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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 11-04-2004, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Has anyone out there done there own control arm replacement on a '89 325i? How big of a pain in the arse is this? Any special tools required for the bushings or seperating the arms from the other assemblies?

The bushings are shot and there is some rattle in the front.....hence the new arms. There is a shop here that will do it for $450 (USD). Parts that I have found will run about $250. Is $200 worth the frustration, banged and busted knuckles ?

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you will need to have the new bushings installed with a hydraulic press, other than that, its a manageable job
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not a very big deal. its a pain getting to the control arm to subframe nuts though. once everything is undone a few taps from a hammer will pop them right out. i banged out the stock bushings from the "lollypops". a puller helps to get the old bushings off, but you could just cut them off.
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you should be able to get a control arm complete with the bushings. I got a set for my old 318, it was pretty easy
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You should be able to purchase complete set with new bushings. And it should not be that big of a project. Two hours Max.
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You should be able to purchase complete set with new bushings. And it should not be that big of a project. Two hours Max.
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I've done it several times. You can press in the bushings with a large vise. Get the M3 offset bushings!!!

control arms If you buy from this guy, you might want to ask if he has the M3 bushings.

I don't see any of the bushings on ebay right now, they should cost you about $70.
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Check with PEP BOYS for installation price and ADVANCE or Auto Zone for control arms. Son-in-law had the same repair done at Pep Boys on 1990 325ic for a lot less than your quote.
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