If you plan on getting parts go somewhere else........everything we bought from there either broke or was wrong, only thing we have on the car from a first time buy is ONE brake caliper. We have had a broke axle, broken alternator, motor mount with a stripped stud (twice), tranny mount with a ball piece on the top instead of a cylinder so we had to grind it to fit right, leaking brake caliper, bad master cylinder and we think the alternator belt they gave us is the wrong size because the alternator is fully slid out and the belt is still not tight (tight enough it runs but not where it should be)......if they keep this up we might just drive the fiero through the front of the store and sue them for selling faulty parts hahaahah. I mean could you imagine wrecking the car because they sold you an axle that broke when the car moved less than 25ft?? or couldnt stop because your caliper leaked and you had no brakeS? We are HIGHLY disappointed with them and would not recommend (sp?) any of you buy parts from them.
Posts: 3780 From: Brookston, IN Registered: Mar 2003
I'm not going to say that their parts are top notch. You're definitely better going with genuine GM parts instead of rebuilds. My history with them as I can remember: (at least the more expensive items)
Of those, I had to replace 1 alternator that went out after about 11 months (covered under warranty, so no charge) and 1 starter...the casing broke after about 6 months, also covered under warranty.
Guess that's not a super track record in my case either, but that's the gamble I take by buying rebuilt parts. All the items I listed are real easy to replace, so I would still get autozone stuff in those cases.
If it were something that was a ***** to replace, I'd probably get a more expensive new one for the peace of mind.
Nov 23rd, 2003
Posts: 3999 From: Sussex, (Milwaukee) Wi. USA, Earth Registered: Jun 2003
I get a lot of stuff from Autozone. Over the last 8 years (for five different vehicles) I haven't had to return anything or claim warranty on anything. There have been times that the parts didn't fit or were incorrect, but never had a problem returning them. I generally do not buy Fiero specific parts there for that reason. Stuff like engine mounts and hoses I buy elsewhere since they are not typically the right things at autozone.
Posts: 1809 From: Pleasanton, CA Registered: Feb 2003
I get my alternators from there and so far only returned one out of six. But for parts that always need returning is my Lifetime waranteed Clutch Slave cylinder on my truck. I'm getting pretty good at changing them out without having to bleed much. 15 minute process from having to do about seven in about five years.
Posts: 49593 From: A Western Caribbean Island/ Columbus, Ohio Registered: Apr 99
I have great luck there. I buy a LOT of parts for 6 cars of mine plus a lot of customer cars. Everyone is going to have defective parts, just seems like you had a particularly bad time. Ive got a MAT sensor there where NO ONE, including the dealer even had the part available. To make a long story short there are about 5 diff ones, and ALL the GM dealers had only one, which wasnt the correct one. The Zone was the only place in Columbus that actually had ALL 5. I just put rotors on the vette today. everyone wanted over $100 each, Autozone had them for $48 and they were right and work perfect. Ill accept a little trouble for what I pay.
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Posts: 1037 From: Valparaiso, FL, USA Registered: Apr 2001
I used to frequent Autozone, but lately we've gotten two O'Reilly's Auto Parts stores in my area, and now I take my business there. Not only are they cheaper on most items, but they also carry more AC Delco parts, and if not that, Borg-Warner, which I've found to be more soundly built than the Wells parts AZ sells.
Posts: 5832 From: Nova Scotia, Canada Registered: Jul 2001
I have the same problem with NAPA, etc here occasionally, crappy remanufacturing by the rebuilders.
I try to always get known quality name such as Wagner, or raybestos, etc, especially dealing with the calipers. I have seen worse remanufactured calipers than the core's I took in at NAPA through one of their cheaper line ups.
I know my NAPA for example does sell quite a bit of new stuff such as water pumps, steering racks and axles,for just a fraction more than remanufactured I learnt long ago to thouroughly look the parts over in the store before I purchase them.
Posts: 39 From: charles town, WV Registered: Nov 2003
Well I used to love Autozone......but now....no more haha...all their parts are remanufactured in mexico.....could be one possibility for cheaply and crappy rebuilt parts.....all I know is that one part out of all the ones we bought have worked correctly the first time and to me thats not a very good percentage.....I'm just givin you all the heads up that you might wanna go somewhere else.....we definitely are from now on.....and as for parts that are easy to replace.....i dont consider and axle "easy" nor the brake calipers, especially when nothing was wrong with the old ones in the first place. We just wanted the satisfaction of knowing it had new parts and shouldnt need replaces any time soon, and since the cradle was out and everything it was the easiest time to do it.....well it turned out to be WAY more work to use the new parts than to just stick with the old lol. I think our car is cursed anyways....we fix one thing and something else breaks....eventually the whole car will be new parts. My dad keeps sayin he is going to junk it but I know he won't...to much time and money invested already.....he said "I'm just going to crack the window and start dropping $5 bills in the car at the rate I'm spending money on it" LOL
Interesting alternator story- The only bad alternator I ever got from them was a NEW AC-Delco unit. Took 3 tries to get a good one.
LOL yes I had the same problem, although I think it was a newly reman AC alternator if I remember right. AZ replaced it for me, no questions asked. And the funny thing, happened earlier: they put my old alternator on their testing machine, and they said it was good, but it clearly wasn't. Eventually I got a good replacement and the car's been good for a couple years with it.
Given the choice between a new AC product and a reman aftermarket part, I'll choose the new AC piece every time. Finding it in stock can be tough sometimes, so luckily for me there's an AZ, Carquest, and a Murray's all close. I shop them all.
------------------ 88 Fiero GT 91K miles 91 Beretta 309K miles
Posts: 2809 From: Berwick, Me Registered: Nov 2001
I got vib dampener (2.8) from them and had to my own TDC mark on it since theres' was way way off! I think maybe it was for and S-10 or whatever. Anyway, I got to work. Glade I got engine internals elsewhere.
Posts: 5311 From: Grand Rapids, MI. USA Registered: Jun 2002
I work at Auto Zone, so I get to see what really are crappy parts and what aren't.
Tip: NEVER buy a fuel pump from Auto Zone unless it's a Delco. The other brand we carry, Master, is horrible.
However, for many items, we carry the same brand as the other auto parts stores. Brakes, for instance, we carry our cheapy Valucraft line, but we also have Raybestos, PFC, Morse, and Albany (which might be another AZ brand, not too sure).
I buy most of my parts there (since I work there and all) and I haven't had a single failure yet. Calipers, steering rack, all sorts of odd ignition/ engine management parts, switches, etc. I haven't had any problems.
I know that generally, Auto Zone doesn't hire the brightest bulbs in the box, but we're not ALL bad...