I am about to order that my car is repaired. It is a 2001 Mercedes
Benz C320. After much investigations, it is determined that the ESP
computer control module is at fault.
Mercedes Benz Australia wants $4100 for the repair ($3750 for the
I have been recommended from a family member, an independent mechanic
who also services Mercedes Benz cars.
He stated that he can try to repair the unit (by sending it out), or
source a non genuine part. Now the thing that got me was that he
stated that he can get an identical part that although not labelled
Mercedes Benz, actually was made and came from Germany. He stated that
these parts are made from the same factory but is packaged in a
no-brand box kind of thing.
He has a lot of trust from the circle of family and friends that
Now I know that in a lot of industries, goods are often made in the
same factory but branded differently. I sort of remembered that
somebody said that he gets these components from Singapore or Hong
Kong. Could their market allow for reliable non branded parts that may
have been imported from the same factories that make the branded parts?
I know that a lot of non genuine parts can have variable quality but I
definitely am not of the belief that you have to have genuine parts for
a lot of things (though for this critical part, I may still opt to pay
the premium just so that it won't break down again).