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Hello

I am about to replace the fan clutch on my 1987 300E and purchased a URO fan clutch.

I just heard some questionable statements about the integrity of URO parts especially one that may be under demand / stress.

I am considering returning it and getting the BEHR, it costs an additional $35.

Looking for opinions and experiences with URO parts.

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Don't bother with anything URO, their stuff is utter garbage. URO = U Replace Often.

Ditto on the Behr aftermarket clutches.

Get the fan clutch from MB directly if you want it to last.
 

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Finding out who the OEM supplier is, and buying their parts can work.
There are also plenty of online sellers who beside various aftermarket products are offering original Mercedes parts at discounts. Autohausaz uses the original Mercedes parts numbers, fcpeuro might be the most competitively priced? Most offer free ground delivery for orders over $49.
Most bring up long delivery times in order to try to talk you into paying a little extra for shipping (basically to get the same ground as the free option). Between 4 and 7 days including a weekend was the longest ever.
I guess some of the online sellers work on narrow margins, and what most buyers who pay for shipping are unaware of, the actual shipping companies kick back 30 % or more to online sellers at the end of every month!

Considering the time the job will take, it makes sense to go for a quality part imo.
 

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Using the OEM and expecting to get the equivalent part as OE does not hold true to the fan clutch. Ditto on ignition components. Check my post from a few years ago where I went through several Behr clutches before finally admitting defeat and getting the OE MB clutch.

 

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URO has a shit track record and that's why they're on their huge PR push on PeachParts. I have to say they're making a good effort and a fairly compelling case, but that doesn't mean I'd be willing to risk the very possible likelyhood that their parts are no better than they have been known to be.

My only personal experience with URO parts is helping a friend replace a window regulator on an e39. Parts guy said that they'd gotten very good feedback from customers on the URO and would exchange it if it didn't work out. POS wouldn't even mount. We wasted hours trying to get it in. He ended up getting another more reputable brand that installed without issue.
 

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Using the OEM and expecting to get the equivalent part as OE does not hold true to the fan clutch. Ditto on ignition components. Check my post from a few years ago where I went through several Behr clutches before finally admitting defeat and getting the OE MB clutch.

^ This x10

Just because they are OEM, doesn't mean that the part will still be MB spec. It's a glorified honor system and you're dealing with a corporation....'nough said.

URO reps were actually here in the comment section for awhile....they were politely asked to leave...they did.

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LMFAO. Is that the best you got? I've never lived in LA, yet you claim to live in "The slums of Beverly Hills" (per your own profile) which is still part of LA county is it not?

You're the biggest joke on the internet with all your baseless claims/insults and doctored little pictures. I will just assume they're all just signs of a sad, lonely and very misunderstood individual in serious need of professional help.
 

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Still waiting for my 6 year old URO radiator hoses to fail like sbaert claimed they would.
You've got a while to go if you are comparing the URO hoses to original or OEM. All of my cars still have the original hoses on them (26 years and counting). Come back when your URO hoses are at least 15 years old if you are going to attempt a comparo. :)
 

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I think my Behr fan clutch only lasted something like 5,000 miles. I have a Horton clutch now and it has been fine. Can't remember when I put it in, but it has definitely outlasted the Behr...lol!
 

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^ This x10

Just because they are OEM, doesn't mean that the part will still be MB spec. It's a glorified honor system and you're dealing with a corporation....'nough said.

URO reps were actually here in the comment section for awhile....they were politely asked to leave...they did.

Kevin
Not so politely by the mod staff here, who had a long fight with the forum omni potentates in Toronto, too keep them off the forum.
They are still here by proxy though, via the forum vendors.
URO makes parts for a number of car makes, and our guess was that they were proposing to enter into vendor contracts with several forums, owned by the same people who own benzworld.
It was actually the second time in 3 years or so they had tried and failed.
First time they tried diplomatically, second ended in an attempt to bully and intimidate.
As last resort, a trial period was suggested, which all mods and the majority of members voted down.
URO supposedly is official Mercedes supplier for some parts, and heard the MB star is one of them.
Hopefully no suspension, drive train, or brake related parts.
I don't think they offer flex discs anymore. I recall pics by a member whose W126 drive shaft came up to the inside of the car, no kidding.

