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Old 09-07-2005, 12:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Uhh 5er loves eating away at my money!!

Well Yesterday as I was driving home for lunch I got the *ping* sound of death from my OBC!! As I eagerly awaited for the OBC to tell me what was wrong I prayed that perhaps my w/s washer fluid had mysteriously evaporated and needed to be refilled....but ALAS the message read "Break Linings"!! ARGH!!!

So in the end I got both front rotors and break pads replaced along with a fresh coat of paint on the calipers! The calipers actually look hot now...rather then the icky rust brown they were before! But after all said and done the bill was a wonderful $550CDN! (they also did some dabbling on the OBC as my SRS light was flashing and fixed my door stopper.)

To make matters worse...Doug, my tech, noticed that my front shocks were in need of changing when he went on the test drive. In addition the car is due for an inspection II soon enough!! YIKES!!! Any ideas how much it will cost getting my shocks replaced?? Also any ideas as to what kind of shocks I should replace the OEM ones with?

Oh I drive a 1994 530i!!

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Old 09-07-2005, 04:00 PM   #2 (permalink)
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YES! I finally get to say it!

It looks like a good time for you to lower your car!!

oh - as for what kind of shocks, Koni Adjustables... paired with H&R springs or GC coiloivers!!

so glad I got to say that. haha.
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Old 09-08-2005, 10:13 AM   #3 (permalink)
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NICE!! I knew you would chirp in on lowering my car!!!

You know what would happen if i took your suggestion...I would turn into the new Luxury Snowplow for the Kitchener/Waterloo Region!! :lol:

I'm thinking of throwing on Bilstein shocks??

But to be honest I have not noticed anything wrong with my front shocks. Even my roomies have not noticed anything...so I don't know if my tech is full of crap and trying to screw me or not? Any sure sings how to tell my front shocks are dying/dead?
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Old 09-08-2005, 10:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Dead shocks

I have a 95 525i that started to bounce more than usual in the front end, and very rapidly deteriated into what looked to be a car with hydraulics. Hence, you will definately notice when you need to replace your shocks. Its also good to stay with OEM if your not looking to increase the performance or void warrenties.
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I have a 95 525i that started to bounce more than usual in the front end, and very rapidly deteriated into what looked to be a car with hydraulics. Hence, you will definately notice when you need to replace your shocks. Its also good to stay with OEM if your not looking to increase the performance or void warrenties.
Alright so the fact that I have yet to notice any significant bouncing when driving is a good thing. Even the tech said he didn't notice anything when on the test drive and actually said the car felt good, he just pointed out that the car bounced a lot on the hoist...??

I'll just have to keep an eye out...and now that I think about it I'll likely stick to OEM shocks...sorry Sporky ...
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Old 09-08-2005, 12:26 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm sure warranties on a 11 year old car do not apply.

Bilsteins are good.... just about average.... Definately don't get sports if you want to lower your car, Personally, I'd suggest touring shocks as they are stiffer than stock, but softer than sports. Koni adjustables are the best you can get for these cars because of the fact that you can adjust the rebound - and they have a much more "controlled" ride feel than the often-called harsh bilsteins.

Surprisingly enough, a lot of people don't know when their shocks are blown. However if you are on your originals, they are indeed gone. They typically don't make it past 50k miles.
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I'm sure warranties on a 11 year old car do not apply.

Bilsteins are good.... just about average.... Definately don't get sports if you want to lower your car, Personally, I'd suggest touring shocks as they are stiffer than stock, but softer than sports. Koni adjustables are the best you can get for these cars because of the fact that you can adjust the rebound - and they have a much more "controlled" ride feel than the often-called harsh bilsteins.

Surprisingly enough, a lot of people don't know when their shocks are blown. However if you are on your originals, they are indeed gone. They typically don't make it past 50k miles.
Were the original shocks blue ? Because we have no record of them being replaced on my dads 5er, and I'm having a hard time believing the stock shocks are still so good at 120k miles.
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no! the originals are black and stamped "boge"
However, you shouldn't be able to see the shock unless you are talking about the rears only. used:
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I'm sure warranties on a 11 year old car do not apply.

Bilsteins are good.... just about average.... Definately don't get sports if you want to lower your car, Personally, I'd suggest touring shocks as they are stiffer than stock, but softer than sports. Koni adjustables are the best you can get for these cars because of the fact that you can adjust the rebound - and they have a much more "controlled" ride feel than the often-called harsh bilsteins.

Surprisingly enough, a lot of people don't know when their shocks are blown. However if you are on your originals, they are indeed gone. They typically don't make it past 50k miles.
Great advice! Thanks Don! I will get some prices for the Koni adjustables.

Curious should I change all four shocks when changing the brand??
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if you have the cash!

If not, the bilstein tourings do provide a nice ride for a stock height car and are LOTS cheaper.

The Koni's just make your car feel like a "new car" again.
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Well then...got some prices...the Koni's are not cheap...! I think I will go for the Bilstein Touring shocks...and get all the shock work done when I have the car in for the inspection II...can't wait to pay that bill!!! :

Thanks for all the advice and help guys!

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Old 09-08-2005, 04:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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pfffffft.
do the work yourself! dont be lazy!
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do the work yourself! dont be lazy!
Easy for you to say in sunny California!!! I don't even have a garage...nor do I have the proper tools!!!!

It's getting cold up in Canada...soon it will be -20 Degrees Celsius....yikes!!!
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Yes, soon. But what is it now? hmmm?
uh huh... thats what I thought.

And for one BIG job, I'm sureyou know somebody who is willing to let you use some space + tools for a day.

haha - tryin to talk your way out of it. lol
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