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11-07-2019, 00:10   #1
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NCT failure shopping list

Hi folks, I've had that sinking feeling that goes along with not getting a shiny new NCT disk. Car is an BMW E46 318Ci, and has only racked up 500 miles since last years NCT, but I think these are a 'sooner or later' type failure.



Now I won't be doing the repairs myself, hence not posting in the DIY sub forum, but I do have the option or sourcing the parts myself, as my indy is happy to just do the labour. So if you could entertain me to see if I have the right parts, I would greatly appreciate it.

First up is the steering linkage, which from what I know(little), maybe a tie rod replacement as it defines a side. I'm thinking to replace both while at it, but aware that this is most 'unknown' of the three issues.
https://www.micksgarage.com/d/tie-ro...ll-tie-rod-end
https://www.micksgarage.com/d/tie-ro...ll-tie-rod-end

Next is the wishbone bushes. The fail sheet says rear, inner. The part says rear, lower. I'm assuming these are the same parts?
https://www.micksgarage.com/d/wishbo...shbone-bushing
https://www.micksgarage.com/d/wishbone-bushes/BMW/BMW-3-Series/3-Series-Coupe-1999-to-2005/318-Ci-118-1895/products/132870-3999-1140/quinton-hazell-wishbone-bushing

Last is the anti roll bar bushes and links, which from what I can see, fit both sides.
x2 https://www.micksgarage.com/d/anti-r...ll-bar-bushing
x2 https://www.micksgarage.com/d/anti-r...-bar-drop-link

So all in all, it seems like my front end has had a very good going over. Parts total €160 odd, presuming I have the right ones. Of course with this type of thing, am I a bit mad even trying to source myself, should I let the indy work away and source his own bits?
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11-07-2019, 08:43   #2
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I can only take no comments so far as a good thing . I'm going to try and get next day delivery, so if I'm being obviously stupid with something, feel free to point it out before I push the button.
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I wouldn't order parts unless I was sure what needed replacing, especially as some aren't obvious. You'd be better off just getting the mechanic to physically inspect the car and order what's needed, as those kinds of parts should be easy to identify if they're on the way out.

Mick's Garage are not the most reliable either, many issues with receiving incorrect parts. I generally don't see the point in ordering parts yourself unless it's something particularly unusual, you want a particular manufacturer, etc.
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