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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.


2015 WRX FA20F
Valvoline MST 5W40
Tokyo Roki 15208AA170 filter

Re: OE AC COMPRESSOR? [Re: FA_WRX] #5113259 05/23/19 09:18 AM
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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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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...

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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.

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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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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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I buy those cheap made in Korea compressors off of eBay.

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