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Old 12-21-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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Location: columbia mo
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My Ride: 2001 BMW 330XI
Unfun trip to dealership...

i have been having some steering problems with my 01 330xi. it has 150,000 miles. Last winter i replaced the inner ball joints and passenger side control arm with parts from bimmerworld.com.

monday after a visit to the dealership to have them look at the suspension. they recommended i replace the following

both control arms
right side tie rod end
both control arm bushings
both steering rack boots

Bimmerworld will warrenty the control arm i bought last december i just have to buy the new one from them install it and return the old one for the refund.

price quoted by dealer$891 for parts $540 for labor.

So after doing some shopping online i have found.

31 12 6 758 533 Control Arm - Left $249.95
31 12 9 063 163 Control Arm Bushing Set $69.95
31 12 6 758 534 Control Arm - Right $249.95
32 10 6 774 321 BALL JOINT, RIGHT (tie rod end) $89.95
32 13 6 752 478 Steering Rack Boot kit x2 $115.90

Total $775 (free shipping)

1 Control Arms Side: Left $194.99
1 Control Arms Side: Right $194.99
1 tie rod $123.99 (they dont have just the tie rod ends)
1 Meyle HD and Control Arm Bushing Sets $64.99
2 steering rack boot kit $105.98
Total $684.94 (no free shipping)

FCP Groton
2 32136752478, 330xi Boot Kit $100.00
1 32106774320 tie rod left $55.00
1 32106774321 tie rod right $55.00
Left & Right Control Arms $250.00
1 Control Arm Bushing Kit $60.00
total $520 (Free shipping) w/ Lifetime warrenty on parts

So what im left wanting to do is order from FCP Groton. Do they have good parts? also how you feel about me getting the warrenty meyle hd control arm from bimmerworld and everything else from FCP Groton. the would essentially get the bill down to $400 at FCP after bimmerworld refunds me for the control arm.

Also how do you guys feel about tie rods. should i just replace the one side or both sides and do you think just tie rods ends are ok or should i do the whole tie rods on both sides.

thanks everyone i just dont want to have to do this again next winter
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