Let’s talk about OEM Axles
Conventional wisdom here at MVS Volvo Forums says use OEM/Volvo/”blue box” parts.
But a local indie mechanic here in Denver said he uses axles from CarQuest, and they come from a company called WorldPac. Huh? He said they’re just as good as OEM but 1/3 the price, and have just as long lives. Ok, so I did some investigative work. I called and spoke to a person “off the record” at WorldPac. Literally, he said “you didn’t hear it from me.”
They only sell to shops like CarQuest, note.
So what did he say? He said EMPI and FEQ are WorldPac brands, and they’re very good. “I’d but them on my car. They are not remans, they’re new.”
Here’s some EMPI MVS forum topics that leave me with an overall confident feeling.
I asked if axles bought at Carquest had any markings or distinguishing features to ensure they came from WorldPac (if in generic or CarQuest packaging), and he said no. SO, without doing scientific tests on axles, there’s my $.02. I put a $75 axle from CarQuest on my 850 in December 2011. Putting my money where my mouth is :-).
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