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Old 04-30-2003, 01:15 PM
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Thomaspin Thomaspin is offline
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The parts racket

Shopping for some new front wheel bearings for the 1983 300SD, I thought I would take a few moments to check prices from various sources. The results are mind boggling.

The SKF reference numbers for the inner/outer front bearings are LM48510/M12649.

Bearings are made by many manufacturers - some of the better known ones are SKF, Timken, Koyo, NTN, FAG and are frequently interchangeable if you can get the cross-reference list.

Here are the results for one pair (all SKF except Napa):

Dealer (per FastLane) $66.35
FastLane $24.11
Napa $10.48 ('Powerglide' PGBPBR5/3)
********.com $ 8.76 $ 7.03

Now, assuming AWBearings makes a 25% margin, their cost is $5.62, giving a dealer mark up of 1,080%.

Guess where I bought mine?

Caveat emptor.
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