I never thought I'd be replacing another water pump as preventative maintenance, but I recently bought a '96 Mystique (2.5, MTX) with 53,000 miles. I love this little car and it drives like a dream! Now I want to replace the pump asap, since I have no idea if it stil has the original one with the faulty plastic impeller.
I've read through several threads here and still can't decide if I should put in the complete Ford pump with an upgraded plastic impeller or an aftermarket (partial) pump with a metal impeller. We put a DuroPro (gmB) metal impeller pump in my '95 SE about 50K miles ago and have been happy with it (at 102K now). However, our CarQuest guy recently said the DuroPro gmB water pump is not a quality he'd recommend, so I wonder if maybe the quality has changed for the worse since we got ours.
There seems to be no shortage of options for aftermarket pumps: O'Reilly's (MasterPro and Cardone), Carquest (AFC Corp with lifetime warranty/but plastic impeller; and Graf, Europeon brand), Autozone (Duralast), and NAPA (NAPA). Most are are around $70 and have metal impellers. I could also get the full Ford pump for about $70.
Since there doesn't seem to be a strong opinion in the threads about replacing either the full pump or aftermarket, or which aftermarket to chose I'm thinking it may not matter that much. Still, any info would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!