Why spend the extra money when they look the same?
Non- genuine or counterfeit turbos are often sold to the vehicle owner using terms that skirt around the issue such as:
“replacement turbo for original” or “built same as genuine”
These dangerous copy turbos are quiet deceiving, they can look almost identical to the GENUINE product – in some cases even using the manufacturer’s logo.
PICK THE COPY
The biggest risks of buying a copy or counterfeit turbocharger and not the genuine article are:
- Downtime – saving dollars initially may be irrelevant after your less reliable non-genuine turbo fails or causes engine damage – We have seen this happen!
- Engine Damage – Counterfeit on non-genuine turbos can EXPLODE into pieces and unlike genuine turbochargers the pieces are not contained by the housings. This causes considerable damage to not only the turbo itself but the engine and possibly yourself.
- Decreased Fuel Efficiency
- Less Power
Keep in mind that the Tier 1 turbo manufacturers have multiple production facilities all over the world, including China, India and Korea, however whether the turbo is produced in Korea or Germany the manufacture is carried out at the same standards and must pass the same quality control checks.What Honeywell Garrett say about copy turbos:
Copy turbos, you are paying more for less http://www.garrettbulletin.com/assets/Garrett_Eng_Mech_072309.pdf.