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#1 Benoit_Dupont

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 03:06 PM

Allright,

 

so here is some picture of a brand new part bought from a reputable dealer... and this is also why this conforts me into making my own part: Appart from a few top-quality top-dollar part manufacturers, the quality of the rest of what we buy is just garbage.

 

So here is a switch support plate.

 

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how can you mess this simple piece of metal up ? Well, turns out in many ways.

 

straight from the box, the paint is coming off.

 

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the embossing is not centered and not even fully applied everywhere.

 

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the surrounding is not even rounder properly.

 

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It's a terrible, terrible part. and this part is not from Amazon, or the Bay, it's from one of the top european part dealer. So why did I buy this ? I did not have very high expectactions and turns out I was right. the reason why I bought this, is because I need one to replace on my car, so that the original one serves me as a TEMPLATE so I make my OWN, high quality, laser cut part. 

 

We all know that quality is going down the drain generally on the mini scene, but common... 


Edited by Benoit_Dupont, 10 November 2019 - 03:07 PM.


#2 MiddletoM

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Posted 10 November 2019 - 04:49 PM

i bought the same part and mines a bit naff too, the surround isnt chrome/stainless like the older ones but a silver painted plastic.



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Posted 10 November 2019 - 04:52 PM

what about getting an old one from a secondhand spares shop and sandblasting and respraying it? That's usually the only option for us over here as it doesn't make a lot of sense to buy and ship these types of trim pieces from the UK. 



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Posted 10 November 2019 - 06:27 PM

I buy 'New Old Stock' whenever i can.

Sick to death of buying parts that are supposedly made to 'Original Equipment' specification (from any & all of the leading parts suppliers) that are frankly utter rubbish, it's got to the stage that 70% immediately go in a plastic crate marked 'Poor Quality- Emergency Use Only!'

When will they realise that the Mini is no longer a cheap runabout & that owners are willing to pay a premium for better quality items.



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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:51 AM

i bought the same part and mines a bit naff too, the surround isnt chrome/stainless like the older ones but a silver painted plastic.


Good lord

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:53 AM

what about getting an old one from a secondhand spares shop and sandblasting and respraying it? That's usually the only option for us over here as it doesn't make a lot of sense to buy and ship these types of trim pieces from the UK.


Actually my plan is to make something spécial for the plate. But i needed a template. So I bought this one. It's not even good for a template. So it will go temporarily on my car while I make a template for measurements with the good stuff. :)

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Posted 11 November 2019 - 12:57 AM

I buy 'New Old Stock' whenever i can.
Sick to death of buying parts that are supposedly made to 'Original Equipment' specification (from any & all of the leading parts suppliers) that are frankly utter rubbish, it's got to the stage that 70% immediately go in a plastic crate marked 'Poor Quality- Emergency Use Only!'
When will they realise that the Mini is no longer a cheap runabout & that owners are willing to pay a premium for better quality items.


This is so true. There are a handfew companies out there that I trust with parts. I got some DSN retrosport, some MED/KAD/swiftune... Really good stuff but not cheap for sure.

What worries me here is that this is a simple part with no mechanical stress. And they f**** it up. I am very concerned by parts that are mission critical and that are maybe made by the same artists...

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 11:47 AM

Allright so i contacted the dealer. His answer is that they are all like that and they won't replace. So i have to return it. Really Bad quality of work.

I don't want to name-drop here. But if there are french reading this post, i'm glad to Tell in direct message which shop Should be avoided if you are After this part.

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 07:57 PM

Would it be the near the 'roi de la jungle' city by any chance? 😁

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Posted 12 November 2019 - 09:50 PM

Would it be the near the 'roi de la jungle' city by any chance?

Nope. 



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Posted 13 November 2019 - 04:42 AM


Would it be the near the 'roi de la jungle' city by any chance?

Nope.
OH good. 😅

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Posted 13 November 2019 - 10:34 AM

Recently bought a bottom Alternator bracket that has the slide to adjust tension. Bought the correct bolt as per illustrated parts catalogue and the hole for the bolt was too small. Not a big issue but annoying when you go to fit it and it needs modification




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