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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.

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Old 07-30-2004, 12:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well I thought I'd just write a little description of my BMW day today!

1st- Replaced Final Stage of the A/C. This only took about 2 hours, 20 some odd screws, and only minor strain. Doing it myself saved $200.

2nd- Replaced right and left control arms. Holy Jesus this was fun... Took around 5 hours at a full garage with lift, all the fun tools, etc. Let me just say that separating ball joints is a pain in the ass. Doing it myself saved $800

3rd- Replaced 1 rear shock. Yeah, only one. We ran into a stripped screw at 10:30pm this evening, and with half the car trim taken apart, it seemed like a good stopping place. Sadly, though, I have to go out of town all weekend, and won't be able to put my baby back together for another 4 days...she's already pissed, I can tell. AFTER I put the other one on, Doing it myself will have saved $200.

In summary, get a service manual and a day off, grease up and save some Cash!!

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