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Old 06-06-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
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Why ECSTuning is awesome

I've found the best, fastest, and easiest way to find an E46 part is by searching google with the following keywords:

M54 ecstuning 330i "insert part here" so for example:

M54 ecstuning 330i cowl, or spark plugs, or shock mount, etc. etc. I was looking for the cowl in particular and I got the part number I needed in less than 5 seconds by typing M54 ecstuning 330i cowl.

Obviously you'd alter the keywords to whatever car you drive such as M54 325i ecstuning rotor. It's a little wordy but you get the hang of it after a while. I find it easier than actually searching ON ecstuning's site.

Great information including part numbers and high-quality photos pop up right away in the first Google search results.

Thanks to ECSTuning's catalogging quality, I'm able to find what I want quickly. I normally don't shop there but I've been noticing their prices are becoming a lot more competitive, if not better than the competition.

Of course, there's realoem, but there's no actual pictures there and RealOEM can be tedious to use.

Consider this a Mango Top Tip. :P
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Thanks for the tip mango! I dig the new sig btw :thumbup:
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Thanks.. i actually gotta redo it though soon!
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I have noticed that as well. The pictures are so clear and a good size to see detail. And of course price drop is always good.
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I still dont bother with them, if they are charging me almost 100% shipping cost on a small item...ugh I hate living in Hawaii
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^Right. Like I said, I'm not a huge fan of shopping with them too but their hard work at catalogging their items must be appreciated publicly. Credit given where due. Their prices are REALLY good nowadays, though. And they seem to catalog and photograph obscure parts. Free shipping for orders above $50 like BMA does would make me a fan for life. I too remember being charged for shipping on a $50 order
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ECS is okay. Shipping can be a bit pricey if you just buy small amount of parts. some parts are way too expensive.
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:41 PM   #9
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I'll give you guys an example.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330i-M54_3.0L/ES18130/

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http://www.rmeuropean.com/Part-Numbe..._E095124A.aspx

And we both know how RMEuropean has had an awesome reputation for being a low price leader. Look at how much ECS undercut them by!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'll give you guys an example.

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330i-M54_3.0L/ES18130/

vs.

http://www.rmeuropean.com/Part-Numbe..._E095124A.aspx

And we both know how RMEuropean has had an awesome reputation for being a low price leader. Look at how much ECS undercut them by!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I give you another example.
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/7559183/ES29754/

vs

http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...C%20Each%20%20

idk if theres something with ECS's price but its definitely wrong.
maybe BMW badge is just that good?
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/Volt...tor/ES1945196/
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Old 06-06-2012, 03:50 PM   #11
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I give you another example.
http://www.ecstuning.com/Search/7559183/ES29754/

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http://www.pelicanparts.com/cgi-bin/...C%20Each%20%20

idk if theres something with ECS's price but its definitely wrong.
You're comparing Genuine BMW vs OEM or quality aftermarket. Of course there will be some cases where ECS is more expensive, but the trend is going towards ECS's favor as of late
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You're comparing Genuine BMW vs OEM or quality aftermarket. Of course there will be some cases where ECS is more expensive, but the trend is going towards ECS's favor as of late
see my updated link.
overall I think you just need to compare prices on different sites. ECS is pretty good place, so is Pelican.
I dont know how much discount ECS is giving you for starting this thread but it is pointless.
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Old 06-06-2012, 04:07 PM   #13
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see my updated link.
overall I think you just need to compare prices on different sites. ECS is pretty good place, so is Pelican.
I dont know how much discount ECS is giving you for starting this thread but it is pointless.
Again, you're not getting the point. I am not recommending shopping at ECS--I've actually recommended against it in the past. (If they were giving me a discount, they wouldn't be giving me much of one after saying this)

The point of this thread is to give them credit for their catalogging system while recommending a way to search for parts, part numbers, and high-quality photos quickly and effectively.

I am a photographer by hobby so I know how much time and effort that goes into doing that for every little part. They have quality photos of nuts and washers for g-d's sake.
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I gotta give you this one Mango. I agree with you that ECS is one of the best to have pics that talk for themselves and their catalog is excellent.
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I gotta give you this one Mango. I agree with you that ECS is one of the best to have pics that talk for themselves and their catalog is excellent.
Agreed. I think BMAparts is second best as far as catalogs go... their pics are just OK. nowhere near as detailed or clear as ECSTuning's. Pics help a lot when analyzing parts.

I know I wouldn't have bought ECSTuning's spacers if not for their high-quality photos of them. I would have passed right over them. Seeing is believing.

RMEuropean's pics looks like they were taken on a 10-year old cellphone smeared with peanut butter:

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I almost always ECS to find good photos of a particular part I'm looking for. Thanks for the tip, this should make my process go even faster.

As far as the pricing is concerned, I looked again for the valve cover to find that eBMWparts and BMW Part Source all have it for $169 and $170 respectively, but then again I have yet to factor in the shipping cost and time spent waiting for the part to arrive.

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Old 06-06-2012, 04:42 PM   #18
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True. Those other sites seem to be rock bottom when it comes to part prices. But of course, they don't put in near the same amount of work as ECS does into their site.

Good thing I got my valve cover at discount from my local dealer. If it turns out to be a success story (no leaks in two weeks) I'll post some photos.
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I've found the best, fastest, and easiest way to find an E46 part is by searching google with the following keywords:

M54 ecstuning 330i "insert part here" so for example:

M54 ecstuning 330i cowl, or spark plugs, or shock mount, etc. etc. I was looking for the cowl in particular and I got the part number I needed in less than 5 seconds by typing M54 ecstuning 330i cowl.

Obviously you'd alter the keywords to whatever car you drive such as M54 325i ecstuning rotor. It's a little wordy but you get the hang of it after a while. I find it easier than actually searching ON ecstuning's site.

Great information including part numbers and high-quality photos pop up right away in the first Google search results.

Thanks to ECSTuning's catalogging quality, I'm able to find what I want quickly. I normally don't shop there but I've been noticing their prices are becoming a lot more competitive, if not better than the competition.

Of course, there's realoem, but there's no actual pictures there and RealOEM can be tedious to use.

Consider this a Mango Top Tip. :P
RealOEM has actually been adding pictures lately, and they're fairly high-res. Of course ECSTuning has great pictures and I often go there to look at parts. Their prices are pretty good and I do intend to buy some more stuff from them after the great customer service I had.

What often kills the deal for me is shipping. This isn't unique to ECS so I don't mean to badmouth them, but often times I could get some parts cheaper from other sources when shipping is taken into account. Still - particularly for OEM (non-BMW branded) components, ECS is great IMO
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:13 PM   #20
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Interesting. RealOEM adding pictures? I'll have to check that out.
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