It appears my rear axle is badly rusted and crumbling. The part number is 1J0500051K which is about 1200euro if you want to get a genuine VW part :+ replacement work was quoted 300euro.
I found a repair set fro MAPCO https://www.mapco.co...carparts/42265/ which seems to go for about 280euro on eBay. Only the MAPCO axle goes for about 180euro....
I found some items on eBay which were genuine VW items refurbished and look pretty good. That is sandblasted/powder coated for about 120 to 220euro(5 year warranty at this price level) with new bushes fitted.
The other 3rd party brand axles vary from 150 to 250euro. Brands varying from ATP, ECD, JP, MAPCO
All prices including shipping and new bushes pressed. I wanted to get some opinions on if it would be better to use a refurbished item in place of new from a 3rd party manufacturer? Just wondering because very often I had problems with 3rd party parts. They are just few mm shorter or longer, or different shape, or missing attachment points or protective covers, or built from thinner less reliable material etc. all sorts of problems. Any insight would be appreciated.
Edited by yurtesen, 22 August 2020 - 11:33 AM.