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Old 08-03-2014, 02:48 PM   #1
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Thread for best and worst parts suppliers

Is there a thread with a good discussion of best and worst e46 online parts suppliers on this or other forums? I am looking to buy a replacement sunroof shade and have found that prices are all over the place. I know that I will end up spending between 2 and 3 hundred dollars.

I hesitate to enter my credit card number on a site will not first tell me shipping and handling prices. After spending several hours searching forums and websites I still have no clue where it would be "safe" to place an order. I do not want to deal with slow shipping, counterfeit or wrong product, or low ball prices that have hidden handling or import fees. Most of all, I do not want to spend more than I have to. The original plan was to buy new fabric to recover the shade because it was already removed to fix the 4 slider hardware pieces, but it appears that the shade cannot be taken apart to get the fabric wedged under the finger pull.
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Old 08-04-2014, 11:09 AM   #2
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THere are many good sources ... for BMW-direct parts, TheBMWMiniPartStore.com (site sponsor here also) has good prices, good service, fast shipping. Autohausaz.com, BMAParts.com, and BMPDesign.com are all reliable sources for parts, amongst others.
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:37 PM   #3
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There are a lot of reputable vendors, and I've bought parts from a great number of them over the years. Below is a good list of popular BMW parts vendors that are frequently shopped. Personally, I find myself using BMA Parts, FCP Euro, and The BMW/MINI Part Store for good prices and fast shipping.

You mentioned finding prices all over the place and not wanting to spend more than necessary. You might also consider visiting www.bmwpnpc.com for a useful price comparison tool for all of the vendors below. There's a link in my signature to read the forum announcement about the tool, as well.

AutohausAZ
AutoPartsWay
Autoplicity
Bavarian Autosport
Bimmerparts
Bimmerzone
Blunt Tech
BMA Auto Parts
BMW of Fairfax
BMW of Morristown
BMW Parts 4U
BMW Parts Pros
BMW Parts Source
ECS Tuning
eEuroparts
FCP Euro
Get BMW Parts
Guten Parts
Husker Parts
OEM Bimmerparts
Pelican Parts
RM European
RockAuto
The BMW/MINI Part Store
Tomkinson BMW Parts
Turner Motorsport
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:29 PM   #4
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Thank you so much. This is a great resource.
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Old 08-08-2014, 07:28 PM   #5
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Thank you so much. This is a great resource.
Glad to be of help. I've gone ahead and updated that list to include some additional vendors, and will be adding them to the comparison tool soon, as well.
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