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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 03-02-2008, 06:34 PM
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Are these the preferred parts suppliers for OEM (only) by price?

I'm going crazy reading scores of confusing threads and everyone mixes in their OEM needs with their RACING needs. (I don't race but I realize most of you guys here do so it's natural for you.)

But I just want OEM or equivalent brake parts at a good price.

If I summarize below what I *think* are what you guys recommend (based on reading your threads) for OEM brake parts at a good price (shipped to San Jose, California) can you guys just let me know two things?

Given that?
1. Which of those below do you recommend?
2. Did I miss any really good ones?

BEST PRICE FOR OEM-QUALITY BMW E39 BRAKE PARTS:
Are these preferred suppliers in *price-lowest* for *stock OEM* parts?
Pelican (Southern CA) 888-280-7799 http://www.pelicanparts.com
BMAParts (Southern CA) 888-262-3911 http://www.bmaparts.com
Bavauto (NH) (800-535-2002) http://www.bavauto.com
OemBimmerParts (TX) (210-445-7090)http://www.oembimmerparts.com
Circle BMW (NJ) 732-440-1238 http://www.circlebmw.com
Crevier BMW (Southern CA) 800-309-2318 http://www.crevierbmw.com
Pacific BMW (Southern CA) 800-542-9634 http://www.pacificbmw.com
RealOEM (unknown location?) (phone?) http://www.realoem.com/bmw
BMWfans (unknown location?) (phone?) www.bmwfans.info
Zeckhausen (NJ) 800-222-8893 www.zeckhausen.com
Crown (unknown location?) 866-892-2356 http://parts.crownauto.com

Is this the right list for OEM quality (not racing!) by price?

Note: If better-than-OEM can be had at a equal-or-lower-than-OEM price, then that qualifies; but since better-than-OEM can always be had at a higher-than-OEM price, that is *not* what this thread is about.
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Crevier and Pacific (when they allowed internet orders) has had the lowest prices but shipping was high since I'm on the East coast. I've recently gone with Mileoneparts, as their prices are at least as competitive as Crevier and since they are in Maryland, shipping is a bit lower.
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Order from BMAParts.com.

You can call and ask for Patrick and he will take care of you.

This is not rocket science. You're making both the brake job and the procurement of parts much more complicated than they need be.
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Old 03-02-2008, 07:32 PM
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Crevier and Pacific had the lowest prices but shipping was high since I'm on the East coast. Mileonepartsprices are are in Maryland where shipping is lower for me.
Given I generally only call three or four places, I've added your suggestion and that from Wingspan (turner motorsports).

Please feel free to modify as the final list is what will have value ... not these interim attempts at coming up with a final list.

Here is what I'm hearing from you guys ......

Top 3 (go with one of these for OEM unless something is way off):
Crevier (Socal) 800-309-2318 http://www.crevierbmw.com
Pacific (Socal) 800-542-9634 http://www.pacificbmw.com
Turner (Massachusetts) 800-280-6966 http://www.turnermotorsport.com

Middle 3 (go with these if the OEM part can't be found above):

Pelican (Socal) 888-280-7799 http://www.pelicanparts.com
Mileone (Maryland) 443.872.0743 http://www.mileoneparts.com
Circle BMW (NJ) 732-440-1238 http://www.circlebmw.com

Bottom few (last stop auto for OEM brake parts):
Zeckhausen (NJ) 800-222-8893 www.zeckhausen.com
Bavauto (NH) (800-535-2002) http://www.bavauto.com
OemBimmerParts (TX) (210-445-7090) http://www.oembimmerparts.com

Others (apparently useful for part number lookups):
RealOEM (unknown location?) (phone?) http://www.realoem.com/bmw
BMWfans (unknown location?) (phone?) www.bmwfans.info
BMAParts (Socal) 888-262-3911 http://www.bmaparts.com

The value in this list is in the final tally; not the intermediate stages, so please fix. Tomorrow I will call those above and get prices on parts but I'm only going to call the top-recommended 3 or 4.
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Bluebee,

I have a feeling that you do not have a grasp of the differences between "OE" and "OEM" parts.

