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Old 03-23-2013, 10:28 AM
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Whenever I get around to buying another used Mercedes I am going to want a written certification from the owners that they are not aware of any URO parts being installed on the car. Such a car is simply not worth as much.

Why would anyone knowingly install that cancer on their car??????????
More to the point, why would Ma Benz knowingly install it in her cars?

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More to the point, why would Ma Benz knowingly install it in her cars?

A.P.A. Industries is pleased to announce the completion of our first OE project for Mercedes-Benz.
Great...now even "Genuine" is going to be a gamble.
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More to the point, why would Ma Benz knowingly install it in her cars?

A.P.A. Industries is pleased to announce the completion of our first OE project for Mercedes-Benz.
If URO parts are installed in new MB.

I would rather buy a USED 1985 YUGO.


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? about Meyle ?

Sorry do not want to get off topic but a few years ago a purchased a set of front rotors new in the box from a guy who was just cleaning his garage out ( he no longer had his Benz ) They are still in sealed plastic and in the box. The box is from Meyle, says OEM etc. However it says in smaller print made in China. Now they look fine, I put a micrometer on the and they are correct. So I remember from my BMW days that I had an issue with Rotors made in Brazil that warped qucikly supposedly because they used a different quality/ blend of metals in the manufacture. Has anyone had an issue with theses "Meyle " rotors. I am doing an install as well as front wheel bearing replacement this Friday. Good Bad ?
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Sorry do not want to get off topic but a few years ago a purchased a set of front rotors new in the box from a guy who was just cleaning his garage out ( he no longer had his Benz ) They are still in sealed plastic and in the box. The box is from Meyle, says OEM etc. However it says in smaller print made in China. Now they look fine, I put a micrometer on the and they are correct. So I remember from my BMW days that I had an issue with Rotors made in Brazil that warped quickly supposedly because they used a different quality/ blend of metals in the manufacture. Has anyone had an issue with theses "Meyle " rotors. I am doing an install as well as front wheel bearing replacement this Friday. Good Bad ?
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I have "Meyle" rotors on the 300SD, eight years, and 125,000 miles.

If the calipers don't have or develop issues, there is no reason to replace a rotor before it warps.

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.... The box is from Meyle, says OEM etc. However it says in smaller print made in China. .... Has anyone had an issue with theses "Meyle " rotors. I am doing an install as well as front wheel bearing replacement this Friday. Good Bad ?
Meyle is in the same league as Febi. Some of their parts are good, others are iffy. Some are real OEM Made in Germany (like this obviously SGF-made Febi-boxed flex disc). But some of their parts are Made in China and of questionable kwality. Bottom line, you just won't know until you use the part, unless there is something visibly wrong like with the dimensionally-incorrect Uro fan bracket which started this post.

BTW - Uro, APA, and FEQ are all in the "junk" category. Febi and Meyle are better, IMO, but may or may not be OEM quality.

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Thanks, I checked them with a run out dial gauge as well a micrometer to ensure thickness. All seems fine and I am do a slow break in period so all should be good. Again thanks for the input and apologies if I Hi-jacked this thread.
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:10 PM
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That is the purpose of my Parts Vendor List posted here 500E / E500 Parts Vendor Quality List manufacturers that are good, and manufacturers to stay away from.


Gerry, I had a look at your Verboten list, and was not surprised to find the name Beck-Arnley on it.

Back in the summer, I was changing the Timing Belt and Water Pump on my Miata (sorry guys ).

While I was in buying a few non-essential items, the local part supplier suggested a big savings on the Water Pump by using a Beck-Arnley, which at the time I had no experience with.

I actually bought one, then compared it to a new OEM pump I bought at the dealer just in case I wasn't pleased with the quality at time of installation.

Episode 9- Reinstalling the Water Pump - YouTube

The above video shows just a couple of reasons why I chose the OEM....

And ultimately, saving $80 just didn't seem worth it in exchange for the peace of mind...

Testify times 4 for Mercedes, btw.
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Beck-Arnley is another reboxer/relabeler, usually sold via NAPA and some online e-tailers. Some of their stuff is ok, other is junk. I think Jeremy bought a Beck-Arnley fan clutch and peeled off the label to find it was a Uro clutch!!! See attached photo.

It's much safer to stick with known good brands / manufacturers, since there is so much variability with the reboxers.

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Emergency replacement of 300SD upper control arms for a friend.

He installed them new, three months ago....

Four trips Detroit - Chicago.

The driver side upper ball joint came apart while I was jacking up the front end.

Both upper control arms where URO brand parts.

Another person who will never again buy a URO brand part.

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Emergency replacement of 300SD upper control arms for a friend.

He installed them new, three months ago....

Four trips Detroit - Chicago.

The driver side upper ball joint came apart while I was jacking up the front end.

Both upper control arms where URO brand parts.

Another person who will never again buy a URO brand part.

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Over at benzworld there is a member who's daughter was driving the car and called him to say there was something wrong....Ball joint snapped...I believe he said his were 1 year old.

It's not even a money factor, these parts could kill you or someone else on the road.
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Old 03-27-2013, 10:16 AM
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We need a public education campaign against these parts. I mean seriously, I don't understand how this company survives, and now they are bragging that they are a Mercedes OE supplier. The world really is coming to an end.

And to be honest, the re-boxers like Febi, Meyle and Beck-Arnley are only one jump better. One would think if a company puts their name on a box, they wouldn't be making their customers play Russian Roulette as to whether the part is actually of quality, or a re-labeled scrap part.

What do owners of Porsches, BMWs and Audis do? And American cars? Do they face these same problems?
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