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      04-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #1
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2008xi struts need replaced

Just took my car in for the recall on the battery cable and was told my right front strut (shock as they called it) is leaking. He said with the amount of mileage my car has on it (52K miles) they would do both fronts for $1995.

Seems overly pricey and I am a bit skeptical of it actually needing replaced vs. them just trying to make some money... Any recommendations on best places/brands to shop if I DIY it? I don't need anything super high performance, but I don't want to trash the cars handling either to save a couple of bucks.

I have changed front struts on other cars (non-Bimmers), are these pretty similar to change on my car?
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      04-23-2013, 01:08 PM   #2
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$2k for that?!? Hell, for $1,500 I'd drive to Ohio and do it for you! Koni Yellows are a good option if you want to upgrade while you're at it, and they're pretty inexpensive. Check ECStuning.com
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      04-23-2013, 04:49 PM   #3
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      04-23-2013, 07:21 PM   #4
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Yeah, I was wondering if they were made out of unicorn tears at that price... Thanks for the recommend MikeR1994. I had not seen that site before.

As far as the DIY, I have not seen one for my car, so I am assuming there is nothing special about them on my car.

FYI- I am perfectly happy with the OEM struts (especially after getting rid of the RFT tires!), if that makes any difference in folks recommendations...
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I have bilstein hd on my 2008xi wagon, with stock springs. I could not be happier.

Ride comfort is better, handling is better. It's a win in every direction, trust me.
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      04-24-2013, 07:30 AM   #6
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Did you change them yourself? Where did you get yours from?
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http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=336355

Here is the DIY I followed this past weekend. Walks you through all the steps with plenty of pictures.
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Thanks AlpinWeiss, that is exactly what I was looking for! I was searching for e90 and DIY struts and coming up empty.

Sounds like Koni and Bilstein are the most popular choices for replacements.
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Just did 4 koni yellows on a 335 xDrive and the same win-win others report. More comfortable and better handling. Mine are all 1/4 from full soft for now. Just installed last week.
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mjlav, where did you get yours from?
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Koni's are on sale right now and will out perform the OE dampers any day. You will get OE like ride if not better, but with much better control.
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Bavauto. Good sale right now but I had already bought earlier.
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