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Old 10-23-2013, 03:11 PM   #1
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Suspension choices

Given that my girlfriend's 04 325i sedan has 127,000 mi and there is no evidence that the struts or shocks have ever been replaced, I thought I do them for her. There are a lot of choices out there (Sachs, Bilstein, KYB, Monroe, etc.). I just want to replace them with ones that will last a reasonable amount of time, and don't need heavy duty or super-handling ones since the car is a basic people mover, not a track car. The KYB equipment is quite a lot cheaper than Sachs so I'm tempted to use them, but would like any feedback regarding how good or bad they may be. Anyone have any suggestions for the best bang for the buck for my modest requirements?

I am considering the reinforcing plates and possibly new rear bump stops, but intend to take a look at the old ones first. It is a California car, so corrosion is virtually non-existent.

Thanks for any input you may have.
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Old 10-23-2013, 04:16 PM   #2
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The sedan came with KYBs. We've had it for 6 years now and they started to give hints of needing to be replaced last year. They weren't brand new, so that gives an indication of longevity. And the ride/handling is nice enough to convince us to buy another BMW.
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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If you go with KYB, go with the OEMsense ones. It replicates the OE feel.
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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If you go with KYB, go with the OEMsense ones. It replicates the OE feel.
I don't see "OEMsense" in the part listing at USautoparts.net, but it does say it is "OE equivalent". Parts Geek says the KYB is "Recommended OE Replacement". Same thing as OEMsense?
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Old 10-23-2013, 07:45 PM   #5
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Kyb would be a good oem replacement choice.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:17 PM   #6
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FWIW, the Sachs shocks have done fine, and that's what I'm replacing mine with. This 325i doesn't see the track, so stock OEM is fine. I replaced the rears recently and next spring will do the front struts. On the rears, there's also a reinforcement plate, a Z4? part, that you should add.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:28 PM   #7
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I don't see "OEMsense" in the part listing at USautoparts.net, but it does say it is "OE equivalent". Parts Geek says the KYB is "Recommended OE Replacement". Same thing as OEMsense?
Yes. I don't think you will be disappointed.
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