cept it isn't just the belt, its the tensioners, bolts and water pump, your probably right and its the same gear and possibly even QC'd the same, but probably isn't good enough for the sake of 20 quid.
Ill be having mine done soon and ill be using ford.
Perhaps whats more likely to cause problems is the garage its done it.
It's seam there is some confusion here. There are 3 levels of parts consumer(Cheap) O.E. quality and Ford supplied. Just because ford supply the components does not mean they make them or even would supply it on a new car. Simply means they consider it the correct quality and price for a replacement part.
So you could simply work out which O.E quality parts ford use and purchase those items at a lower price than ford parts. This makes the assumption your get it right. Worst case is you buy the cheapest parts you can find and hope nothing goes wrong.
The safe and best route is get ford parts and be sure they are the correct items and get some support if thing do go wrong.
Pays your money and take your choice.
Agree here fellas.
Its up you yourself at the end of the day but in my own Opinion if a Im ever in doubt over the quality of a part (ie timeing belts, water pumps ect) I just go to ford because the way I see it they built the car so if they think the parts good then so be it.
At the end of the day I think that if you want the best stuff then the guys who built, designed and maintain the cars are the best people to go to and as Darren as said genuine ford parts are not that overall more expensive than cheaper counterparts on most occasions. For example last year when servicing my and my father in laws cars local independent autoshops wanted £68 for the usual service stuff (oil filter, air filter ,pollen filter spark plugs and oil ect).
Now thats ok but when I priced genuine ford parts from local ford (which we went for in the end) it was a total of £83 so all in all we where happy with that and in good mind frame that we have the best stuff we could afford on the cars. Another thing to is that the genuine part from ford will always moire likely be 100% of a fit. examples of this for me are old escort battery boxes which again from local auto shops where a universal type fit so where always off a little but from ford they where a 100% fit and sealed better I have has this experience with a few parts over the years from time to time.
I do believe that all parts from a local autos shop are bound to be checked and probably and have to pass a certain type of safety type test or something before they can sell them so if budget or money is an issue then these parts are 100% but in my eyes if the genuine ford part is only a little bit more expensive then just get it even if its just for a piece of mind.
Now guys this is only my OPINION so please don't jump at me here lol!