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#4112536 - 06/15/21 02:28 PM Feelings on using Ford Parts?
JackMarshall02 Offline

Registered: 06/08/21
Posts: 1
Loc: Grand Forks ND, USA
Just wondering from people with more experience in Ford & Crown Vic's

I have a 09 P7B, are there any places where it's ok (or better) to use non OEM parts for routine maintenance, like Oil filters, Trans Fluid and stuff like that? Or am I best just using all the ford motorcraft stuff? Honestly the price doesn't bother me at all, I'm just more curious if there are any brands or specific products where non-OEM manufactures actually create better products that are up to Ford rating.
2009 Ford Crown Victoria P7B

#4112562 - 06/15/21 05:32 PM Re: Feelings on using Ford Parts? [Re: JackMarshall02]
AlleyG Offline

Registered: 04/28/14
Posts: 575
Loc: Raleigh, NC
I would use Ford parts whenever possible. I've proven time and time again that local parts store parts have a lifespan of about 5 years max.

So if you plan to sell the car in a year, put the crappy parts on it and keep the receipt for the warrantee. If you plan to keep it forever, put Ford parts on it. But beware of counterfeit Ford parts - stick with a Ford dealer.

2004 CVPI - 85k miles
1997 T-Bird LX - 85k miles
1994 Supra Turbo - 107k miles
Previous Fords:
1988 T-Bird, 1995 T-Bird, 1996 Cougar

#4113158 - 06/21/21 12:58 PM Re: Feelings on using Ford Parts? [Re: JackMarshall02]
Danger2manifold Offline

Registered: 02/23/19
Posts: 236
Loc: Little Poland, CT
I will usually go with an aftermarket part from a company with a good reputation. It generally comes out to being less expensive than the motorcraft and it lasts for a long time. As far as oil filters, yeah you could use something other than motorcraft. There's a channel on youtube called projectfarm where he tests all sorts of things, air and oil filters being 2 of his videos. He has a pretty scientific approach to it as well, so I view him as a fairly credible source. Give them a watch and see what you think
Current Panther:
1999 Crown Victoria LX - 69,420 miles (nice) as of 1/27/21, Toreador red, 18x8 Anthracite Torq Thrust M's, AEM Dryflow panel filter, custom 2.25" dual exhaust with H-pipe, Magnaflow XL mufflers, Jones 22" long 4" slash cut tips, Kenwood KMM-BT225U head unit, PPI A600/4 4-channel amplifier, PPI i650.1 monoblock amplifier, Pioneer 6x8 2-way speakers, two 12" JBL subs in sealed enclosures, 2/2019 to present

Past Rides:
2003 Buick Regal GS Joseph Abboud edition - as close to a Grand National as I'll probably get, traded in 2/2019
1996 Lincoln Town Car Signature - 1st car ever bought, dubbed "The Emancipator" by friends, rear ended and totalled in 5/2016
2002 Buick Rendezvous CXL - passed to me by the folks, handed down to younger brother in 2/2015

#4113174 - 06/21/21 03:12 PM Re: Feelings on using Ford Parts? [Re: JackMarshall02]
2007CrownVic Offline
Over the Hill

Registered: 11/19/11
Posts: 3204
Loc: Canada
Use ford oil filters.
For anything else if there's a huge price difference and it's an easy repair aftermarket is OK but if there's not much difference or it's a repair you don't want to do again go Ford.


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