Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: New Braunfels, Tex / Seguin, Tex
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Reman? There's your problem.
I bought a new ultima through AutoZone (it had the lifetime warranty too) and it worked well in my 89... It went through a frontal wreck in that car, and ended up with a 1 sq inch hole in the side of it. It still spun fine, so I put it in my '87 notch when I did the 5.0 swap from the wrecked car, and its working fine still.. that was about 50k miles ago.
Maybe I'm just lucky, but the one I have is pretty damn tough. It's been through hell.
On a sidenote, the reman ones aren't worth a damn, unless you have lots of time and patience to swap them out. When someone brings one back for a core, they send it to mexico, where they test them. They only replace the faulty component, nothing else. If it has a bad bearing, they put a new bearing and put it back on the shelf. Doesn't matter if it has 200k miles on it, they don't care, just as long as it works.
The regulator might be the next thing to fail (because its really an old unit), so if you take it back they will send it to mexico again, and (you guessed it) they will only replace the regulator, nothing else. And so on.
It's how they make money on the reman shit. It's kind of a roll of the dice, because once the faulty part is replaced, it might work flawlessly until the person sells the car, at which point the lifetime warranty is void. Then again, if it fails within the warranty, the store has to pay to replace it. But even so, what the hell? Send it back and give you another one. No real work on their behalf... you're the one who's stuck with changing the damn thing.
'87 2.3 Notch with +4 cylinder mod
Gas, Grass, or Ass.. nobody rides for free
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