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Old 04-16-2005, 06:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 2001 330CI is exactly 4 years old from manufacture date and at 60K miles. So like a conscientious owner I take the car in for the Inpsection II service. Everything seems cool until I get a call from a service advisor later in the day telling me that my "Control Arms and Bushings" are loose and falling apart and need replacing. Of course I want the car in tip-top so it will last as long as it can, so tell them to go ahead with the service since I don't know any better. I rarely horse around with the car at all, I think I had it up to 110 once (don't laugh). I don't take turns fast or tight neither. I googled the topic and seems like this is something that shouldn't have needed to be done at 60,000 miles, especially with my conservative driving habits.

The deed is done, but I just wanted some professional opinions on my situation (don't like to be taken). I've come to know and trust my dealer, but this just seemed odd. I must admit though, I thought I drove a new car off the lot when I picked it up.

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this has been a common fault with bmw's since my 1st e30 325i and that was in 1988.

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my car is dues its service soon..and i expect the same answer.....
i know it dont help you,,,sry..but this is quite normal ghead
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Old 04-17-2005, 11:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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unfortunetely this happens, as the prior post indicates.... in my case, i think they will go at 30k, due to unavoidable potholes in baltimore.

one way to tell: try test driving a new e 46 car. if you find yours to be looser handling chances are your dealer is correct. since the deterioration is progressive, the driver often gets "adjusted" over time.
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suspension components are normal to wear on bmws. i am suprised you didnt have to get the whole lower control arm replaced with the bushing. personal i would have recomended the whole arm instead of just a bushing. you went to an honest tech and you didnt get taken advantage of dont worry.
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Old 04-19-2005, 07:26 PM   #5 (permalink)
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