Originally Posted by Wirespokes
Actually, the Valeo starters are made in France, and they've got a very good reputation. I guess they make starters for just about everything produced in europe from trucks to high-end sports cars. Other applications didn't have the 'dropped-magnet' problem, it was somehow a problem with the bmw bikes. But that was solved with different glue and added retainers between the magnets as the upgraded units don't have that problem.
The Nordwest (Italian) radiator fan motors had the same problems. Epoxy would deteriorate with time and the magnets would drop on to the armature.