Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North Andover, MA.
When the starter was working well (in the recent past), were you getting any grinding? That would be the tell tale of a bad ring gear/flywheel.
If the starter wasn't loose and you need a "new" starter, I'd suggest trying to find someone to rebuild the stock unit, (or exchange it). Those were similar to the old Ford set ups & easy (simple & cheap) to rebuild. Hopefully the guy is using genuine bendix etc.
Unless you can find an honest brand name starter somewhere, the Chinese crap is, well, crap & you'll be replacing it again soon.
Just my .02