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Old 11-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #1
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Amazon Chinese Ignition Coils

Well I bought one of these as a spare for my '02 330Ci. The date of manufacture is important as there were coil changes in Sept. of 02. In March I had a failure of #1 cylinder and bought the coil at the dealer for $95.76. I thought the Chinese one from Amazon for $25 would be a great spare if on a long trip etc. Well, today the car started running rough and the SEL came on. Hooked up the Peake meter and sure enough "Misfire #3 Cylinder". After a quick check of Pelican and ECS at $69 +/- plus shipping (and wait time) I decided to install the Amazon coil. Lo and Behold, when I opened up the cover I saw the new coil, from the dealer, that I had installed in March. It said "BMW" AND "Made in China"! The originals were Bremi, made in Germany and dated '02. The Amazon coil is working fine and the SEL is reset. If it fails any time soon I'll let you know.
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Old 11-15-2012, 01:23 PM   #2
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Wow, lucky that you had a spare. Let us know how it holds up.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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you have an '02, depending on mileage and past history if one coil pack goes they usually all start to go in short time. personally I would replace them all and keep one (or two) of the good ones as a spare if you like.

I prefer genuine BMW but buying a quality brand is more the thing to look for. It's what the plant uses as quality control is more important than where it resides. With that said I would not buy a "no name brand" coil pack made from china. even if it looked the same, no thanks.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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I would choose used OE coil over no brand china coil.
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Old 11-15-2012, 02:21 PM   #5
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you have an '02, depending on mileage and past history if one coil pack goes they usually all start to go in short time. personally I would replace them all and keep one (or two) of the good ones as a spare if you like.

I prefer genuine BMW but buying a quality brand is more the thing to look for. It's what the plant uses as quality control is more important than where it resides. With that said I would not buy a "no name brand" coil pack made from china. even if it looked the same, no thanks.
Great response.

I am curious as to why my Bremi coils are still good. I thought the Bremis were known to be bad. Mine still have the 2001 date stamp on them and they don't seem to be going out. I am secretly hoping they go bad so I can replace them all.

I did change the boots on them though I wonder if that helps them last longer due to not being worn out/creating resistance?
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:38 PM   #6
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Buy bosch coils at www.rockauto.com. Great price. No issues.
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Old 11-15-2012, 03:56 PM   #7
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BTW, the dealer bought coil for $95 (including a 20% discount) said "PULSE" as if a brand name, right in the center. "BMW" at the top and "Made in China" at the bottom.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:08 PM   #8
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BTW, the dealer bought coil for $95 (including a 20% discount) said "PULSE" as if a brand name, right in the center. "BMW" at the top and "Made in China" at the bottom.
that is one sketchy azz dealer. Sounds like cheap, chinese knock off imitated garbage! I am not aware of any ignition coils for BMWs made in China.

have you heard/read about the fake chinese airbag scandal lately? Some couple made about $600,000 in one year's time selling fake airbags from china on ebay and are now under investigation.

Take a pic of this interesting foreign part if you can so we can all see what it looks like..
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Old 11-16-2012, 10:02 AM   #9
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This is my first time posting (or attempting to post) a pic. If it works, this is a picture of the coil I bought at Lauderdale BMW for $95.76 including a 20% discount.

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Old 11-16-2012, 11:21 AM   #10
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This is my first time posting (or attempting to post) a pic. If it works, this is a picture of the coil I bought at Lauderdale BMW for $95.76 including a 20% discount.

http://forum.e46fanatics.com/attachm...1&d=1353081530
WOW, just wow!

I don't think I've ever, and I mean EVER (and this includes probably hundreds of parts) seen a part that had a BMW stamp that said "made in China."

I wonder if the dealer didn't have em in stock and bought a fake cheap set on Ebay? this is nuts! thanks for the pic!

hey, as long as it works good, then who cares right?
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So it's long gone recal huh ?
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WOW, just wow!

I don't think I've ever, and I mean EVER (and this includes probably hundreds of parts) seen a part that had a BMW stamp that said "made in China."

I wonder if the dealer didn't have em in stock and bought a fake cheap set on Ebay? this is nuts! thanks for the pic!

hey, as long as it works good, then who cares right?
That's been common knowledge for a couple years now. Widely discussed on the forums. It's known that the current BMW coils are made in China. Nothing wrong with it as QA/QC is controlled by BMW.

All those beautiful iPhones and other Apple products that are second to none in quality? They're made in Taiwan (China).
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Boyz get your made in Germany stamps ready because its bout to get Chinese up in this house
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Has anyone tried to use the '05 recall lately? I still have 4 Bremi coils. BTW... what if the Amazon $25 (actually now $19!) coils are made in the same factory as the "BMW" coils but without the logo? That's very common with parts from the usual suppliers... just remove the logo. Same part for half the price. I mean really, who would counterfeit a part for a 10 year or older car, build it good enough to actually look as good as the original AND actually work, ship it to the States, warehouse, distribute and sell it for 19 bucks? It's like counterfeiting $1 bills.
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Has anyone tried to use the '05 recall lately? I still have 4 Bremi coils. BTW... what if the Amazon $25 coils are made in the same factory as the "BMW" coils but without the logo? That's very common with parts from the usual suppliers... just remove the logo. Same part for half the price. I mean really, who would counterfeit a part for a 10 year or older car, build it good enough to actually look as good as the original AND actually work, ship it to the States, warehouse, distribute and sell it for 19 bucks? It's like counterfeiting $1 bills.
that could be true,
but it could also be true they are the ones that dont pass their quality control. this is something that has been done in the past with some oem part suppliers failed or below spec parts. scratch off the bmw markings or part number and sell them
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Has anyone tried to use the '05 recall lately? I still have 4 Bremi coils. BTW... what if the Amazon $25 (actually now $19!) coils are made in the same factory as the "BMW" coils but without the logo? That's very common with parts from the usual suppliers... just remove the logo. Same part for half the price. I mean really, who would counterfeit a part for a 10 year or older car, build it good enough to actually look as good as the original AND actually work, ship it to the States, warehouse, distribute and sell it for 19 bucks? It's like counterfeiting $1 bills.
you're more than welcome to test that theory out!
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