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Well, they said the instrument gauge cluster wasnt communicating with something, and something else about the immobilizer... electrical problems=$$$. they wanted $467 to do the control arm bushing. I know where to find the DIY for that though cause thats pretty ridiculous.

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500$ for that, jesus.


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3 hours for labor? I'm pretty sure that DIY said 30 minutes..

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Shit....I replaced the damn control arms for under $100 in not even an hour.


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I bought extra Control arms for $50 powdercoated them gloss black for $50 bought poly bushings for them at $80, and installed them wiht a friend for free.

all in all i have amazing CAs and paid a total of $180 for them.

Do it yourself.


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I bought extra Control arms for $50 powdercoated them gloss black for $50 bought poly bushings for them at $80, and installed them wiht a friend for free.

all in all i have amazing CAs and paid a total of $180 for them.

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How was it getting those poly bushings in? press?
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dont you have to get an alignment as well when you do the CA's?

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Yes, used a press bit I would say it is completely doable without them.

And yes, you need an alignment. I did ball joints and a lower stress bar at the same time too.


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im going to be doin my bushings as well now that my car is in the shop i can do anything i want to her now im just waiting on parts..

need to get the stress bar new ball joints tie rods and thinking of getting new axles as well gettin all the small stuff outta the way is goin to help in the long run lol.

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Bringing this old thread back to life. The car has been at the dealership for almost a week and they have NO IDEA what is wrong with it. It randomly wont start (immobilizer acting up when it wants) and its losing boost pressure about 2 psi at a time. Its down to 6 psi.. If the P.O. put an electronic boost controller on it, would it be flashed into the ECU, or is its own separate deal? Im thinking the whole ECU might be shot, and just needs to be replaced. The starting/immobilizer issue is more important than the boost pressure for now though.

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sounds like your ecu could be fucked.

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Sounds like ecu or your wires are screwed up.

Aftermarket radio?


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nah its the stock radio. I was thinking the ECU as well, i just wanted to see what yall thought.

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Key gone through the wash or get screwed up. Magnets? Could be making the immobilizer tricky.
Or whatever system is looking for the keys signal.

The sensor could have bad wiring or be shot.


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no the key doesnt even have the battery in it. i got it like that and never noticed it cause i never used it, and i put a battery in it eventually and set off the alarm when i hit the buttons.

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