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Old 11-20-2012, 08:17 PM   #1
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Bought a thermostat from Advance...

...turned out to be OE Wahler brand. The box is marked Stant, paid $44. I've had quite a bit of good luck finding OE brands at local auto parts stores lately, and if you are wondering why I look for el cheapo parts, it's because I am planning to keep my aging e46 another year or so max.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:24 PM   #2
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People are finding more OEM stuff at AutoZone I've noticed.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:10 PM   #3
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You can buy a Stant thermostat with inner seal for a E60 M5 for $20 from Rock Auto or slightly more from Auto Zone or Advance.

If you bought the stat and seal from a decent online dealer you are at close to $80!

Many of the dealer parts you are paying up for the 24 month/unlimited mileage warranty, this is why they are more expensive.

Parts with the BMW logo removed are sold via other sources cheaper than the dealer price and the logo being removed means it is not eligible for the 24 month/unlimited mileage warranty.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:40 PM   #4
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Where was this bought at and price..?
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:44 PM   #5
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I bought the same part for my 330ci from Pep Boys. It was about $60 and it had the circle for the roundel, but it wasn't filled in. I don't think it affects the performance...
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:02 PM   #6
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If I can find new for 44 bucks I would be happy
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