Please read the following:

http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...03&postcount=6

Now, to expand on that above post:

"OE" parts (i.e. those purchased through a BMW dealership) are going to be more expensive than "OEM" parts (i.e. those purchased through OEMBimmerParts or BMAParts or Pelican Parts). When you talk about "calling those above to get prices", you need to understand that calling dealerships like Pacific BMW, Circle BMW, etc., will generally reveal higher prices than the "OEM" parts suppliers listed above.

That is a simple fact of life. If a part is "OE" (meaning it has come from the factory with a BMW logo stamped/molded into it) it will be significantly more expensive than an "OEM" part. The trick is to understand that "OEM" parts generally come from the exact same factories (and even the exact same molds!), but the BMW logo has been filled in/ground off or simply not molded into the part in the first place.

Does this mean you are getting an inferior part? Not necessarily. What it means is that the supplier does not have any sort of exclusive contract with BMW and thus can sell the exact same part, sans the BMW logo, to 3rd party parts distributors.
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Yeah, go with OEM parts for your brake job since BMW OE is going to be a lot more $$$. Do a search on here and you'll find some good alternatives to OE rotors and pads.

edit: Here you go... http://www.europartsdirect.com/epc-items.asp These guys used to have the absolute best prices around for certain parts. Free shipping >$50 to boot.
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Whatever you do, since you're in San Jose, stay away from the BMW dealership on Stevenscreek Boulevard! They are slime balls with a roundel on their forehead!
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The cost difference between recommended suppliers is more than 2x!

Specwar was right.

I started late in the day so most of the right coast went home but here is a quick survey of the suggested parts suppliers for front and rear brakes by company. Notice the cost difference is more than 2x between the suppliers for essentially the same parts.



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CR = Crevier BMW
SC = Stevenscreek BMW
PA = Pacific BMW
PP = Pelican Parts
BA = Bavauto Parts
BM = BMAParts
EP = EuroParts Direct
AE = AllEuro
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Are you sure your chart is correct? I am getting different numbers then your chart is getting?

Take BA for example 54.95+54.95+54.95+11.95=176.80 yours totals 221.80
Pads Rotor Rotor sensor

What model are you buying parts for? Going by europarts direct a brake parts for a 2001 525i is $420.00 that is with front and rear brembos,pagid pads and sensors
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[quote]Are you sure your chart is correct? I am getting different numbers then your chart is getting (for EP)?[quote]

Thanks for asking. This is an imprecise science in that, I don't generally wish to call more than two or three (four at most) preferred suppliers for parts quotes as it's a waste of time for all of us.

But, I could not find a similar price comparison anywhere so I did it myself (as part of my brake job this week). The differences were astounding.

As for EP (Europarts Direct), here are my notes for EP for the fronts:
"No Axxis pads." "Front pads $57.38 PBR Ultimates, ceramic", "Front rotor, $67.88 Brembo", "Front sensor 13.72, only diff. is shorter wires than rear sensor", "no tax, no shipping".

Here are my notes for EP for the rears (I may not be spelling brands right):
"No Axxis", "Rear pads $37.28 Miley", "Rear rotor $60.74 Brembo", "Rear sensor $15.41, longer than front", "no tax, no shipping".

BTW, after I posted that chart showing Crevier (CR) even worse than the local San Jose dealership, they wrote back to me, after my phone call to them yesterday, providing a huge difference in price. When I asked why, they said mail inquiries get a better price than phone. Hmmmm... what a pain. I think I'll knock Crevier off my list altogether. I hate it when I don't get the same answer twice.

