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Old 12-30-2012, 10:03 AM
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Picking what to ORDER from Autohausaz!..

I get really confused sometimes. Most of the time they have at least 3 different selections; low cost, average and expensive. I generally go with the middle one. (neither the cheapest nor the most expensive)
But sometimes they only offer two options: one is half the price of the other.
And in their help link, they explain that all the parts they sell are made by original part manufacturers and they all meet the OE standards.

So what do you do, if you were to buy any of the below items?


or one of these:

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:25 AM
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Neither. Get this one....http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...501566ae46.htm

And this kit.....http://www.oembimmerparts.com/produc...kcskitae46.htm

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Old 12-30-2012, 10:26 AM
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This job requires a lot of disassembly and time... I'd go with the BMW parts. Check oembimmerparts.com too... they sell complete kits for these kinds of jobs.

Edit: Smolck beat me to it.
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Old 12-30-2012, 10:41 AM
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Wow. Good price at OEMbimmerparts.com plus free shipping. Definitely a better option.
I was in the process of replacing the Oil Filter Housing gasket. My car had developed minor oil leak in the last year and it was for sure coming from the bottom of the OFH. I have been putting it off for months and finally I got to it. When I removed the OFH yesterday, I saw something (a torn hose) and I became very happy. I know it is weird that something like that made me happy. It did because I have been battling with P0171 and P0174 for many years, I did many things (within my ability and limits) and was never able to figure it out. And this torn hose gave me a hope. I am thinking (maybe) when I replace it, my lean codes will go away too. And that would be a best Xmas gift for me...
Do you guys think this would be the cause for the lean codes (since this could be blamed for vacuum leak)? It is the hose that goes from the pressure regulating valve to oil dipstick...
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:33 PM
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That is the exact hose that had split for me, causing the same codes for a long time. Replaced the whole shebang over Thanksgiving and the codes have not resurfaced. So let me be the first to say Merry Christmas!
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:01 PM
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