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Bubba The Great

Drivers Side Axle non OEM OK?

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I recently bought an USA market 2005 Volvo V50. My first Volvo and love the little guy. At 165,000 the right side axle is is toast and have a new OEM ready to install, However, Upon inspection the boot/s on the Drivers side is torn and I don't know how long it has been that way. My Volvo mechanic buddy says he has rarely ever seen a drivers side go bad. All that said would it be OK to buy a non oem axle? Rock Auto has one for 50$ bucks (SURTRACK/TRAKMOTIVE) that would be almost cheaper and easier than rebuilding the oem that might be ruined anyway. Any advice will be appreciated or a non oem brand that is good. Thanks Bubba

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Check out Napa. They have pretty good new ones and of the 2 rebuilt I bought from there have been OEM axles. 

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On the older Volvos, the non-OEM axles are notorious for being junk almost uniformly. Even though they have worked out for a few people. Guess why it's only $50 bucks? Getting one from a scrapyard is probably the most cost efficient way to go. So although boxpin's source may be better, personally I wouldn't mess with it.

Driver's side and passenger side will show no difference in terms of longevity.

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