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OE AC COMPRESSOR? #5113254
05/23/19 09:08 AM
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Hello, It looks like My car has a failed AC compressor. Leaking behind the clutch. I'm leaning toward replacing with a new OEM unit. What is the boards feelings on aftermarket compressors. Would one be worth it or stick to OEM and pay more.


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Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: FA_WRX] #5113259
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I hate to say it but the Chinese aftermarket compressors seem to be very good. I install many every summer with almost no comebacks. Last year a customer wanted a Motorcraft compressor for his Ford truck. So I ordered one. Guess where it was made? Yep China!


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Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: FA_WRX] #5113459
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Some of those Chinese ones tend to be better than the originals, especially the Delphi clones. I assume your Subie uses a Zexel/Valeo or Denso compressor. In that case, OE Denso but those Korean/Chinese Sanden copies look very good these days...

Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: FA_WRX] #5113460
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Sanden builds its A/C compressors in the US (wylie TX). They are expensive but you get what you pay for especially with a/c systems.

Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: Gimpy1] #5113507
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Originally Posted by Gimpy1
Sanden builds its A/C compressors in the US (wylie TX). They are expensive but you get what you pay for especially with a/c systems.

I have not seen a USA built sanden in years. Even sanden is having some if not all made in China " with Japanese technology" on the sticker.


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Can am maveric edge 5w40
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Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: nthach] #5113516
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Originally Posted by nthach
Some of those Chinese ones tend to be better than the originals, especially the Delphi clones. I assume your Subie uses a Zexel/Valeo or Denso compressor. In that case, OE Denso but those Korean/Chinese Sanden copies look very good these days...



It is a OE Valeo unit.


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Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: FA_WRX] #5113750
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I buy those cheap made in Korea compressors off of eBay.

Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: FA_WRX] #5113752
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I buy those cheap made in Korea compressors off of eBay.

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