Hi, all! I’ve been asked to put together a section of some of the parts sources I’ve found for both replacement and custom parts. One thing to remember, if you are a member of the BMW Club of America, you can get discounts on parts and service from most BMW dealers in the area, as well as a few independents. I’ve saved way more than the cost of the membership just in parts from BMW of Catonsville (formerly Russell BMW)!
This is the list, from the National Capital Chapter:
The following lists participating dealerships and their associated price discounts. Please note that this list is subject to constant change. You must always present your BMW-CCA membership card before ordering parts or requesting price quotes.
20% Off MSRP:
- BMW of Catonsville
15% Off MSRP:
10% Off MSRP:
15% Off Dealers List Price:
10% Off Dealers List Price:
This can be very handy when you need a part or service and you can’t wait for something to ship from an internet vendor.
Here are some of the other vendors that people have had good luck with:
Max, the owner, is a great guy. He’s been known to help out customers that have been stranded far from home by sending parts to get them home, then working out payment afterwards. That’s a rare trait, and along with his support of bimmerboard.com, shows his company as one to be supported.
Another great source of replacement parts at wholesale prices.
This is where I got my Behr replacement radiator. About $150 and easy to change if you need to. Also available at oembimmerparts.com
Good source for body parts, like bumper trim and fenders. They also carry a bunch of custom parts like custom taillights, but things like that tend to cost quite a bit more than other sources (for example my LED taillights were $175/pair, but they list them there for over $300)
I’ve used them, but have not had good luck with their parts. And a lot of other people on the forums have had their suspension parts go bad after a few short miles. There have also been stories of poor customer service/warranty issues.
NEW UPDATES ON FCP GROTON:
Apparently, the owners listened to the complaints and changed suppliers. they admitted they lost their quality control and are taking steps to win back the BMW community. Follow this link to an informative post/thread on the subject. If this is true, it’s good news for all of us.
And of course, Ebay search one and search two. Some good deals, but some cheesy stuff, too. I got my LED taillights, clear corners, side markers, chrome trunk trim, painted rear spoiler, wheels and even good used tires from here.
Anyone else that has found some great vendors, or had bad luck with certain vendors, please, chime in and let your fellow E38 owners know about them!