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wrathofkwon 02-15-2010 04:27 PM

Suspension Questions
I have a 2001 325Ci (Sport Package) with 102K miles on it. I live in Chicago and have to drive the pothole ridden streets. The right rear suspension seems to have problems now and I think it might be the bushing at the top of the strut. I believe the springs and struts are actually in very good shape. Has anyone encountered this and how hard and expensive was it to DIY?

catso 02-16-2010 01:09 AM

Have you inspected the rear subframe mounting points to the body? It could be your problem. The dealer is obliged to give you a free comprehensive(?) inspection as a result of the infamous class action lawsuit. The upper rear shock mounts are also a known weak point. Cheap and easy to replace. Rear spring breakage is also a common problem. When it gets a bit warmer I've got to replace mine. If you really want to save your suspension, buy a beater for the winter.

Darth Bimmer 02-16-2010 01:16 AM


Originally Posted by catso (Post 11329869)
...Rear spring breakage is also a common problem. When it gets a bit warmer I've got to replace mine...

+1 on that. Put your hand on the rear spring and follow the coils downward with your finger. The springs tend to rust and break between 1 and 2 coils from the very bottom, you can't really see it unless you use a mirror but, you'll definitely feel it.

You say the suspention has a problem but you did'nt mention what.

What are your symptoms?

hummer 02-16-2010 12:02 PM

102K on bad roads has most likely wiped out the shocks and struts! But, if it is just RSMs you want to change there are many choices for upgrade. I have Turner/JTD with no issues for 110K. Search RSM. What is the status of your CAB and RTAB?

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