The key, by the way, is below. Consider this a work in progress as I just started yesterday because this is my new blue B's first repair (a brake job).
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Note: -t=no tax; +t=taxed; -s=no shipping;+s=shipping charged
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BA Bavauto (NH)-t-s 800-535-2002 http://www.bavauto.com
EP EuroParts (NY)-t-s 800-871-3619 http://www.europartsdirect.com
MO Mileone (MD)?t?s 443.872.0743 http://www.mileoneparts.com
TM Turner (MA)?t?s 800-280-6966 http://www.turnermotorsport.com
CB Circle (NJ)?t?s 732-440-1238 http://www.circlebmw.com
ZH Zeckhausen (NJ)?t?s 800-222-8893 http://www.zeckhausen.com
AE AllEuro (NV)?t?s 866-286-2051 http://www.alleuropeanautoparts.com
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PA Pacific (CA)+t+s 800-542-9634 http://www.pacificbmw.com
SC StevensCr (CA)?t?s 888-648-3446 http://stevenscreekbmw2-px.avxtrk.com
CR Crevier (CA)+t?s 800-309-2318 http://www.crevierbmw.com
PP Pelican (CA)?t?s 888-280-7799 http://www.pelicanparts.com
OB OemBimmer (TX)?t?s 210-445-7090 http://www.oembimmerparts.com
RO RealOEM (??)?t?s ???-???-???? http://www.realoem.com/bmw
BM BMAParts (CA)?t?s 888-262-3911 http://www.bmaparts.com
AO AllOem (??)?t?s 800-230-5754 http://www.alloembmwparts.com
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TA TecaAccess (??)?t?s 925-485-4559 http://www.tecaccessories.com
BP Bimmerpart (??)?t?s 888-810-9223 http://www.bimmerpartswholesale.com
AP AutoParts (??)?t?s 800-859-0923 http://www.******************.com
ON OverNight (??)?t?s 800-267-1845 http://www.overnightautoparts.com
AH AutoHaus (??)?t?s 800-240-4620 http://www.autohausaz.com
AB AutoBody (??)?t?s 800-364-3005 http://www.bmwautobodypartstore.com
TP PartsBin (??)?t?s 888-628-3247 http://www.***********.com
BF BMWfans (??)?t?s ???-???-???? http://www.bmwfans.info

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What model are you buying parts for?
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FRONT:
Brake disc, 296x22, ventilated P/N 34-11-6-767-061
Inner hex bolt, M8x14, P/N 34-21-1-161-806
Repair kit, brake pads asbestos-free JURID 187 shape, P/N 34-11-6-761-280
Brake pad wear sensor, P/N 34-35-2-229-018
Never seez compound, 100grams, P/N 83-23-9-407-830
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REAR:
Brake pad wear sensor, P/N 34-35-1-163-066
Repair kit, brake pads, asbestos-free, TEXTAR T4071, P/N 34-21-6-761-281
Brake disc, ventilated, 298x20, P/N 34-21-6-767-060
Inner hex bolt, M8x14, P/N 34-21-1-161-806
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I'm going to throw the boys at KOPerformance (www.koperformance.com) into the mix for you. They have a large mix of suppliers. Here's a couple of examples for you. The back rotors on your car have 5 suppliers. They range in price from $43.39 - $84.83. The Brembos are $56.46 and the BMWs are $78.69.

The company headquarters is in FL, but most of the stuff I've bought from them comes out of San Francisco.

Good luck with your decison and brake job.
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Old 03-31-2008, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for the help with the best BMW parts suppliers

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I'm going to throw the boys at KOPerformance (www.koperformance.com) into the mix for you.
I bought 'em from KO.
Thanks.
All done and put together and I'll be writing up the DIY now that all the questions were answered.

Fluids:
bimmerfest - BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5-Series > E39 (1997 - 2003) What fluids (only) should be used in a typical E39 brake job?
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...0&postcount=65

Brakes:
Bimmerfest: BMW Forums > BMW Model Discussions > 5-Series > E39 (1997 - 2003) How to check & replace your BMW front disc brakes and rotors
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=266819
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It would be nice to have a good list of suppliers and contacts for total efficiency

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I bought 'em from KO.
In another thread, someone asked where we recommend one get parts so I referred him to this thread and upated the list below with my records.

If you see a mistake or have additional decent parts suppliers, post 'em here so we can benefit from the efficiency.

