My car didn't pass the "contrôle technique", don't know how it's called in other countries, MOT in the US? Educate me. Only issue is both lower ball joints are worn out thanks to potholes that could swallow cars. Is there a consensus on which brand to pick? My choices are Moog, Febi Bilstein, Delphi, TRW, Mapco, Quinton Hazell and few others less known brands. I'm tempted to buy the Moogs, 18 bucks each. Or should i just go to the dealer? I bought a lot of parts on the internet lately and they all work as intended but are not up to par on some aspects. I bought a Delphi fuel pump made in china which is noisy as hell compared to the original Pierburg and Bosch pads and discs and ended up with a brake system that squeals like a pig.
TRW aftermarket is the mid grade option when lemforder makes the factory components. this is the case 9 times out of 10 with 00s mercedesI would not call TRW mid grade, they make BMW M suspension parts.
Exactly.....The US made Moog problem solver's is good stuff for an old truck/SUV, Even my Camaro where the problem solvers are better than OE.OE, TRW (made in Spain) or German made Lemforder. Febi is crap as are the others. Quinton Hazell was at one time a top shelf Brit part maker now made in China and not worth putting in. Moog are great if they are for SUV and pickups and you desire grease fittings, most are US made old stock. you must check Moog out carefully, some are reboxed quality parts like Sankei 555 for Japanese cars others are Chinese crap which makes buying them online a crap shoot.
True. I have converted the suspension on my E82 to M3, all the arms are from TRW. They are the exact same arms as the OE version with the “//M” logo ground off, for 1/4 the price.TRW aftermarket is the mid grade option when lemforder makes the factory components. this is the case 9 times out of 10 with 00s mercedes
lemforder also has a lot of global production facilities as well so again sometimes an NOS genuine part makes sense.
both are owned by the same company but if you want the “grinded off logo” part you need to find out who makes the genuine.