2004 E46 320d - Booked in to have all my bushes replaced..

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  1. 2004 E46 320d - Booked in to have all my bushes replaced.. 
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    2004 E46, 320CD Man, 70,000 miles, Avon ZZ3 225/45/17 all round.

    Having just taken my mates E90 325CD M-Sport (auto) out for a spin I've decided that my car feels very heavy and dull in the steering and on turn-in. My car has done 70K miles so decided that it is about time it got treated to a complete set of powerflex bushes. £350 ish I think is the quote which includes a massive £100 for the alignment - they are checking not only toe-in but also camber (and castor?).

    I once had poly bushes fitted to the front end of a capri and it felt much nicer afterwards so assume it will feel tighter and more controlled/direct/linear on the BM ...of interest however, a local garage that specialises in performance upgrades (runs its own race team etc) advised me to replace with OEM bushes first.... We'll see.

    Anyhow, it's being done on Monday so I'll let you know how it feels.
     
     

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    Powerflex bushes should last the life of the car-If OEM ones did then we shouldn't need to replace them now then should we?

    Look forward to an update on this thread when they are done -I am doing mine myself
     
     

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    alos looking forward to hearing how this goes
    any chance of pics/write up?
     
     

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    Yeah I'm looking forward to the results too...My car is making creaking noises at the back when going over humps...Had a broken rear spring and replaced it but it still persists. It happens when the chassis is bending.

    Get rich or die tryin'...
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    Hi jme_be

    Is the £100 alignment check on a Hunter Machine? If you're going to have the bushes replaced it does make sense to have a full alignment.
    I'm also looking forward to reading up your conclusions.
     
     

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    Hey Jme_be - I am also looking forward to your update and I think I need my bushes done too (63k miles). Hope you get what you expect

    Is it a stealer / Indy / someone you know who is doing it?

    By the way that is a bit expensive for the hunter alignment is it not? I get mine for £69 inclusive for all 4 corners, unless the price has shot up recently.... Red.
     
     

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    Just had my front bushes replaced with powerflex units as the old (original) ones were a bit worn.
    This wear was most apparent when I "jabbed' the brakes at low speed -you could see in shop windows' reflections the front wheel actually moving forwards by a small amount and this was felt as a 'clonk' through the brake pedal
    £49 from ebay later I had the new bushes derived to my local BMW Indy who installed them for me.
    The difference was definitely noticeable and the Steering much sharper and responsive. I had a 4-wheel alignment with brand new tyres as there was some wear to the shoulders of the existing front tyres.
    However, they could not adjust one of the front track-rods as it was Seized up (common fault apparently. I need to go back after I get hold of new ones.

    so Poweflex get the thumbs-up from me.
     
     

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    I fitted standard bushes in my E39 the thrust bushes in the front, totally transformed the feel of the steering and eliminated steer shake on light braking above 60MPH. Well worth the £37 for the genuine items.
    Used standard bushes as I wanted comfort being a TOG. (and I only fit genuine parts)
     
     

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    Fitted powerflex bushes to the front of my Compact and to be honest can't notice any difference in the ride quality comfort wise. Have noticed a big difference in how it handles though. Seems to be more feedback and it tracks the corners perfect.
    Boyo
     
     

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    Hi Slowtech - just looked on their website, they're using a "Beissbarth" machine.

    Hey Redadair - I'm using an independant BWW/Merc garage in Milton Keynes called "PCS". Yeah, I thought that the alignment was pricey but when I questioned it I got a very detailed response which gave me confidence that they knew what they were doing ..as I've quite often paid 30 odd quid for a basic alignment check to find that the car felt worse after, 100 quid for a spot on job seems like a good investment. In my top five of car irritations, poor tracking is at #2 (just behind soft/wooden brake pedals!).

    Not sure I'll be able to get any photos (i'll ask) but I do promise a frank and objective report tomorrow evening. Fingers crossed I haven't just wasted £350 of the kids inheritence!
     
     

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