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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 11-21-2010, 02:42 PM   #1
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Lemforder XI Control Arms at Rockauto

So, while shopping for new front control arms, I stumbled upon a pretty sweet deal. Rockauto has Lemforder control arms listed for $85 each (plus $70 shipping from the UK). This comes out to roughly half the price I could find them anywhere else!

Talking with the woman at Rockauto, she said that they were Lemforder, the were XI specific (I confirmed the part numbers online), but that they were specific to the European market. Doing my research on Realoem, Euro and US XI's have the same part number control arms. I figure worst case, they don't have the holes for the xenon leveler (shouldn't take more than 5 minutes to drill new ones).

Just wanted to spread the word, I'll follow up with ship time (probably long ish) and fitment!
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:01 PM   #2
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Lemforder is an excellent OE manufacturer. A buying opportunity. Check the condition of the ball joint for tears, that's the wear point.
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Old 11-21-2010, 03:04 PM   #3
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My current ball joints are toast. I went the cheaper route last time (about 2 years and 25k miles ago) and bought them from FCP Groton. Now, I can have real Lemforder arms for no more than the Chinese ones!
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:17 AM   #4
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Shoot, wish you'd found this earlier.
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Old 11-22-2010, 02:53 PM   #5
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Ok, lame - Rockauto just called and said they can't get these anymore...sorry for the false hope.
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Old 11-22-2010, 03:19 PM   #6
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Why not just go to Pelicanparts fro a new one...I bought mine through them for $118?????
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Old 11-23-2010, 01:32 PM   #7
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Why not just go to Pelicanparts fro a new one...I bought mine through them for $118?????
Am I missing something? the LCA that I see for an XI is $225.
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Old 11-23-2010, 07:47 PM   #8
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Am I missing something? the LCA that I see for an XI is $225.
You can find lemfoerder arms for under $200.
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Old 11-24-2010, 07:17 AM   #9
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You can find lemfoerder arms for under $200.
Where, on that site?
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:51 AM   #10
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lemme do some more digging..I bought one a passenger side for $118...its stil sitting in the bag inmy garage. i am almost positive i bought it from pelican Parts when I replaced my control arms and my CV axles this past August.
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Old 11-24-2010, 09:53 AM   #11
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Trust me..when it comes to being a bargain hunter I am the biggest cheap A** you wil ever find! I do massive research to find the best deal as often as possible. from O2 sensors, axles, DISA valves, rims, paint, OEM parts...to do alot of searching...
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Old 11-24-2010, 10:13 AM   #12
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Trust me..when it comes to being a bargain hunter I am the biggest cheap A** you wil ever find! I do massive research to find the best deal as often as possible. from O2 sensors, axles, DISA valves, rims, paint, OEM parts...to do alot of searching...
Well I'll have to look you up when I got to purchase something else then, cause all I find are the standard prices. I lik enothing better than squeezing the most out of the all mighty dollar.
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:10 AM   #13
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anytime!....I found mas airflow sensors on a DIY for $230 w/o shipping. I also have acontact for brke rotors and pads...i bought slotted and cross drilled rotors. with axxis brake pads shipped to my old rresidence in Va. for $260...complete package...
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:14 AM   #14
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dude... I am all about saving $$$ I was quoted over $1000 for o2 sensor replacement... i did mine with a rented tool from autozone, $30 deposit witch is returned to you with toolreturn and bought brand new BOSCH o2 sensors from auto-warehouse...SAME EXACT ONES FROM A DEALERSHIP!! SAME #, SAME EVERYTHING!! $57.00... as opposed to $177 per OEM BMW....my car runs impecable!
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:15 AM   #15
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$57 for top two and $65 for the two post cat sensors...easy replacement...both bottom ones are right next to one another on the bottom of exhaust....
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Old 11-24-2010, 11:21 AM   #16
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I wil go through my receipts also...I have Lemfroder arms adn I paid under $200 fro them AND I have one sitting in my garage used and a new one...you have to reseaqrch stuff...like at least two hours worth. use the sponsors ads listed her and also just google it....I save d massive $$$ and research the DIY forums!
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:51 AM   #17
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anytime!....I found mas airflow sensors on a DIY for $230 w/o shipping. I also have acontact for brke rotors and pads...i bought slotted and cross drilled rotors. with axxis brake pads shipped to my old rresidence in Va. for $260...complete package...
Definitely gotta hit you up for that deal, need to get mine done soon.
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:35 AM   #18
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Ok i get the dumass award today... i so othinking of tie rod when the other guy was talking about control arms...I was havinga major brainfart!!.. Lemfroder TIE rods I got at Pelican Parts for $118....
control arms..oooooo thats a $$$ grabber!!!..I got mine from FP Groton ..I think?????..Lemme go through the receipts...with the Inner and outer ball joint for like under $300 shipped..
My best advice to anytone is shop around, use the resources her eon the sponsors page and research vis internet. I just scord some OEM bosch 02 sensors two weeks ago fofr under $60 and am currently looking into the black friday specials-thanksgiving specials still running for the other two(post cat)... you have to be willing to research thats all.
lemfroder..GREAT BRAND!
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Ok i get the dumass award today... i so othinking of tie rod when the other guy was talking about control arms...I was havinga major brainfart!!.. Lemfroder TIE rods I got at Pelican Parts for $118....
control arms..oooooo thats a $$$ grabber!!!..I got mine from FP Groton ..I think?????..Lemme go through the receipts...with the Inner and outer ball joint for like under $300 shipped..
My best advice to anytone is shop around, use the resources her eon the sponsors page and research vis internet. I just scord some OEM bosch 02 sensors two weeks ago fofr under $60 and am currently looking into the black friday specials-thanksgiving specials still running for the other two(post cat)... you have to be willing to research thats all.
lemfroder..GREAT BRAND!
It's ok...I'll wait for you to catch up!
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Old 12-03-2010, 08:23 AM   #20
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yeah... my brain has alot of gigabite space that has taken up room over the years,the nature of my job is adefinite contributor!....
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