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Old 01-08-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Please Help - 1998 E36 328i Sway Bar Link Support

Hello all, I just had a 1998 328i inspected by a BMW mechanic as I may be interested in purchasing the vehicle. The car is 2nd owner, 138K, no accident, no rust, auto, leather, 4 all season, very very clean. Asking price $6500.

However, upon the completed inspection the mechanic noticed that the Right Front Sway Bar Link Support was torn away from the frame, indicating some body work was necessary. Further, the mechanic pointed out that the Radiator had just started to leak, and 2 (Right Front, Left Front) Triangle parts were missing. Im not sure what he was refering to when he noted the "Triangle" parts. I remember him mentioning the triangle parts were required for the intake of air or something. Im sort of a noob when it comes to repairs so thats why im not exactly sure what part he was referring to.

Im really interested in knowing how much a new sway bar link support (including labour) would cost me. In addition to a new Radiator and new "RF and LF Triangles". Any help, prices, and any shop recommendations are very much appreciated. I asked the mechanic, but he was very hesitant to give me price quotes for some reason.

Also, what do you guys think of the price overall?

Again, any help is very much appreciated.


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Old 01-08-2010, 02:53 PM   #2
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For $6500 you can find newer e46 sedan.
I would recommend investing money into a newer car rather than older e36.
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dont bother! I'll sell you mine for a hell of alot less and its only got 150K...
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Old 01-08-2010, 09:00 PM   #4
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I assume they are refering to the sway bar bushing frame support. If so it is available has a spare part. The old one must be drilled out (spot welds) and the new one fitted (weld).

Ensure this repair is done correctly (removal, cleaning, install, rust and paint protection) otherwise you may end up replacing it again.

Right Sway bar bracket 41 11 8 151 122 should be under $40.00 for the part.

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Old 01-09-2010, 01:05 AM   #5
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Thanks for the advice. I think ill invest in a nice e46 instead.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:10 AM   #6
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Thanks for the advice. I think ill invest in a nice e46 instead.
All depends if you want something really comfortable or something that has a very sporty feel to it.

I find the E46 too "soft" of a car.
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Old 01-09-2010, 04:34 AM   #7
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All depends if you want something really comfortable or something that has a very sporty feel to it.

I find the E46 too "soft" of a car.
I like both the E36 and E46, and I'd be happy with either or. Im just trying to figure out if its worth it getting this 328i on the road, taking the price of the vehicle and repairs into consideration. If not, then I'll just look around for a newer E46.
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Old 01-09-2010, 02:17 PM   #8
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BeeEm the fact is... E36 is going the way of the e30. they are becoming toys rather than used cars... the best are saved and garaged (like one of mine) the worst are parts and junk. If you want to own a BMW for a daily, get the e46. If you want the best handling sedan (probably) of all time... get the e36.
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