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The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 09-27-2014, 09:14 AM
sheboogies sheboogies is offline
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BMWCi 2004 control arms

I just bought a used 2004 Ci and the front control arms are completely shot. What my best and most affordable bet to get them replaced? Dealership prices are outrageous and I am not sure Sears will get me the best parts but the price is right I guess. $450 ish. Then I have to get 2 new tires and an alignment. The dealership prices are not going to work for me at all.
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Old 09-29-2014, 09:46 AM
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Welcome to Bimmerfest! I've moved your question to the E46 3 series forum, you'll get more help in here. You should go to a mechanic that specializes in BMWs. You can find one here -


You can also do it yourself if you're handy.

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Old 09-29-2014, 10:19 AM
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Easy-peasy. Even I did my control arms. That being said, I'm not sure of your mechanical confidence.

Parts are here: http://www.oembimmerparts.com/BMW_E4...rts_s/1957.htm Not saying you have to go with this vendor or product line, but it's a start:

DYI here: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=421918

SEARCH this forum for control arm and you'll find a load of info.

Check with your local BMW Car Club of America for a local independent shop. Better than Sears, cheaper than a dealer.

Read the WIKI for more info about your car: http://www.bimmerfest.com/wiki/index.php?title=BMW_E46
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:40 AM
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Very doable DIY!! My 16 year old son and I just did this on his 04ci a month ago. Do you have a friend handy with a wrench? Maybe the two of you together could tackle. My recommendation is to study up on all the info here and familiarize yourself with the process. Once I read all the threads and consulted the wiki I was certain we could do it. I bet you will be too.
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