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Old 09-12-2013, 09:30 AM
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Wow...

Great thread guys. I just noticed in my wife's X3 the driver's side front rattling a little when hitting bumps. I think I have a blown shock absorber as I can see leakage around it and pushing that side down is far easier than the passenger side and it bounces.

This broken spring business is blowing my mind though ... when you guys had that are you saying the spring was literally cracked and separated at some points? I'll have to check mine before planning my replacement (which I will be doing myself)...
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Old 09-15-2013, 12:23 PM
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Pretty much.
The rear springs can snap near one or both ends, where the they are thinner. Really not too tough to swap out though.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:49 AM
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Salt Related?

Here is a question which may or may not be related. How many of you with broken springs live in or operate in areas where the roads are salted or other chemicals are used for deicing?
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:00 PM
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Good question...

I live in Maryland. They salt the road when ever a few snow flakes hit the ground. I do drive up into the mountains to snowboard. So it's safe to say my springs do get a good dose of salt these winters.
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Old 09-16-2013, 11:57 PM
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Corroded springs

It seems as if there is a trend that those owners whose springs regularly get salted have higher failure rate than those who don't. Perhaps the surface gets corroded and then that speeds up fatigue. I am not a metals engineer but it seems logical.
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Old 04-19-2016, 08:45 AM
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Bought my X3 with about 80k on it in 2012. A few days later I noticed the passenger side rear coil was broken at the top so I brought it back to the dealership and they replaced both free of charge. Just did my brakes yesterday and noticed the driver side rear coil is broken in the same spot. I've put about 40k on in less than 4 years, but this is ridiculous since both were replaced.

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Old 04-19-2016, 08:56 AM
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Common failure point on these cars, especially in climates with a lot of salt. Weekly sprayings with fresh water are needed to postpone replacement.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:03 AM
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That sucks. Both of mine have been broken at the bottom for quite a while. I think they were broken when I got it a few years ago so really never noticed any change in ride.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:11 AM
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Common failure point on these cars, especially in climates with a lot of salt. Weekly sprayings with fresh water are needed to postpone replacement.
Yeah I could understand that if I were in a northern climate, but being in VA we don't get much, if any, snow. Well, either way there's nothing I can do about it now except replace them. Fortunately it's not a difficult fix. Maybe 30 minutes per side.
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Old 04-19-2016, 09:13 AM
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That sucks. Both of mine have been broken at the bottom for quite a while. I think they were broken when I got it a few years ago so really never noticed any change in ride.
Best of luck, sir! I'm not brave enough to go with it lol. If you do change your mind, it's a relatively cheap and easy fix. And if you don't want to do it yourself, should still be pretty affordable at your local indy mechanic. I was quoted a little over $400 for overnighted parts and labor. Just make sure you pay the extra $40 per side and replace the spring pads.

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Old 04-19-2016, 11:59 AM
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Mine both broke as well... Really Really should not be happening, on a BMW, of any car for that matter. Live in vancouver nothing here that would be causing this issue with weather. Anyways the dealer replacement springs were $350 each! I had Eibach springs all corners replaced and alignment for $800!!! No brainer there better springs, 4 of them, installed for the price of just 2 springs and not including installation.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:05 PM
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Mine broke as well. I replaced new Eibach springs all four corners with alignment and installation, $800.
Just the rear spring are $350 each at the dealer not including installation. GET EIBACHS, better springs better deal nicer ride and don't have to worry about them breaking again.
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Old 04-19-2016, 12:47 PM
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Mine broke as well. I replaced new Eibach springs all four corners with alignment and installation, $800.
Just the rear spring are $350 each at the dealer not including installation. GET EIBACHS, better springs better deal nicer ride and don't have to worry about them breaking again.
Yeah I went after market and got a great deal. $250 total including pads and I'm going to do the install myself. Not a bad deal. BMW really tries to put you through the ringer on their work.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:33 AM
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My dealer just had a free checkup clinic and one item was a cracked rear spring and one severely coroded. Just had them done 6/14 by a local bmw only repair shop and the dealer said the springs have a two year warranty. Local shop is looking into their archived receipts since they only do a one year replacement but said they'd honor the 2-yr warranty. This will be the third set of broken springs (bought car 1/09 - replaced springs in '11, '14, and now in '16. Gonna try and work a deal and have them install the Eibachs instead of original. (They do the labor and I'll buy the parts.)
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Old 04-30-2016, 07:34 AM
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X3 rear springs

SUPLEX 06237 Can get at many online sources. Appx 130.00 ea Put mine in a couple of months ago-not a problem. They are made in Germany
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Old 04-30-2016, 08:30 AM
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Fraud?

I've since had my local mechanic (BMW only) check my car out as a second opinion for other items found in the Dealers free clinic. They since discovered that my rear springs replaced in '14 are still good. Neither were cracked or corroded as the Dealer stated. Waiting to hear back from BMW NorthAmerica. Other inconsistencies in the Dealer assessment to be dealt with but not part of this thread. Thanks All for the other after market recommendations for the springs, when they actually do fail.
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