There is an official and formal way to introduce a company and talk about them.  There is the other way where you talk about a company based on personal experience and interaction.  I would like to do the latter with MEYLE.

I was introduced to MEYLE by a supplier.  When I came up with the idea of this trip, one thing I knew I would need is some new front suspension parts like control arms.  I had used MEYLE in the past on my E34 540i Wagon - the impact of their parts was a night and day improvement.  I then went on to install their parts on a 2000 BMW 750iL.  Again, much improved performance and improvements.  Thus, I was expecting the same with the M5.  I wanted to install the HD parts from MEYLE.  Why you ask?  Well, let me try to explain.

It is understandable that I would expect similar results with MEYLE parts on the M5, what I wasn't prepared for was the close support and interaction from the Organization itself.  MEYLE was informed about this trip with pretty short notice and there were a couple of hoops to jump through for them to committ their support.  But commit their support they did, and in fine fashion too.  Things like the decals for the car were kind of expected and it was nice that they did that.  However, they followed this with contact from their Corporate office in Germany seeking to actively participate and follow this trip.  I was in contact with Carolyn W. who is the US Sales Director for MEYLE.  She had the decals for the cars personally delivered!  As this trip was also a test of the MEYLE HD parts, MEYLE asked me for direct reports and feedback on how the parts performed.  I know this may seem all warm and fuzzy for a supporter of this trip, however I assure you this is a pleasant surprise and it also reiterates that all the supporters of this trip have a true passion for what they do and how it impacts their customers.  Just go look at their Facebook page and see the other programs they support and how interactive they are.  See how they test their products, etc.  In other words, don't just take my word for it. 

I had a chance to put their support to a test well before this trip was even under way.  After the insallation of the control arms, I mentioned elsewhere that I still had a slight vibration and a clunky noise.  I talked with Carolyn W. who immediately referred me to Robert - One of the US based  Engineers.  I talked with Robert and it was one of those chats that made me feel WAY MORE comfortable with my choice of MEYLE.  Talking with him makes you feel like you are happy a friend of your's went to work for a company who's products you like.  WINNING! 

Anyway.... that's my unofficial way to tell you about MEYLE.  Here is a more official way, but don't let the formal talk fool you, they are a cool and fun bunch of people.  BRexit or not, I'm keeping mein Deutsch friends!  

Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG develops, produces and sells top-quality and quality-certified spare parts for cars, vans and trucks for the independent aftermarket under the brands of MEYLE and MEYLE-HD. Engineers at the company focus on products and services which can improve processes within the workshop.

The MEYLE engineers have developed around 750 parts for thousands of different vehicle models and have technically optimized such parts compared to those made by the original equipment manufacturers. These MEYLE-HD products are extremely resilient and have a long service life. There is a four-year guarantee on the unique feature of technically improved MEYLE-HD parts.

Wulf Gaertner Autoparts AG was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany. The company operates in 120 countries. In addition to its state-of-the-art logistics center in Hamburg, the company also operates subsidiaries and production sites worldwide.

Retain as much as you can, there will be a test later :-).  DANKE MEYLE!

We ALL matter, ALL of us.  Whatever your race, creed, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status, and socioeconomic status.  We ALL matter; let's stop the violence!

There are a lot of sad, tragic things happening these days.  Rather than tearing ourselves apart, we should come together, band together and solve the issues together.  Let's not allow a few bad apples to spoil the whole bunch that is US.  It still rings true that we will either stand united or fall divided.




I posted the above back in 2016 when I journeyed across the US.  It is now the summer of 2020.  Back then, there was racial tension, there were a number of tragic things happening.  I truly believed in the message that ALL lives mattered and still matter today. 


But, here we are - again - about four years later and it seems like the clock went backwards.  This time however, it seems more focused on Black people.  It is hard for me to just say ALL Lives Matter as I did then as it seems there has been a recurring tragic impact on the Black / African American community - particularly here in the United States.  


That said though, I do have to voice out that BLACK LIVES MATTER!  This term is not to say other lives don't matter, or matter less.  At this moment in time, Black lives are at risk, very high risk and so we MUST pay focused attention to this.  For us all to matter, we must ALL matter equally and that equality has not yet been achieved.  


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