I'm slowly working my way through my '94 E420 and addressing the items that need or soon will need attention. Visual inspection of the front control arm bushings showed some dry rotting and cracking. According to the maintenance history they're original to the car. I heard a clunking in the front suspension recently and replaced the stabilizer bar bushings, thinking that might be the issue. The clunking remains. I'm guessing it's the ball joints on the control arms.
The only control arms I've found are Mercedes OE at $417 ($560 list) a side, Febi at $174 a side and Febi Bilstein at $210 a side. Apparently Lemfoerder doesn't make replacement control arms for the 400E/E420. I've also seen TRW, Dorman, Moog and Beck/Arnley but I'm guessing they're all junk.
$834 for control arms seems a bit much. Are there any other alternatives? What's the difference between Febi and Febi Bilstein or are they one in the same? Are the Febi Bilstein's that bad?