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2001 Mercedes-Benz E320 Question: lower control arm replacement

 

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houstonguru, Missouri City, TX, February 01, 2011, 13:21
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need to replace my lower control arm bushings as they are making noises per the dealer....need help guestimating how much this should cost? is it cheaper to replace the whole control arm instead of just the bushing? please help.

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    dandd February 01, 2011, 15:10
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    The dealer should have told you an estimate for the job, so call back the service writer and ask them for a quote. Just doing the bushings will be much cheaper.

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    Visitor, March 30, 2011, 12:49

    Just went through this on my own 1997 Mercedes E320. To replace the lower control arms on the front of the car is very expensive compared to replacing the lower bushings and ball joints if you can find someone to perform the labor at a reasonable price. For a lower control arm, the cost of the part is about $750 per arm (need 2). However, the part for the lower bushing is only about $75 each (need 2) and $35 each for the lower ball joint (need 2) plus 4 nuts for the ball joint (about $2.25 each). The key is if you can find someone to perform the labor of the work for a decent price. The time it should take to replace the lower bushings and ball joints should be around 4 to 5 hours total. Hopefully, you can find someone to do the work at about $50 to $65 an hour. A good price for replacing lower bushings and ball joints including labor should be around $450 and up. However, if you go to the dealer expect to pay for parts and labor around $1100 to $1200 or more. I suggest buying the parts at Napa Auto Parts and then finding a good mechanic who will perform the work at the above price. If you need more info, you can call me on my cell (805) 660-4487.....good luck!

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    nour-eddine February 17, 2013, 15:18
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    the control arm its about 746$ from dealer but from us its low price its just you have to wait like 7days the job is about 4 to 5 hours in dealer its 150$ a hour that if evry thing around still good like bull joint and ... so i think you should order the part and look for chip mechanic and will cost you less than mercedes dealer for sure .

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    sagster, July 05, 2013, 15:07
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    I am going through this right now. The dealer wants an arm and a leg to replace the lower control arm bushings. You can get both lower control arms that have the bushings already installed for $237. http://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/2000/Mercedes-Benz/E32... That makes it easier to do since you wont need to press out the old bushings and replace. But if you can do that you can get the bushings for $49.50 Ea. So if you are replacing all 4 bushings it will cost you just under $200. http://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/2000/Mercedes-Benz/E32... The Dealer wants $156.95 for each bushing. They also want $71.05 for each lower Ball joint when you can get them for about $50 Ea.

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    sagster, July 05, 2013, 15:07
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    I am going through this right now. The dealer wants an arm and a leg to replace the lower control arm bushings. You can get both lower control arms that have the bushings already installed for $237. http://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/2000/Mercedes-Benz/E32... That makes it easier to do since you wont need to press out the old bushings and replace. But if you can do that you can get the bushings for $49.50 Ea. So if you are replacing all 4 bushings it will cost you just under $200. http://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/2000/Mercedes-Benz/E32... The Dealer wants $156.95 for each bushing. They also want $71.05 for each lower Ball joint when you can get them for about $50 Ea.

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    sagster, July 05, 2013, 15:07
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    I am going through this right now. The dealer wants an arm and a leg to replace the lower control arm bushings. You can get both lower control arms that have the bushings already installed for $237. http://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/2000/Mercedes-Benz/E32... That makes it easier to do since you wont need to press out the old bushings and replace. But if you can do that you can get the bushings for $49.50 Ea. So if you are replacing all 4 bushings it will cost you just under $200. http://www.buyautoparts.com/buynow/2000/Mercedes-Benz/E32... The Dealer wants $156.95 for each bushing. They also want $71.05 for each lower Ball joint when you can get them for about $50 Ea.

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    sagster August 08, 2013, 15:16
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    I am going through this right now. The estimated cost for control arms posted is bogus! I got both the lower control arms for $230.00 and if you buy 1 it cost $125.00 at www.buyautoparts.com Then you just need someone who can put them in for you at a reasonable rate. I luckily have a brother in law doing mine for me. The ball joints cost me about $53 ea. I recommend doing both control arms and ball joints so you are not in this predicament again in the near future.

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