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Just bought and installed a set of FEQ brand axles for $148 shipped from autopartswarehouse.com.

My driver's side axle, which was replaced by the dealer 1.5 years ago, had already gone bad, so i decided to try an aftermarket set.

There were no complaints about them on the forum. One thing: buy new semi-circular clips from the dealer- don;t use the ones FEQ supplies, as they are junk. The FEQ axles do come with the axle nuts
 

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Just bought and installed a set of FEQ brand axles for $148 shipped from autopartswarehouse.com.

My driver's side axle, which was replaced by the dealer 1.5 years ago, had already gone bad, so i decided to try an aftermarket set.

There were no complaints about them on the forum. One thing: buy new semi-circular clips from the dealer- don;t use the ones FEQ supplies, as they are junk. The FEQ axles do come with the axle nuts
EDIT: Passenger side FEQ axle is leaking grease already (after three weeks). Ordered an A1 Cardone reman axle from rockauto.com.
 

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How about FCP Groton? How are theirs?
Last year, my 2003 325xi with approx 120K miles started to get a terrible pulsating/vibration when I drove on the highway starting at about 50MPH and higher. That was around march of 2009. Took it to BMW, tuns out it needed new CV axles, the original axles finally gave up. That was a very good run!!! One was leaking, the other one wasn't. So I bought a set of CV axles from FCP Groton last march. I also took the time to replace my shocks while I was it. Put the new axles on (had to change the clip on them, the ones provided are way too large) and my ride was smooth like new again. Just a few weeks ago (early april 2010) the same pulsating/vibration was back....convince that it could not possibly be the axles, I replaced the control arms, bushings (upgraded to the powerflex while I was at it), upper ball joints, the the rods and sway bar links, and also put new rotors and brakes while I was at it.... A complete front end rebuild right?....The pulsating/vibration is still there. Took it back to BMW..... sure enough, it's the Axles again, except this time, none of the boots are broken. The shaft however does have some surface rust, which is to be expected, except that, my BMW ones that were original with 120K miles, had no rust ...... My recommendation, do not buy from FCP Groton, they will mostly likely last you a year. They are Chinese crap, I bought it cause it was priced cheaply. Didn't know they were chinese until I received them though. I've learned my lesson. :banghead:

Now, I still have my original BMW ones in the garage,.... I wonder if I can clean those out and repack them with new crease and put new boots on them? But then that also makes me wonder, what if the Chinese ones I have on the car now just need a better quality grease? I don't know. I think perhaps I'll just buy some German or US made one. Or stick with OEM, they are super expensive, but they lasted 5 years

Any thoughts?
 

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Last year, my 2003 325xi with approx 120K miles started to get a terrible pulsating/vibration when I drove on the highway starting at about 50MPH and higher. That was around march of 2009. Took it to BMW, tuns out it needed new CV axles, the original axles finally gave up. That was a very good run!!! One was leaking, the other one wasn't. So I bought a set of CV axles from FCP Groton last march. I also took the time to replace my shocks while I was it. Put the new axles on (had to change the clip on them, the ones provided are way too large) and my ride was smooth like new again. Just a few weeks ago (early april 2010) the same pulsating/vibration was back....convince that it could not possibly be the axles, I replaced the control arms, bushings (upgraded to the powerflex while I was at it), upper ball joints, the the rods and sway bar links, and also put new rotors and brakes while I was at it.... A complete front end rebuild right?....The pulsating/vibration is still there. Took it back to BMW..... sure enough, it's the Axles again, except this time, none of the boots are broken. The shaft however does have some surface rust, which is to be expected, except that, my BMW ones that were original with 120K miles, had no rust ...... My recommendation, do not buy from FCP Groton, they will mostly likely last you a year. They are Chinese crap, I bought it cause it was priced cheaply. Didn't know they were chinese until I received them though. I've learned my lesson. :banghead:

Now, I still have my original BMW ones in the garage,.... I wonder if I can clean those out and repack them with new crease and put new boots on them? But then that also makes me wonder, what if the Chinese ones I have on the car now just need a better quality grease? I don't know. I think perhaps I'll just buy some German or US made one. Or stick with OEM, they are super expensive, but they lasted 5 years

Any thoughts?
Thanks for the input. Already made that determination from other posts I've read. My axles are still in there after 180,000miles.... I ended-up repacking the boots and they're still running good. When it comes time to replace, I'm going to get them rebuilt @ local shop.... By rebuilding you still get the BMW factory axles; with "new guts". The guy that was recommended to me comes highly recommended. So, rather than buying new ones (unless I have to), I'm rebuilding next time. In fact, this guy apparently keeps rebuit BMW front axles in stock on the shelf.
 

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Yeah, my dealer installed (under CPO) driver's side axle lasted only about a year, which is why I decided to try aftermarket and rebuilt axles. There was noticeable play in the driver's side axle after 16k miles and the passenger side (which was replaced at 50k miles when the car was first sold as CPO) lasted less than 30k miles.

I'd spend the money on BMW axles if i thought they were worth it.

One thing- I think the BMW axles may be reman by BMW- I don't think they are brand new.

I really do think the best bet is to have your original axles remanned by a specialist if that's available to you. If not, just buy the big 36mm socket and learn how to do it yourself once a year.
 

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I've got a local shop that has reman axles "on the shelf" ready to go.... Just do an exchange for old ones..... FCP Chinese crap they should rename themselves.
 

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arent there a couple manufacturers for the axles? theres the OEM company and whatever FCP and others source from china or who knows where. Anyone know the manufacturer names? especially OEM?
 

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OEM is GKN Loebro. Pelican and another vendor from google sell them.

I'm interested to see if the BavAuto axles are chinese or what . . .
 

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A1 Cordone is mostly rebuilt. Probably comparable to FCP Groton ones.
From reading here, it seems that when it comes to XI axles, you gotta go OEM, just like Camshaft sensors.
 
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