hey everyone, first off i am brand new to corolla'a and corolla land forum and this is awesome! I have some experience working on smaller engines growing up and i just got my first car in NYC. Its a 1991 Corolla wagon with 185,000 miles, it has a 16v EFI in it. For being a +20 yr. old car I am in love with it, perfect balance of cabin space, compact size, fuel economy, and relatively affordable parts and service for a broke-###### like myself. And it looks awesome!
The only area of concern I have had, since i bought it 2 weeks ago, is a slight vibration from the engine when I'm in Drive at a COMPLETE STOP. Other than that, I'm getting no noise or vibration at any RPM moving or idling in Park or Neutral. My bosses mechanic took a look and he pointed out that the front motor mount(just behind the radiator) was visibly shot. He demonstrated this by having his guy put the car in drive while the hood was up. It was clearly visible that the engine was moving front to back when put into gear. I am under the impression that the light strain on the engine while its in gear at a stop is slightly lowering the idle RPM and causing the vibration I am feeling.(thoughts?)
In any case i want to replace the front-center and possibly the rear-center mount. The mechanic said "you gotta get original Toyota mounts, any of that cheap stuff won't line up or could cause more issues in the future". I understand that aftermarket can be crap but at the same time cheaper parts can sometimes do the job of "premium" or original parts just fine. The crux here is that the original toyota mounts are about $103 a piece, I have found Aftermarket/OEM/OES that range from $35-60 a piece. Thats $206 vs $60-$90(remember broke-######). I would love to hear some opinions or experiences or suggestions in regards to using aftermarket/OEM verses original/Genuine Toyota parts.
-Original Parts vs. OEM/OES/Aftermarket?
-Is it worth the money with a car as well-seasoned as mine?
-Does anyone know anything more about my make and model corolla? Its seems a little obscure when compared to a majority of corolla models of that era.
1991 Corolla DX Wagon, manufactured in Japan, w/4A-FE engine