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Old 08-14-2013, 08:41 PM
 
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Searching the web, I can't find anyone who has good things to say about aftermarket motor mounts. Has anyone had aftermarket mounts last a long time?

My OEM have lasted 15 years, and I anticipate driving my car at least 5 more years. Aftermarket I can do the whole set for $110. OEM is $260. What would you guys do, aftermarket or OEM?

Also, is there any reason to replace all the mounts - four - if only two are bad? I figure the remaining mounts are probably on their way out, since two of the four are toast. Any advantage to doing all at once, rather that waiting until they die?



98 Nissan Altima
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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I would try to shop around and get a better price on the OEM mounts. What aftermarket company are you looking at?

If possible look at both parts in person.

As to changing all 4 or just the 2 that you know are broke - you would need to look carefully at the 2 that look OK. A lot of transverse 4's are set up so 2 of the 4 mounts take most of the beating.
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Old 08-14-2013, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Sacramento
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I had Prothane mounts on my Eclipse for three years. They transmit quite a bit more vibration than the stock mounts did, designed to. They might not be what you're looking for but were great. Were something like $50 at the time, less than $80 now for all four. If you're going to be doing it yourself, I'd just replace the two that are worn out. If you're having a shop do it just do all four even if the others visually look fine.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:41 PM
 
Location: McKinney
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For a 98 Nissan Altima, I think I'd just repair them. Use 3M Window Weld... it's a liquid you mix together that hardens to the consistency of polyurethane, much stronger than rubber. It's a pretty common thing for diy guys to do that track their cars, it's a lot more solid than a stock rubber mount.
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Old 08-14-2013, 09:47 PM
 
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If you're not in a panic, check into RockAuto. Be careful of their shipping, because sometimes 3 parts on 1 order will come from 3 different warehouses, and shipping will kill you.

If they're not a horrible pain in the butt to replace, and you get lifetime warranted mounts, you're fine.


Regarding the decision to replace 2, or 4... I'd just replace the 2 that are shot. They're not like some parts, where you have to replace one to get to the other.
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Old 08-14-2013, 10:04 PM
 
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Well, truly, same company that makes OEM parts sells them online also. For much less. Trick is to find, who that company is. I know, Honda has several known sites where you buy exactly same part for fraction of dealer cost.
You'd be better off going to a specialty forum and finding such a supplier.
Otherwise, AM parts will last OK, as far as you do not buy cheapest ones. How long you going to keep that car anyway?
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:54 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle, originally from SF Bay Area
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Like most auto parts, there is a range with cheap parts made in China to OEM, and some aftermarket better than OEM.
Beck Arnley for example is close to the OEM quality at a lower price, while Anchor has a much lower price but also lower quality. If you go to a reputable auto supply such as Napa or better ask them for the best quality, and compare the price to the lower quality mounts. On the other hand, if you only need to get 5 years out of them, any of them should do.
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Old 08-15-2013, 11:17 AM
 
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I would go with a good quality aftermarket part any day. I've never regretted going aftermarket hen an OEM piece fails. Most of the time the quality of the aftermarket piece is much better (especially if you're talking GM or Dodge) that what came on the car.
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Old 08-15-2013, 12:41 PM
 
Location: New Haven, CT
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You should get all of them replaced. Its like brake pads, who does one wheel? If you replace one, you make the other one weaker, and you might as well get in there and get them all so you dont have to do it again. BUT, every car is different, from my research, most seem to replace only the two that break.

But OEM mounts are mostly soft rubber, there may even be holes in it so it absorbs all of the engine vibration.

Aftermarket places usually offer different hardness materials for different applications. They are usually solid mounts instead of soft rubber.

Some say the harder rubbers dry and start to fall apart after regular everyday driving, they also transmit more vibration, but offer a more solid feel when shifting and hard acceleration.

ID say get the OEM mounts. If theyre gonna last another 15 years...
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:53 PM
 
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I would go with a good quality aftermarket part any day. I've never regretted going aftermarket hen an OEM piece fails. Most of the time the quality of the aftermarket piece is much better (especially if you're talking GM or Dodge) that what came on the car.
I have found this true. Mopar parts come in boxes labeled China.
My 9 year old Grand Caravan is now an aftermarket vehicle when I need parts.
I think the worse Mopar Parts were belts, tensioners, water pumps, and wiper blades.
I installed a new air filter from Walmart that was made in the USA and took out the old Mopar that was made in China, go figure.
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