I havent heard anything bad about Cloyes, or Melling. Good stuff, IMO. Used many of their products without issue in my SB Chevy days.
My experience with modern engines and vehicles, especially our cars lately, however, has been you totally get what you pay for. Aftermarket has gotten much worse (cheap, chinese crap) as of late, so I would be careful.
I look at it this way. The original Mopar part lasted 9 years (your car is an 04). Do you plan to keep the car for another 9 years, or do you plan on selling in 2 years? If you plan to keep, Mopar all the way. Sell, not so much.
I swore off aftermarket stuff last year after a long battle with poor quality crap....has been nothing but a good decision, yes its a bit more pricey, but the quality, fit, feel, and reliability has been great. Pain in the ass factor down to zero. The shit fits, looks good, and works. Nothing worse than some aftermarket part failing within minutes of your completion of hours of work....or within a few miles of driving after.
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