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Old 10-21-2013, 04:17 PM   #23101
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OEM oil filter comes with OEM washer...

I bought OEM drain plug and OEM drain plug washer from BMW parts counter at BMW dealership.

you made a wrong assumption.
BMW dealers do not and have never sold OEM parts to my knowledge.
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Old 10-21-2013, 04:18 PM   #23102
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Lol you are technically correct. The best kind of correct.


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Old 10-21-2013, 04:52 PM   #23103
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Finally after sourcing tools and asking my friend to make me a fan clutch tool, I got the alternator replaced.

Things I know now that I wished I knew then...

Get a flatter 32mm spanner, make sure the belt was put back in proper position, and don't break the fittings on the thermostat!

All in all, after a bit of sweat and F-bombs, she runs well, and there shouldn't be any battery charging issues for another ten years hopefully .

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Old 10-21-2013, 07:06 PM   #23104
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Replaced spark plugs, added a quart of oil seems I didn't add enough when I did the oil change the other day, filled up the washer fluid, superglued/fixed the broken clips on the sunroof button panel, and now gonna take some of the center console pieces off and give them a much needed wash wash/cleaning mentioned a few posts above
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:07 PM   #23105
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I felt sorry for it.

While I was out someone opened my garage door which knocked a ladder onto the car while it was parked in the driveway, not cool
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:02 PM   #23106
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Just replace it. For only ~$70, it's one of the best things I've done to the interior of my car.
I want to replace with the armrest delete, but spent $70 on rear door weather strip. And still have to buy some misc parts.

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extremely hot water, a sponge, and some soap!

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:10 PM   #23107
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I also sprayed my parcel shelf/rear deck with duplicolor fabric and vinyl paint, matte black, very pleased with the results !

On a side note, I feel bad for coupe owners with folding seats, this thing was a nightmare to get out compared to my sedan with non folding seats

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:32 PM   #23108
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Any tips for us coupe owners with folding seats?

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:34 PM   #23109
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BMW dealers do not and have never sold OEM parts to my knowledge.
Semantics? OE vs OEM ...

I'm fairly sure everyone else knew what I meant. Give it a rest.

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Old 10-21-2013, 09:50 PM   #23110
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Prepare to end up with some broken brittle plastic clips, be patient, don't do it in the hot sun, big hands are irritating and be careful with the speaker baskets, in my car they were so brittle that the clips broke when I took them out

Otherwise it's not so bad


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Old 10-21-2013, 10:11 PM   #23111
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1. Still waiting on a good deal for used coilovers or suspension, and 2. Hearing a loud grinding noise every now and then as I reverse..


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Just did CCV and fuel pump, 134k, pretty sure they were original. got it done before the cold!

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Old 10-21-2013, 10:52 PM   #23114
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Just did CCV and fuel pump, 134k, pretty sure they were original. got it done before the cold!
Good job! The last thing I would want to do is a ccv with cold fingers


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Old 10-21-2013, 11:30 PM   #23115
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Genuine / OE - Genuine or (OE) Original Equipment is basically the original part used by the car manufacturer on the car when it left the factory. That part could have been made under contract by an OEM supplier, like Bosch, Mann, Hella or other OEM supplier, for instillation on the new car. There are many parts like body panels, brake rotors, interior trim items, etc. that are made in the car manufacturer's own factories, or sometimes factories under contract to produce that product only for the car manufacturer. At epsparts.com we use the term OE interchangeably with the term Genuine. An OE part and a Genuine part will both come in the original car manufacturers packaging, such as Mercedes, BMW, Porsche or whatever the original car brand. An example of a Genuine Porsche part is 996-803-183-09 seat belt lock. You can rest assured that any part labeled "GENUINE" refers to a part supplied by epsparts.com that is the OE part in the vehicle manufacturers packaging. The Genuine part and OE part are equivalent, as described above. Sometimes the OE or Genuine part comes from the OE supplier, like Mercedes, in a multiple unit package, and therefore may not be shipped in that package.

OEM - Original Equipment Manufacturer refers to a part that is manufactured by a company like Bosch, Mann, Hella and others under design from the car manufacturer, like Audi, VW, etc. This part is then made available for sale by the OEM manufacturer, but in that manufacturers packaging. In many instances the car manufacturer's part number and logo are removed to prevent copyright infringement. The bottom line here is that the OEM part is the same part as was installed originally (OE) and is equivalent. Many times I will use the term OEM equivalent and this refers to a part that meets the same quality standards as the OEM part. Sometimes what was used as OE on the new car may no longer be the OEM, a good case is Bremi and Bosch ignition products for BMW. I told you it was confusing! An example of an OEM part is this Mercedes heater blower motor 211-830-09-08.

So yeah they are the same damn thing. OEM and OE parts are the same physical part with logo's and part numbers removed.

OEM equivalent is something else entirely.

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Ehh. Nice copy/paste. This is stuff I've been talking about for half a decade at least. When I first got on this forum, 96% of people got it wrong. Now since I post about it so much now maybe 50% do. That's what happens when you stay in SoCal/NorCal chat threads all day long and don't talk about car topics.
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And, for the record, it's not "the same damn thing." Far from it.
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No one else cares, let it go.

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Ehh. Nice copy/paste. This is stuff I've been talking about for half a decade at least. When I first got on this forum, 96% of people got it wrong. Now since I post about it so much now maybe 50% do. That's what happens when you stay in SoCal/NorCal chat threads all day long and don't talk about car topics.
Being social, you should try it.

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Found an oil leak coming from my 1 month old vcg at work. Topped off the oil, drove home from work. Noticed the engine seemed a bit "out of tune" so I laid into it real hard to make sure it was okay, ripped the tires shifting into second and even chirped third guess its ok ha not bad for it running with no MAF due to a soft fail fuel pump. Parked it in its heated garage (27 degrees here in Wisconsin), and checked the fluids, said "goodnight" to it and went to bed

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Found an oil leak coming from my 1 month old vcg at work. Topped off the oil, drove home from work. Noticed the engine seemed a bit "out of tune" so I laid into it real hard to make sure it was okay, ripped the tires shifting into second and even chirped third guess its ok ha not bad for it running with no MAF due to a soft fail fuel pump. Parked it in its heated garage (27 degrees here in Wisconsin), and checked the fluids, said "goodnight" to it and went to bed

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