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    Hi guys,

    Being an owner of an e46 318, I thought id give you an update on some prices from the dealer in preston. My engine dipstick had croded, so needed a new one. Phoned BMW Bowker Preston and they quoted me £9.50. Picked it up the next day. I thought this was a really good price considering
    a. would defo have been more expensive from ebay for a second hand one
    b. contacted 247spares.co.uk and they quoted me, wait for it, 20 pounds plus 12 pounds delivery for a second hand used one. This would have cost me £32. Unbelievable.

    BMW Bowker quoted me £34 for a set of new shape windscreen wipers and £24 for a passenger side primered mirror cover.

    I think moral of the story, check dealer first, especially in the case of the dipstick.
     
     

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    I agree totally. It is well worth trying the dealer first. Though sometimes it can result in a lot of laughter before hanging up on them. I am still reeling from the quoted £112.00 to read the error codes on my car when the bonnet switch (as found and rectified for a shedload less cash at Baymow in stockport) kept setting the alarm off whenever the sun hit the car in the morning.

    I think for some parts, the dealer will always e the way to go. Amongst other things, you can cut the postage out of the equation by collecting it from a dealer.
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    second that...always check the dealer..evn tho most off the time they would make ronnie biggs cringe!!sumtimes it duz pay off and always garunteed a perfect fit!
     
     

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    Ive found this out the hard way before with parts. I always speak to them or check the prices on line first...
    Its surprising how cheap BMW are for some parts...
     
     

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    Its a bit off topic, but I needed a part for the Ducati a few years back. It was nothing more than a seal/rubber ring that fitted between the clutch cover and the engine casing. On eBay, the part was listed at 15 quid plus a fiver postage. I went to the Ducati dealers on another matter but while there asked if they had one in stock or a spare second hand one to hand (not all bikes keep the ring depending on the riders choice and I know the dealer enough to be comfortale asking). Long and short of it. Price was six pounds new. Bigger bonus was he had one used that I got for 2 quid.
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    definetly true, for example i paid £32.50 for my air intake boot which on ebay was the same price but for an aftermarket one and it was in canada!. but the dealers can make you laugh they quoted my £300 for a Inspection I service and £450 for a Insection II service on my e36 318!!
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by r4j4n_21 View Post
    definetly true, for example i paid £32.50 for my air intake boot which on ebay was the same price but for an aftermarket one and it was in canada!. but the dealers can make you laugh they quoted my £300 for a Inspection I service and £450 for a Insection II service on my e36 318!!
    450 for an inspection 2. lolol they only quoted me 400 for my 325 6 cylinder and I still fooked em off and went indy
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    I use the Main dealer as a guide price then go looking-however there are some parts that only a dealer can supply for eg rubber intake boot,the rubber gaskets for the bolts on the valve cover so it is worth checking out the dealer first
     
     

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