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    Re: HOW-TO: Replace Idler Arm Bushing

    some good info on that Naughty list..but i have to say that many of the brands are indeed misplaced to where they "belong".at least in my experience they are.

    But as long as you get the quantity into the equation...it is alot easier to spot good or bad parts.For my part...working on cars daily..seeing tons of different manufacturers/brands..you get a completely different view of which is the best parts..and which is the worst.

    With that said..my go to parts are Mercedes only parts...with a 5 to 10 percent percent selected aftermarked parts slapped in there....
    The only negative experience i have..are the LCA"s i bought..which i have a video soon to upload..the other is the idle arm bushing i got for my 190e..which was utterly crap..but then again...the worst thing to happen is just more steering play than what should be expected.nothing major really
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    HOW-TO: Replace Idler Arm Bushing

    Lowman, I have personally sat down and vetted this list with at least three MB repair shop owners, not to mention Jono, Klink and others here have been seeing it for years.

    If anything some brands like “Lemforder” need to move down on the list due to cheaper parts.

    There are certainly vendors that one could argue pro and con for, but the vendors on the “DO NOT BUY” list are pretty firm and solid.

    This thread is one of the most popular ones on this forum, and it is linked to from all over the Internet.

    But, I’m all ears if you want to propose changes.

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    Re: 500E / E500 Parts Manufacturer Quality List

    of course..im not saying the list was all fictive and randomly put
    And in some way it does not matter..cause most of the parts catching my attention..was on the "Sometimes ok " list..which i guess is "ok"
    The brands in mind was...Lucas/Girling, Nissens, FTE, and even Corteco..which if i remember corrrectly is the OE supplier for the spheres and seals in some applications.

    but again..they were not put in the "never buy" bulk...so its all good
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    Re: 500E / E500 Parts Manufacturer Quality List

    Sometimes OK vendors can vary by individual products they make.

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    Re: 500E / E500 Parts Manufacturer Quality List

    Quote Originally Posted by gerryvz View Post
    Sometimes OK vendors can vary by individual products they make.
    Exactly correct. Corteco / CFW is indeed OEM for certain parts. However they also sell reboxed junk for other parts, for example the M119 engine mounts, photos of which are on my website. Which is why they are "sometimes ok"... it depends what part you are buying.


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    Re: 500E / E500 Parts Manufacturer Quality List

    Bosch (spark plugs, distributor caps/rotors) and Lemforder (various suspension parts) are other examples of vendors whose products vary in quality depending if they are "OE" products supplied to MB, or their self-branded aftermarket products.

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