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      05-06-2013, 01:59 AM   #107
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Originally Posted by NormE91 View Post
Aren't most of the parts on BMWs of European origin? If they are, then the parts cost is not the same as Kia or other Asian manufacturers. Labor and materials cost more in Europe. For that matter, the factory workers make more than in Korea also.
control arms for 1er/3er are american (TRW).. bilstein stuff is obviously german

AC compressors are japanese.. direct injection pump/injectors are delphi (american)... spark plugs are japanese i believe (bosch).. brakes (brembo) are italian.

so no, LOTS of fairly expensive parts aren't european, and even if they were, just because they're OWNED In a first world country, doesn't mean they're not made in a 3rd world country