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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 09-30-2014, 04:02 PM
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sway bar - front end replacement

I've done some searching on here but was curious what folks thought of my indy charging $185 for part(s) & labor to replace my front end sway bar as its making that loose/clunking noise which is annoying as hell. Thanks for any and all feedback.
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:06 PM
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is the sway bar in 2 peices?

No

then you dont need a sway bar you need bushings and end links.. not a bar
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:08 PM
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I confirmed and yes its the sway bar links. Is the work at $185 for parts/labor reasonable? I honestly don't have time to do it myself unless I'm getting truly ripped off so i'll be paying for it anyhow but was curious on the cost. thanks again man.

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Old 09-30-2014, 04:16 PM
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i guess.. depending on labor rate, part cost and over head,.... but consitedering you cant do it your self i dont see any other way,
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:18 PM
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sorry, I edited my above post prior to seeing the above burning2nd. he said it would take maybe an hour. this should resolve the loose/clunking sound for sure or could it be countless other things?
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:28 PM
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It could, be other things,

strut tops and struts would be more likely for clunking over bumps but If he says so then you should trust him... If it doesnt fix it, and he comes up with something else, Then find someone else,

The problem is theres probably more then one thing, and untill its all done its never going to really go away,

So unless your whiling to spend a grand on the front of the car, Id probalby say you should just let it go and get over the sound,

Unless its a safty issue..

But then again maybe hes right
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Old 09-30-2014, 04:30 PM
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just the feedback I was looking for. thank you! i'll let you know after the links are changed out if it helps. it isn't really over the bumps and its a fairly quiet noise. more just driving down the road at a slower pace that I hear it.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:08 PM
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Sway bar link failure is the most common and primary reason for front end clunking over bumps. The work takes 1 hr MAX to replace both links. The OEM parts are $65. Make sure you are getting the OEM links. There is a DIY on this forum.
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:33 PM
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dont waste your money with OEM links.. they are no better Just x2 the money, I did my whole car for less then 100$
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dont waste your money with OEM links.. they are no better Just x2 the money, I did my whole car for less then 100$
I would disagree, and say "it depends" on which manufacturer you use. Oem Lemforder are definitely high quality. It appears that the Meyle are "okay"...I have them on the front of my car with no issues and it has been about 70k miles now (a sampling of one..so take with a grain of salt). But there are definitely some crap out there...and people have reported on issues with Ebay ones (whatever makers those are) and FCP Groton (now FCP Euro). I saw a thread with pictures of the FCP endlinks literally separated/broken after a month or two of use.
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Old 09-30-2014, 11:04 PM
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It is so easy to check a worn out sway bar links bushing if u can't diy that's sad even more if after replacing the links the issue doesn't go away
Does the car swing on the road like sometimes try to flip itself
I suspect your shock strut components


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Old 10-01-2014, 05:18 AM
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i wasnt aware of any other parts then lemforder and meyle,
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Delphi, Febi & Karlyn are other brands at less than half the cost. I am a believer that you get what you pay for (in most cases).
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Old 10-01-2014, 01:40 PM
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An often forgotten brand in euro car circles is Moog. I don't know why. They are generally regarded as top-notch by everyone else. I mean, if they're good enough to have a sticker on NASCAR race cars, they must be good, right?

But seriously, I rebuilt the front and rear ends of my car with Moog parts shortly after I got it about 2 years ago. I've only accumulated 14K miles since then, but no regrets. They fit perfectly and so far they're holding up fine.
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That price is fair for both the links, bushings and labor. The links are pretty easy along with the driver side bushing, passenger side bushing a bit more tedious due to a heat shield in the way. Links had been done on mine before I got it but still had a clunk. New bushings fixed it.
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That price is fair for both the links, bushings and labor. The links are pretty easy along with the driver side bushing, passenger side bushing a bit more tedious due to a heat shield in the way. Links had been done on mine before I got it but still had a clunk. New bushings fixed it.
+1. When I did the job, I replaced bushings AND end links with all new OEM parts (its probably only another $80 parts and labor to replace the bushings as well). I replaced the end links again, (with Meyle) trying to later diagnose a knocking noise...ended up being unrelated.
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FCP Euro doesn't "make" thier own end links they sell the same brands as everybody else...Lemforder, OEM, Febi,Meyle, Karlyn, etc. You pays your money and make your choice. I have had nothing but great service from FCP Euro and I am almost certain they have the best prices. I bought thier Meyle HD end links and they are definetly more robust than the stock ones.

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