AC Delco or Duralast ??

AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby nielswheels [OP] » February 25th 2009, 8:06pm

I was just at my local auto parts store "Autozone" and I purchased everything for a tune up...Plugs, Rotor, Distributer Cap. Ignition wire set,fuel filter. I asked for AC Delco parts and I noticed when I got home only the Spark Plugs were actually AC Delco brand. Everything else was "Duralast". Is this stuff ok to use in my Astro ? Or should I take it back and go to the GM dealer and get everything? I have two 2000 Astro's and I want to give them both a tune up. One van has 54k miles and the other has 62k miles. One of the vans is running ruff...the other is fine but they are now 9 years old I figure they both must be due for a tune up. Thanks for your help.
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby remark123 » February 25th 2009, 10:43pm

My money is on the AC Delco stuff, I've never had any problems with it.... After market stuff for the ignition is an invite for trouble, just ask Matrixx :banghead: :banghead:
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby astro355 » February 26th 2009, 1:36am

Take that stuff back and get the delco parts. The hassle of going back to autozone is far outweighed by the hassles you will have with those parts.
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby Matrixx » February 26th 2009, 1:50am

As remark123 stated and I agree completely, AC Delco for sure for ignition parts. I would suggest taking them back and ask for the Delcos, but that will be your decision whether you do or not.

I don't run after market Cap and Rotor anymore, just to many tow bills because of it (really). Not a stitch of trouble with the Delcos (and I have more money in my pocket in the long run). Very sub-standard after market parts being pumped out these days.

And as Astro355 just stated as I was making my post up.:)
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby davesyo » February 26th 2009, 1:53am

I agree on the AC Delco . I think the only other brand I would trust if I had a second choice would be Standard ignition parts .I do have the standard ignition wires but all the other parts are AC Delco. Has anyone had any experience with Duralast wires ?
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby tnhillbilly » February 26th 2009, 3:32am

Well I can tell you all of the above are true. I just learned the hard way. I had Autozone (Duralast) Ignition parts on my 96 for about a month. I started having a miss. I put on an AC Delco coil and still I had a miss. I am now running a AC Delco cap and rotor. I don't have a miss anymore.I do still have the Duralast wires on and they seem to be doing fine. Although they don't fit like the originals. Next time the wires will be AC Delco also. I have since found out that Autozones ignition parts ( cap, rotor, coil ) are made by wells. Believe me, If you run Autozone cap, rotor, or coil on one of these vans, you will be changing it shortly.
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby nielswheels [OP] » February 26th 2009, 3:39am

Thanks everyone....thats what I was thinking. I will just take everything back including the spark plugs that are AC Delco and start all over again at the GM dealer just down the street. I dont know what I was thinking! It was $250. for everything there...thats a double set of everything because of the two vans. I dont want to be on the side of the road waiting for AAA !!!
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby spongebob218 » February 26th 2009, 3:47am

I wouldn't trust anything but AC Delco plug wires. I've seen too many bad sets of Autolite, BorgWarner, Duralast, etc. I'd be curious to see who actually makes the duralst parts, though.
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby Gary » February 26th 2009, 5:20am

Man Oh day-I came on this one late.My vote is AC Delco.For all the reasons already stated.You might also want to tell your Autozone store that you don't appreciate the bate and switch with parts that you asked for in the first place.That if they ever expect to see you again,that can't happen.Give them alittle forum rules for you having to go back to return the parts.
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby nielswheels [OP] » March 1st 2009, 4:43pm

OK...took back all the Duralast parts to Autozone. They were a little upset that I only wanted to put in the AC Delco parts. One guy was helpful and tried to tell me some places that might sell Delco nearby. The Lady....and I use that term loosely...just grabbed my bag and just shook her head. Anyway, I got my money back and will head to the Chevrolet dealer next week. She told me to hold on to my wallet. No need to worry about that....the NEW Government has their hands all over it ! :banghead:
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Re: AC Delco or Duralast ??

Postby bscoffey » March 1st 2009, 5:52pm

hi nielwheels,
Matrixx tuned me onto Rock Auto .com. Try them and compare prices with the dealership. there may not be any savings after you figure the shipping but its worth a try.
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