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Old November 18th, 2012, 09:14 PM
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Difference between Genuine and ProLine parts?

Looking at Rovers North catalogue and trying to pick out "Santa wish list" items and can anyone tell me the difference between ProLine and Genuine parts for Rovers?
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Old November 18th, 2012, 09:22 PM
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Genuine is the LR part, while proline is whatever aftermarket part RN chooses to supply. Some proline stuff seems reasonably good.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 10:12 PM
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Thank you. The price difference seems pretty big on most products. Is the performance that much better?
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Old November 18th, 2012, 10:26 PM
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Depends. So far, I've had pretty good luck with proline with minor bits. I am yet to rely upon proline for mission critical stuff, so I can't comment on such bits.
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Genuine is the LR part, while proline is whatever aftermarket part RN chooses to supply. Some proline stuff seems reasonably good.
Agreed. The Proline name lets then use any supplier and keep the same part number and description. Helps them keep the prices down. RN buys a lot of parts from Britpart and Allmakes for their Proline part selection. The good news is that RN tries to get good parts for their aftermarket selection. The bad news is that a lot of the high quality aftermarket suppliers have gone out of business during this recession.
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I've bought quite a few proline parts and have had fairly good luck with them. Wear and tear brake parts seem to work just as well for instance. The only recent exception was a DII water pump that catastrophically failed after 15k miles. If you can afford it, I'd stick with genuine where it is a critical part. Not that genuine parts are perfect either...
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I am guessing they take the parts out of the Britpart bag and put it in a Proline bag, and charge accordingly.
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Ask: if it fails will it take something out and is it a pain to replace? If so, use genuine. If not, proline is ok.

Bad experiences with aftermarket from my end include: ball joints, brake pads, water pumps, alternators.
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Just goes to prove there is a place in the market for both types of parts.
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I agree with just about every comment above. I go genuine with brake pads but aftermarket with rotors. Always go genuine with pumps. I've had some luck with aftermarket alternators, though that was on my other vehicles.

Question for you folks. Do you use genuine or aftermarket parts when replacing your clutch and pressure plate?

This falls in the "yes" category of "if it goes out is it a pain in the butt to replace?" Which leads me to go genuine but prices are over 3x that of after market parts.


(Crap, just realized I should have asked this in the technical discussions section)
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I am guessing they take the parts out of the Britpart bag and put it in a Proline bag, and charge accordingly.
Thank you for the input Bill.


We try very hard to source the best, reasonably priced aftermarket replacements of Genuine parts. Unfortunately companies that can make them the cheapest generally offer the widest range and stay in business the longest.

I'm sure a lot of you are aware how many parts are going NLA at a rapid rate. We are constantly searching for parts to replace the Genuine pieces, Britpart stocks a massive list of replacement parts and unfortunately they are not always very good. If we(or a customer) decides that the part is not up to par, we will not reorder that part. There are several options we go to prior to Britpart.
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Thanks for the additional info. I just ordered a complete clutch kit (genuine LR parts) from RoversNorth.

Thanks to a web promotion for free shipping the final price was reasonable.
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My proline windshield seal worked excellently.

I have a genuine RH side door seal and a proline LH side door seal. The genuine door seal is actually an inch too short at the bottoms of the doors, while the proline seal is exactly the correct length.

Go figure!
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