I don't like the one thats pictured above, its direct drive. Even some of the other long starters are still gear reduction and you can see the offset in the motor to nose cone.
FYI you can buy our starters in the mitsu gear reduction style brand new by TYC and they seem to be pretty decent. The one i shoved in the E350 idi spun it over so fast i thought the motor was gonna launch out of it.
EDIT: GO Find your reciept. I am willing to bet it stays limited lifetime on it. Advance changed their warrenty policy on our starters when they changed brands. They dropped the Palladium line, for a white box 1 year special and the bastards changed their warrenty. So grab your reciept and shove it in their face. They did this to me also on a alternator i bought for a town car. Reciept says limited lifetime. Computer says 1 year now.