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My 318 e46 rattles. I took it for bushing replacement, and replaced control arms, but after a few hour it was back to rattling. Please help! I too have the dreaded rattle. I recently took it in and got the control arms and bushings replaced also. The rear shocks were replaced a few months before. The rattle is back though. If anyone has any idea what's going on, or has the same problem and finds the solution, then let me know!

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You need to replace the sway bar end links also, they get very noisy but appear fine when they are on the car. Cheap on Ebay.My 318 e46 rattles. I took it for bushing - e9253ba.jpg

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