Hope you all are well in this wintery weather and economy.
A bit new to this and might be naive, but I thought it meant the part was VW/Audi stamped made mostly in Germany, or a bit in Mexico or Belgium?
So does OEM stand for: 'VARIOUS' Original Equipment Manufacturer(s), or 'AUTHENTIC' Original Equipment Manufacturer?
I know that various companies such as Bosch produce quite a few of the parts for our cars and then VW has them stamp it with their symbol. But I also took that stamp to mean it is up to VW's quality and fit standards. (I've had very few VW parts fail prematurely or be defective, well except the ignition coils and MAFs, and even most of those have recalls or warranty extensions)
There are deals on the web and I know you get what you pay for, but I've noticed even from reputable enthusiasts sites that they'll list it as OEM (for a great price) and what I'll get is another "brand" that "references" the VW part number.
Just want to say first: I LOVE TDIPARTS and MJM AUTOHAUS!
MJM - Listed OEM VDO Fuel Pump $180 works fine but has no markings on it at all while the Auto Zone $325 fuel pump clearly states Made in Germany VDO. Is the MJM one a VDO but the name scratched off to avoid a possible direct manufacturers warranty?
TDIPARTS - Actually, never listed as OEM so much as just "stock dogbone mount" for $29 (way less than half of dealership price). Installed in minutes, perfect fit and feels good. Just curious how long it will last.
MJM - 21mm Front Sway Bar Bushings listed as OEM, stamped says FEBI. $10 w/free shipping. Dealership listed as $25 for both.
MJM - Rear Axle Bushings listed as OEM, product arrived packaged as Meyle. 1STVWPARTS listed as only $10 more should be VW/Audi original part.
Just a side thought: Should I buy from ECS and 1STVWPARTS only in the future? I like ECS because they actually list whether or not it is a TRUE VW/Audi stamped part and 1STVWPARTS is actually the Auburn, WA VW/Audi dealerships online dept that can only ships authentic VW parts.
I know, if it cost 50% less and works just fine, don't go rocking the boat, but I do have to be able to look my customers in the eyes and tell them it is quality OEM part too.
This isn't a rant thread, just curious about your thoughts/experiences. Thank you in advance for assistance and apologies for the long diatribe.