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  • 11-16-2010, 08:16 AM

    Great writeup - thanks for your hard work!

  • 11-15-2010, 11:42 AM

    That is a lot, though I bet that is normal.......

    I paid my mechanic (and he came to my house and worked on it under my watchful eye) $1200 for every strut, suspension and steering parts.

    On top of this, he did 2 cv joints on a different car.

    Plus $120 for the alignment.

    2000 540i Sport in Houston, TX
  • 11-11-2010, 08:55 PM

    Re: Here is my DIY: ENTIRE Front end susp $1200

    Nice write-up...I am not as handy as you are it seems so may do my upgrades in smaller increments...Thx for the valuable details
  • 11-11-2010, 01:16 PM
    as usual, is superb. Eurodavid

    your DIY alignment is somethin ;-D The writeup,

  • 11-11-2010, 12:15 PM

    Here is my DIY: ENTIRE Front end susp $1200

    I did the ENTIRE Front end suspension for $1200 in parts.
    Labor was mine.

    My advice is do the whole front end as shown in my DIY below. One year later my car still drives like a charm. Get all your parts from as in my DIY:
  • 11-10-2010, 11:55 PM

    Re: Depends on whose parts

    The parts he is sourcing are BMW OEM - Sachs..however I do have the standard suspension so my struts go for about $200/pc, plus mounts and etc. hardware

    His labor rate is $60/hr so he is reserving 2hrs for each side...
  • 11-10-2010, 07:40 PM

    Wow, I just realized thats just the front struts >

    That is a bit pricey. I read struts/shocks and assumed thats what you meant. If it is for front struts (plus pads and strut bearing) then its a bit high. It should be 3 hours labor plus about $300 in parts for the front. Check for parts prices. Add 15% for fair indie prices. If it was within $100 of that I'd say its fair.

    Rear parts are cheaper but should be 2hrs per side.

    If you cant get a better quote than its not horrible. I could be better than a dealer quote, but not by much if at all.
  • 11-10-2010, 06:15 PM

    Depends on whose parts

    For $500, he should be quoting actual BMW parts, not aftermarket. I just bought Sachs (OEM) struts from Bav Auto for $119 ea. To ensure a good ride, the "etc." should include new upper and lower rubber spring pads, bump stops and dust boots. Labor quote seems very good to me: I can't do struts in one hour per side, that's for sure.
    '03 525i Sapphire Blu/Grey, SP, Nav
    '02 325it Orient Blu./Grey, SP, Nav
    '98 323is Arctic Sil./Blk, SP
    '95 M3 Cosmos Blk./Blk
  • 11-10-2010, 06:03 PM

    Re: Not bad at all. Consider thrust arm bushings >>

    Tie rods were replaced last year, upper control arms 2 yrs ago, alignment not included.....

    Just shock/strut assemblies, labor and tax.

    He quote $500 in parts (shock/struts, mount, etc) and $240 for labor (both sides) + tax....

    Have new tires on them which helped a LOT even though somehow I can't warm up to them (Conti Xtreme Contact DWS) but that's a different story.

    2001 530i
  • 11-10-2010, 05:56 PM

    Not bad at all. Consider thrust arm bushings >>

    as well, while he's in there. Also check the tie rod ends.

    Does this include an alignment?
  • 11-10-2010, 05:40 PM

    Front shock/strut rebuild cost


    My 2001 530iA with 96.000 miles on the clock still has the original front shock/strut assemblies. This makes my everyday ride a "little bumpy" so......

    My indy quoted me a little over $800 for new shock/strut assemblies (includes mounts, etc), labor and tax.

    Seems like a "tall order" to me or is it a reasonable price to smooth out my ride?

    2001 530i

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