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  1. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    Dave there's no argument here, you'll need to look in another thread. 😉 Thanks for outlining your understanding. It doesn't align with that of FCP - a very successful company that has been doing this as their day jobs for decades now - and we're fortunate they took the trouble to write it down. Quoting https://blog.fcpeuro.com/the-great-debate-genuine-parts-vs-oem-vs-aftermarket I sure trust that FCP are okay with linking and quoting their blog post here. I think they have this sh*t totally covered. Some here may find it instructional. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Is there really a difference between Genuine, OE, OEM, and Aftermarket parts? The short answer is YES! Since not all parts are created equally, how should you decide on what to buy? Let's break it down. Genuine Parts Simply stated, these are parts that were originally installed during production of the vehicle. There are several reasons someone may want to install Genuine Parts - they want to keep the car original or that they know parts are guaranteed to be compatible. There is no need to visit your local dealer to get these parts. FCP Euro offers these parts on their website, at more competitive prices when compared to your local dealer. OE Parts When a manufacturer makes parts for the production vehicle, they oftentimes create the same exact part, place their own label on the product, and sell it under their own brand. These are called OE or Original Equipment parts. Other than labeling, these parts are typically identical. Some of these OE parts are brand names such as Lemforder, Bosch, TRW, Sachs, Lemforder, Siemens VDO, and Valeo among others. Since these parts are the same quality as most genuine parts, they are a popular option amongst DIYers since the cost savings can be substantial in many cases. Here is an example of Genuine vs OE sway bar links for a Volvo C30. The Genuine Volvo part is 2-3 times the cost of OE, yet it is likely that it was made on the same exact line as the OE. OEM Parts OEM parts are produced by a manufacturer that meets the high quality standards and produces at least one part for a vehicle manufacturer. FCP Euro recommends OEM replacement as one of the best options for quality and price. Typically all OEM manufacturers adhere to stringent quality control and are known to be exceptional quality. FCP Euro has completed decades of research and we are very stringent with the term “OEM”. Rest assured that every product we list as OEM will be of equal quality to that of OE or Genuine parts we sell. Aftermarket Parts As I stated earlier, not all parts are created equal. Aftermarket parts are created as an alternative to OEM or Genuine Parts. In some cases, such as clips, screws, fasteners, etc, the parts are virtually indistinguishable. In other cases, aftermarket parts are considered upgrades from their OEM & Genuine equivalents. In other cases, some aftermarket part quality can be lacking. FCP Euro offers a lifetime replacement promise and a guarantee that we wouldn't sell anything that we wouldn't put on our own cars. You can trust that the aftermarket parts you buy from FCP Euro are of equivalent quality and often quite affordable. If concerned about the fit of an aftermarket part, my rule of thumb is if the component being fixed is prone to leak, or it's a major job to replace, go with OEM or OE. Rear main seals and head gasket jobs aren't even that much fun the first time. As I mentioned, even though these aftermarket companies don't supply parts to the vehicle manufacturers, it doesn't make them low quality companies. FCP Euro carries brands such as Meyle and Febi that meet or exceed OEM specifications. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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    KwS's not M3, M3 Project (or, the M328i)

    Go on, you know you want to 😉
  3. Olaf

    What'd you do to your BMW today?

    I think you may have missed the essential third discriminator - OE. That is, this part is from the supplier who made the Original part for the manufacturer. Extending Jon’s point above: e30 Tie Rods. Lemforder, TRW are OE. Meyle would be OEM (under this new way of thinking) as they make/made *something* for e30 (or at least, some BMWS), but not e30 tie rods. then with Meyle, of course there’s Meyle HD which is generally pretty good as they’ve improved upon the original spec (eg bigger ball joint in the e30 front ARB endlinks than Genuine or OE (such as Lemforder). confused? You soon will be. HTH
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    Random (BMW) pic of the day

    Photo credit: BMW Group
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    BMW service

    Do you mean you wish you went genuine? Bosch is the OE Manufacturer, along with Valeo, depending on model. FWIW I’ve bought one set of BMW e46 wipers, and one set of BMW e60 wipers from NZ dealers. I get about a year out of them, I use Rain-X on the screen and BMW washer fluid in the tank. I bring them in myself, I think the apparent margin is too great.
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    BMW service

    Hasn’t been serviced for two years. 8 years old. Some parts need replacing to keep it running well. Under $1k for two years? Try that in your Holden Commodore! One can compare to a “reliable”** Japanese brand, but to compare apples with apples you must also consider driving experience. If the 116i and Mazda 3/Toyota Corolla feel the same to you, buy the Mazda. Agree an 8 year old lower km’s car shouldn’t need a new coolant tank but hey, it does, whaddyagonnado - gamble with your engine on a point of principle? ** people love Honda’s. Friend of mine bought a brand new City, it was knocking a bit - could I have a look? 6 years old 58k km’s rod through block. “There’s your issue!”. Turns out they don’t like being driven without maintenance of any kind.
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    E46 Manline

