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Well i have a 95 thunderbird with the 4.6. I have been noticing clunking and grinding throughout the front suspension. Took it over to the mechanic and they found that 2 lower and one upper ball joints that need replacing, control arms, driver side wheel bearing, and rear shocks. They quoted it about $1300 for all of the parts and labor. Now my question is should i even keep the car anymore? The car has 113K miles and i can see a new trans or trans overhaul in the near future with a new TC. I'm pretty sure the IRS bushings have been clunking since i got the car. Would it be even worth fixing knowing that i might need another $1000 worth of work in the near future?

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"Is it worth fixing?" Good question, and it'll always have subjective answers.

In my case, yes. Despite my kidding about having paid for this car twice (I've owned it over 8 years now), I still find it less expensive to maintain/repair this car than it it to buy another, and cough up additional insurance premiums.

If you're good with tools, there's a lot you can do yourself on these cars...try a search on the repairs your car needs, and see what others have said about them.
 

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$1300 to swap in new lower balljoints, one upper control arm, a wheel bearing, and a pair of rear shocks? That's crazy. You could do it yourself for easily less than $300.

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I agree $1300 should buy you a new frontend complete. As far as being worth fixing,well try to replace the car and see how much that will cost. As far as reliability goes we have very good cars, but like any they have their problems. All vehicles need front end,suspension and brake work. I don't even consider those things major repair, but I did spend over $1000 in parts for my suspension and front end
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is it worth fixing? In my opinion yes.
2 upper controol arms 2x 65.00 each= 130.00
2 Lower controol arms 2x70.00 each = 140.00
2 strut rods bushing 40.00 each = 80.00
2 inner tie rod ends 40.00 each =80.00
2 outter tie rods 30.00 each =80.00
2 moneroe Refles shocks and
2 moneroe refles stuts from
a-1 struts.com = 240.00
good spring comressor =40.00
your labor free. total 790.00

This is for a total front end rebuild plus new monroe reflex shocks and struts. don't get the sensetracks they are too soft. If you have the opptinuity I would pick up a set of sport springs or supercoupe springs and swap them out at the same time since the front struts require dissasembly to switch them out you might as well add springs.
 

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i concour as well, fix it! d.y.s. ! the stuffs cheap and you still have a good car
 

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Is that the right price for strut rod bushings?? I dont remember them being that expensive.
 

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Quite a few of the prices that blown96bird posted are high, but then again, it is better to over estimate and have money left over.

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A whole thunderbird that needs the same work.
Nope, a good one. I unloaded mine for a grand, and a lot of V8s up here go for $1200-$1600. No one has much use for a rear drive car during the winter.
 

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Thanks for the input everyone. As for doing it myself, i wish i could. I now live in a town home with a one car crackerjack box that i don't even think my car will fit in let alone allow me to do any work. And i really don't have the time to do this between work and whatnot, and i also need this car to get back and forth from school. SO im just gonna take the hit and hope nothing else expensive breaks. :(

-Jon
 

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hey at least try to find a cheaper shop
 

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I just got off the phone with a local shop that has my bird for the same thing. $1180. I told him to park it outside and came here to get the scoop on what it should really cost. He told me about $560 in parts so another $620 in labor? Can it take that much time? :mad:

But anyway, I'll order the parts and do it myself I guess.
 

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yes, its very intensive labor
 

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You have to figure in the tools required to do this job. Suspension can be a breeze or a royal PITA. Rust is the variable that makes a difference. Sometimes these parts come right apart. Sometime you cut them off with a torch and buy new bolts for them.
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