As far as OEM parts go, it likely has to do with quality control (or lack thereof) by OEM or Mercedes employees at the contract manufacturer. There may be sorting of second choice but 'acceptable' quality.
Mind you, unlike what we are used to, many of the large contract factories in China are government owned.
When old time MB mechanic Jerry (RIP) re installed the heads on my 85 SEC. Two OEM Elring made head gaskets I sourced online would have worked, but didn't line up to his satisfaction. A third Elring set order via the dealer fit prefect.
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LMFAO. Is that the best you got? I've never lived in LA, yet you claim to live in "The slums of Beverly Hills" (per your own profile) which is still part of LA county is it not?

You're the biggest joke on the internet with all your baseless claims/insults and doctored little pictures. I will just assume they're all just signs of a sad, lonely and very misunderstood individual in serious need of professional help.
Gentlemen, please play the ball and not the player....
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Not so politely by the mod staff here, who had a long fight with the forum omni potentates in Toronto, too keep them off the forum.
They are still here by proxy though, via the forum vendors.
URO makes parts for a number of car makes, and our guess was that they were proposing to enter into vendor contracts with several forums, owned by the same people who own benzworld.
It was actually the second time in 3 years or so they had tried and failed.
First time they tried diplomatically, second ended in an attempt to bully and intimidate.
As last resort, a trial period was suggested, which all mods and the majority of members voted down.
URO supposedly is official Mercedes supplier for some parts, and heard the MB star is one of them.
Hopefully no suspension, drive train, or brake related parts.
I don't think they offer flex discs anymore. I recall pics by a member whose W126 drive shaft came up to the inside of the car, no kidding.

As far as OEM parts go, it likely has to do with quality control (or lack thereof) by OEM or Mercedes employees at the contract manufacturer. There may be sorting of second choice but 'acceptable' quality.
Mind you, unlike what we are used to, many of the large contract factories in China are government owned.
When old time MB mechanic Jerry (RIP) re installed the heads on my 85 SEC. Two OEM Elring made head gaskets I sourced online would have worked, but didn't line up to his satisfaction. A third Elring set order via the dealer fit prefect.
Cheers
Well, I had no idea all that was going on in the background, thanks for the info. What a clusterphuck. All I saw was the tail end of the last effort.

There is no incentive for OEM suppliers to keep to the same standards that MB originally called for. Since most everyone is looking for a 'deal' or a cheap way around OE parts, this is what you get. It's been a long time coming and MB has no ethical or legal obligation at this point to keep supplying OE parts through their vendors. It's now gonna be up to us to demand quality. Seems like we should have the hammer given all the 124's still on the road.

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Over the years, we have seen newbies come on the forum to ask about the quality of certain brands, wishing for us the fuel their delusion, when price alone should make the answer obvious. Some even got upset when we told them 'its crap.'
Beside car sellers who want a cheap fix, those companies should not have made it past being small niche businesses. Voting with our wallets should have been enough.
But I guess the capacity of some people to bs themselves is part of human nature.
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Over the years, we have seen newbies come on the forum to ask about the quality of certain brands, wishing for us the fuel their delusion, when price alone should make the answer obvious. Some even got upset when we told them 'its crap.'
Beside car sellers who want a cheap fix, those companies should not have made it past being small niche businesses. Voting with our wallets should have been enough.
But I guess the capacity of some people to bs themselves is part of human nature.
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There is an underlying current among consumers, especially guys whose DIY repairs demands a 'deal', or the lowest price possible. It's been going on for as long as I can remember and it's driven corporations to places like China. It was a long time coming and yet here we are. Jobbers used to carry two lines; one for the cheapo and one for OE installers. Those lines now are blurred or absent. Give these guys a choice between aftermarket and OE....even if the price is just a few dollars difference and they'll pick the aftermarket every time.......even if they know in their core that the OE is longer lasting, more durable, safer etc. They're driven by 'the deal/discount' itself.

So yeah, it's easy to BS yourself into thinking that all OEM and aftermarket parts are just as good as OE, or that it doesn't matter. If cars are old enough and valuable enough there are reproduction parts available that rival the OE parts. I guess we're just not there yet because millions of 124's were made..........

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You mean guys like this? Give each a Viagra and a prune juice, and less than 30 minutes later they don't whether he's coming or going.

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I don't think it's an age driven thing at all....more like nature or nurture in what makes a cheapo so vehemently strong in his stance to use lousy/discount parts. I don't think your hood rat 'buddy' is that old, for example.

Kevin
 
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