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    Dealer for suspension parts or other??

    Good day all!!!

    I noticed a noise in my front suspension when braking, so doing 10 MPH's or so, I stuck my head out the window and tapped on the brake... The front tire moved rearward, then sprung forward when I released the brake... I did the search and all posts said it was the traction strut... I pulled my wheel and got my son to push on the edge of the rotor with his foot... The bushing in the T-strut is done... Looking on Realoem, the cost to replace the T-strut and wishbone is somewhere around a grand, just for parts... I'm turning the wrenches... Is there a less expensive option for parts without sacrificing the reliability? Thoughts on just replacing bushings, but keeping the T-strut and not messing with the wishbone at all?? I think I read the bushing is updated and a lot better than the ones used in 10/97... Yep, my car turns 13 this month and now has 241,065 miles!!

    Oh, I found out the issue with my fuel pump not pulling from the left tank... I didn't seat the pump completely the first time, so when I installed the sending unit, the hose pulled on the pump assy and somewhat out of it's holder... I re-installed the pump, making sure it is seated correctly... If someone wants pics of what needs to be seated perfectly, I can supply them... I finished the install and all works great now...

    Thanks in advance for the thoughts about the T-strut!!!

    Cheers!!!


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    lots of choices. lemforder is the oem manufacturer

    so if you stick with that you get what the dealer would give you.
    If you go on the cheapest route, the whole suspension can be rebuild from less then 400usd. I would not leave the strut arm alone, but replace the whole thing. At 241k miles if this is original, it must be completely shot.
    Even a worst quality new one will be better then the 13y/o 240+k miles version :-)


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    Re: Dealer for suspension parts or other??

    No, I wouldn't go to the dealer.

    I would find a parts house that will sell you Lemforder (as Laszlo says) for a good price. Most parts houses will give you options for brands including aftermarket, OE, and choice-OE. Lemforder is ONE of the OEM brands BMW might put on the car but they are proven to be the highest quality choice so look for them by name. Other OE brands may not be as crappy as aftermarket, but they won't be as good as Lemforder.

    getcoolparts.com, getbmwparts.com, autohausaz.com, bimmerspecialist.com, autopartsway.com There are many others. Just get Lemforder by name. A complete Lemforder t-strut assembly is only $170 up here - it is probably significant less (10-20%) within the USA.


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    Thanks for the advice!! Lemforder it is!!


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