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Old 08-14-2003, 04:39 PM
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86 300E - Which Serpentine Belt?

I'm going to replace my serpentine belt and I'd like opinions as to which is the better quality part, the Conti at $17 or the Japanese Advantex at $30.53. Has anyone had occasion to use both over the years? Does the Advantex belt last significantly longer than the Conti? Any obvious difference in construction or material?


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Old 08-14-2003, 09:18 PM
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Go for the Continental. It is the original and quality is very high. Just don't buy the autozone junk. I got one from them and the original continental after about 150k miles looked better than the autozone after 15K miles. Continental will last for a long time without any problems.
I wonder how you can get it for $17! I usally pay about $28 online and the dealer in my area wants $60!
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Old 08-14-2003, 11:27 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I think I'll go with the Continental. I've used their rubber products (tires) for years on my BMW motorcycle and never had a reason to complain.

The $17 price came straight from FastLane, btw.
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