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Re: Question - Shock/springs DIY (archive)

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Posted by Acro_d on April 06, 2001 at 06:35:38:

In Reply to: Re: Question - Shock/springs DIY posted by Simon UK on April 05, 2001 at 14:34:03:

BMW quoted me 1,000+VAT for shocks/springs, 780+VAT for shocks alone. These prices include BMW KDS alignment. An independent shop quoted me 515+VAT for shocks alone, I reckon they'd quote about 720+VAT for both shocks/springs.

The parts from BMW would cost 530+VAT.
Eurocarparts can supply the shocks for 130 less than BMW, but I don't know if they are the same or as good BMW's. They have Boge and Bilsteins, if I was going to buy from them I would most likely go with Boge.
So if I bought shocks from Eurocarparts, springs from BMW, the parts would cost 400+VAT which is a fair saving if I did the job myself.

I see there is a new post on that seems to imply the job is not difficult and spring compressors not expensive. I've got an E34 Bentley manual and I presume the E32 set-up is similar to the E34. But do I want to do the job is another question... I would have to work in the street as I don't have a drive or garage. I've been tinkering with the idea of going with the independent mechanic but my concern about him is that he told me I need new front disks and pads when changing thrust arm bushes. I've asked around and this doesn't appear to be true, so my trust in him has diminished before he's even done any work. I know I can always tell him not to do the disks and pads. He's also told me that he only fits original BMW parts which is a statement I've heard before only to find that the car comes back with cheaper OEM parts and the mechanic has walked away with a tidy profit from the parts...

For USA folks; Multiply the prices above by 1.5 for approximate US$.

'88 E32 730i

Looking to carry out same job! What have you been quoted for kits make etc. and where did you find the correct type net etc? My local BMW specialist charges 40 per hour even if i supply parts. I'm in essex/london so contact me.

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