3-Series (E46, E90)Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.
Hi!! I wanted to let you know that you aren't alone. My driver side control arm bushing and control arm, and ball joint all needed to be replaced a few months ago. As for the price....yes that is quite outlandish. You can certainly order the parts online, (although I recommend you use BMW parts...sometimes they are expensive, and not readily available, so do what suits you best!) at a discounted rate. As for it "leaking"....r they serious? Even I know they don't leak anything! So def take it to a trusted BMW dealer, or someone you can trust. You will find that most repairs are not as complex as most would lead you to believe! They are a car just like all others....mechanics see you coming and think, JACKPOT!!! So, trust your instincts, and always get a second opinion!!!
An OEM Control arm for an E90 is about $117. Part # 31 12 6 768 983 or 31 12 6 768 989
depending on which one you need. Thats almost $300, before labour, and with labour taking about 2-3 hours, at around $100 an hour then $524 doesnt seem unreasonable to me. However, the "fluid leaking" comment would prevent me from ever getting anything fixed their. Ever.
Price above from BimmerSpecialist.com, on Genuine OEM parts. Both parts listed as in stock at the time of this post.
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