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E46Miami 08-31-2012 12:54 PM

Tie Rods Assembly & Front Control Arm Bushing Set Question
Hi Guys,

I have a newbie question, I bought my 325i 2004 in March and it was in good condition with 65,000 miles with extended warranty.

After while i saw the car start to go right when i am driving, now also after 70 M/H the steering wheel start vibrate, so i took my car to the shop to check it and to do alignment, the shop owner he told me you need to replace

Tie Rod Assembly - Right 32106777504
Tie Rod Assembly - Left 32106777503
Front Control Arm Bushing Set - 66mm 31126783376

After that we can do alignment, so he give me a pending sales receipt with total $760 so i contact my extended warranty and they refused to pay for it :banghead:

So i told the shop owner i will buy the parts and i will pay for installation, he said but you need to buy the genuine parts not aftermarket because if fail we will charge you again for the installation.

He need to charge me almost $175 for installation only, and i checked the genuine parts on ecstuning for total $371.64

my question is the aftermarket parts is that bad? because i am planning to sell this car after 4 or 5 months.

BTW i will change the tires also before i done the alignment.


Dspkable 09-03-2012 08:42 AM

I'm in a similar situation, and was finding a good Control Arm "kit" on ecstuning.com but I'm hunting for the a good reference for which aftermarket is best. I seen a few posts previously that the BMW OEM bushing was not too sturdy. I'll check the forums and see what is recommended.

jblack03zhp 09-03-2012 02:15 PM

Check grammar so that other may comprehend your issue...

Then search for "Meyle HD" FCABs. Better than factory build, but yet still rubber-based compound, resulting in tight, "semi-better than factory" feel. The urethane "Powerflex" bushings that you might be referring to as aftermarket are, in some opinions, too tight and rigid for street use. I have urethane RTABs and Meyle HD FCABs and I cant complain about the use of either or, in my person usage.

ZHPinthe103 09-03-2012 02:48 PM

Why are you doing this maintenance and then selling the car in 4-5 months...sounds like your pretty smart with your money

n2Bimmer 09-05-2012 12:59 PM

After years of owning my BMW, here is what ive come to realize. IGNORE IT. If you own a BMW you will always battle suspension issues and annoying things. If it wont cause you any danger then ignore it. If you car is pulling it can be a number of issues. Tires, alignment, control arms and bushings, tie rods, steering wheel coupling etc. Good luck.

jblack03zhp 09-15-2012 11:19 PM

I understand your stance.. But that sounds like a terrible idea!?! Just my opinion. I too have come to notice there is always something that needs to be done, but thats what a BMW is.. Its a drivers car.. Its a high maintenance, attention whore. Tend to her properly and she will return the favor. But thats just my opinion. I always want her in tip top shape.

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