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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 01-17-2015, 08:13 PM
nigel_1981 nigel_1981 is offline
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For the last 5 or so years I've been using ECS Tuning, however they seem to be smoking crack lately and are charging extortionate prices for overseas shipping.

Current example: Valve cover gasket kit. 11120030496KT2, Rear window seal. 51317027916

Shipping: 176.56
Total: $268.63

Anyone else found this and can recommend another company that isn't trying to rape its customers, all while transport costs are at historically low levels?

P.S. Shipping to Australia.
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Old 01-17-2015, 08:47 PM
Mike_K Mike_K is offline
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I own a performance parts company and a lot of Aussies use my parts on their Holden Monaros. That said, it's a slice of cash to ship to Australia. A 10lb intercooler costs about $150 but if they add a front mount heat exchanger to that it goes up to $300. Since you're going for so long, dimension plays a larger part in the cost than weight, at least that's my experience.

That said, my site shoots out UPS price quotes and those are exorbitant. Customers know to simply email us and we'll give them a price quote which is almost always lower than the site.

Have you tried contacting them to ask about the shipping? I bet they can look into it and give you the actual shipping cost. Nobody wants to lose a sale over that.
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Old 01-17-2015, 09:34 PM
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I have contacted them before and they're not interested. For example I added a small part to an order, weight being only 149 grams (5 1/4 ounces). It increased the shipping costs by $109.69!

Their response has always been "the cart is correct".

If you look up the p/n's on their website you'll see these are small rubber items, they would literally be able to fit in an A3 envelope.
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Old 01-18-2015, 07:17 PM
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I've shipped some small items to Australia and you guys really get hosed on shipping costs. It is a LONG way there!

Having written that, you might try another supplier such as autohausaz (site sponsor), pelican parts, or rmeuropean.
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Old 01-23-2015, 08:57 PM
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You might also take a look here for a good list of popular/reliable parts vendors: http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...28&postcount=8.

There's a shopping tool in my signature that compares all of them on the list, and I just recently had someone in Australia request Clickable Automotive to be included.

Might be a good place to consider for something local, and they currently show the VCG in stock for $39: http://clickableautomotive.com.au/va...asket-set.html.

Hope this helps!

DIYs help you save money with repairs; let www.bmwpnpc.com help you save money with the parts.

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