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Old 03-04-2011, 08:00 AM   #1
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Was told $1,100 to replace control arms (inclu ball joints) and bushings on 2003 330ci. Does this seem high, was told the parts cost $800... I trust my mechanic, I'm thinking he might have gotten ripped off on the parts...
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:08 AM   #2
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Yes, very high.

Log onto bimmreworld's site. Pickup the parts for ~$300ish, then drive to PA and I'll install them for another $150ish. I'll even change out your rear shock mounts for ya and check your rear trailing arm bushings.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:08 AM   #3
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You can buy them online for half that. make sure to get some control arm bushings while the arms are being replaced. Also make sure to budget an alignment (not sure if your quote included that as well).

My suggestion (if you intend to keep everything mostly stock)
http://www.trademotion.com/partlocat...catalogid=4462

I just ordered and everything looks great. Kit somes with new controls, as well as four brand new shocks, Front sway bar, and assorted hardware. You could basically replace the entire suspension, or just use control arms and sell the rest.
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:15 AM   #4
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Yes, very high.

Log onto bimmreworld's site. Pickup the parts for ~$300ish, then drive to PA and I'll install them for another $150ish. I'll even change out your rear shock mounts for ya and check your rear trailing arm bushings.
Depending where in MA he is, that would be at least 600 miles round trip. Its prob going to cost him at least $100 in gas. His shop was charging $300 and so why not just have them do it?

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Old 03-04-2011, 08:17 AM   #5
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Can you do just the bushings or do you need to the control arms too.... One of those jobs i don't have the tools for....
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mechanic is personal friend, i think he's getting taken on the parts.... he only was charging $200 labor which also included changing brake rotors
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:31 AM   #7
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You can pick up a full set of Meyle HD aluminum control arms with bushings, for around $350.
Order a set, and have your indy install them...
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Old 03-04-2011, 08:35 AM   #8
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OEM these can get very expensive. Meyle arms including ball joints will run you $150 apiece, and the two bushings will run another $80, so good aftermarket parts should be in around $400. If he is ok with you bringing parts then pick some up at one of the site sponors:

http://www.ecstuning.com/BMW-E46-330.../OEM/ES205226/

On that site the OEM are selling for 260 a piece, not including the other bushings, so I would imagine OEM parts could easily push $600 before a markup...

200 in labor sounds decent, just remember that mechanics often charge low labor rates but high markups on parts, two sides of the same balloon.
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'nuf said. EC$Tuning is priced higher on lots of stuff though they do have good pics and good selection
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www.eeuroparts.com seems to have good pricing on the parts too, thanks everyone for feedback
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mechanic is personal friend, i think he's getting taken on the parts.... he only was charging $200 labor which also included changing brake rotors
I'm sure he's a good friend, not doubting that. But in my experience shops make profit on labor and some mark-up on parts. Easier to sell to the client that way. "I'm only charging you $200 in labor, you know..".

Other than that the guys are right. My last job of ZHP Control Arms, Lemfoerder Bushings and M3 Engine Mounts to boot only cost ~$600.

Unfortunately you are stuck because you don't have the tools. Either you find another shop (which is easier said than done for various reasons), or you take the time to look into this as a DIY. Even with the investment in tools, it's still cheaper.

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'nuf said. EC$Tuning is priced higher on lots of stuff though they do have good pics and good selection
Just wondering where the control arms are, I found these on the bmaparts website:

http://www.bmaparts.com/ShopByVehicl...%20Set&mode=PA

They are 373 versus the 350 at ecstuning. I am all in favor of buying on price, but I don't see where bma is cheaper.
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