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Old 10-21-2012, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by EconoBox View Post
But, again, how do I even know it's the strut that's causing the clunking?

Regardless, it seems like a strut job is a $1000 job.
$300 for labor, $600 for parts.....RealOEM lists them for $300+/ea.

You can buy them online for $110/ea, if your mechanic allows you to supply parts.
That would bring it down to about a $500/job.

Is a strut replacement a major job best done by a specialist?
Or can I take my E39 to any old mechanic, b/c they all know how to do a strut job.
Is this even remotely possible for a home DIY if you're not a DIY guru expert?
Yes, front strut replacement is a doable DIY. I would rate it a 7 out of 10 for difficulty, with a CCV job an 8 and a Vanos job a 6. A 6 to 8 hour job. Strut compressors are available on loan from the auto parts store. An impact wrench makes life a bit easier.
While you're at it, replace your thrust arms, control arms, tie rods and sway bar links. Parts will cost $1,200 but your car will ride and handle like near new. Just follow the Beisan DIY and cn90's DIY.
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