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The E46 XI was produced from 01-05 in sedan and touring body styles. Powered by either a 2.5L inline 6 in the 325xi or a 3.0L inline 6 330xi. Discuss all thing about BMW AWD E46 'Xi' here.

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Old 03-22-2010, 06:39 PM   #1
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$500 to install springs on an XI???

Hi - I tried three TireRack recommended installers and got $500+ quotes ton install springs on 2004 325xi!

I have heard this is a 2 hour job - WT*@*@*???
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:40 PM   #2
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$500 is WAY too much

Anything over $200 max is a rip
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:45 PM   #3
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Yeah, that is absolutely ridiculous. If you can spare the time it isn't too hard to do them yourself. There's a DIY on here somewhere, just have to rent a spring compressor from Autozone and have a few tools handy.
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Old 03-22-2010, 06:47 PM   #4
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Did my XI in a little over an hour and I had no previous experience with the BMW setup.
I had a quote from a local shop for $200 and I thought that was too high.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:33 PM   #5
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$500 is high. Use this DIY http://www.e46fanatics.com/howto/how...hp?howto_id=12
When I pulled out my rear springs, one was broken so I was glad I DIY'd.
Some stores like PartSource in Canada will lend a spring compressor free if you leave a deposit on your credit card.
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Old 03-22-2010, 07:34 PM   #6
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i payed 150 and took 45 min
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:22 AM   #7
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How do you detemine when the springs needs to be replaced? Is when the car bounces around a bit too much, much noticable on a windy day.
My car feels a bit too loose on the highway.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:07 AM   #8
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the rears break.... alot.
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Old 10-17-2010, 10:48 AM   #9
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the rears break.... alot.
How can you tell? What are the symptoms?
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:10 PM   #10
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How can you tell? What are the symptoms?
you can take off the rear wheels and look (not to be d!ck). also, the rear would look a little lower than 'normal'. taking a look only should take ~15min for each side (if you move slowly).
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Old 10-18-2010, 09:49 AM   #11
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Has anyone actually paid $200 to have all four springs put on their car? I've called five indy's and the dealer and all of the labor time has been quoted pretty much the same....2-2.5 hours for the rears and 3-3.5 hours for the fronts. Even this forum says 1.5-2 hours for the rear ones alone. The average labor rate around here is $90/hour. I doubt anyone is going to spend min 5 hours labor on a car and only charge you $200.
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:43 AM   #12
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Has anyone actually paid $200 to have all four springs put on their car? I've called five indy's and the dealer and all of the labor time has been quoted pretty much the same....2-2.5 hours for the rears and 3-3.5 hours for the fronts. Even this forum says 1.5-2 hours for the rear ones alone. The average labor rate around here is $90/hour. I doubt anyone is going to spend min 5 hours labor on a car and only charge you $200.
when i was interning over the summer at my shop, it took about an 1-1.5 hours to do the rear on my car (we went at a normal pace) and took about 4-5 for the front b/c the left front bolt-head sheared off and it took a while to fix that one. the front right took about an hour or so (this is from what i can remember from june).
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Old 10-18-2010, 12:27 PM   #13
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Well that sounds a little more in line with what I've heard (outside of the sheared bolt). I just ordered the Eibach Pro-Kit and Bilstein HD struts/shocks. I've heard that you can do the rears without a spring compressor so I'm tempted to try that myself. My wife says if I do it...it'll probably end up taking 3-4 hours and it's not worth me screaming the whole time. The quotes that I've been getting are just higher than I'd like.
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Old 10-18-2010, 01:19 PM   #14
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Has anyone actually paid $200 to have all four springs put on their car? I've called five indy's and the dealer and all of the labor time has been quoted pretty much the same....2-2.5 hours for the rears and 3-3.5 hours for the fronts. Even this forum says 1.5-2 hours for the rear ones alone. The average labor rate around here is $90/hour. I doubt anyone is going to spend min 5 hours labor on a car and only charge you $200.
I've been quoted 4-5 hours of labor when looking for shops to install springs on a Civic, a Miata, and a WRX. $90/hour * 5 hours sounds about right.

Just man the f up and DIY. The rears pull out and the fronts aren't bad at all.
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:01 PM   #15
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I do not know if this a stupid question, If I want to lower the car, after changing the front springs do I need to re-align ?
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:16 PM   #16
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Yes. You'll be able to drive on it but you may experience pulling to one side, excessive tire wear, etc. You'll want to get it aligned ASAP.
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:16 PM   #17
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let me put it to you this way. realistically it takes about 2 hours for a regular person to do it sans air tools. It will take the shop 1-1.5 cause they have air/hydrolics - saves a **** ton of time compressing springs with air rather than using a socket set to compress the spring. but the fronts require quite a bit of dissassemble to yank out, so maybe 200 for all 4 does not seem insane coming from a guy who has done this quite a few times.
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Old 10-18-2010, 02:24 PM   #18
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I'll do it for $450
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Old 10-18-2010, 11:21 PM   #19
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$200-250 is a fair price.
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Old 10-20-2010, 12:28 AM   #20
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Keep in mind some garages may charge $500 because it will actually take them twice as long as a competent mechanic
Also will depend where you are, but it's always worth seeking out the real BMW pros in the area, knowledge & experience is a must.
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