I just bought a '99 e46 323i, and was told by 2 shops the control arm bushings are gone. $600 or so to replace.
Now, my buddy and I believe we can just remove the control arm, remove the bushing, and put a new one on.
Is there any way I can tell if I only need bushings, or both bushings and control arms? Something I can look for on the control arm itself?
I see that BavAuto has the whole arm for $119. Is it such a pain to remove the bushing that people just replace the whole thing?
Not sure what I should do. Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Chip in GA
'88 BMW 528e
'99 BMW 323i