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Old 01-17-2020, 10:14 AM   #21
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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.

interesting .. i was pretty sure that elring made the oe vcg for the m56 sulev. at least one person ordering from the dealer received one with elring quality control tag.
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Old 01-17-2020, 12:29 PM   #22
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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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Old 01-21-2020, 11:08 PM   #23
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FCP is super awesome. Free returns, lifetime warranty, friendly help when you need it.

I've had instances where their pricing on a part hasn't been the lowest I could find, but I bought from them anyway, knowing that they stand behind their stuff. Case in point: I just replaced the starter on my '04 330xi. Bosch starter - FCP was $164, RockAuto was $141 (with shipping). I went with FCP because in the unlikely event that I need to replace it in the future, even though Bosch has a lifetime warranty, I know that sending it back to FCP is hassle-free.

Selfishly, I live in NJ and FCP is in CT, so their 'free' shipping ends up being only two days. If I need to return stuff, shipping is cheap too.
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Old 01-22-2020, 12:19 PM   #24
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according to the description:


This OEM throttle position sensor is manufactured by AB Elektronic who is the OE supplier for BMW on this application. The BMW trademarking has been dremeled off and the BMW parts number label has been removed.



https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/bmw...la-13637840383

Their price is less than half of what ECS are asking for an OEM sensor.
I actually can't believe you've been on here since 2015 and have not developed an opinion on FCP Euro...
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Old 01-22-2020, 12:55 PM   #25
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I actually can't believe you've been on here since 2015 and have not developed an opinion on FCP Euro...


He's in the EU. It's not as easy to find part suppliers overseas especially when you arent actively involved on this forum


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Old 01-23-2020, 01:12 PM   #26
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He's in the EU. It's not as easy to find part suppliers overseas especially when you arent actively involved on this forum
Yeah but...that's where BMW is HQ'd. Difficult to find BMW parts there? Why?
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Old 01-23-2020, 01:16 PM   #27
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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.

Hence the reason I mostly just buy the Genuine BMW part. Some people assert that OEM is always the same as OE but that's just not the case.
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Old 01-23-2020, 03:35 PM   #28
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I have ordered over $2K worth of parts from FCP. They are legit as far as quality of parts and customer service. Their prices are also consistently the lowest. I have never taken advantage of their free replacement warranty. I don't plan to for small stuff like oil filter, o-rings and fluids. It is just seem petty for consumable items.

I do wonder if the lifetime replacement business plan will implode the company in the long term. How will they stay in business even if small percentage of customers return higher price consumable items like MAF, struts/shocks, pumps .. etc.
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Old 01-23-2020, 04:55 PM   #29
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I do wonder if the lifetime replacement business plan will implode the company in the long term. How will they stay in business even if small percentage of customers return higher price consumable items like MAF, struts/shocks, pumps .. etc.
Their prices are low, but not always the lowest. I'm sure they have bean counters there who figure out where the line is that they'll still make a good profit because they have happy repeat customers who occasionally return things.

I've returned not-small-ticket items (alternator that was bad out of the box, brake rotors and control arms that failed prematurely). No problems at all.

I always go to FCP first when I shopping for my BMW and Audi. I compare their pricing to others online (Pelican, ECS, RockAuto are the usual suspects), and I have no problem paying a bit extra with FCP knowing that they stand behind their stuff.
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