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Old 06-11-2009, 09:56 AM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I have a 04 330Ci with 76,000KM. I don't drive all that much but these damn control arms/bushings piss me off. I replaced the bushings last summer along with an oil change and the rattles came back recently. So I took it in today and got a quote of $990 after labour and tax for the following:

Control Arms(pair) $177
Oil change $70
Rear Pads and Rotors $125 and $226. **they said these were on their last leg...**

With regards to the oil change, don't our cars use synthetic? My understanding is that it lasts longer.... is it prudent to change it yearly?

Sorry, this is my first post, so I'm not sure if this belongs in a different area or not. Thanks guys.
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:01 AM   #2
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Yes you car uses synthetic. Are you sure thats not just the bushings?? Thats really cheap for control arms, i would be worried what ind of arms they are at that price.


Brakes is that including labor or just parts price?
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:06 AM   #3
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E46's tell you when you change the oil, so just use that... but change once a year still if you do not drive the typical 10k
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:07 AM   #4
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damnit, was gonna say in b4 jb, missed it by 5 minutes, dont you have a shop to run?


op , you can do all that yourself


ca seems too cheap, oil seems to high............brakes seems too cheap
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damnit, was gonna say in b4 jb, missed it by 5 minutes, dont you have a shop to run?


op , you can do all that yourself


ca seems too cheap, oil seems to high............brakes seems too cheap
Actually today we closed to Repaint the shop once a year we pick a couple days and repaint the whole inside of the shop white again.

He is also in CA so there prices are higher up there generally
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:14 PM   #6
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The prices I listed are just for the parts... Basically $600 for parts and $390 for labour and tax. I thought it was the bushings that went on me again as I heard similar noises when I took it in last year and they replaced the bushings.... This time its the control arms... By the sounds of it, I'm either getting a good deal, or they are using scrap parts.... Is there a way to check if they are using OEM parts or cheap substitutes?

I would have done the oil change myself but i figured since they are already under the car they might as well do it.
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meyle ca are damn near $400, gota be using junk....................and not a hard diy


ask them what manu of ca, pads and rotors
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I'm pretty handy but scared of causing some damage. Would rather leave it to a pro. I'll let you guys know what manufacturer they are using. Thanks for the comments.
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I'm pretty handy but scared of causing some damage. Would rather leave it to a pro. I'll let you guys know what manufacturer they are using. Thanks for the comments.
Everything you listed was ultra simple. The control arms would have taken you the most time. You can do the two rear brakes in less than 30 minutes if none of the bolts are frozen. Just do them yourslef next time
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:10 PM   #10
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Lemonsqr, I probably will do it myself next time, hopefully there isn't a next time, at least not in the near future. Also I'm getting marreid next month, and have absolutely no time to myself.... I barely have time to wash it let alone try a DIY....
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