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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Tue, Nov-14-2017, 04:24:35 PM   #11
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You have to be careful with parts in general on these cars. I've been lucky enough to have owned my same '97 M3/4 during two different eras - 2001 to 2005 and 2015 to now. Very different experiences. During the first it was a practically new modern car. Now it's an old car that stands out on the road due to its small size and appearance.

One of the obvious differences is the quality of parts. I am amazed now with the number of knockoff parts available, and the made-in-China parts which come from reputable suppliers like Behr.

I guess that's a function of these cars getting cheaper and into the hands of owners with a lot less money than was the case during my first stint - when owners lavished only the best parts on them. I guess that's good news for people who just want to keep their cars on the road but bad news if you love your ride want to keep it for a long time and in parts with OEM fit and quality.

This is why I only buy parts made by BMW or original OEM suppliers through places like Pelican or AZ Autohaus. There's just too much junk out there to weed through otherwise.
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Old Wed, Nov-15-2017, 05:32:39 PM   #13
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Most dealers will match online pricing from sites like Pelican, ECS, etc.

Regardless of if it's BMW, Subaru, VW, etc. and I want OEM, I just email a screen shot of the online price/part and ask for a price match. You also don't have to worry about shipping either!
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This is why I only buy parts made by BMW or original OEM suppliers through places like Pelican or AZ Autohaus. There's just too much junk out there to weed through otherwise.
You called it.

Buy cheap, buy once. Always works.
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Old Wed, Nov-15-2017, 05:48:15 PM   #15
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Buy cheap, buy once. Always works.
Thats not how the saying goes.
Its buy cheap, buy it twice.
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Thats not how the saying goes.
Its buy cheap, buy it twice.
I wasn’t quoting a saying, I meant it literally, as in buy OEM the first time, instead of buying cheap stuff first, then end up buying OEM and spending more than necessary.
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Most dealers will match online pricing from sites like Pelican, ECS, etc.

Regardless of if it's BMW, Subaru, VW, etc. and I want OEM, I just email a screen shot of the online price/part and ask for a price match. You also don't have to worry about shipping either!
Thanks for sharing...never considered doing this. I came to the same exact conclusion as the OP!
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I wasn’t quoting a saying, I meant it literally, as in buy OEM the first time, instead of buying cheap stuff first, then end up buying OEM and spending more than necessary.
You made that a lot more complicated than it should have been lol
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You made that a lot more complicated than it should have been lol
I made it pretty clear in my original post.
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There are some good e36-related buys on ebay that come from no-name makers and sellers. Sometimes, you can get more than you pay for.

For instance, I bought and was quite pleasantly surprised by the good quality and fitment of these aftermarket Chinese door handle surround gaskets.

These AC Schnitzer-knockoff dead pedals are also good quality and wear well.

I have been very happy with these no-name bronze clutch/brake pedal bushings

On the other hand, like everyone else, I have been sorely disappointed plenty of times by no-name ebay goods. As a rule, anything that is composed of cast metal or plastic, any badges or roundel-type items, or anything with moving parts, you should stay far away from no-name ebay companies peddling those wares.

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