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Old 03-17-2015, 08:35 PM
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Bought a used 03 325i over the weekend. Failed inspection today and the garage quoted me $2k.... In my quest to enjoy a bimmer at a reasonable price I came across this: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/...nics/21891903/. I wanted to ask if anyone had any experience with one of these places. Specifically in the Baltimore/Washington DC area.

Even if you haven't been what do you think of the idea?

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Old 03-18-2015, 06:10 AM
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What do you need done that you were quoted 2K for? I found this place and according to some other forums it is a good place - http://www.selfserviceautorepair.com/

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Old 03-18-2015, 06:27 AM
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Minimum one new tire (but they priced be for two Potenzas)
Rear springs broken (I assume this means the shocks need replaced too)
Sway bar link broken

This is to get it through inspection.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:30 AM
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How many miles? The shocks all around are probably gone but you should be able to get through inspection with them. The rear spring and sway bar link you can do on jack stand in a couple hours. If you're thinking of lowering the car now would be the time to get the springs. Otherwise see if you can find someone who has a single rear spring for sale.

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Old 03-18-2015, 06:43 AM
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140k miles at purchase. With a little networking I've found a mechanic who does work on the side who says he can get it through inspection for half or a quarter their price.

I'd like to do some of the work myself but I only got 30 days to get er registered and tagged (bought out of state).

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Old 03-18-2015, 02:26 PM
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How many miles? The shocks all around are probably gone but you should be able to get through inspection with them. The rear spring and sway bar link you can do on jack stand in a couple hours. If you're thinking of lowering the car now would be the time to get the springs. Otherwise see if you can find someone who has a single rear spring for sale.

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Never, ever, ever replace just ONE spring. The car will handle like a pig. Springs need to have the same wear as they slowly lose tension and settle over time. Otherwise you'd never need to replace them. The same with tires. Replace either two or four. always on the same axle line.
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Old 03-18-2015, 06:47 PM
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Did a set of springs and shocks in the garage for a 94 vert on jackstands, it is doable. See if you can find the tires at Tire Rack or Radial Tire in Silver Spring, they are a sponsor.

PM me if you need help with the mechanicals.

Yes I've looked at DIY, open issues are insurance, scheduling and tools disappearing. Love to get additional feedback or thoughts.
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Old 03-19-2015, 05:52 PM
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Never, ever, ever replace just ONE spring. The car will handle like a pig. Springs need to have the same wear as they slowly lose tension and settle over time. Otherwise you'd never need to replace them. The same with tires. Replace either two or four. always on the same axle line.
Op test drove a car with broken parts- springs, sway bar...I'll be the handling impact of a slightly mis-paired spring will not be a big issue for him....
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Old 03-19-2015, 08:39 PM
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Op test drove a car with broken parts- springs, sway bar...I'll be the handling impact of a slightly mis-paired spring will not be a big issue for him....
I can confirm that OP is a total newb.
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