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Old 03-03-2008, 10:59 PM
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Is there a place to post typical-job BMW parts price surveys?

Just curious ... as part of my first step-by-step BMW brake job in progress ...
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=266819

I ran a survey of a half-dozen of the top recommended BMW OE and OEM parts suppliers ...


After I did that, I was wondering if there was a place to look for and/or post these types of classic typical-job price surveys so the rest of the BMW community benefits.

Is there?









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Old 03-04-2008, 11:09 AM
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Bluebee, I am curious as to what brand of pads EP offered, If I read your spread sheet right EP was 381.00 with brembos and oe textar pads w/ sensors??
We are 376.xx with brembos and oem pagid pads w/ sensors, If we changed the pagids to textars it would be even cheaper. Please let me know
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:21 PM
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Bluebee, I am curious as to what brand of pads EP offered.
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:
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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

Here are the OEM part numbers for the OE parts requested:
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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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Old 03-04-2008, 04:32 PM
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By the way, a three-fold difference was also found today in the so-called "jack pads" ... pointing out why it's so very important to select our vendors wisely. (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=267424)

The problem is that I'm forming my opinion, being that I'm very new to BMW. And, with all your help, I will figure out who are the top 3 or 4 suppliers to call for any particular part, as a matter of habit.

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Old 03-07-2008, 10:39 AM
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By the way, a three-fold difference was also found today in the so-called "jack pads" ... pointing out why it's so very important to select our vendors wisely. (http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=267424)

The problem is that I'm forming my opinion, being that I'm very new to BMW. And, with all your help, I will figure out who are the top 3 or 4 suppliers to call for any particular part, as a matter of habit.
I have consistently found 4 vendors to have the lowest prices

Crown
Tischer aka Mile One
Pelican
Elautoparts ( although, delivery is by far the slowest of the four)

BUT be aware of a few other things in this regards:

1) Crown and Tischer charges shipping regardless of how much you spend. But since I am on the East Coast as they are as well; shipping charges may be cheaper than those on the West Coast. However, I heard Tischer MAY consider flat rate shipping in the future (one charge regardless of East or West Coast or anything in between) which may decrease the price advantage including shipping charges. For me Tischer is great because I will usually get items next day whereas Pelican, Elautoparts or Crown can take 3 -7 days.

2) Pelican and Elautoparts have min before they will have a Free Shipping offer. Pelican being $75 and Elauatoarts being $100.

3) Items bought from Pelican and Elautoparts are not considered Dealer purchases hence do not have BMW warranties. Therefore, things like Water Pumps, Expansion Tanks and other electrical items may be better off purchased from Tischer or Crown or any dealer (i.e. Pacific, Crevier) if the price difference is small.

4) If you can plan ahead some of your purchases and take advantage of the min purchases for Free Shipping from Pelican or Elautoparts- perhaps adding in a filler-something you know you may need 3 months down the line ( ie. Oil filter, Air filter, common maintenance items) you can save on shipping and save quite a bit overall.
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Old 03-07-2008, 10:48 AM
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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.
There is no need to have to call places. MANY vendors have online price searching using the BMW P/N or item description. In the span of 1 phone call (especially if you have multiple quotes being made), you can look up the prices on about 5-10 online vendors. After getting the prices from about 5-10 online vendors, you can call 3 phone only vendors ( no online pricing ) as a comparison. However, having found 1 out of 10 items I purchased may be slightly cheaper through phone only quote, I don't even bother with phone calls anymore and order strictly online.

Keep in mind price shipped to me and shipped you and shipping time may differ depending on where the vendor is located in relation to your location. And sometimes price and is not the only factor but how fast you need the item orhow how good the customer service of the vendor is.

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You really should shop around, There are many that are cheaper then the ones you listed, Look at the sponsors of this board.
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Old 03-07-2008, 11:29 AM
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You really should shop around, There are many that are cheaper then the ones you listed, Look at the sponsors of this board.
For every purchase, I have. Unfortunately, without listing in every case which vendors other than the 4 I've listed where cheaper for other parts, I have just mentioned the 4 that I personally have found to be consistently cheaper not to be confused with EVERY which includes the forum sponsors. Moreover, depending on shipping charges due to location of the vendor the total charge SHIPPED may change the outcome of the the cost of the item. Price may be cheaper but shipped price cost more. However, I have found GROUP buys sponsored by the forum to be CONSISTENTLY cheaper as wel
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Old 03-11-2008, 03:12 PM
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You really should shop around, There are many that are cheaper then the ones you listed, Look at the sponsors of this board.
I really only want to have a short list of three or four to call or visit their web pages when I need parts. For extraordinary circumstances (e.g., a new engine or something like that), I'll shop more than three or four ... but I really just want to know who has the best parts for the lowest prices. Pretty basic needs I have.

I'm starting with way too long of a list (25 to date) of recommendations, so, I'll have to whittle it down from here in my notes by assigning a number at the beginning for the order to call based on a variety of factors, including price as received (which includes shipping and tax to northern California).

At the moment, the list is purely alphabetical but I reproduce it here so that others can use it as their starting point moving forward. (Just listing the sponsors would say nothing about the goal of best parts for the lowest prices.)

BTW, I'm surprised there isn't a number #1 dealership like there is for other brands ... sigh.Note:
  1. The first column is for my (future) numbering system, best to worst (I don't have strong opinions yet).
  2. The two-letter code is for my Excel spreadsheet to maintain for each (future) parts cost analysis.
  3. The location (state) matters because it affects shipping cost, sales tax, and overall time.
  4. The "t" is whether they charge California sales tax (e.g., +t means plus 8.25% tax).
  5. The "s" indicates shipping charges to northern California (e.g., -s means no shipping for orders over $50).
  6. A question mark (?) means I haven't determined the answer yet; but I will.
  7. The StevensCreek BMW is my local dealership which I've been multiply warned not to go to for their lack of ethics; but I include SC here to set the highest-price limit.

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the collection and presentation of all the information in detail are very impressive. I want to hire you.
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Just back from Hong Kong harbor ... I ordered all the parts, front and rear, rotors, pads, sensors, anti-squeal, super blue non DOT4, etc. Total cost was about $400.

Can't wait to do the job this weekend!

Next time I'll be more organized as my spreadsheet didn't arrive at the answer and I had to manually determine whom to purchase from as it was hard to bubble out the answer given the various brands quoted (mostly for the pads and rotors) comparatively.
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Next time I'll be more organized as my spreadsheet didn't arrive at the answer and I had to manually determine whom to purchase from as it was hard to bubble out the answer given the various brands quoted (mostly for the pads and rotors) comparatively.
See, all that planning and you "go off the charts." But good to hear you'll get it done this weekend.
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Updated list of user-recommended DIY parts suppliers

Here is an updated user-recommended general-purpose list of DIY parts suppliers for you to cull down to your own personal short list.

It's in Excel csv format so you can easily add columns and then sort on criteria that you care about.

PLEASE IMPROVE AS NEEDED SO WE ALL BENEFIT:

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: The tax and shipping information is specific to California and assumes a $50 order.
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