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    Posted: 13-June-2009 at 23:11

Ok chaps.

My steed failed its mot today (still driveable on the old ticket until 8th July), but I need to get it sorted asap.

The car is a 1996 E34 518i estate.

The front offside shocker is leaking (this is all it has failed on).

I've looked on the GFS website, they can supply complete legs for £67.50 per side.

I've spoken to Euro car parts, they can supply inserts for £17.50 per side.

I'm advised its only the inserts that wear.

Any advise/experience ?

I will of course be replacing both, its only an 1800, so doesn't need uprating.

 

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote adzy216 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13-June-2009 at 23:28
Have you tried pricing on http://www.partsgateway.co.uk/presults/start.php?slctCar=bmw . i got a few parts via them from BMbitz, MidlandBM and Quarry motors. (how do i put in a direct link? i'm not too clever with this computer malarky.)


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Many thanks, I'm just looking now, a clickable link for anyone else interested is :

http://www.partsgateway.co.uk/presults/start.php?slctCar=bmw

Edited to add, you may not be able to put a clickable link on your post due to "permissions" (as in you haven't enough forum posts so far to allow you to do so, I'll check with "sir" and let you know)



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Thank you kindly Mr Nigel. Hope the link was of some help.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew Rolland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-June-2009 at 08:00

You may find that there is more stripping down to do to just fir the inserts so what you save on the parts may be swallowed up by the extra labour costs.  Although thinking about it again that is a £100 saving, that's 2-3 hours labour.  It wouldn't cost that much more in labour to strip it down. 

As long as the inserts are of decent quality, go for them.

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It's easier to do the inserts - you just whip off the top mount and spring, undo the big cap nut, and slide it out.  Slide the new one in, new cap nut and you're done. and if you do the whole leg you'll need wheel bearings.

I fitted sachs/boge inserts to my beast recently, and it was a quick job.  Don't remember them costing ¬£17.50 tho!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Nigel Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-June-2009 at 22:20

They wern't £17.50, seems I was missquoted, the cheap ones were £37.50, I've bought bilsteins for £57.00, as I was advised to do.

The bilsteins are original equipment, but cost £157.00 from the main dealer (in fairness they whispered where to get them from).

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Andrew Rolland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16-June-2009 at 09:42
OEM from anywhere are your best bet.  No point whatsoever buying genuine BMW parts to get a BMW stamp and in a BMW box.
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Originally posted by Nigel Nigel wrote:

in fairness they whispered where to get them from.



That was very decent of Messers Lovett & Co. To be fair to them they've just quoted cheaper for an inspection 1 on the 540 than Clayton Cars!!!
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Lovett & Co ?

Ours were Robert Stern, but are now Ryland or something like that.

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Thought Lovett had bought them....or so I was told.

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They are trading under the name Ryland, so no idea.
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