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Gareth Foley

Gareth is the BMW Catalog Manager for FCP Euro and has been with the company since 2012. Gareth's BMW obsession started with a hand me down E39 528i when he was 17. From this car he learned how to do his own repair work while also learning more about BMW. When Gareth was at CCSU studying Marketing he had the opportunity to go to SEMA with the college car club. This is where he developed his love of the automotive industry. Since joining FCP in 2012 Gareth has sought out to develop one of the broadest and most accurate BMW replacement parts catalog. he can be reached at [email protected]

Recent Posts

What Type of Oil Should I Use In My Car?

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Nov 7, 2017
So, you’re in the motor oil section of your favorite auto parts retailer, FCP, staring at the gorgeous images our in-house photographer’s ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Why Do BMW 325i E36/E46 Trailing Arm Bushings Have Slits In Them

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Oct 30, 2017
A common question we often get asked is why do the new style trailing arm bushings for the BMW E36 like the 325i, E46, E83, E85, and E86 ... Read more

Topics: BMW

How to Replace Your Air Spring on an E70 X5

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Aug 8, 2017
Air suspensions may seem like a major pain to deal with but I was recently given the opportunity to replace rear air springs on an E70 X5 ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

How to Perform an Oil Change on an E90/E91/E92/E93 M3

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Aug 1, 2017
Before heading off to Bimmerfest, I decided to change the oil in my M3 and do a few other checks. Changing your own oil will save you a lot ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Do-It-Yourself

Bimmerfest East 2017 Recap

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Aug 1, 2017
I want to give everyone an idea of what Bimmerfest East this past weekend entailed and what we were able to accomplish during the two days ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Culture

American Endurance Racing: Road Atlanta 2017 - FCP Euro Race Recap

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 22, 2017
How would I describe the first race of the 2017 American Endurance Racing season? If I were to use a few words to describe the entire ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Rebuilding the 325is - Will it Survive a Hydrolocked Engine?

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 3, 2017
The sun is gleaming outside, birds are chirping, and the sky could not be more blue. I collapse down onto the rolling stool that was ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace Rear Trailing Arm Supports on an E34 5-Series (BMW)

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 3, 2017
Time: 1 hour Difficulty: 2 out of 5... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Automatic Transmission Fluid Level Check for GM-Transmission BMWs (E34, E36, E37)

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 2, 2017
This procedure is outlined for the GM-built automatic transmissions that were commonly installed with many six-cylinder engines in the 1990s ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

TSI Oil Change DIY

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 2, 2017
I may be the BMW Catalog Manager at FCP Euro but my better half happens to own a Volkswagen. I changed the oil on this vehicle at home with ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Audi, VW

N51/N52N Valve Cover Gasket Replacement

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 2, 2017
This DIY is going to be centered around handling the replacement of a valve cover gasket (and associated gaskets) on N51 and N52N engines. ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Miscellaneous

OEM Supplier parts on FCP Euro

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 2, 2017
If you are browsing through all the brands you may come across a brand listed as "OEM Supplier" Pretty vague, right? Well, yes and no. OEM ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Miscellaneous

M52TU/M54 Serpentine Belts Explained

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 2, 2017
Two question I am often asked when it comes to the accessory drive of an M52TU or M54 engine are as follows:... Read more

Topics: BMW

The Difference Between Direct Fuel Injector 13538648937 and 13538616079

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Feb 1, 2017
It is a well known fact that direct fuel injectors in N54, N63, and S63 applications are a replacement item. In fact, BMW has even had ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Why OBD Isn't Always Reliable for BMW

Posted by Gareth Foley
on Jan 31, 2017
Cars have come a long way in the last 20 or so years. Things like OBD (On Board Diagnostics) make repairs easier to diagnose as most codes ... Read more

Topics: BMW, Miscellaneous

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