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Old 11-25-2016, 08:14 PM
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Lemforder Engine mount made in China

I just bought a pair of Lemforder engine mounts for my 190E 2.6 to 3.0L M103 swap and discovered they are made in China. Part number 124 240 19 17. I'm thinking about sending them back. No markings on them indicate they are Lemforder (no logo or anything), they look just like other aftermarket mounts with the ridged top instead of the smooth top (contrary to the pictures when I ordered them). They were in clearance for $35 each. I've use this site (not Pelican Parts) quite often in the past year or so because the prices are far cheaper than anyone else and never had any issues so I'm going to email their customer service to see if there is anything that they can do for me in terms of a refund. Otherwise I will be a guinea pig and test them, they are not hard to change.













EDIT: Looked at the ones on my car, they have the ridged top as well. They are the original OEM ones off of my parts car and completely flattened. Did Boge make the original mounts for the M103 or was it Corteco?

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Old 11-26-2016, 04:31 AM
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I think Corteco is the original manufacturer.
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Old 11-26-2016, 06:44 AM
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I read something interesting about black friday.
You fight thru lines,to buy crap made by some prisoner in China paid 10 cents an hour,profitt made by american company. With money loaned to you by your government with interest,to give and tell someone you love them.
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Old 11-27-2016, 10:42 AM
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I read something interesting about black friday.
You fight thru lines,to buy crap made by some prisoner in China paid 10 cents an hour,profitt made by american company. With money loaned to you by your government with interest,to give and tell someone you love them.
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Old 11-28-2016, 09:11 AM
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Well this is a first seeing Lemfoerder making crap in China...great...

I would return it. Speak with our wallets we dont want chinese junk.
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Old 11-28-2016, 10:33 AM
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Stop bellyaching and install it.

Every manufacturer on the planet has plants in China, doesn't mean anything.
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:44 AM
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Guess when its time I'll make solid mounts,and lower my idle to shake the car.
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Old 11-28-2016, 11:56 AM
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Word from ZF is these are legit. I will install them and report back if I have any issues.
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Old 11-29-2016, 09:48 AM
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That would bug me. I'd probably return them on principle. I just bought some Lemforder W210 mounts and they were made in Germany. Must be the low-volume stuff is being farmed out to China. I bet they are not making or selling all that many W201 mounts anymore these days compared to the newer vehicles. My W126 Lemforder mounts I just bought recently were from Turkey (as they have been for a long time).
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Well, my first clue was your statement: "site (not Pelican Parts) quite often in the past year or so because the prices are far cheaper than anyone else and never had any issues so I'm going to email their customer service...." Why in the hell did you think the prices are so cheap? Stick with Pelican Parts, ********az, German Auto, etc., or buy a Honda. Mercedes are not junk cars and the only thing I order Chinese is "take out"!
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Old 12-05-2016, 02:41 PM
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Well, my first clue was your statement: "site (not Pelican Parts) quite often in the past year or so because the prices are far cheaper than anyone else and never had any issues so I'm going to email their customer service...." Why in the hell did you think the prices are so cheap? Stick with Pelican Parts, ********az, German Auto, etc., or buy a Honda. Mercedes are not junk cars and the only thing I order Chinese is "take out"!
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As you may have read, ZF confirmed these were legitimate Lemforder. I think Pelican is a good site, they have decent customer service, but I've had less hassle with this other website. Their prices are 15-20% cheaper for the same parts so of course I use them.

ZF now sells the Boge mounts as Boge, they are no longer repackaged as Lemforder like the first set of these mounts I got 2 years ago were nor do they sell these Chinese-made mounts anymore. This website and Pelican clearanced the remaining stock they had of these but Pelican had them for $10 more each than my other website. Again, you get the same parts here as you do on my website.

I have never used crap parts on my car and I don't think Chinese parts from reputable manufacturers is a real concern. You might as well go buy a Honda yourself if you are concerned about Chinese parts, more and more of these replacement parts will be made in China in coming years.
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Did you buy them from Rock Auto? I have found their 'branded' items nothing other than bull****... stuff is cheap there for a reason.
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Did you buy them from Rock Auto? I have found their 'branded' items nothing other than bull****... stuff is cheap there for a reason.
Nah, I've only used Rock Auto once in my life and that was for the dozen and a half coolant hoses for a Sprinter. My dad wanted me to replace all of them, I ordered all of the ones I could find were for the van and half of the ones they sold me weren't actually for a 2003 Sprinter. I ended up not having all of the hoses I would have needed (even if all of these fit I wouldn't have had all of the coolant hoses) to replace all of the ones in that van and I eventually decided against replacing the majority of them and just replaced the main radiator hoses and any hoses near the exhaust. So I can't say I would use them again because their catalogs are wrong on many vehicles. Normally I have no issue finding Mercedes parts but the Dodge parts diagrams are a nightmare for the US vans.

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