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:wave Hi I'm new on here, but not to BMWs

I have owned my '93 525iSE Touring for the past 3 years and until this morning had not had any major problems.

I took it for it's MOT this morning and it failed on "Excessively coroded suspension pipes"

Now I normally do my own maintenance, but with the weather being a little dodgy and not fancy doing the work lay on my back in the road, decided to take it to a garage to get a quote for the repairs :wrench
It needs a metal suspension pipe + 3 suspension flexi hoses that all go into the same unit above the left hand driveshaft.
The garage quoted me £200 labour + parts, which should take it up to around £350, which I don't have at the moment

Is this something I could do as DIY, or do I need specialist equipment. Someone has told me that I would need the use of a pump.

My only other alternative is to park it up on the drive and leave it until after Christmas when money should be a little less of a problem.
 

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is this what you are talking about?
 

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No. 1 is one of the hoses, but if my memory serves correctly, there are another 2 that connect into the unit at the start of it all
 

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personally i wouldnt screw with the suspension unless you have a good backround with cars.. shitty to say it but id park it till christmas..
 

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I do actually work in the automotive trade, so getting hold of a lot of parts is not a problem.

As an alternative solution, would it be possible to change the self levelling shocks/springs for standard shocks/springs and cap off the hydraulic pipework.

To change the pipes plus shocks (one shock has a slight leak) is going to cost me approximately £650
I could fit standard shocks and springs for about £150
 

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well that sounds like a viable alternative.
 

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:thumbs indubidably
 

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Originally posted by sp0rky@Nov 25 2003, 12:59 PM
where can you get shocks and springs for that price?
The company I work for is a distributor to motor factors nationwide and that's how much they would cost me at employee rates :thumbs

Unfortunately, before Jo Public gets them, my company has to add a little, then the motor factor does the same :thumbsdown
 
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