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Old 12-16-2013, 04:48 PM
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if they are casting cheap sheet metal screws costing a gros a buck then thats another story.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:25 AM
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Here's another URO tale of woe, from Banzworld.

My first and last fight with URO parts - Mercedes-Benz Forum

Was failure caused by buyer/installer error?
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:36 PM
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Wow. The metal just split in half.

I think you'd have to have a hole in your head to willingly install a URO part.
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:59 PM
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But URO is claiming they're am MB parts OEM now.


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Yeah, I've read the press release as well, but you'll notice how they will not say which part.
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I have an update. I bought a Uro antenna mast for my 190E several years ago before I knew who and what they were.

I moved my car today and the radio turned on and thus the antenna. Instead of extending, it simply broke off at the base and proceeded to dangle out on the side of my car.

In the trash it went.
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Old 02-23-2014, 03:26 PM
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Wow. The metal just split in half.

I think you'd have to have a hole in your head to willingly install a URO part.
Paul, I've been [effectively] saying this for years, but there seems to be a die-hard fan club of URO users here on this forum who swear by them.

One guy (tjts1) posted on this forum a whole list of URO parts he'd successfully installed over the years, and then had the audacity to claim that any URO parts failures were likely the fault of the INSTALLER, not of the part itself.

Then, when I had mentioned that dozens of folks here and on other forums had relayed stories of failures of URO parts, he challenged me to post proof of that. Which I did in post #1 of this thread. After I did so (a couple of dozen individual links to stories of URO woe) and he came back with a lame rejoinder.... I didn't hear from him much after that.

Meanwhile, the stories continue to pile up. The latest being the belt tensioner story on Banzworld. And evidently the poster knew better, but bought URO anyway. Oy.
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Old 02-23-2014, 04:59 PM
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One guy (tjts1) [...] had the audacity to claim that any URO parts failures were likely the fault of the INSTALLER, not of the part itself.
Technically every time you install a URO part it involves user fault, because it is a fault to install URO parts.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:06 PM
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Yeah, I've read the press release as well, but you'll notice how they will not say which part.
Educated guess: door check straps? I installed a URO one six months ago and was impressed by the quality. It has performed flawlessly in the extreme cold this winter (which is when cheap metal parts snap around here, gone through several inside door handles and this winter, even two wiper arm mounts that way).

I am NOT making an endorsement for URO overall. I am simply pointing out common sense, that they may indeed choose to source certain parts from quality sources, so as to win supplier qualification from Daimler Benz and thus extra marketing bragging rights.

Retail parts vendors locally now only suggest URO and Meyle when no other alternative exists, or if the customer is insistent on buying on price alone and those brands are the only cheap alternatives.
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Old 02-23-2014, 09:23 PM
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URO is not a re-boxer of parts sourced elsewhere, like Febi is. URO claims they make their own parts.

Furthermore, notice now none of MB's "real" OEMs brag about they fact that they make parts for MB and other car manufacturers. In fact, they have agreements in their OEM contract with MB that they can't publicize themselves as the OEMs for various parts. That's not to say they don't and can't put their logo on parts they make, but you don't see it all over these OEMs' web sites that they make parts for MB.

I would venture to guess that URO probably went to MB with some NLA part that they are making, and asked them to check out their part. And MB evaluated it, and URO got all excited and issued a press release that they were now an MB OEM or something.

If retail parts vendors in your area recommend URO and Meyle parts when MB dealer parts are still available, I would not patronize them. What would be an example of a URO or Meyle part that would be recommended "when no other alternative exists"?

I know that MB monitors replacement parts quality very closely, and I bet they have a very good handle on URO and the crap quality of their parts. Why has URO been silent since issuing that press release? Why have they not expanded their supposed "OEM" relationship with MB? Because you know if they did, URO would be shouting it from the rooftops. It's too bad that MB won't comment officially on their parts suppliers, as a matter of corporate policy.
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Old 02-23-2014, 10:03 PM
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It's too bad URO seems to be the only one that makes the door seals other than MB. they fit too tight some places, they fit too loose in others. I might have to shim them in the channel to tighten up the loose areas.
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Old 02-24-2014, 12:29 AM
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It's too bad URO seems to be the only one that makes the door seals other than MB. they fit too tight some places, they fit too loose in others. I might have to shim them in the channel to tighten up the loose areas.
I know that Meyle makes a lot of seals too .. but I've heard they are also ill-fitting.

What is the quality of the "rubber" in the URO seals that you've had the pleasure of working with?
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After reading this my heart sank when I opened the hood to change my oil and saw the URO logo staring up at me from the top hose on my radiator. Got to assume the return hose is the same.

I get great satisfaction knowing that was another DIY job well done. And you know I'll sleep well knowing it's only the cooling system, instead of some ultra-critical part...

So has anyone reported anything on URO radiator hose failures?


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Old 02-24-2014, 08:49 AM
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I know that Meyle makes a lot of seals too .. but I've heard they are also ill-fitting.



What is the quality of the "rubber" in the URO seals that you've had the pleasure of working with?

The rubber feels inconsistent throughout the perimeter of the seal and a bit suspect. Unfortunately, I won't know for sure until it starts disintegrating. At which point I will provide an update. I have low expectations.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:40 AM
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After reading this my heart sank when I opened the hood to change my oil and saw the URO logo staring up at me from the top hose on my radiator. Got to assume the return hose is the same.

I get great satisfaction knowing that was another DIY job well done. And you know I'll sleep well knowing it's only the cooling system, instead of some ultra-critical part like a window seal...

So has anyone reported anything on URO radiator hose failures?


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Both of My Radiator Hoses are ÜRO and while I admit I have not looked at them for at least 6 months I insalled them before I joined the Forum in 2007 and during that time have had no functional issues with the Hoses.

I think the Hose to the Coolant Recovery Tank is also a ÜRO Hose since I bought it from the same Seller but at a different time.

I do remember that one of the Radiator Hoses had issues with the ID and went on tight.

I have never had the Engine over heat so I guess the Hoses have never been stressed.

But, I mentioned in another thread that it is possible the loder ÜRO parts might have been made better but no way to tell that. None of the
ÜRO Boxes or Parts are marked with anything that indicates where they were made.

I buy better made parts now but I don't change Parts that are working OK.
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