I purchased my [spare] antenna ring about 9 months ago. It is the same part no., ending in 463.
Originally Posted by klrobins
for what its worth I just had my antenna ring changed last week under warantee. Part number 61-35-7-696-463
Which of course leads us to the conclusion that:
1. Your dealer is using old part nos., since BMW is not replenishing parts inventory with new(er) parts inventory
2. Your dealer uses what they have in stock as a result of result of item 1.
3. BMW is not committed to furnishing the 'latest part no.' and are depleting whatever they have
4. BMW knows it's really the same part, with different numbers
5. No one knows what the problem is, so, any part will do
6. All of the above
7. None of the above