Originally Posted by socalrovershop
they are not hard to replace at all they just sell you the arms cause it easier on the technician to do and still charge alot of labor. trust me i use do these bushing all the time at the dealer. you could have saved yourself a couple hundred dollars
You are from Southern California where the term Rust is nonexistent.
Everything above the Mason Dixon Line gets tons of snow and uses lots of salt. Everything freezes in including the bolts. Trust me, had to replace a few control arms due to tire wear cause the bolts froze in place. You have to cut them out with a sawzall and once that happens the bushings are not coming out.
Dealers are quoting the control arms cause of the fact most of the time the likely hood of the bolts frozen in place is gonna happen. We have to overquote the job because of the rust.
Trust me, a simple rear toe arm on a full size range rover pays .5 but we have to charge 1.5 a side to get them out cause you can't torch out the bolts and you have to cut them out.
Their is a big difference between northern cars and southern cars. Southern cars you make money on doing it book time. Northern cars you have to overcharge due to the rust. Its normal. Its an accepted part of living in the north.