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Thread: 50 Year Parts Availability - gone?

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    50 Year Parts Availability - gone?

    The current BaT thread on the Z8 for sales this week has some parts comments and I thought I will just check for discounted price for a silver steering wheel as the part number was handy from the post there. Surprise, surprise.... Multiple sites (getbmwparts.com, turner, and ECS) all state part no longer available. Some other colors do appear as still available.
         
    Skip Hammerman

    2002 BMW Z8 - Meisterschaft GT, PP installed, CDV delete. 110,000+ Mile Club
    2013 BMW X3
    2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

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    Windshield wiper arm

    In addition... My windshield wiper arms have pitted and I ordered new ones in March and the right side one came quickly. The left one is still on order six months later with no ETA in the BMW ordering system. According to parts manager it does not stay "backordered" or state that is unavailable. Just that it is on order. I had thought initially that I should just have them painted/powder coated, but then decided to just replace them I might be going to back to Plan A, if I can't get a new one by spring... Not sure what has caused this (actually looks worse on the photo), but maybe it's just the age and that the car has been driven a lot. Crossed the 110,000 mile mark this summer.
     
    Skip Hammerman

    2002 BMW Z8 - Meisterschaft GT, PP installed, CDV delete. 110,000+ Mile Club
    2013 BMW X3
    2015 Porsche 911 Targa 4S

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    Z8 Millennial Monster 2112's Avatar
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    Same problem with the Ford GT, But they never promised a 50 year supply. Subsequently, parts pricing has gone up 300% on some parts in the last few years. Headlight assemblies were $1300, then $1800, now driver's sides are no longer available and a secondary seller has a set on eBay for $9,800. 🙁

    Could become painful getting the parts we need in the future.
    2000 Red over black
    heavily modified for performance. Although, not to the level of GM's car

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