Last edited by tom9615; 11-18-2009 at 10:24 PM.
I support BMW enough with the stuff I need to purchase from them. Some of their prices are utterly ridiculous. Most spin-on oil filters are in the $5 range, yet BMW charges around $20 for their branded oil filter - a Mahle OC-91 with the roundel and part number printed on it. I just bought a lot of OC-91 filters for about $8.50 each, NOT from BMW. BMW's list price on Bosch plugs for my K75's is $9.16 each, or $11.84 each for plugs for my (late, lamented) K1100LT. I have used Autolite 4163 plugs for many tens of thousands of miles and the MOST I have paid is $1.25 each. Ditto for Auto Zone fuel filters. Motobins, the last time I checked, offered K-bike air filters (BMW OEM filters) for under $20; why is the cost over $40 from BMW here in the USA? So I will purchase BMW parts from BMW. OEM quality parts which can be sourced from other sources will probably be purchased from those other sources. Yes, I am a cheap SOB.
Phil Marvin - El Paso, TX
I'm with you Phil. BMW makes the markup they need on the parts we have to get from them. The readily available generic parts such as batteries, they don't want to stock, but they will, for those who need the roundel affixed, for a price.
1978 Yamaha XS750 (Needs rings), 1996 BMW R1100RS, 2004 Honda CRF230F
Phil - Who's offering those OC-91 oil filters for $8.50 ea.?