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Be glad you don't drive an Audi B9 S4. Automatic transmission service kit, 8-Speed Automatic Transmission Service Kit Unfortunately FCP doesn't carry many newer Audi parts, what they do have are $$$. Brake pads are nearly $350, Only have front rotors @$90 ea.
 

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Maybe it's inflation and the good old "due to the pandemic, we're experiencing higher than normal call volumes"

The pandemic has been a fantastic exscuse for corporate America to lean out customer service. I ordered a pair of etnies weeks ago and there website says no one is available to take calls indefinitely. It's all done via email. Absolute garbage.

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it's not a typo. When you click on that kit on the seperate parts (bolts, carrier clip, ...) the costs of each thing is already rediculously high
 

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Just priced a thermostat and o-rings from them for my M. They were only $3 more shipped than getbmwparts. FCP was the same. ECS shipping has been somewhat spotty the last year or two so I went with getbmwparts.com. CS and shipping suspect all around due to the reasons listed above....it's a crap shoot!
 

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With respect to the above; a sidebar about the warranty. Having just gone through this with a customer buying a genuine part (not from a dealer) and having a warranty issue.

Customer is 500 miles from home. Heater control valve is leaking. Small and capable shop (NOT BMW oriented) wants to replace the valve with a generic part. Customer steps in and orders a genuine valve from Pelican Parts. Installed and all is good, up until about 18 months into the 2 year BMW parts warranty. It's leaking. Now the fun begins.

Pelican says to the customer; to have me return the part to the dealer. My dealer (I have a VG relationship with BTW) wants a receipt from a dealer to support the warranty. Here's the catch: The genuine part was NOT sourced through a dealership. Therefore no part warranty. It's part of the charter agreement between any USA dealer and BMW N.A.
Furthermore the charter actually forbids any dealer to sell parts to a 3rd. party (although many do) for sale.

I suspect that better outfits just eat the cost of applying a warranty of such as a "cost of doing business?"

I had to purchase a new valve for the repair.
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How much does the dealer want for those parts (being Genuine BMW)? Unless you have a good dealer and a BMWCCA discount, I'll bet it's north of $275. I let my CCA membership drop because the only thing of value to me (the parts discount) has become a joke. My local dealers used to tack on 10-20% from list price for their parts w/o a CCA discount, but then would take roughly 20% OFF the list with the CCA discount, putting in the range of ECS and FCP. Not anymore with the dealers around me. I get all my Genuine BMW parts from ECS now. WAY WAY cheaper than the dealer.

If you want cheaper than that, you're going to have to source something other than Genuine BMW.
 

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I'm not one to complain but jeez $228 for some bolts, clips, and plastic caps? I hope this is just a temporary situation and price will go back down.


Something as generic as that should be available on a much cheaper service like Rockauto
 

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...although I doubt it...could this price include the rotors and pads. It says it's 'everything' to install front brakes--rotors and pads are certainly needed. :) Just saying...because that doesn't look like prices I'd expect at all.
 

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...although I doubt it...could this price include the rotors and pads. It says it's 'everything' to install front brakes--rotors and pads are certainly needed. :) Just saying...because that doesn't look like prices I'd expect at all.
Nope, just hardware. The caliper guide bolts are $26 each....wtf. However, that is inline with all other vendors.

ATE brand is about $4 each......seems like a no-brainer.
 

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I'm not one to complain but jeez $228 for some bolts, clips, and plastic caps? I hope this is just a temporary situation and price will go back down.


Genuine BMW is $$$. Do you really need all those bits?
 
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