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post #10 of (permalink) Old 15th April 2009
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I've seen such systems, and to be honest, there isn't a part name on it. You normally access the system by either the chassis number (which will only allow you to see the parts compatible for that car, and is thus very specific), or you can enter via model/year which is much more open to error.

You then either graphically (by clicking on the relevant part of the car), or from a list of major components, see the various sub-divisions on an exploded diagram basis (but all you have for reference are 6-digit (or greater) part numbers.

Then, provided you haven't transposed any of these numbers when writing them down (and its easier done than you'd imagine), what would you do with this info? Contact the dealer.

So all you've done is add to the process length, as surely you would expect the dealer to then double-check before ordering (otherwise you'll be charged for the part regardless if its correct or not) at the end of the day - they've ordered what you asked for.

So what value would be added? I can't see any.

Sharing of knowledge is a good thing, if those who are entrusted with it, are trained and can act responsibly. I just see the potential for more harm than good.


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