Hi Scottie, I took my 2009 Lexus RX350 to the dealer for the 100,000 mile service. They told me that the control arm bushings are worn and should be replaced and the price was around $3000.00. Yikes!…

Saguarosteve

Hi Scottie, I took my 2009 Lexus RX350 to the dealer for the 100,000 mile service. They told me that the control arm bushings are worn and should be replaced and the price was around $3000.00. Yikes! I priced the bushings on line and found them for anywhere from $76.00 to $139.00 each. I asked the dealer to explain the $3000 and was told that they replace the entire controller arm assemblies. When I reminded them that since the controller arms are made from metal they should last the life of the car they explained that they replace everything because the bushings use press in bearings. Am i getting a fair assessment of this repair or is someone pulling my leg?

Thanks, Saguarosteve

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Saguarosteve
Saguarosteve

Thanks guys. Scotty is right, they can be pressed with the right tool. And Techsus is right on and the reason they replace the entire control arm assemblies has to do with the deflation of my bank account and the inflation of their's. So I'm taking Jackofall's advice and visiting a couple of independents.

Techsus
Techsus

Dealerships make the bulk of their income from Service, not car sales.

Scotty Kilmer
Scotty Kilmer

Editor

yes, find someone who presses bushings in and out

Jackofall
Jackofall

I would get a second opinion from a independent shop. If they are pressed in, seem like new one can be pressed in, but not sure. Don't take a out of warranty car to a dealership! Find a reliable independent mechanic, dealers work on commission.