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Old 12-01-2014, 11:43 AM
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I'm pretty sure this is one of those parts that doesn't have a "OEM" quality aftermarket part available from Lemforder or another quality manufacturer. Very similar to the W123 subframe mounts or differential mount (you must either buy Genuine, or Meyle, those are the only two choices available right now).

Febi, Rein, Uro, Meyle, etc. will all likely be made in China copies of the OEM part. I did put a Febi mount on my '79, and it was indeed made in China.

My thoughts on this issue:

This will be a case of risk vs. benefit. You can buy 10 Febi mounts for the price of one Mercedes mount. The Febi mount fits fine, and works fine for a while at least, and this isn't a hard part to change nor is it likely to damage anything if it fails unlike something like a flex disc. So if it lasts a few years, maybe that's OK.

Another option to consider is buying it from a vendor like ******* that offers an extended guarantee on their parts, regardless of brand or reason for dissatisfaction. They claim a lifetime guarantee on all parts.

I took that route for the rear diff mount on my '85. I bought the Meyle rear diff mount from *******. It's an easy part to replace if it fails prematurely, and in theory anyway they'll send me a free replacement if I'm dissatisfied with the lifespan of the part.

Now, with the rear subframe mounts, which are much harder to replace, I went with the Genuine article. It cost about $100 more but it is still made in Germany and apparently the Meyle version doesn't even fit well.

Bottom line, this is a case of researching and making a reasonable decision as to the value of the part and whether it's worth the cost for a Genuine item.
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