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    Disposing of Old Airbag

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    1999 E38 750i Individual

    VTNZ, jeez I've had them write down on the WoF form that it's a litre and a half low on oil. They don't even know how to read a dipstick. Better they stick to their core function! Thankfully I've never had any stupid observations about suspension component replacements, and my local always seems to have a BMW keen-bean. B12 Pro Kit must be nice, Brent. Given there'd be a TUV cert for it, shouldn't be hard to run that against the standards and guidelines. Thankfully they've never blinked at my Volvo, self-levelling (Nivomat) also removed. They were self-contained units with soft springs; replaced with Sachs OEM & H&R Sportsprings.
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    New Bridgestone S007A

    I asked my Bridgestone dealer about them a couple of weeks ago, he said he hadn't had enough feedback on them yet to be able to recommend them. I'm waiting with interest.
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    I was kindly alerted of this by an old highschool mate. His Mum was about to sell, having had it since 1997. Would I be interested in an NZ-new 1990 316i manual? Turned out to be full poverty-spec, 103hp, 4 private owners, 257,000 kms, and reasonably tidy. Our offspring are approaching driving age, and I want them to learn in a simple manual gearbox car, with none of those fancy driving aids we associate with steering, these days. Helps that one can see every corner of the car, too. Sr E-Thirty Andy kindly agreed to come with for inspection, as e30 expert to help with my mid-range mech capability. We determined that it was an honest, reasonably tidy example, needing some TLC. It had only been doing around 250km per year for a number of years now, but had been garaged. It started (stone cold) willingly, first go. Serviced last week by Mike Page. It was sold through Shelly BMW when new, and when the last owner bought it new; I even found @Barryn's card in the service book from back in the day. A deal was struck, I did the ownership change, paid the cash, got the key stuck in the driver's door, Andy sorted that out, phoned insurance and paid, and set out for Wellington from Paraparaumu. I'm pretty taken by it, it's nice to be back in an e30. Plans: give it TLC to get it machanically sorted (clutch and associated bushes and seals), precautionary cambelt kit, general servicing and maintenance (leads, cap, rotor, fan clutch). In summer, check out what's underneath those front guards, and sort out bootlid keep it fairly stock for next three years until both of our scone-grabbers have their licenses then - quite possibly - make it into a well-sorted clone of Andy's "MY E30". Or at the very least, a 318iS. Hence "project" rather than showroom. Here she is in monochromatic glory:
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    I was thinking about manufacturing date. Like 'Incept date'. I wonder if Grey Thunder is more like 'Pris'.
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    Grey Thunder - 1990 e30 316i

    it was time Grey Thunder had a shampoo. So I gave her some Auto Glym love, and a dry off with my Rapid Dry Towel. an e30, this morning, just seven weeks shy of her 30th birthday. snap by iPhone, processing by Adobe Lightroom. that's it for now. I've been concentrating on my 'SS Commodore in a sharp German suit', and my Volvo 855-T5, this week.
  14. well... yesterday, I figured it would need rubber to pass it's forthcoming WoF... so I went to Bridgestone Torrens Tce. Rather than cheap out - despite likelihood of selling it soon - I went for Bridgestone RE-003s. Stock size is 205/50R16. Ahhh, better.
  15. A spot of power steering fluid (200mls) has restored feel to the steering. Ideally a drain and flush would be the thing to do. I’ll put that on the list for the next owner under ‘recommended next steps’. It’s running really well.
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    My 130i MSport 2008

    I think the e87 may be tight on legroom for the lads, though worth qualifying.
  17. I’m picking they didn’t have an e60 active steering rack on the shelf? style 123 rims? e30 fog lights?
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    Quick rant thread.

    Jeez Glenn, I trust you're uninjured, and your insurance replacement is rapid. I was going to say Swift, but I didn't want to wish you a Suzuki. Do the Police arrange a 'free shot' as part of restorative justice? Bonehead playstation drivers. Bring back the stocks.
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    Congrats Graham!

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    E34 525TDS Touring

    that is a fascinating thing. looking forward to reading of your progress!
  21. Note: Transmission servicing is essential. Not sealed for life at all!
  22. E46 Touring FTW! Welcome, Thomas. The day I drove my e46 325i Touring, I was loaned an e46 318i Touring (M43? M44?) by the dealer for a hour. I remember thinking ‘okay, less power and 4cyl Delivery, but the handling balance with the 4cyl is beguiling!
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    Jane - My Green German Girlfriend

    I’ll be getting my VANOS seals done (at long last) in May. looking forward to that!