10 year old truck with a camper shell that didn't leak.

GasSavers_JoeBob 12-23-2009 06:31 PM

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Originally Posted by tjts1 (Post 145540)

The parts maybe cheaper for those vehicles but how often are you going to have th change them?

I noticed that for the 1979 Chevette I used to own, parts were about 75% as expensive as those for the '97 Ranger. However, I had to replace parts often on the Chevette. On the other hand, it was a very easy car to fix...

VetteOwner 12-23-2009 07:32 PM

its true.

ive replaced many parts on mine, most expensive part was a exhaust valve. whopping $35 bucks lol.

most items are $20 or less.

it is very easy to maintain and fix. just 2 screwdrivers, very basic socket set, and regular hand wrenches and your good for 90% of problems.

GasSavers_JoeBob 12-24-2009 01:30 PM

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Originally Posted by VetteOwner (Post 145566)
its true.



it is very easy to maintain and fix. just 2 screwdrivers, very basic socket set, and regular hand wrenches and your good for 90% of problems.

And several wobble extensions so you can get to the starter bolts...

And a belt tension gauge for the timing belt...

VetteOwner 12-24-2009 07:52 PM

yea starter bolts can be tricky (mines still good thankfully)

but timing belt i did replace, but just used a ruler lol

FrugalFloyd 12-24-2009 08:35 PM

I don't mind a car with more expensive parts, as long as I never have to replace any of them.

Ford Man 12-28-2009 03:45 PM

Parts are pretty cheap for my '88 Escorts and since lots of them are lifetime warranty all it usually costs me to fix it is my time.

VetteOwner 12-28-2009 07:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Ford Man (Post 145690)
Parts are pretty cheap for my '88 Escorts and since lots of them are lifetime warranty all it usually costs me to fix it is my time.

lol yea orileys is gonna hate me as i bought thier lifetime brake pads for my chevette. and alot of other brake parts. if youve ever owned one it eats them:rolleyes:

GasSavers_JoeBob 12-28-2009 09:08 PM

I don't remember my Chevette eating brake parts more than any other car...mine ate starters instead -- nine of them in the 170k miles I drove it -- including the first one the day I was supposed to drive about 200 miles to be best man at a friends wedding (didn't make it, unfortunately)...thank Chief Auto Parts (now Autozone) for lifetime warranties!


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