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Old 03-27-2014, 04:33 AM
BBrattina BBrattina is offline
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CV Axle Replacement

Good morning everyone,

I was hoping to have some insight on replacement CV Axle's for my 2004 X5. As of late I am hearing the standard crunch when turning at low speeds, common diagnostic. Has anyone found a cost efficient replacement? I've done some reading about replacements that come from China/Japan being crap, and I know the OEM will cost a pretty penny if taken to a dealership.

Does anyone know of a common and reliable replacement?
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Old 03-27-2014, 06:02 AM
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Your X5's original axles were made by GKN/Loebro, a large OEM for driveline parts. Rebuilt front axles (often from China) are about $50-$80 each, depending on the side. Some people have good results with the rebuilt stuff, others have vibration issues and/or end up replacing them again in a few thousand miles.

I have done this job several times. The only axle I'll use is the OEM by Loebro. Some of the board sponsors here sell them. They're about $300ea or roughly 4x the price of the EMPI rebuilds (using EMPI as an example). That may seem pricey, but if you take it to a dealer, they'll use the same Loebro axle with a BMW sticker on it. The list price for *that* is about $660ea, which is insane. Figure at least 3 or 4 hours of shop labor plus an alignment.

Which one to use really depends on how long you plan to keep your X5. If it's not a keeper, you might want to roll the dice with the EMPI stuff. See if you can find a good indy shop and ask them what brand they use and what type of problems they have experienced.

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Old 03-27-2014, 02:37 PM
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