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Old 10-29-2013, 06:05 PM
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Replace Wishbone Control Arm cost for E90

BMW value service $399.33* for 3 Series 6 cylinder models for 1 side only. (I guess it's acceptable to just replace one side)

What's the price you've paid outside of dealer?

The control arm is the connecting link between wheel and vehicle body. Defective control arms that are not matched to the vehicle model not only diminish the driving comfort but can also weaken the body structure, can cause a higher tire wear and increased strain on suspension parts. The operating lifetime is dependent on many factors: the relative road conditions, the mileage reading, the load carried in the car, the driving style, the environmental conditions as well as the constructive design.

Housed in cast aluminum alloy or steel, this durable, long-lasting part is an essential component of the chassis: its role is to transfer the forces applied at the wheels to the front and rear axle carrier. It is submitted to particularly rigorous testing by BMW to ensure material quality, stiffness, accuracy of size and reliability. Original BMW control arms offer three important advantages: an improved roll-off comfort through better guiding of the wheel and exact response, reduction of the noise generation and markedly improved functional stability. Original BMW control arms are specifically matched to every vehicle. Thus, BMW achieves itsí well-known vehicle handling with optimal comfort and maximum driving dynamics.

Work performed in this package:

Replacement of left or right front control arm.
Includes control arm on pivot bearing and at front axle carrier.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:24 AM
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I would recommend an alignment too.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:05 PM
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BMW value service $399.33* for 3 Series 6 cylinder models for 1 side only. (I guess it's acceptable to just replace one side)

What's the price you've paid outside of dealer?

The control arm is the connecting link between wheel and vehicle body. Defective control arms that are not matched to the vehicle model not only diminish the driving comfort but can also weaken the body structure, can cause a higher tire wear and increased strain on suspension parts. The operating lifetime is dependent on many factors: the relative road conditions, the mileage reading, the load carried in the car, the driving style, the environmental conditions as well as the constructive design.

Housed in cast aluminum alloy or steel, this durable, long-lasting part is an essential component of the chassis: its role is to transfer the forces applied at the wheels to the front and rear axle carrier. It is submitted to particularly rigorous testing by BMW to ensure material quality, stiffness, accuracy of size and reliability. Original BMW control arms offer three important advantages: an improved roll-off comfort through better guiding of the wheel and exact response, reduction of the noise generation and markedly improved functional stability. Original BMW control arms are specifically matched to every vehicle. Thus, BMW achieves its' well-known vehicle handling with optimal comfort and maximum driving dynamics.

Work performed in this package:

Replacement of left or right front control arm.
Includes control arm on pivot bearing and at front axle carrier.

Value? Does that include Kinematic alignment?

Check HP Autowerks for suspension parts. They may not carry other than M parts, but might be able to easily source.
  • If you do one side, you should do the other
  • M parts highly recommended - 4 arms in front - EASY DIY install
  • Steering response markedly better w/M parts
  • Replace the arm with rubber or Delrin parts pre-installed
  • You absolutely require alignment after suspension work
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:35 PM
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If that includes both parts - one is called the control arm, one called the tension strut - most older cars just had a one piece control arm but bmw has 2 pieces that technically make up the control arm links. They run about 100 bucks each and it takes about an hour to change them, so guessing you would not get it done for less than $300, $400 isn't bad for a dealer install. Reading it, it kinda sounds like just the control arm and not the tension strut which seems a bit pointless and also overpriced.

Alignment is not required when replacing these parts as they are static parts with no adjustment, but if you car has enough miles on it to wear them out and need them replaced, an alignment would be highly recommended if it has not been done before. Also if an alignment has been done recently with the old parts that are worn, the new parts may cause the car to be a little out of alignment.
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If that includes both parts - one is called the control arm, one called the tension strut - most older cars just had a one piece control arm but bmw has 2 pieces that technically make up the control arm links. They run about 100 bucks each and it takes about an hour to change them, so guessing you would not get it done for less than $300, $400 isn't bad for a dealer install. Reading it, it kinda sounds like just the control arm and not the tension strut which seems a bit pointless and also overpriced.

Alignment is not required
when replacing these parts as they are static parts with no adjustment, but if you car has enough miles on it to wear them out and need them replaced, an alignment would be highly recommended if it has not been done before. Also if an alignment has been done recently with the old parts that are worn, the new parts may cause the car to be a little out of alignment.

Do not go there my son! Worn bushings/ball joints - absolutely requires alignment after replacement.
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