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Old 05-27-2011, 05:46 AM
7fortyi 7fortyi is offline
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01 740i Sport - New struts, what are my choices?

Haven't posted for a while. I've got 176K miles on my 740i Sport, I bought it with 50k, front drivers side strut is rattling pretty bad. My BMW independent mechanic said that the fronts need to be replaced. About $1,500 for just the fronts if I use the OEM's, but about the same price to do all 4 if I use Bilsteins.

I was considering selling the car, so I asked if he could do just the fronts with the Bilsteins. He said that would be about $900, but that you're not supposed to mix the two. If you go to Bilsteins, you have to change all four.

I know with $176K miles it makes sense to change all four, but I don't want to spend that money if I'm going to trade the car in.

Just wanted to get thoughts / opinions on this. Thanks!

I'd prefer to keep this car because I really enjoy driving it, but I changed the tranny fluid at around 130K miles, and about 5K miles later, it started to slip/stutter a bit in reverse. But it hasn't gotten any worse since then. I'll post this in a seperate thread.
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Old 05-27-2011, 06:19 AM
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Sachs is $ 282.99 for the front and $ 169.99 for the rear. You need to add the strut mount and the dust boot.

Monroe is the cheapest strut out there but there is a reason why .Still they are better than what you have on the car now. $96.99 for the front, $80 for the rear. Again add the mounts & dust boot.

Or, KYB $164 for the front & $89 for the rear.

Price/piece. Since is high miles I would go with KYB and save the money for something else like a tranny if is failing on me. Have you checked the fluid level since it start to slip in reverse?

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Old 05-18-2013, 09:16 PM
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Front Sports Struts 740i 2001

Plz give information on where the front struts are for that price and are they Sachs and if not how reliable are the aftermarket as far as matching up to OE and performance/longevity

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