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+1 EACTuning.... Supprised they are not on the list...
 

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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
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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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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Actually, for reccomended supplier I would put EAC at the top. Not only are they sponsors, they also helped the mebers of the forum(s). Also, they are very knowledgeable people and will advise which is the best part for your car (that will last). Also, if you have install problems, you can contact them and they will help you out - they also have a shop, if I'm not mistaken.
As far as the price goes, they are quite competitive, very close to the "best" price.
To get the "best" price if you need more parts, you will have to actually shop 2-3 different suppliers, and what you would save (2-3 bux) on 2-3 different suppliers, you would waste more on shipping. If you contact Mark, he will give a very decent price and a good shipping quote. At the end you are actually ahead, you save money and have great supprt. His face is on the forum also if you need help. How many of those other suppliers show up if things start to go sour?
So far I had a good experience with EAC and I am looking forward to doing business with them in the future.
 

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AllEuro ...Zeckhausen
I should note this list was started on March 2nd 2008 when I had joined this forum apparently on March 1st 2008, after only a day of searching for the most-recommended parts suppliers.

Since then, I've had the pleasure of ordering from guys like Max at OemBimmerParts and Mark at EAC Tuning, who have all been absolutely wonderful (even though they had no clue whom they were dealing with as I keep that a closely held secret).

Being anonymous, they were 'still' very good to me, and didn't even know I'd say nice things about them over here on Bimmerfest. (I particularly like the fact that Max threw in extra 'gotcha' parts during my cooling system overhaul without even knowing that I'd be writing it all up over here.)

Anyway, here's an update of the original list with new telephone numbers that I'm aware of.

I 'wish' we could sort this list better than alphabetical; but, doing so would require other people to help as I have not dealt with more than just a handful of the suppliers myself.

See also the SITE SPONSOR INDEX!


PS: The site sponsor web page is almost useless, in my humble opinion. It's organized no better than my alphabetized list above (which, after all, is just a single post). I would think that each sponsor could be given ten or twenty keyword 'slots' for what they feel they specialize in competitively. Then, we could search for, say, 'brakes' or 'headlights' or 'engines' or 'wheels' (or whatever keywords matter) and we'd end up with the sponsors that feel they have good service for us in those areas.

Also, I'd expect 'categories' of sponsors along the same vein. For example, basic parts guys versus the performance tuning guys versus the cosmetic guys versus the seat upholsterers (or whatever categories there are inherent in the sponsors list). Seems to me that would make the page more useful to us, the user.

In summary, I recommend the web guys and the sponsors spend a little time on that page to make it easier for us to find the 'stuff' we're looking for from them. It would be a win:win situation for everyone.
 

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Some of the BMW dealers listed seem to require that you to call them or order off of some ancient mail order type form but the getbmwparts.com website is apparently run by a BMW dealer in Maryland and allows part look-ups using the realoem part numbers. The prices are good for a BMW place but may be no better than you can get from your local dealer if you ask for a discount (but without the added hassle or need to compare). My understanding is that if you use a BMW branded part, BMW covers the part for a year. Pelican and getbmwparts.com are my two favorites.
 

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Zeckhausen has centric products which are just as good if not better than oem for only a few bux more than oem. I just got some slotted rotors (awaiting the second set which should arrive monday) and they look nice. They are still centric rotors...the guys who make stoptech
 

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the getbmwparts.com website is apparently run by a BMW dealer in Maryland and allows part look-ups
In the bestlinks, we already have the following BMW dealer part lookups:

BMWfans phantom diagrams (1) & Realoem nominal prices by part number (1) & EACTuning actual prices by part number (1) & BMW of South Atlanta actual prices by part number (1) & Maxmillian BMW prices by part number (1) & the most often recommended parts suppliers (1) & what BMW E39 parts & supplies are best to buy OEM (1)& joining BMWCCA to lower parts costs (1) (2) & what parts to always get OEM (1) which BMW dealers match prices (1) & in situ pictures of common parts of the M54 engine (1)

So, I tried getbmwparts.com to see if I should add it to the list above.

It does do what you said - but it's a bit cumbersome. At least for me it didn't show diagrams. It just showed descriptions, part numbers and prices.



Zeckhausen has centric products which are just as good if not better than oem
Apparently Centric doesn't 'really' exist. Well, it 'does' exist, but, it's not what it says it is. Centric, according to Axxis/PBR marketing, is simply rebranded 'other stuff', some of which are the very same Axxis pads we use every day.

Details here:
- Why so hard to price Axxis Deluxe Advanced brake pads on the Internet?

Since Centric doesn't really exist (as it's own stuff anyway), in order to compare, we have to figure out 'what' Centric is.

For example, in post #91, jason5driver asked:
I find question #5 interesting...
Could the new Stop Tech Street Performance pads be the same as the Axxis Ultimates?
http://www.zeckhausen.com/BMW/E39.htm
 

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I'd be interested to know if the sites listed offer some type deal for shipping. Brakes are heavy and very expensive to ship at full price.

I know http://www.bavauto.com/ will not ship rotors under their spend $200+ dollar = free shipping discount.

Where as the site I normally order from offers free shipping and ships out orders same day as late as 3pm.

So when you got the chart out, and are listing prices that lowest price might have a 50 dollar shipping bill hidden.
 

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I'd be interested to know if the sites listed offer some type deal for shipping
Shipping & tax (in California anyway, which is nearly 10%) can be appreciable, I agree!

You'll notice that the chart in post #8 above covered both tax & shipping for the heavy "pads & rotors" shipments.

And, you'll notice the list in post #10 made an attempt at defining who charged tax & shipping, specifically to California (where you and I reside).

You'll also notice that I very often quote true price (taxed and shipped to my doorstep) in many of my posts.

Of course, having said that it's important, it 'is' a bit difficult to maintain a listing of all this information in a single short list, especially with 50 states involved (not all of which charge sales tax, of course) and various policies on what qualifies for free shipping.

Still - if anyone has ideas how to maintain such a listing ... I'd be glad to see it!
 

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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) ???
Hey Bluebee , You can also add http://www.bimmerzone.com/ to your list...
I got brake package from them and arrived very fast and free shipping over $150 :)
 

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For the crosslinked record, cn90 has a similar thread that I just found out about over here:
> E39 (1997 - 2003) > Online Parts Vendors, what is everyone buying from?

- Online Parts Vendors, what is everyone buying from?
- Please comments on price and service.

I buy parts from:
- Eactuning.com
- Autohausaz.com
- eeuroparts.com
- rmeuropean.com
- FCP groton (but I have to be careful re what brand, they sometimes carry junks like Hamburg Technic)
- "Crown BMW" (dealer ship on East Coast) for hard-to-find parts and dealer-only parts. They are pretty good about it.
 

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For the record, this was posted today:
While furiousmethod.com is a great site (with some quirks, though), you can check just 4 sites and it will be hard to find any better price (considering shipping & handling price as well):
www.thebmwpartstore.com (free shipping for orders $100+, OEM only)
www.autohausaz.com (free shipping for orders $50+)
www.rmeuropean.com (free shipping for orders $65+)
www.bmaparts.com (use code specE30 for additional 5% off).

I order a lot for my e46 and e39 and I didn't need to use any other vendor ever (I am not talking about 'mods' here, just about replacement parts; mods is a quite different story). Even if sometimes someone has 'better' price, once you add outrageous shipping & handling charges (some even charge for local pickup! Isn't it ridiculous?) you'll see that those 4 are the best.
 
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