AllEuro (NV)?t?s 866-286-2051 http://www.alleuropeanautoparts.com
AllOem (??)?t?s 800-230-5754 http://www.alloembmwparts.com
Apex (PA)-t-s 866-505-2739 http://www.apexperformance.net
AutoBody (??)?t?s 800-364-3005 http://www.bmwautobodypartstore.com
AutoHaus (AZ)-t-s 800-240-4620 http://www.autohausaz.com (no ship>50)
AutoParts (??)?t?s 800-859-0923 http://www.******************.com
Bavauto (NH)-t-s 800-535-2002 http://www.bavauto.com
Bimmerpart (??)?t?s 888-810-9223 http://www.bimmerpartswholesale.com
BMAParts (CA)?t?s 888-262-3911 http://www.bmaparts.com
BMWfans (??)?t?s ???-???-???? http://www.bmwfans.info
Circle (NJ)?t?s 732-440-1238 http://www.circlebmw.com
Crevier (CA)+t?s 800-309-2318 http://www.crevierbmw.com
Crown (NC)?t+s 866-756-1437 http://www.crownbmw.com
ElAuto (FL)?t-s 954-316-1022 http://www.elautoparts.com
EuroParts (NY)-t-s 800-871-3619 http://www.europartsdirect.com
KOPerf (FL)?t?s 888-581-1035 http://www.koperformance.com
Mileone (MD)?t+s 443-872-0743 http://www.mileoneparts.com
OemBimmer (TX)?t?s 210-445-7090 http://www.oembimmerparts.com
OverNight (??)?t?s 800-267-1845 http://www.overnightautoparts.com
Pacific (CA)+t+s 800-542-9634 http://www.pacificbmw.com
PartsBin (??)?t?s 888-628-3247 http://www.***********.com
Pelican (CA)?t?s 888-280-7799 http://www.pelicanparts.com
RealOEM (WB)?t?s ???-???-???? http://www.realoem.com/bmw
StevensCr (CA)?t?s 888-648-3446 http://stevenscreekbmw2-px.avxtrk.com
TecaAccess (??)?t?s 925-485-4559 http://www.tecaccessories.com
Turner (MA)?t?s 800-280-6966 http://www.turnermotorsport.com
Zeckhausen (NJ)?t?s 800-222-8893 http://www.zeckhausen.com

NOTE:
The key is: +t means they add California tax, -t means they don't.
The +s means no shipping charges (often for orders over about 50 bucks); -s means they charge shipping.
The question mark means I don't know yet as I only look stuff up when I need to.
And the states are listed 'cuz it is relevant to taxes and shipping.
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out of that whole list I see 1 or 2 sellers that support the forums. Sad.

maybe you ought to re-write your list to reflect businesses who cater to the community rather than those just offering slash and burn pricing? I can probably beat or at least match any of those prices. EAC and the other vendors here support the BMW forums so that you guys have a place to discuss your cars. just food for thought.
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out of that whole list I see 1 or 2 sellers that support the forums. Sad.

maybe you ought to re-write your list to reflect businesses who cater to the community rather than those just offering slash and burn pricing? I can probably beat or at least match any of those prices. EAC and the other vendors here support the BMW forums so that you guys have a place to discuss your cars. just food for thought.
Isn't your front and rear brake kit, packed and shipped roughly $800?
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Isn't your front and rear brake kit, packed and shipped roughly $800?
EXCUSE ME? NO- that is nowhere near accurate Way to show your support as well. I guess being around since 2008 you have realized the importance of these boards...


I have just visited the site for a complete "budget" brake job for a 98 540i.

ATE rotors all four corners, mintex pads all 4 corners and new front and rear pad sensors.

total in cart cost 387.00- where are you getting your info from?

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EXCUSE ME? NO- that is nowhere near accurate Way to show your support as well. I guess being around since 2008 you have realized the importance of these boards...


I have just visited the site for a complete "budget" brake job for a 98 540i.

ATE rotors all four corners, mintex pads all 4 corners and new front and rear pad sensors.

total in cart cost 387.00- where are you getting your info from?
Was going in blind after memory, didn't edit my post. Jesus, don't jump down my throat. I've posted your guys site first off when people have asked for parts.
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For me, service, fast shipping, quality parts and support are worth something. I personally have been buying from EAC and have have been pleased with them every time.
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+1 EACTuning.... Supprised they are not on the list...
After a couple of years of BMW, with posts on all the parts I've needed to buy, not once has EACTuning been recommended, until now (AFAIK).

I'm happy to add Mark's company to the list, as the whole point is to come up with the short list of user-recommended "best" suppliers to call for general DIY parts needs.

Over time, any one person would likely whittle their personal sublist down to fewer than a handful (since we don't all have the time nor inclination like I did to call every single one of them to get a price-comparison shipping-tax-comparison for my original thread on best supplier.

