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Old 04-11-2003, 05:12   #1 (permalink)
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Genuine Ford parts Vs Aftermarket ?

I want to fit a towbar to my AU II . I have been to my local Ford dealer and a aftermarket specialist for a quote. The Ford dealer's quote is more expensive. Am I getting a better product from Ford? I would like to hear any opinions on this matter .Thankyou.
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Old 04-11-2003, 07:28   #2 (permalink)
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When it comes to the question of Genuine against aftermarket - I look at it this way:

Ford does not make every part fitted to it's cars and most of these parts come from after market suppliers, If the products have a good name ie Bosch, DBA etc you will get these at a better price aftermarket than you will buying them genuine. Unless I have to, I don't use genuine Ford stuff anymore.

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Old 04-11-2003, 07:36   #3 (permalink)
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The above is quite true.
The towbar Ford use is very likely made by Hayman Reese, so you may as well buy a Hayman Reese bar from another supplier as it will be cheaper.

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Usually the quality is the same if not better in some circumstances, But with ford products & Im sorry to say your paying for the name IMO
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very much depends on the product.
for example.
a genuine Ford exhaust is made a walkers australia it's good qualty and packed with heat shielding to keep it quiet an protect the rest of the car.
the aftermarket one is made at the same place by the same blokes (big hello to Hugh, Darren, John G and Mark if there here)
the same metal but has none of the heat shielding on it at all.
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When I got a towbar fitted to my AU, it was about the same for a hayman reese or a ford one.

I got the hayman reese one fitted as I was having a nudge bar fitted at the same time and they come to you. But I wouldn't pay the price they wanted to install driving lights. Did that one myself.
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As an example of Ford being more expensive than aftermarket..
I needed a new fuel pump for my EFI XE Falcon, Ford quoted $600 for a Bosch pump (as fitted standard), Marlows on the other hand had the EXACT same part (Bosch) for under $300 (around $270 I think). I got the same part from a wrecker for $35 (second hand).
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Usually the quality is the same if not better in some circumstances, But with ford products & Im sorry to say your paying for the name IMO
i agree ....... i had a hayman reese fitted to my au xr8 when new ,it was cheaper then the ford one.. had a car hit me up the ass and to my surprise no real damage done to car or towbar. so i must say i am really happy with the quality of the product i bought and i would not hesitate in buying again.
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i have a hayman reese towbar on my AU1 that i dont use if you want it get it cheaper off me mate
im sure it would fit series 2
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i dont think there is any need to go genuine ford, you will find that after market hayman reese tow bars are of very high quality.
just make sure you get the right load rating of the tow bar to suit the load that will be carried on the back of your car.

and as for any other part for a ford, i for one in the near future will never buy a genuine "over priced" part again.

i can give you lots of examples, but it would take me too long to type

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