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Old 01-17-2020, 11:29 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by MrMCar View Post
90% of the time when one buys a OEM part with the BMW logo ground off it's the real deal.
However there are times.... when a part or batch didn't pass QC by BMW acceptance. Sometimes those parts find their way into the aftermarket.

I wrote at length a time ago about counterfeit parts from India and cleverly ground off BMW logos.

Keep in mind that Behr (as an example) is a OEM mfr. There is a world of difference (no pun intended) between a OEM part produced in the EU VS: that of one made in China.
Then there's the intentional misinformation by type association. Many will show a Valve Cover gasket for the E46 as being OEM when it's from Elring. Yes Elring is an OEM for MANY E46 parts, however the VC Gasket for your car is made by Bruss or Mahle.
Not to be confused with Meyle.
Elring made the M56 gasket for bmw. My genuine bmw one had an Elring QC tag inside the box.
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