Here's the user-recommended list so far (please continue to hone):

AllEuro,(NV),?t?s,866-286-2051,http://www.alleuropeanautoparts.com
AllOem,(??),?t?s,800-230-5754,http://www.alloembmwparts.com
Apex,(PA),-t-s,866-505-2739,http://www.apexperformance.net
AutoBody,(??),?t?s,800-364-3005,http://www.bmwautobodypartstore.com
AutoHaus,(AZ),-t-s,800-240-4620,http://www.autohausaz.com,(no,ship>50)
AutoParts,(??),?t?s,800-859-0923,http://www.******************.com
Bavauto,(NH),-t-s,800-535-2002,http://www.bavauto.com
Bimmerpart,(??),?t?s,888-810-9223,http://www.bimmerpartswholesale.com
BMAParts,(CA),?t?s,888-262-3911,http://www.bmaparts.com
BMWfans,(??),?t?s,???-???-????,http://www.bmwfans.info
Circle,(NJ),?t?s,732-440-1238,http://www.circlebmw.com
Crevier,(CA),+t?s,800-309-2318,http://www.crevierbmw.com
Crown,(NC),?t+s,866-756-1437,http://www.crownbmw.com
EACTuning,(OH),?t?s,877.322.5757,http://www.eactuning.com,
ElAuto,(FL),?t-s,954-316-1022,http://www.elautoparts.com
EuroParts,(NY),-t-s,800-871-3619,http://www.europartsdirect.com
KOPerf,(FL),?t?s,888-581-1035,http://www.koperformance.com
Mileone,(MD),?t+s,443-872-0743,http://www.mileoneparts.com
OemBimmer,(TX),?t?s,210-445-7090,http://www.oembimmerparts.com
OverNight,(??),?t?s,800-267-1845,http://www.overnightautoparts.com
Pacific,(CA),+t+s,800-542-9634,http://www.pacificbmw.com
PartsBin,(??),?t?s,888-628-3247,http://www.***********.com
Pelican,(CA),?t?s,888-280-7799,http://www.pelicanparts.com
RealOEM,(WB),?t?s,???-???-????,http://www.realoem.com/bmw
TecaAccess,(??),?t?s,925-485-4559,http://www.tecaccessories.com
Turner,(MA),?t?s,800-280-6966,http://www.turnermotorsport.com
Zeckhausen,(NJ),?t?s,800-222-8893,http://www.zeckhausen.com

Note: This is in comma-separated-value (csv) format for easy import into an Excel spreadsheet so you can add quoted prices, shipping, taxes, and service, so you can then easily sort as I did based on criteria you care about.

PS: I might buy the $18 BMW roundel from Mark at EAC Tuning for example, which I noticed simply by visiting their web site to get their contact information (I'll do a short survey on that separately). Plus, while I was at his site, I searched for wiper refills which I recently researched, and his prices seem reasonable (but the description was very confusing because they were too short at 10" to 20" but I hope that's just the web page being wrong). So I recommended him on my wiper refill thread.
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See also: E39 Bestlinks & How to easily find what you need

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Here's the user-recommended list so far (please continue to hone)
In a recent thread, where we found out that Axxis, as a brand, is no longer sold in the United States, we came up with (so far) a top-5 suppliers for E39 brake pads (in alphabetical order).

Of course, please improve (so that newbies and experts alike benefit).
TOP 5 Brake Pad Suppliers for the E39
- OEMm Bimmer Parts (TX) 210-445-7090 http://www.oembimmerparts.com
- SpeedNet Motorsports (CA) 800-530-3515 http://www.speednetmotorsports.com/index.html
- Turner Motorsport (MA) 800-280-6966 http://www.turnermotorsport.com
- Zeckhausen (NJ) 800-222-8893 http://www.zeckhausen.com

- ??? (anyone else in the top 5) ???
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This question came up again today in the new thread:
- Reccomended Supplier??

To which, for the record, a few answers responded.

Here's just mine:
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It depends on what you're buying:
- User-recommended overall BMW parts suppliers (1)

- Where to buy brake pads (top-4 suppliers)

- Recommended upholstery suppliers (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) (6) (7) (8) (9)

- Most recommended roundel suppliers (1)

etc.
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