Twinsen I was thinking about buying one, In case I do decide and do the diy route, when I was shopping around on ebay, I saw a universal one, and others, is there a difference, do you or anyone else have experience with one brand over another? Should I just get the more expensive one, vs the "cost affordable" one?All the parts in the original compressor are 15+ years old. A catastrophic failure can dump metal shavings in the system, smoke the serpentine belt, etc.
On Ebay, new compressors are going for $130, remanufactured for $90.
These appear to have the redesigned clutch.
While you're in there, you might also replace the expansion valve.