Although BMW parts are built to the most stringent of production standards, they can nonetheless give way at any time. On the flipside, there are consumable parts that are designed specifically to wear out or run out as they are used. Additionally, daily driving can take its toll on some parts and thus necessitate replacement. No matter the reason, you will find over 45,000 genuine BMW parts at BE FORWARD that are ready to be shipped anywhere in the world from Japan and Korea.
Sourcing BMW Parts (OEM vs. Aftermarket)
"OEM" and "aftermarket" are the two terms you will hear used to describe automobile parts. But what exactly do they mean? OEM, or "original equipment manufacturer" parts are original parts used in your BMW. They are built to conform to the carmaker's strict demands and are usually designed and made of a higher quality.
On the other hand, aftermarket parts refer to those made by third-party manufacturers but are still usable in your BMW. Aftermarket parts offer you greater customizability if you are aiming for a cosmetic upgrade as they can come in designs outside of what is available with genuine parts.
In the event that you need a functional (rather than cosmetic) replacement for your BMW, penny-pinching by choosing cheaper aftermarket parts might actually be the less financially sensible option. Without the same quality control, you are likely to pay for more replacements in the long run if you choose aftermarket parts. It is also likely that fitting your BMW with aftermarket parts will void its warranty. Costwise, genuine OEM parts might not even be pricier than aftermarket parts, all while having greater performance, fit, and lifespan.
What Are the Most Important Parts in Your BMW?
When it comes to parts in your BMW, not all are created equal. Some play a more crucial role such that any issues with them should be addressed immediately as they can compromise your safety and your BMW's performance. The following are a few of the most important parts in your BMW that should not be overlooked.
Without your engine, your BMW would be nothing more than a carriage on wheels. The engine is your BMW's main power source, burning fuel to produce the mechanical energy that moves your vehicle. It is as expensive as it is complex to repair, which means that a replacement engine might actually be a logical choice if the cost of repairs and individual components ends up costing more. The best way to know which option you should go with is to talk with a trusted automobile professional.
In both automatic and manual versions, your BMW's transmission transfers power from the engine to the wheels while making use of gear ratios to keep the engine in its power band, allowing it to run efficiently. As a result, the transmission is constantly subjected to wear and tear. Similar to the engine, repairing this complicated piece of equipment can work out to be more than buying a replacement, so make sure you receive an opinion from a trustworthy automobile professional or two before making a decision.
Your BMW's lights help you to see, to be seen, and to convey your driving intentions while on the road. Damaged light assemblies or blown bulbs should be repaired or replaced immediately.
Every time you slow down or come to a complete stop, you make use of your BMW brakes. You should expect to have the brake pads and rotors wear down faster than other brake parts such as the master cylinder, calipers, and wheel cylinders, though even those could develop leaks over time and cause poor braking.
A faulty battery might be unable to hold a charge, so unless you want to resign yourself to jump-starting your BMW every drive, you will want to ensure that it is in tip-top shape. Slow cranking and an illuminated Battery/Charging warning light are both indicators that it is time to replace the battery.
Which BMW Parts Wear Out the Fastest?
Although your BMW has many parts that are designed to last a lifetime of driving, there are several that require careful attention.
Consumables are parts and materials that need to be regularly replaced. They include engine oil, coolant, nuts and bolts, oil filters, brake pads, spark plugs, and wiper blades, among others. Because each consumable needs to be replaced at different times, it is important to keep track of when a replacement is needed.
The tires on a BMW are known to have a shorter lifespan than those of other brands. However, that is not to say that they are of lower quality. The heavier weight of BMWs, coupled with the narrow and low profile of their tires, naturally cause greater wear and tear that needs to be regularly checked.
In general, the plastic housing of the water pump will break down over time. However, unlike most other car brands, BMWs use electric water pumps whose motors are especially susceptible to breaking down. Overheating, fluid leakage, or steam coming from the engine can all be signs of water pump failure.
There are a couple of factors that should be taken into consideration if you would like to keep your BMW's suspension in good condition. First, make sure to drive on smooth roads as much as possible, and second, avoid frequent and heavy loading. Even then, you will likely begin to notice issues with your suspension (such as a bouncy ride) as you continue to add miles to your vehicle.
Are BMW Parts Expensive?
Unfortunately, a luxury car means luxury parts. BMW parts can be some of the most expensive out there, so expect to spend a substantial amount for replacement parts. With that being said, performing regular maintenance can go a long way toward minimizing unexpected repair costs.
Where to Get the Best Deals on Genuine BMW Parts
BMW parts are pricey, but buying them used from a reliable third-party retailer like BE FORWARD can save you a considerable amount of money. If you are looking to buy used genuine BMW parts, you can find them in great condition and at low prices here at BE FORWARD!