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So my 2012 kia optima 2.4L needs a new starter and they are so much cheaper online versus local stores.
I know they are remanned but as long as it works I'm good.
Has anyone ever bought a cheap kia optima starter off eBay or Hexautoparts with good luck?
 

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I would assume the old adage, you get what you pay for would be appropriate in this case as a
"new" starter, shipped, for $39.90, is one I'd stay away from. From what I see, their warranty is for 14 days after receipt if DOA. I'm always one that looks for a bargain, but have found that even the aftermarket parts store cheap, lifetime warranty starters are junk.
Know it's a far cry from $39.90 but RockAuto has a new, lifetime starter $102 + shipping.
Choose wisely.
 

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why not rebuild your old one with dealer brushes?
There's more to it than just the brushes. How about the solenoid and the starter
lever is a weak point as some break, then cleaning and installing parts, but just to
give an idea of cost, the factory brush holder $73 list, solenoid $106, lever $16, starter
drive $87. A replacement starter with lifetime warranty can be had for @ $100 while
an unit from Kia $242.
 

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  • the warranty states MINIMUM of 12 months, so more than a year.
Now we've got to make a decision, (1) OEM starter for $160 with a 12 month warranty, or (2) new aftermarket starter for $99 with lifetime warranty, let me see, I'll take door number 2.
 
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