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Old 05-29-2010, 11:59 PM   #1
kilativv
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My Ride: 330xi
WTB: Rear springs broken 2001 330xi

For the past month there have been some rattling noise coming from the rear suspension area and today,as I was driving down to my parents house(who have a garage) to take a look at the problem, I heard a metallic piece falling onto the asphalt behind me. Luckily I was able to stop and pick it up - it was top part of the rear spring.

When I finally took the tires off to inspect it, I also discovered that the left spring is broken as well. I looked around the forum and this seems to be like a typical issue for a 100k BMW.

So I have few questions:

1) Can I still drive my car or should I let it rest until I replace the springs.
2) I'm looking to get an OEM replacement as I don't want to drop my car or affect change the stiffness of the ride. Tischer has them for $135 each - is that a good price?

Or maybe someone has their old springs still laying around - that would be even greater. Please name your price and shipping unless your are in Boston area.

Thanks!
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Old 05-30-2010, 12:08 AM   #2
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This actually just happen to me on my 325xi....

All the way back in January I was stopped at a stop light and heard a loud shot, like a high tension wire breaking. I had no idea what it was, but about 2 weeks ago I was rotating my tires and noticed the rear passenger spring was broken. So I have been driving unknowingly with a broken spring for about 5 months. I wouldn't recommend driving on it though, I would have changed mine sooner if I would have known.

Like you, I also started looking for a set of stock springs for my xi. Thinking used would be way cheaper, I ended up paying $95/spring from Bavarian Auto Recycling. Of course the next day Tischer emailed me the same quote as you. I really wish I would have bought two new springs from Tischer. So to answer your second question, yes, I think $135 is reasonable and I would highly recommend just buying a new set from Tischer.

Hope that helps!
-John
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