Well I'm a little late on going and reviewing but here goes
I went to lkq in Greenville this past Saturday. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was like a kid going to a toy store AND being able to play with everything.
So here's the deal
It's located on the sw side of town. About five minutes from the edge of town. Not to far at all.
Two bucks to get in. As soon as you walk out they have all the trucks out front. Most are Ford's. That takes up about four rows that are two deep.
Walking past the truck rows you walk smack dab into the Ford section. Needless to say I didn't make it too far back in the yard. Everything I needed was right up.
I went in looking for a pmgr starter for my 82 302 AT and found a couple of cars that should work. I verified this through a quick pm to an fte member that's always on the bullnose forum. (A very quick response btw, you got to love this board)
I went with a 95 mustang with a 3.8v6 auto. Luckily they didn't intend to drive this car as I made liberal use of my long pry bars. For others interested in doing this swap I should suggest finding a vehicle a little more accessible than a mustang. It was time consuming but not impossible and very much worth the effort in the end.
So I grabbed all the bolts and double checked my tools and started back to the office. Luckily my dad was with me and he reminded me I needed a dipstick for my Windstar. After a quick walk around I found an exact match a snagged it.
Check out was fast. Here was the damage:
1 starter 24.99
Core:10.00 ( they said a starter was a starter to them,I could bring in any starter for my refund. The parts store would only take a pmgr in return.)
Dip stick 1.99
Env fee 2.22 (don't know what this is)
I've got 30 to bring in core if I chose and 30 days warranty on starter. I even asked if I could bring it back if it didn't fit. They said no problem, no questions asked 30 days replacement.
I thought that was cool.
Very good experience I must say. Great selection. The only bad thing was that they showed no Ford trucks in the website. I got there and there were dozens. Not a big deal but worth mentioning.
Sorry to ramble but I though someone might want to know.
Obviously most of the fluid were drained. I say most because I did spill, and later waller in coolant. But it wasn't a big deal
All cars seemed to be supported well. They are on rims. One laying flat with another turned up and laying inside the bottom rim. They are welded together. I felt safe enough to do what I was doing. They were solid.
I did wind up going to the Durham location. Not much to report on. I left my house this week in flip flops and could only find boat shoes in my van to wear into the yard. Of coarse I find these walking for three days in the weather we've had. I guess it shows were my priorities lay...no flops in the yard was quite the motivator.
So wearing sperrys without socks the first thing I noticed was the one mile walk from the office to yard. It may have only been 60 yards but with cold water entering the sides of my shoes it's tough to gauge distance with any accuracy.
I did find two modules. My lack of knowledge and the module's lack of stickers prevented me from being sure that they were original motorcraft. These were the only two I found so it didn't make a difference.
I didn't lollygag and check out the whole thing. It was cold and I had to get back to the office.
When it came time to check out I was hit with 60 some odd dollar bill. Again this was my fault. They are listed as computer control modules and were 20 bucks a piece plus a 7 dollar core (to me a 7$ core charge is hard to swallow. I barely accept the notion of a core. This was only three dollars cheaper than my pmgr starter. To me the starter had much more recyclable and rebuildable value)
The website clearly indicates this price for computer modules, to me it seems like a fancy name for 30 year old technology that only has one input signal and one output signal.
With funds being tight and thinking one of the modules was shot anyway I chose the best one and gave the other one back. I was willing to gamble 15 knowing I could bring it back but 30 priced me out.
So in all reality everything that sucked was my fault. I do like the Greenville location better. I hate to say it but the folks that worked the counter were more my speed. We got along in your typical small town enc ease.
It was a small sample size and not enough to base an opinion on. It would come down to were you are and which yard had the vehicle you were wanting to pick from.
Luckily for the next three weeks and again this fall I will work in Durham and drive home to little Washington. All things being equal I'll go to Greenville.
No, there is Carolina BBQ restaurant on 64 in between Mocksville and Lexington rigt after you cross over the river, you have to turn there and its don about a mile on the left, cant miss it. Cotton passed last year, but if you ask the guys that work there what your looking for they will tell you where to look and let you walk around, cars back to the 30s.
Same thing with Whites, go in the office and ask for what your looking for and they will tell you where to go, pull part yourself or let them pull.