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I recently order some door stops from URO for my 1985 Mercedes 300D. Parts were shipped quickly and are an identical match to the originals. This was my first experience with this company and it was a positive one. Parts are correct and the price was very competitive.
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I have heard more negative reviews with URO branded parts than positive. I just stay away from that brand in general.

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In car parts it is not the looks that counts.
Fit is important, but crucial is long lasting.
URO is good alternative for non-safety related items, but I would not buy brake parts from them.
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I only use them for EASY to replace parts and when the MB genuine part is priced crazy expensive. (must be both).

If it is labor intensive to replace the part, I always go genuine MB if it is available.
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I don't disagree with either of you. I never thought about it quite that way. I would never use brakes or brake parts from other than a recognized major brand. Actually in the brake department I'm well off. The brakes were done with a Mercedes parts before I got the car and I have a full set of spare Mercedes pads when needed. I only put about 2000 miles a year on the car so they should last a long time. Thanks for the replies. Chuck
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Interesting topic. I've had a negative experience with URO parts back in my W124 days. Don't remember the part but remember it being a failure so I stayed away from the brand.
Then my '99 C280 needed a tie rod assembly. The website I purchased the part from had it listed as another manufacturer but when it arrived it was a URO part. The customer service person said sometimes manufactures will us other brands if their stock is low blah blah blah blah. I haven't done business with that company since.
The car needed to be on the road ASAP so rather than shipping the URO part back, searching for another one & wait for shipping, I installed the part figuring I'd have to replace it within the year. About 3 months later the car was totaled in a front end collision. Oddly enough, the only thing holding the driver side wheel on was the URO tie rod. That hasn't changed my mind however and I still stay away from the brand.
What I find really interesting is that with my stable of old Benz I'm always looking for some part and no matter what part it is, on any site I search, there seems to always be a URO branded part for the application. You could probably build an entire car out of URO parts. That tells me they don't specialize in anything. Just making molds of every part they can get a hold off which can lead to ill fitting, mass produced low quality parts.
Their website is better than I expected, very professional. Really puts a good face to the company but I'll still stay away.

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I installed the door stops today and they were a perfect fit and operate as needed. From what I've read I would never use them for critical parts like steering brakes or driveline though.
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From my home repair business.
I work in upscale homes.
Standard choice in kitchen faucets is Austrian-made KWC faucet that cost about $700 and last at least 25 years or US made pull-outs that cost less than $200 and often require repair in less than a year.
95% of rich home owners choose cheaper one.
Just saying.

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You posted about faucets?

God I wish I had this last minute of my life back.
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It is not the item that counts, but mentality.
Lot of members worry about 3 years old serpentine belt on the car, yet have 20 years old washer hoses in the house worth 20 times more than the car.
How much damage can cost burst hose inside the house comparing to broken belt inside the car?
Those days you can buy burst-preventive washer hoses, but they cost like $29. How many owners will choose $5 alternative?
So Noodles, how old are your washer hoses?
What about the ice maker hose?


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