Cars from Japanese manufacturers generally fare better in terms of reliability when compared to their counterparts. Staples in the world of rally racing, Subaru cars are no exception. But no car brand is immune to part failures. Furthermore, some parts are just designed to be consumed over time as you run your vehicle. In addition, daily driving can cause your Subaru's exterior to become damaged making it look unsightly.
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Choosing Between OEM vs. Aftermarket Subaru Parts
There are no two terms more frequently used in the auto parts market than "OEM" and "Aftermarket." Original equipment manufacturer parts, better known as OEM parts, are original parts used by car manufacturers when building cars in their factories. On the other hand, "Aftermarket" refers to unofficial parts made by third-party manufacturers that are designed to be compatible with specific makes and models.
When you go with an OEM part, you will have peace of mind knowing that it was designed and manufactured to the highest standards required by Subaru. This comes at a more expensive price, though, making aftermarket parts a tempting choice with their lower prices and greater customization options.
If you are in need of a replacement part to get your Subaru performing the way it once did, you will likely do better in the long run by purchasing a new or used OEM part instead of an aftermarket part. This is because aftermarket parts are more likely to fail prematurely, due to their lack of stringent quality control. Additionally, many OEM parts are now competitively priced (especially those that are second-hand), all while providing greater performance, fit, and lifespan than their aftermarket equivalents.
What Are the Most Important Parts in Your Subaru?
You can probably get away without replacing or repairing some parts that are wearing out on your Subaru. However, many parts that are crucial to safety and performance can begin to show signs of early failure, and you should address them immediately. The following are some of the parts you should never overlook.
Unless your Subaru is a hybrid or an electric vehicle, the engine is the main power source, burning gas or diesel to produce the mechanical energy that moves your Subaru forward. When not properly maintained, this complex system can eventually require costly repairs.
If you have a malfunctioning engine on your hands, schedule an appointment with your trusted automobile professional to see if a replacement engine is the most affordable way to get your Subaru back on the roads again.
The purpose of the transmission in your Subaru is to efficiently transfer power from the engine to the wheels through a complex system of gear ratios that keep the engine in its power band. Like the engine, the transmission is in constant use, which means that it is susceptible to malfunctions from daily wear and tear. Because repairs can be so costly, a used transmission assembly can save you money depending on the severity of the problem.
The lights at the front and back of your Subaru are essential safety features that provide you with greater vision while driving in addition to letting others on the road see you and understand your intentions through turn signals and reverse lights. For these reasons, it is essential to repair or replace any damaged lighting components to ensure your safety on the roads.
Your Subaru's braking system is an essential safety feature that should never be ignored. Some components, like the brake pads and rotors are designed to wear down quickly, so it is important to have them checked during regular maintenance. There are also several parts, like the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders that are built to offer reliable usage over thousands of miles. With that being said, even durable parts can deteriorate over time and cause poor braking.
The battery is responsible for starting your Subaru. Once this part fails, you can be left stranded with few affordable options to have it temporarily recharged or replaced. Fortunately, there are a couple of signs that you can look for before the battery is no longer able to keep a charge. These include slow engine cranking and an illuminated Battery/Charging warning light on the dashboard.
Which Subaru Parts Wear Out the Fastest?
Consumables are by far the most common parts in your Subaru that need replacing. This is because they are designed to wear down or run out as they are being used, like engine oil, coolant, nuts and bolts, oil filters, brake pads, spark plugs, and wiper blades. For each part, make sure you know the warning signs that signal when it has to be topped up or replaced.
The water pump is designed to transfer heat away from the engine by continuously pumping coolant from the radiator to the engine. The heated coolant is then circulated back to the radiator where it is cooled by the radiator fan and outside air.
Your Subaru's suspension takes on a great amount of abuse due to its role of being a buffer between the roads and the passenger cabin. As such, it can wear out quickly if your car is driven under poor conditions. These include the bumpiness of the roads, how much weight you are putting in the vehicle's storage space (as well as total passenger weight), and how long you have been driving the vehicle. Typically, a bouncy ride indicates that the suspension is beginning to wear out.
Are Subaru Parts Expensive?
Subaru parts are generally inexpensive. However, if you compare them to industry leaders like Toyota and Honda whose parts are easier to find, they might seem pricey. Furthermore, because most Subaru vehicles utilize AWD, it will likely be necessary to replace all four tires if one blows and can't be repaired.
Where to Buy Genuine Subaru Parts Online
If buying brand new, you can get genuine Subaru parts through authorized Subaru dealers and OEM parts retailers. However, you can save money while still getting the same quality as new parts by shopping at BE FORWARD. We carry genuine used Subaru parts in great condition and at excellent prices!