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Old 02-10-2006, 09:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Another 2500!!!!!

well i took my car to dealer ship and i will share the list with you:
two P/S lines -$418.50
Brackets for lower control arms $472.35
belts $162.00
Valve Cover Gasket $312.84
Light Switch $88.59
Bulb and Socket for tail light $47.00
Frt Struts $1010.00


well adds up to about 2500 and some of those are not with installation. i figured its time for me to learn DIY and buy these parts and do it myself. FIrst Question- HOw hard will all this be? yes its a very general question but rate on a 1 to 10 bases 1 easy as starting car 10 engine rebuild. Second- ITs a good time for me to redo my hole suspension i supose to suggestions im guessing h R spring and blisten struts. anything else i need with those? Thats all i can think of. Plz offer any advice like where to get these parts at cheapest price and all that good stuff. Thanks alot guys.
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Old 02-10-2006, 09:53 PM   #2 (permalink)
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www.bmaparts.com

great prices and a great company.

if you've neverdonemuch workon your car, the springs and shocks will by far be the toughest. I give it a 7 for a DIYer with little experience.

P/S lines, 4 or 5


bulb, lightswitch, belts, valve cover gasket.. 2 - 3 (if you can do an oil change I'm sure you can do all of these)


and as for the lower control arm brackets.. I'm not too sure exactly what your talking about, but anything to do with under the car suspension work is usually a solid 4.

I say you could do it all (including the lowering / bilstein shocks) for just a hair above $1,000

Good luck
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wow fast response thanks alot. So the Power steering lines arent that hard i though those might be the hardest just becuase you dont want any airbubles in the line but i dont know
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Well,true,but it's nota difficult task. What's hardest about the P/S lines is getting IN there to disconnect each end, etc. It's really time consuming and awkward.

At this point, the best thing I can suggest to you is that you buy a Bentley Manual on your specific chassis. It will help a LOT if your new to this stuff.
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yea i have one and i have been reading it
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Do not pay those prices.

472.35 for CA brackers? Do they mean CA bushings/lollipops? OMFG @ that price.

None of that stuff is especially hard to perform.. do it yourself.
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i dont know what they mean thats what they put on the sheet. thanks for your input
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Old 02-10-2006, 10:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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by the way i just priced everything needed except upgraded suspension and came out to a little under 200 WTF.. oh and the brackets but i saw them on there but sold out. but still from 2500 t probably around 1000 is just insane thanks for the website spooky
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Vakve cover gasket 312.84? Wow ... get a gasket from bmaparts, rent a torque wrench from your local autozone and tackle it yourself. even with no knowledge of how to fix stuff, you should be able to do it ... hell, even if it takes you all weekend, you're saving money...

Light switch ... again, easy diy.
bulb and socket ... can do that in 5 minutes with a screwdriver

the other stuff ... u might be able to do yourself, but its gonna require a lot of tools and a lot of knowledge. i suggest you take it to some other place that does euro cars ... they will do same quality work for half the price.
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alright. thanks torque.. i know the bulbs and lights are easy. haha. i was more scared about suspension and the p/s.. oh yea. the dealer said that two belts looked bad but i was under the impression i only had one belt. from the alt. im not right im guessing. its a 1994 by the way.
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Two belts. One goes to the air conditioning compressor. Neither one a big deal to replace.
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oh that makes sense forgot about the ac
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Are P/S lines the Same as P/S Hoses because i cant find lines any where? And if any one could give me the part number that would be fantastic. By the way i need two of them im guessing runing from steering rack to pump and fluid container to pump. is this right?
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I don't know if they have any hard lines are not. On the BMW there actually should be 4. The reservoir is separate from the pump. there should be two on the pump and two from the pump to the reservoir.

Try www.realoem.com. They have exploded diagrams of the parts and part numbers.
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