Continental Serpentine Belts - OE vs OEM vs parts store

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All I look for is EPDM rubber in a belt. Everything else like crosshatch pattern really never crossed my mind.
 
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The crosshatch definitely matters on some BMWs anyway. The slick back belts will squeak when cold or rainy.
I run the Bando's on both my Nissan's - which drive the clutch fan off the back of the belt - and it also goes around the tensioner back sided. They are smooth but almost feel tacky. the only belt I have ever had squeak was an OEM belt - but it was pretty old. The Bando's I get are made in USA.

I obviously don't care. I started using Bando's many years ago based on the recommendation on another automotive site.

In fairness I don't run my belts a really long time.

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