I recall the "soft gear on oil pump" issue discussed by gigem75 on the BB a year ago (*), so David's experience is not the first time this has happened. Perhaps the other victims didn't get theirs from CA. Or perhaps other CA customers have had the issue, but didn't report it. Somehow, I'm guessing this happens more than one time out of three hundred.The vendor was Classic Alfa. I just heard back from them and they are going to work with the garage (APC) to make things right. They report they've sold about 300 of these pumps with no similar failure.
While CA only seems to sell one type of oil pump (their EN058 for $252), Alfaholics sells two:
- The ENG2045, described as "New reproduction oil pump - standard quality version" for $256
- The ENG2044, described as "New high quality reproduction oil pump, manufactured by original manufacturer for Alfa " for $744 (about 3X as much as the "standard quality" pump)
Given the similarity in price, I'm betting what CA sells is made by the same manufacturer as Alfaholics' "standard quality" pump. But I have no idea who that manufacturer is.
*) see the thread at: oil pump