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#4699 of 5378 Repairs after warranty expires
Jun 02, 2010 (7:20 pm)
I have a 2005 BMW 325CI that has approximately 60,000miles on it. My vehicle was covered under the 4 year maintenance warranty but this expired in 2009 and so have had all the past maintenance and repair work at the dealership. The fan clutch and the front lower controller bushings need to be replaced. I have been quoted $463 for the fan clutch repair and $820 for the controller bushings. Is this a reasonable quote? Would it be better for me to take it to our family mechanic or should I stay with the dealership I am familiar with.
#4700 of 5378 Did I get the shaft?
Jun 02, 2010 (9:26 pm)
Greetings and salutations..
This is my first post and I apologize for changing the subject or stepping on anyone.
I recently purchased my first (used) BMW. It is an "01 325i with 152k miles. The original owner did take fantastic care of this vehicle, as is evident in the lack of sun damage (north Texas, 110f in the summer) and the immaculate interior.
When I purchased this vehicle, the A/C was not cooling. The (German import only) repair shop I used to handle the repairs concluded that the compressor was bad, and the oil filter housing was leaking.
After the repairs were complete I learn that I was charged over $700 for the compressor (labor additional) and over $100 for the oil filter housing. There were some other minor repairs and services, such as interior trim clips replaced, a foaming (?) engine cleaning, etc.. The final bill was over $1800. The dealership had
quoted $1600 just for the compressor replacement.
I later learn that I could purchase a brand new compressor from the same shop for less than $250.
Did I get taken for a ride? Is this right?
To top it off, the interior trim clips I was charged for, weren't even installed!
I'm a bit discouraged.
Though I must say that this is, perhaps, the best vehicle I have ever owned. (I used to be a devout Honda and Toyota fanatic)
Thank you in advance for any information!
#4701 of 5378 Re: Did I get the shaft? [mooveoover]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 02, 2010 (9:56 pm)
I rather doubt you'd find a NEW one for $250, and certainly not a German one. You would probably find a remanufactured one for $300 or so, and maybe even a new Japanese one for $350--$400.
You know what they say---you get what you pay for. Besides, if you want the shop to warranty their work, you have to buy their parts as a rule---you can't bring your own, because if you do and they fail, no shop is going to honor either parts or labor.
Shop the best repair shop, not the best price, and you'll be happier with your BMW in my opinion.
Jun 02, 2010 (10:31 pm)
Thanks for your reply, Mr.Shiftright.
That has been my mentality throughout this. They seem to be a great shop, and money aside, I am thrilled with their work.
Regarding the cost of the compressor, perhaps I should clarify; $234. was the quoted purchase price for a brand-new, BMW OEM, compressor, if purchased through their parts counter, and $711 plus labor (roughly another $400), if purchased through their repair shop, at the same business. Are they expecting the compressor they installed to fail at least two times, and built the price into their parts cost?
I am more confused than anything, what justifies a $500 increase in the price?
A lifelong friend, and BMW enthusiast as long as I've known him, also uses this same business for many of his BMW parts, and is just as puzzled.
Maybe I am being picky, but $500 is $500!
And again, even with over 150k on this car it feels, drives, and rides like brand new. I am more than thrilled. And I look forward to using this forum as a sounding board, and sharing what I learn along the way!
#4703 of 5378 Re: Compressor [mooveoover]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 03, 2010 (6:25 am)
Interesting....maybe you need to go back to clarify, just for your own peace of mind---it doesn't seem, on the face of it, to make any sense.
#4706 of 5378 Re: Repairs after warranty expires [michele16]
Jun 04, 2010 (9:37 pm)
That dealer is trying to hose you. You can get an OEM quality fan clutch for $100, and it takes less than an hour to install it. As for the lower control arm bushings, you can get a pair of heavy duty bushings for $90- so they are charging an insane price for labor.
I agree with Firebird; find a good indie shop.
#4707 of 5378 Re: 2000 323i 5-Speed Manual Rear Clunk [silvernubira]
Jun 07, 2010 (12:04 pm)
This is the ride my women wants. Any free one around here?
#4708 of 5378 Re: 2000 323i 5-Speed Manual Rear Clunk [jordanrhughes]
Jun 07, 2010 (2:42 pm)
Are you aware that you're replying to a 9+ year old post?