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Old 04-15-2013, 05:07 PM   #21
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There are a ton or strut and shock replacements options available for E46's. Personally, if you haven't heard of the brand before and it's incredibly cheap and plus offers a lifetime warranty I would tend to stay away from that product. I think it's one of those situations where if the price is too good to be true the best approach would be to stay away. I think this is especially true with a component that supports the weight of your vehicle. With budget in mind Sachs replacement components are reasonably priced and are OE for the car so you end up getting the same part for less money. Two alternatives to Sachs are Bilstein Tourings and KYB's.

Now, I personally have no experience with Monroe shocks but I do know some people who have run them and have been pretty pleased with them so they may not be a bad alternative to the three that I mentioned above.

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So, you wouldn't recommend Meyle brand for Struts/Shocks?

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So, you wouldn't recommend Meyle brand for Struts/Shocks?

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No problem. That's actually a good question, I totally forgot about Meyle as a possibility. We have quite a few customers using them in NYC and they hold up pretty well from my understanding. I believe the Meyle shock bodies are made out of steel as opposed to aluminum and that they are heavier. I don't think this makes them any more durable than the above mentioned brands, rather makes them cheaper to produce hence the price difference.

My opinion on the Meyle shocks and struts is they are good/adequate for a daily driven car. I wouldn't put them in the same league as Sachs or Bilstein but I think are probably comparable to Monroe or Monroe equivalent. I think that Meyle product for this application falls into two categories for most customers:

1) Someone who has a higher mileage car and doesn't want to spend a ton of money on replacement shocks and struts.

2) Someone who lives in an area with poor road conditions and doesn't want to spend a ton of money on replacement parts as they need to change parts more often.

If I was to rank all the above mentioned brands I think they would fall into place like this:
Best: Sachs and Bilstein
Better: KYB
Good: Meyle and Monroe

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Is there a way to find out if my 99' 323i equipped with a sport suspension or standard with just the VIN #? I can't afford to remove the struts and then order the struts and I'm out of a car for at least a week or so...

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Is there a way to find out if my 99' 323i equipped with a sport suspension or standard with just the VIN #? I can't afford to remove the struts and then order the struts and I'm out of a car for at least a week or so...

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I should be able to determine equipment with the last 7 of your VIN. If you would like, PM me the digits and I will look into it for you.
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