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Old 03-13-2020, 11:20 AM   #1
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Maybe the Cheapest Replacement Parts on a Boxster vs OEM Porsche.


Hood and Trunk Struts $20-$30 Delivered for both sets.
or Porsche OEM
$34.25 x 2 Front
$68.25 x 2 Rear
$205 vs $30

What else is cheap? Any other examples?

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I have used the cheap replacements and they worked great! Havenít found any others significantly worth the difference other than ATF or other fluids.


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What else is cheap?
Just a note: There's a huge difference between cheap and inexpensive.
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I replaced the front struts a couple weeks ago. I didn't know that right near fully raised the struts actually lift the frunk the rest of the way.
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Just a note: There's a huge difference between cheap and inexpensive.
Edit: Brain fart yesterday. Giving further consideration to your comment (Cheapest part) those probably are the lowest priced part on the car. I challenge anyone to reveal a less expensive part, with the exception of fasteners.
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URO Parts 4A0905849B Ignition Switch - $10.34 on Amazon

The oil drain plug crush washers cost even less.
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URO Parts 4A0905849B Ignition Switch - $10.34 on Amazon

The oil drain plug crush washers cost even less.
URO? Yup, that's a cheap part. One thing I've learned upon this forum is when it comes to that ignition switch... URO is not the route take. You can't beat $10.34 but... buy cheap, buy twicw and, given the relative difficulty to access that component, I'd be going OEM. Once and done, for the most part. No pun intended.
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URO? Yup, that's a cheap part. One thing I've learned upon this forum is when it comes to that ignition switch... URO is not the route take. You can't beat $10.34 but... buy cheap, buy twicw and, given the relative difficulty to access that component, I'd be going OEM. Once and done, for the most part. No pun intended.
Ditto this/ I was waiting for a quality ignition switch to arrive by mail so I bought another one from a NAPA Auto Parts store and installed that one, figuring I would have the other one as a spare. Well, the NAPA one was a cheap one and made of very brittle plastic. It lasted about 6 months, vs the original which had lasted for 12 -13 years.

On those cheap hood struts, some are good and some not so good. I bought some cheap ones for my son's Jeep Commander. They were a real pain to put on because they were just slightly longer than the originals. Once installed, they were fine but the get them in took some fighting and swearing.
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URO Parts 4A0905849B Ignition Switch - $10.34 on Amazon

Aftermarket vs Porsche OEM $31.25 Difference of $20.91 Hood and Trunk Struts difference of $175.00

Porsche oil drain plug washer $2.25. What is the difference $2.00?

The oil drain plug crush washers cost even less.
I know there are cheap (cost and quality) parts for Porsches that are not OEM.
I was also looking for more of the price difference between an OEM part vs what the aftermarket can offer. I think OEM radiators vs aftermarket are a big deal, but you are still talking big bucks.
The crush washer is certainly a great example of a cheap $ and maybe even better quality!!!
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I know there are cheap (cost and quality) parts for Porsches that are not OEM.
I was also looking for more of the price difference between an OEM part vs what the aftermarket can offer. I think OEM radiators vs aftermarket are a big deal, but you are still talking big bucks.
The crush washer is certainly a great example of a cheap $ and maybe even better quality!!!
Oh! Without a doubt. Those radiators? Crazy $$?

I picked up a couple crush washers fron the local NAPA... ran me about $1.65 each. Needed them in a pinch. I have purchased the OEM... but yeah... $2.25? And it didn't even have a "P" on it.


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