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Does anyone know of a source for the turn indicator lenses?  What about lenses and light gaskets for the square tails? 

   

Am I missing something major or are there just no vendors out there making turn signal, tail light and marker parts for 2002s?   I see the IE roundie plastic lenses (Thank you Ireland Engineering!), but I only see used turn indicator, side marker and square taillight lenses and a lot of the light housing gaskets are out of production, too.  This really surprises me.   In this on-line age I can buy reasonably priced reproduction parts for an Alfa Romeo that had a total production run of just 14,000 but I can't find what should be really common lighting parts for a car with a total production run of, what, 800,000?  that's just weird.  

 

To be fair, I do see a couple of complete tail light housings in BMW channels, but they cost more than new E and F series car light housings.....  Leave it to BMW to continue to make ungodly profits on 40+ year old cars.   

 

Vent closed.  :-)   

 

Take care, 

 

Scott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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6 minutes ago, esty said:

not always...most of the time, they don't even know what kind of car you're talking about when you say a 73 2002

 

+1

 

And, thus, we go to alternative OEM sources such as Blunttech.  But BMW’s OEM inventories are not deep, and some items — like roof drip moldings — come and go from general availability...

 

Regards,

 

Steve

 

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3 hours ago, esty said:

not always...most of the time, they don't even know what kind of car you're talking about when you say a 73 2002

Last year I pulled into the local dealership to pick up part for another car and the young guys were looking at my car like it was from outer space!

Then, an "old guy":lol: (around my age!) working there recognized the year and the model and proceeded to school the other guys. It was too funny.

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Just for those who are not aware of it, I use a part number search tool called PNPC.   It is a little piece of software that searches all of the usual web sites and several dealers for parts, up to 35 locations in total including Blunttech, ECS Tuning, FCP Euro, and many dealers.   I've been using it for years for my newer BMWs but it works great for older ones, too.  All you do is type in the part number and select where you want it to look( dealers, third party, both).    It works remarkably well and, with a different selection, will open the web page(s) so you can order the part you are looking for.  It has saved me quite a bit of money.  The software is free, but the creator of the software asks for tips as you use the application.   Try it if you haven't already.  I keep my copy open on my desk top nearly all the time these days.   

 

PNPC

 

Thanks,

 

Scott

 

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27 minutes ago, bublinki said:

Last year I pulled into the local dealership to pick up part for another car and the young guys were looking at my car like it was from outer space!

Then, an "old guy":lol: (around my age!) working there recognized the year and the model and proceeded to school the other guys. It was too funny.

 

My rule of thumb with car dealers is that if you don't see a car that is your vintage in the lot or garage, you should not be getting your car serviced there.  I once had a service rep tell my they charge a diagnostic fee whenever they connect their system to the OBD port in the car.  The car in question was a 1985 E28 535i, which pre-dated even the round BMW proprietary diagnostic port.  The 22 year old service guy didn't get it when I laughed.   Fortunately, where I live there are a LOT of old guys around who still work on cars.   

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50 minutes ago, eurotrash said:

..and lately, you have to have a euro title to get euro parts through BMW. 

I think that might be a local thing, but maybe not.  When I order Euro parts, it takes forever to get them so I usually just order them from somebody in Europe.  Not only are they cheaper, but I honestly think I get them faster.   

 

My local dealer's parts department won't sell me a BMW battery for my 535ix wagon..  Nope. Won't do it.  Their reasoning is that there are several different amperages of batteries (for my exact year, make and model....really?!  (They want my VIN number for everything else, can't they tell from that?)   The real reason, of course, is that swapping a battery is easy work for the techs there PLUS they get to charge you the above mentioned diagnostics fee because on the newer cars, you have to tell the car the battery is new.  So rather than sell you a part, they sell you the battery, then $100 for diagnostics, then another $65 to tell the ECU it is a new battery, PLUS 30 minutes for labor to actually swap the battery.  Total cost? $485.00.  For....a....battery!?    No wonder I love working on my own cars so much.... 

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W&N is very, very quick. Less than a week to your door most likely.

 

Jason is referring to gray market cars. BMW won't sell euro-only parts to U.S. customers without seeing a title. 

 

... On the E90, it took quite a long time to remind the car it had a new battery via diagnostics. Kevin likes me though, so I wasn't charged.

 

;-)

 

Cheers,

 

 

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