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X3 Soccer Dad 08-13-2012 09:53 AM

Front Strut replacement
 
Hey guys,

Need some advice. My X3 puked its oil out of the LF dampener and needs replacement.

What would you do?
1. OEM or aftermarket?
2. Is a service manual available for a 2006 X3? If so where can I buy one?
3. Any additional parts that should be ordered while changing both the left and right?

4. Last, what is the best site on the net for our Bimmers parts?


Thanks for your help

~Jamie

mlukas161 08-13-2012 12:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by X3 Soccer Dad (Post 7007517)
Hey guys,

Need some advice. My X3 puked its oil out of the LF dampener and needs replacement.

What would you do?
1. OEM or aftermarket?
2. Is a service manual available for a 2006 X3? If so where can I buy one?
3. Any additional parts that should be ordered while changing both the left and right?

4. Last, what is the best site on the net for our Bimmers parts?


Thanks for your help

~Jamie

1.) Most do aftermarket due to the cost savings. Bilstein HDs are a popular choice.
2.) No Bentley Manual
3.) Strut tower bearings and the rubber pads. Possibly springs depending on mileage.

Here are some helpful threads.
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...light=bilstein
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/sho...t=spring+thing

UncleJ 08-14-2012 07:32 AM

My '06 had same problem with left front. Replaced both at indy for serious coin ($2K) along with some other maint. work! Indy used OEM struts and assorted collateral stuff. Happened at around 80K miles. Didn't want to hassle with trying to do it myself -- don't have the equipment for that sort of thing any more and it was easier to just have it done. First time I have ever had a strut fail in any car. Have replaced them before because of wear but outright failing -- no.:mad:

X3-terrestrial 08-14-2012 09:34 AM

Uncle-When you say OEM struts, you mean BMW original part or anyo ther OEM brand like Sachs?

AzNMpower32 08-14-2012 09:52 AM

My right front strut started to leak last year, so both fronts were replaced with the Sachs (OEM) struts, along with the lower control arms and bushings for around $1500, not including the alignment afterwards.

PSUEng 08-14-2012 03:00 PM

I would put the Bilstein HDs on--and do the mounts and pads.

UncleJ 08-14-2012 04:45 PM

OEM from BMW is what I recall.

jerry325 08-14-2012 05:14 PM

Had both of my front shocks/struts replaced about a month ago at BMW dealership as well at 110,000 miles. Front springs were fine, but just had the rear ones replaced a month earlier. Must have broken a seal on the front because I had grease all over front left wheel after a trip on a very rough highway. Noticed poor ride/bounciness afterwards and found it was broken. Hefty bill of nearly $1,800 for fronts. Noticed the dealership charged full list on parts. I could have bought them from one of the board sponsors for about 30% less, but a little too intense for my patience level to replace.

vwvwvw 08-16-2012 02:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzNMpower32 (Post 7009884)
My right front strut started to leak last year, so both fronts were replaced with the Sachs (OEM) struts, along with the lower control arms and bushings for around $1500, not including the alignment afterwards.

Why did you replace the control arms? Were they bent?

X3-terrestrial 08-16-2012 06:30 AM

I was going to ask the same thing...usually the bushings are the ones needing replacing not the actual CA's.

AzNMpower32 08-16-2012 10:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vwvwvw (Post 7013621)
Why did you replace the control arms? Were they bent?

The right control arm was bent.

X3 Soccer Dad 08-17-2012 02:12 PM

Awesome thread guys! Thanks for the input.


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