Any of you that are following my build thread know that right now I'm rebuilding the factory A/C system.
I was cleaning and detailing the control panel. Attached to the back is a short wiring harness, about 6" long, that has the bulb for backlighting the panel.
There is nothing really wrong with this one (or the other two that I have) but I figured while I was here I might as well replace it if I can locate one NOS.
I looked it up, P/N D3AZ-18541-A, did a search and located a bunch of them still out there (over 110) then I looked up the price..............Last list $209.28!!!! dealer cost was $139.52.
All I can say is, sometimes I wonder what are these people thinking?
Needless to say, I'm going to pick out the best one of the three I have and use that.
Here's what Ford thinks is worth $200+
Those both look like they would work.
I knew I could find them a lot cheaper than the MSRP that Ford "suggests", I just thought it was comical that someone at Ford would actually think this part was worth that.
One of the vendors that has it is Bob Allen Ford in Overland Park, KS. They have a terrible reputation when it comes to pricing obsolete parts. Maybe tomorrow, just for s**** and giggles, I'll call them and see what they want for it.
They use those on the 80's trucks as well.
Yeah $200 is silly for that. The wire, the lightbulb, the connector, socket and terminals shouldn't have cost more than $5 to manufacture.
In all honesty, I would say the $9.28 part of the msrp is right about on target. If someone just asked me what I thought the price of that part was I probably would say $20-25, but unless the name Ferrari or Rolls-Royce was attached to the part number, I never would have guessed $200+ (just my $200.02).
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