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E46 (1999 - 2006)
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 03-17-2013, 07:24 PM
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4 Wheel Alignment

Just finished my front end refresh. Right hand outer balljoint was very loose and the CABs needed to be done. Decided to go with the Meyle kit from OEMBimmerParts. Couldn't be happier with them. Both the parts and the company. Also ordered the steering guibo just to be thorough. Heading to the dealership tomorrow for the 4 wheel alignment. $199.50! Tossed around the idea of going to Firestone, Midas etc. In the end though I decided to bite the bullet and pay the dealership price to make sure it's done to spec. After a sizable investment in parts I didn't feel comfortable half-assing the alignment. Money well spent? Who knows... Guess i'm paying for peace of mind.

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Old 03-17-2013, 07:32 PM
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That is expensive. Dealer here used to charge $119, but now does it for $99, and I got my last one for $89, tax include, with CCA membership discount.
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Old 03-17-2013, 07:53 PM
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I know it used to be around $130.00. I blame Obama... Lol
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:37 PM
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blame

Do you blame Obama for having your head up your ass ? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
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Old 07-11-2013, 03:50 AM
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Do you blame Obama for having your head up your ass ? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Nice... Way to contribute.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:15 PM
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Do you blame Obama for having your head up your ass ? !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Did you seriously revive a thread just for that?
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:14 AM
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I agree. It's the truth, Obamanomics.
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:39 PM
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Heading to the dealership tomorrow for the 4 wheel alignment. $199.50!
For the record, it cost me $90 to have my bimmer aligned this week but I had to supply my own ride-height weights:
> What can I have done at the alignment shop to reduce my drastic E39 inside tire wear?
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Old 08-03-2013, 04:22 AM
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Obama LOL
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:09 AM
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For the record, it cost me $90 to have my bimmer aligned this week but I had to supply my own ride-height weights:
> What can I have done at the alignment shop to reduce my drastic E39 inside tire wear?
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Old 08-06-2013, 02:23 AM
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And, for what it's worth, we figured out WHY the weights are used, over here:
> The REAL Reason For Using Weights During Alignment (No, It's Not What You Think.)

BTW, read the end first, as the consensus changed during the course of the thread.

Here's a price survey, of the Silicon Valley area:
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Not even the dealerships weight the cars. Call one up and ask. They dont.
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Hmmmm....
  • BMW of San Jose, aka Stevenscreek BMW (www.stevenscreekbmw.com)
    • 800-298-1501x2 (asked to speak to a service advisor)
    • The first service advisor didn't have a clue what I was asking!
    • So I called back, and the second service advisor unhesitatingly said they definitely use the weights.
    • PS: It costs $250 for an alignment with weights
  • BMW of Mountainview (http://www.bmwofmountainview.com)
    • 650-200-0149x1x2 (tried to speak to a service advisor)
    • Left a message as they didn't answer the phone
    • They didn't return the call, so I called back, and pressed "4" instead of "1": 650-200-0149x4
    • Asking for a service advisor, the one I got had no clue whether they use weights or not.
    • Calling back, pressing "4" again, I found out that it was the appointment personnel whom I had been speaking with.
    • So I got a "real" service advisor, who said they "add sandbags as needed", which I'll take to indicate they add the proper weight.
    • PS: It costs $190 for an alignment, with your money refunded if you don't need it
  • BMW of Fremont (www.bmwoffremont.com)
    • 510-224-4820x1 (asked to speak to a service advisor)
    • The service advisor unhesitatingly said they use the specified weights.
    • PS: It costs $190 for an alignment, with your money refunded if you don't need it
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:38 PM
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And, for what it's worth, we figured out WHY the weights are used, over here:
> The REAL Reason For Using Weights During Alignment (No, It's Not What You Think.)

BTW, read the end first, as the consensus changed during the course of the thread.

Here's a price survey, of the Silicon Valley area:


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Wow, for those prices there are lots of other better alignment shops that will do a custom alignment using weights.

Here are all the Bay Area shops that are worth checking out:
  1. TC Designs- Milpitas
  2. Motorsport Techniques- Hayward, may have to bring your fuel gallons as in your pics.
  3. Roger Kraus- Castro Valley
  4. Custom Alignment- Mountain View
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