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Old 10-12-2021, 12:35 PM
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Expecting the same quality from a $50 bearing replacing a $300 dollar one is ridiculous. FAG is not what it used to be, it has been bought out along with INA and a bunch of other brg. companies by a company called Scheffler so they can pretty well put what ever bearing from what ever country in what ever box they want. I wouldn't feel bad at all about the $290 brg. especially knowing that the SKF (which is still SKF and $130) is the BMW value line replacement and is a tad noisier than the original.
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Expecting the same quality from a $50 bearing replacing a $300 dollar one is ridiculous. FAG is not what it used to be, it has been bought out along with INA and a bunch of other brg. companies by a company called Scheffler so they can pretty well put what ever bearing from what ever country in what ever box they want. I wouldn't feel bad at all about the $290 brg. especially knowing that the SKF (which is still SKF and $130) is the BMW value line replacement and is a tad noisier than the original.
FAG bearings are about the same price that they've always been for me. I don't know where you were paying $300 for a FAG bearing, but they were under $100 at the BMW parts counter 20 years ago for me. $100 for a bearing at BMW, usually meant that you could get it for half that elsewhere. And 20 years ago, BMW sold them in the FAG boxes.

The last time I had a Koyo, it lasted less than 10,000 miles. There's nothing magical about wheel bearings. If you really want them to last, pick out the seals and repack them with a high end synthetic grease.

FWIW, I believe that Timken is now Koyo's USA brand. Timken rear bearings are also about $50. Koyo is hard to buy under the Koyo brand in the US.
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Expecting the same quality from a $50 bearing replacing a $300 dollar one is ridiculous. FAG is not what it used to be, it has been bought out along with INA and a bunch of other brg. companies by a company called Scheffler so they can pretty well put what ever bearing from what ever country in what ever box they want. I wouldn't feel bad at all about the $290 brg. especially knowing that the SKF (which is still SKF and $130) is the BMW value line replacement and is a tad noisier than the original.
$290 for a $115 bearing is also ridiculous. FCP has genuine BMW rear axle bearing for $115. They have the SKF, which is OEM, for $113. $290 for a cheap ass Chinese bearing is a total rip off. That's why I made the suggestion I did and I'm willing to reship if it will get around, what seems to be, insane NZ taxes.
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In Europe you can get the original part under $100.

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How much do they check packages coming in from the US? I'm thinking you order in the US, have shipped to a US address and that person reships it to you from their address. Would that work? If you think so, let me know, I can help you out. $290 for a $50 bearing is ridiculous.
Very kind offer but I've looked into this and it doesn't save much. I actually already have a virtual USA shipping address for doing just this sort of thing.

Trouble is, freight costs are insane and then there are duties an taxes on import (which we cannot avoid) - so any savings in the initial purchase are then consumed by the other costs.

And don't forget foreign exchange rates. I'm quoting NZD$ here - that NZD$290 is about USD$200.

The KOYO bearing cost from the aftermarket supplier was a little cheaper then the exact same part via BMW, so I can't really complain.
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Very kind offer but I've looked into this and it doesn't save much. I actually already have a virtual USA shipping address for doing just this sort of thing.

Trouble is, freight costs are insane and then there are duties an taxes on import (which we cannot avoid) - so any savings in the initial purchase are then consumed by the other costs.

And don't forget foreign exchange rates. I'm quoting NZD$ here - that NZD$290 is about USD$200.

The KOYO bearing cost from the aftermarket supplier was a little cheaper then the exact same part via BMW, so I can't really complain.
Darn! I was hoping there was a way to get around the high cost. Oh well. The cost of living in a very beautiful place I guess.
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$290 for a $115 bearing is also ridiculous. FCP has genuine BMW rear axle bearing for $115. They have the SKF, which is OEM, for $113. $290 for a cheap ass Chinese bearing is a total rip off. That's why I made the suggestion I did and I'm willing to reship if it will get around, what seems to be, insane NZ taxes.
I paid NZD$290 (US$200) for a genuine KOYO bearing - identical to the one I removed from the vehicle.

I could have gotten a cheaper (Chinese) bearing for around USD$100 but I chose not to go down that path.

I check prices on FCP, ECS etc. and usually pay double the listed USD$ cost in NZD$ - i.e a part that is USD$100 on FCP will cost me NZD$200 here.
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