Bought a used 3.0 manual with 101K now. I'm undergoing my first-time BMW- owner-initiation/ hazing/ torture at the shops (dealer and indi). After having both front CV joints and boots replaced for around $900, (and belts for $180 or so) ; the latest "Ouch!" is: - lower thrust arm bushing: $350 (for only 1 I think) - both front lower control arms $294 - both upper rear wishbone arms $1080 (!?!?!) Since it seems the entire suspension is in the process of being replaced; 1) Are there any heavier duty/upgrade options I should consider? 2) Which jobs can I / should I do myself that are worth the bother or major savings? 3) What's the best tech info on disc available out there? Dealer has been quite good and actually competitive or better than independent shops", so I think I'll let him do the thrust arm bushing and the control arms to get rid of the intermittent soft "clunking" and sharp "clicking" up front. Hopefully it will be worth it to be able to enjoy the car again, save the tires, and not damage any related components. That will also buy me some time to find a tech.manual disc. and get some coaching from you guys before entering the next phase of comittment and intimacy in this car relationship of mixed blessings. Thanks for letting me vent, This is my first post.