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Old 09-03-2012, 01:07 AM
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sometimes I wonder?

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+
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WOW! I guess it was all the complicated engineering that went into designing it that ran up the price, huh?
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my eyes are starting to cloud up (past my bedtime) but are these not the same D3AZ-18541-A | eBay

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my eyes are starting to cloud up (past my bedtime) but are these not the same D3AZ-18541-A | eBay

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The plug looks a little different to me. It could be my eyes though.

Wow $200+, thats rediculous! That's probably why there's so many out there.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:33 AM
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Ford has a better idea $$

Hey Mike if you bought say a new complete wiring harness from like centec,do you think all thats included? just wondering
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:52 AM
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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.
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Old 09-03-2012, 07:54 AM
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Hey Mike if you bought say a new complete wiring harness from like centec,do you think all thats included? just wondering
I doubt it, this is part of a sub-assembly. I think that harnesses like Centec or Painless will only include the major items and accessories.
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Many items are overpriced but that one wins! Look up the fuel sock on the end to the sender pickup... IIRC their around 45 or 50; but in stock!
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Many items are overpriced but that one wins! Look up the fuel sock on the end to the sender pickup... IIRC their around 45 or 50; but in stock!
I dunno, looks like it could almost be a tie!
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Last list $98.20 dealer cost $58.92

Dennis Carpenter has them for $7.50
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Dennis Carpenter has them for $7.50
Thankfully! Waiting to order 3; that will sit on the shelf until.... Someday, in the future, when my procrastination ends!

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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.
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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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I think we have a new winner!
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D3OZ-18599-A
Last list $329.56, dealer cost $164.78
For THIS!
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