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Old 01-12-2012, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by bluebee View Post
Did we ever, tribally, come to a conclusion yet on which 'brand' of FSU to buy?
As with most things regarding these cars, there are few, if any absolutes. There is a LOT of variability in FSU quality.
I think if you have any doubts regarding FSU quality (and there is a lot of evidence to give doubt), go to the dealer, pay the premium, and install OEM (I paid about $90 at the stealer). If the cost of maintaining your E39 is starting to chafe on you, get an alternative lower cost FSU from a reputable source and roll the dice. Bottom line is that installation is an easy 10 min DIY (~$100 at the stealer) so there is minimal labor investment. If it craps out, buy another and reinstall it. If it lasts, you've saved $30-$40. If it doesn't, you're only out about $10-$30.
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