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I can get a set of MB ball joints new in the box for $79.50 including shipping.

Parts.com wants $172.00 apiece for them.

Now I do not need them now, but probably will in the future. I am not sure
if I should get them.
If I never need them I am pretty sure I can sell them without taking a loss.

Should I put them in stock or should I just let it go?

The price is so tempting.
Thanks.
 

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let it go. save your money - save your time.
could end up being even cheaper in the future if/when you need them.
if you dont need them you will have a hard time selling them - time and energy will be sucked away....
as vehicles age parts prices go down - in my experience and within limits.
 

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Good call, We had the right rear apart to do the bearing and the joints seem to be in
very good shape. They were replaced once already.
 

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Thank you! Funny thing is that seller is the same seller who was selling the full strut assemblies that he says are OEM... Now I am thinking about giving those rear assemblies a shot... :)
 

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Based on your year that part number for the strut assemblies will not be a direct fit.
Seller is selling A 163 320 23 13 which have a oval shaped mounting post on the
bottom of the shock. Some very tedious grinding will be needed to make a good fit
into the control arm. The part # you want is A 163 320 24 13 that have round mounting
points on the bottom of the shock.
The best I can find them for is about $260 per side at parts.com
 
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