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Parts Sources?

Discussion in 'DIY (Do-It-Yourself)' started by BIMMIR, Feb 22, 2009.

    BIMMIR guest

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    I'm looking for a source for bmw parts other than the dealership. I can find places where I can view the scematics and get part numbers but not order.

    I"m looking for 2 parts for a 2007 BMW X3.
    I need a trim bezel that goes around the drivers side fog light, in ti silver. I think the part # is 51110415733
    I also need a new dark ash wood trim plate on the front of my console around the shifter.
    I think the part # is 51453436482.

    Can anyone help ?

    Thanks everyone - Tim
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    TeamStowell We love driving!

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    Everyone has their favorites, and by the 10th response you will probably have a list 50 vendors long. Never assume online is cheaper. Check with the dealer for a BMW CCA discount, and take a look in Roundel for dealerships across the nation who take up to 20%off.

    That being said, my favorites in no particular order are bavauto.com, autohausaz.com, pelicanparts.com, and BMPdesign.com.

    1996 328ti guest

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    Not sure where you would get a genuine BMW part other than a dealer.

    www.getbmwparts.com

    51110415733 $99.13
    51453436482 $242.07
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    granthr

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    +1 Bav Auto does sell genuine BMW parts sometimes. But they sell parts from the original equipment supplier when they can b/c it is cheaper. Same for the others I believe. But give Bav Auto a BMW p/n and they can almost always get it.

    1996 328ti guest

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    Pelican Parts $313.25
    BavAuto $302.95
    BMW dealer $242.07 (20% off MSRP)
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    granthr

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    Yes, I agree the your local Dealership is a great place to get parts. I use them a lot and you don't have to pay shipping. But you really need to price shop b/c they can be more expensive. My local dealer only offers 10% off for BMW CCA members, which is still great, but not 20% as some places in Roundel offer.
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    az3579

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    Agreed. I was just putting together a list of things I need for my car and found that for a couple of the items, BavAuto was significantly cheaper than the dealer price, but on the rest of the stuff, is significantly more expensive as well. Price-shop!

    BIMMIR guest

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    Wow - Just when you think you're all alone with an issue! You guys are great THANKS!
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    az3579

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    Just an update: today I checked dealer prices and I want to correct myself in my previous statement. I said that in some cases the dealer prices are cheaper. This was in RealOEM.
    After checking with the dealer, I'm amending my statement to "the dealer prices are ALWAYS a LOT more expensive".

    Places like BavAuto do carry parts that aren't OEM, but aftermarket. Most of the time those parts work just fine. I think they do have some OEM parts though, but I'm not sure.

    One thing's for sure; for my shopping list for today (keep in mind I just spent nearly a grand into cooling refresh in my car - I've spent enough already) consisted of a ~$140 price tag from BavAuto AFTER shipping compared to BMW's price quote of ~$190, before taxes and CCA discount. $50 difference in this price bracket is HUGE!

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    Make sure that any discount you may get by doing the mail order or on-line won't be negated by the time you pay shipping. That can happen.

    BMWtoyz guest

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    You can enter the part number in the search function at Pelican Parts (a Roundel advertiser) and they will get you the price.

    1996 328ti guest

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    You can't go by realoem.
    People often compare OE parts to OEM or other brands.
    That is not a fair assessment.
    I buy OE whenever I can. My only exception are brake pads.


    I did, Pelican was more money than getbmwparts.com which is Tischer BMW.

    Also dealer discounts vary.
    I took a survey several years ago and found prices shocking, even with discounts.

    BMWtoyz guest

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    I did not say anything about the price being the best, was just saying if you have a part number and cannot find the item in the Pelican Parts catalog, you can enter the BMW part number in the search block and it will come up with a part and price, is that the best price in town, I do not know, shop around. I have found some dealers have great prices, some not!

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    I've found that most everything I have needed can be had from the NAPA store. Admittedly, I'm not looking for trim for an X3. But the weird double-sized ID valve cover vent hose for my M20 was less locally than on-line (and no UPS tax).

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