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Morning All,

Seeking your advice, I just went in for my service and have been advised that both rear lower suspension arms have excessive movement and need to be replaced.

With a quick google I come up with multiple potential items and I'm not sure which is the correct one, had anybody had any particular experience with this and able to provide advice? I have been quoted £527 to have them replaced.

2012 XF Sportbrake, 2.2 ltr 200hp, 92K miles.

Thanks in advance,

Dom
 

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I think mine also had the brake line running through it so had a brake fluid flush as well...

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Going by the price, presumably that’s a Main Dealer quote….? Get a second opinion/price from an indie.
 

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Going by the price, presumably that’s a Main Dealer quote….? Get a second opinion/price from an indie.
Hi Kev,

Actually no, it was from E & E who are pretty reasonable at the best of times.

Thanks,

Dom
 

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I think mine also had the brake line running through it so had a brake fluid flush as well...

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Thanks, actually more to the point was that they said the replacement arms at £180 + VAT each, I know they only use official parts but was wondering whether they have to be Jag official parts or whether other OEM parts can be purchased (much cheaper) and request the garage to fit them, so I would just be paying labour, so I guess I would need to know exactly which part it is.

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Sounds awfy dear, Dom, but me clueless and still a Jaggy novice.
 

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Thanks, actually more to the point was that they said the replacement arms at £180 + VAT each, I know they only use official parts but was wondering whether they have to be Jag official parts or whether other OEM parts can be purchased (much cheaper) and request the garage to fit them, so I would just be paying labour, so I guess I would need to know exactly which part it is.

Dom
You'd have to check that they're ok with that in the first place.

I know Chris at the Jag specialist in Doncaster will no longer fit parts customers have brought in as he's had that much bother in the past with things failing quickly and then him getting the flak for it. That's not to say he won't fit non jag parts, but he knows from experience which are good and which aren't.

I'd look into getting them re-bushed also as that can work out significantly cheaper parts cost wise, but slightly more in labour. The arms themselves don't really fail.
 
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Just a quick update, so I made a few calls and did a little googling, the correct item name is Rear Lower Wishbone Arm, non OEM ones start at £122 each and I can find the OEM (Lemforder) ones for as little as £148 each but most paces are £179, so not much cost difference, getting the originals from Jaguar is £181. So to be honest, the savings by sourcing non OEM (Delphi) myself, then paying a local Jag specialist £180 to fit them it comes to £100 (£426) difference than just letting E & E get and fit original Jag ones, for me personally I don't mind paying £100 for peace of mind that I have the exact part, fitted by great technicians.
 

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I agree, looked into it multiple times on mine for different parts, and happy to pay a “premium” so that Indy does all the work.
 

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I've given up trying to do things on the cheap. More often than not it ends up being more expensive than buying the correct original part in the first place. Not to mention my time which at the moment is invaluable and at a premium.

I'd still look into getting them rebushed, it's a common alternative to getting the whole arm swapped out.
 

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Jaguar will not be making the arms but one of the component manufacturing companies but to Jaguar specification. To what specification will others make them? Rebushing is a sound idea providing the arms are not bent etc. However, need to take in to account the price of bushes and the cost of fitting them.
 

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I've given up trying to do things on the cheap. More often than not it ends up being more expensive than buying the correct original part in the first place. Not to mention my time which at the moment is invaluable and at a premium.

I'd still look into getting them rebushed, it's a common alternative to getting the whole arm swapped out.
Hi Phil,

I did consider the re-bushing option but even before i suggested it one of the Indies I spoke to advised against it for this component, he advised that in removing the bushes more often than not it introduces scoring where the bushes seat, which in turn leads to them not being 100% secure. I hadn't even raised the subject of just changing the bushes when he offered this information and it was a reputable Indie, so I did take his opinion on board when making my decision to just change the entire kit and caboodle. Again, I guess it boils down to peace of mind.

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That's understandable, there's various arms and bushes on these cars with it having independent rear suspension. I guess you can only be guided by thier recommendations. As I said, I've often tried to do things cheaper in the past and it's often come back to bite me in the arse.

I'll do certain jobs myself but I'll try to use genuine or well known parts. Second hand scrap parts are pointless unless its something like a body panel etc.
 
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