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Old 06-15-2012, 06:40 PM   #1
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Bosch or Beck/Arnley Remanufactured starter?

I am replacing my starter on a 2003 330i. Which is a better purchase, a Bosch or a Beck/Arnley remanufactured starter? Money is tight, and with a coupon code I should be able to get one of these for about $140 from Advance Auto.

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Old 06-15-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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I would pull one off a low mileage part-out car. The OEM starter seems to last forever.
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Old 06-15-2012, 06:44 PM   #3
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OEM bosch. Do it right the first time especially with a part that is a pain in the ass to change.
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Old 06-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #4
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Yeah. I just finished pulling it off.....After struggling with the bottom bolt (head of it stripped and had to get a bolt-grip socket) for 3 hrs.....Definitely a pain in the ass process!

So, Bosch it is. I gotta get it back by mid morning tomorrow.
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beck/arnley, bosch, crank, start, starter

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