02-06-2010, 03:28 PM
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I have owned a 2213 for about 10 years, only replaced the impeller and axle once. Am using it now on a 30 tank with a large pleco.
Note that the Eheim "Classic" filters, including the 2213, 2215, and 2217 are NOT made in Germany any longer, and have not been for quite a few years. They are made in China.
I do have a pair of older 2215's which have the words "Made In Germany" molded into the top of the motor housing. The Chinese made Eheims (including my own 2213) do not have these words, and if you look carefully on the bottom of the box the filter comes in, it will say something like "made in P.R.C" (Peoples Republic of China) on the bottom.
I should stress that, except for the words "Made In Germany", the German and Chinese filters are identical in appearance, and as far as I can tell, in quality. The materials and workmanship are absolutely identical in every component.
So, no worries about "Made In China", they can and do make good stuff.