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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 06-20-2014, 04:12 AM   #1
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Front left axle

Yesterday I used a new mechanic and had my front left axle replaced with a A1 Cardone, which i used on the right side about 1 1/2 year ago and it's still working perfect. Charge me 109.00 for the axle and 78 bucks labor. I'm thinking very good deal.

Now he states i have a control arm bushing going bad and should replace it soon. suggest I get the whole are with bushing, 193.00, plus another 78.00 for labor.

What do you think, reasonable or to high? I think the labor cost is good. Not sure about the control arm price.

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Old 06-20-2014, 08:29 AM   #2
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First off, if the control arm bushing is only what's bad, then there is no need to replace the control arm, which do run around the $200 range for OEM replacement like Lemforder. The only part on the control arm that would could (besides the control arm cracking) is the outer ball joint. if that is fine then you don't need a control arm, you just need the FCABs. I have used Powerflex bushings for both of my 330xi's that I've had. They cost about $75 for the pair and it's not really that hard to do it on your own if you have a press. Labor price doesn't sound too bad but you should maek sure they clarify exactly what is no good.
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Old 06-20-2014, 01:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. It is only the FCAB that is bad. I don't have press. It does look like a fairly easy job and something I could tackel. I will look into to see if anyone local can press the bushing in for me.

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Old 06-21-2014, 09:04 AM   #4
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Buy powerflex fcabs. You don't need a press to get them in, but you will need a press or large vice to get the originals out.
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Old 06-23-2014, 07:46 AM   #5
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Just a point of clarification, You don't need a large vice to get these bushings off the arm. You only need to borrow a 3 jaw puller from AutoZone/ Advanced auto. You may need a press if you are buying them without the lollipop. I think I saw someone on here that sells them pressed into the lollipop for you at a reasonable price. Also, you can youtube fcp euro replace e46 control arm bushing as a reference guide.

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