There are several OEM parts companies. Bosch is the most widely known German autoparts company. However, as far as filters go, Hengst is one of MB's filter suppliers. Another would MANN, and these are definetly not aftermarket junk. Aftermarket junk would be Fram. I don't know who supplies MB hoses, but my bet would be that if it's made in Germany and is for a Mercedes, I highly doubt it is junk. Another name you may come across if Behr. This is an OEM supplier for cooling/heating parts like radiators, oil coolers etc. Hope this helps. Oh BTW OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. This would be the suppliers that enable Mercedes to make those wonderful machines.
[Edited by rickjordan on 12-19-2000 at 08:00 PM]
1994 MB E320 Coupe (199,500 mi)
1992 MB 190E 2.6 (173,000 mi)
1983 Porsche 911SC (148,000 mi)
2004 Volvo V70 2.5T (198,000 mi)
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