I've gotten front disc brake pads for my 2002 Focus and 1999 Windstar
in the last year and both times the parts person asked if I wanted
Motorcraft or OEM. Motorcraft was around $55 and OEM was around $100.
I wish I could give you an answer other than "the parts man gets more
About a year ago the parts man had to have parts in for an immediate
fix. He could
get Motorcraft ball joints in a couple hours, but the OEM would take a
couple of days. He was pretty miffed that we had to use Motorcraft.
Also on the ball joints, the Motorcraft had grease zerks, the OEM parts
did not. They were obviously made at a different factory.
Friction material.... I have no idea what the difference is between OEM and
MC..... Motorcraft pads are what is known as a "consumer" pad. We use them
in the shop and have good results. I am sure that the "OEM" pads will be
designed for quiet operation and "decent" wear.
Like furniture, food, medication, tools and God knows what else, there is an
expectancy that end price will have some indication regarding quality (for
astute shoppers, at least). You can pay a high price for cheap crap
masquerading as "good" and receive an unpleasant surprise... or you can
cheap out at the beginning and get exactly what you paid for.
I dunno, on our work vehicles, the shop manager swears by the OEM parts,
and won't repair with anything else. when he gets aftermarkets, he
sends them back and waits for oems... guess thats why i had to wait 4
months for front springs... hmmm
The OEM Parts would be latest version of the parts installed on the
manufacturing line at the Ford assembly plant. The Motorcraft Parts are
parts that were sourced by the Motorcraft division for sale to the
aftermarket. The aftermarket is very price competitive, so Motorcraft must
purchase the parts from the lowest cost supplier that can meets the
specification that Motorcraft sets up. Are they the same as the original
specification that the Ford vehicle engineering set for the OEM pads? Maybe,
maybe not. Warranty costs are a big concern for vehicle engineering, so it
is likely they are very careful about things like squealing and pulsing and
not so concerned about long term life. The vehicle engineers also have to
make sure that the OEM pads meet federal safety standards. The standards
also apply to the aftermarket pads, but not in exactly the same way. The OEM
and Motorcraft pads might be exactly the same in some cases and completely
different in others. However, because of the way the parts are purchased and
handled, even if they are the same part, they can have substantially
different costs to a dealer. OEM parts are priced differently. I know my
local Ford dealer actually owns part of a large wholesale parts operation
that handles Motorcraft, Mopar, and AC-Delco aftermarket parts. A group of
dealer set up the wholesale operation so that they could get the best price
on Motorcraft, AC-Delco and Mopar aftermarket parts. Instead of ordering
Motorcraft parts from Ford Parts and Service, they have them ordered by the
wholesale operation and they get a lower price. Sort of like the way
Wal*Mart can sell Motorcraft Oil Filters for a lower price than most shops
or even dealers can buy them from Ford.
Personally, for the cost, I buy the OEM pads. They usually come with new
clips, while the aftermarket (Motorcraft) pads often don't. $45 sounds like
a lot, but over 50,000 miles it is less than a tenth of a cent per mile.
Compared to $3 gas, it is a non-factor.
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