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I'm looking for new front suspension parts for my '99 V70 XC AWD and found a seller on ebay, Deutsche Parts USA which has control arms and sway bar end links mfd by Hamburg-Technic of Germany. They claim these are actual OEM--not OEM style--and exceed OE specs. Their prices are great and free shipping, but I don't want to end up doing the job again in a year. Who are Volvo OEMs? How about Febi, Lemforder, MTC or APA as far as quality for suspension parts? Is Meyle the same as Scan-Tech? Heard nothing but bad about them. THANKS!
 

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I just installed the Hamburg Technic Control Arms, strut bearings, ball joints and tie rods on my 2001 volvo s80 t6. I also had the rubber Strut Mounts from Hamburg Technic, but I decided not to use them because I already had Boge strut mounts, and the quality of the Boge looked much better in a side-by-side comparison. The quality of the Hamburg control arms and strut bearings looked good.

Without doing engineering testing it is impossible to know for sure, but they are on my car now and operating just fine. I think the Hamburg strut mounts would have been OK also, but the fit, finish and quality of the Boge looked much better.

I think these days, many of the parts now used in automobiles are made in China anyway.
 

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UPDATE!!!!!

Do not buy the Hamburg Technic Control Arms unless you want to replace them in 8 months or less. They are also a safety hazard. Do not buy them because they will fail prematurely.:mad:

It is less than a year and I am already replacing the ones I bought off ebay. It is a scam. They are not from Germany, but rather China.
 

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UPDATE!!!!!

Do not buy the Hamburg Technic Control Arms unless you want to replace them in 8 months or less. They are also a safety hazard. Do not buy them because they will fail prematurely.:mad:

It is less than a year and I am already replacing the ones I bought off ebay. It is a scam. They are not from Germany, but rather China.
Thanks for the info brad...
Gonna check out for this one if it is really true because I'm planning to buy Hamburg Technic Control Arms.
 

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Do not buy Hamburg-Technic

If you buy these, you are not only costing yourself much more money in the long run (parts plus any labor to install them + the new ones you will have to buy shortly thereafter), but you are also risking your life by driving in a car with control arms that could fail at any moment. My strong advice is do not buy them!!!!!
 

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Control arms

If you are thinking about control arms for your Volvo, I have got two words for you: Lemforder and Febi suspension parts (German Made). For example, if you look at Lemforder bushings side-by-side with the cheaper aftermarket ones made in China, you can see a noticeable and dramatic difference. The rubber in the cheaper parts is thin and flimsy looking. The Lemforder is thick and muscular looking, like rubber on steroids. There is a big difference, even to the naked eye.

Here is bottom line folks: If you can easily do this job yourself and you don't mind changing the control arms out once a year, then go ahead and buy the cheap Chinese aftermarket parts. But if you are paying someone to do this job, then go with better parts otherwise you will be wasting a lot of money on labor cost to have it redone. Also, if you pay a shop to do the job for you, make sure you get at least a two year warranty (in writing) on the job.

The suspension is a complete system, therefore there may be other issues as well causing you problems. Just as there are many links on a chain, there are many links in a suspension and one weak link may affect the the whole system. Get everything checked out.

Update: I contacted
deutschepartsusa about the failed Hamburg Technic Control Arms and they sent me some new bushings for the control arms only. Now the rubber on all the other parts in the suspension kit are failing. Don't buy this kit.

 

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I already had Boge strut mounts, and the quality of the Boge looked much better in a side-by-side comparison. The quality of the Hamburg control arms and strut bearings looked good.

Without doing engineering testing it is impossible to know for sure, but they are on my car now and operating just fine. I think the Hamburg strut mounts would have been OK also, but the fit, finish and quality of the Boge looked much better.
 

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Looks can be deceiving. The rubber will fail in about 12 months. My advice is to get Beck Arnley products next time. They are much better aftermarket for quality.
 
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