Not trying to be mean here, just realistic. If you can't locate the part you want to replace on realoem, should you really be attempting to replace the part yourself?
umm...realoem is kind of a crappy set up to look up parts.
Let's give him the benefit of the doubt.. The ETK isn't as intuitively organized as it could be - especially with the new image-based navigation
I don't even know what a "bmw parts group" is but with a little common sense and a simple process of elimination I can almost always find what I'm looking for within just a few minutes (and usually within seconds). There are a few things, especially electrical, that can be a bit difficult to find. I guess my point is that if you know at little about cars it's not too hard to figure out a part number. Between the OP's description of his problem and his difficulty figuring out realoem, I'm just not sure he's quite up to the task.umm...realoem is kind of a crappy set up to look up parts.
Not everyone knows bmw parts groups and such.
True, but it's not a night and day difference IMO. The organization structure is almost the same. I've got access to the real ETK too, I don't find it to be that much more efficient. I usually don't bother booting up the machine I have it installed on unless I need to look up the contents of a particular kit or some other type of details that aren't provided by realOEM (item weight for example).real-oem is worse than etk