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Old 11-18-2009, 04:29 PM   #1
Sendmethebill
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New alternator/Oil filter housing Scam?

So I went to a shop downtown Chicago to get quote on car (2002 330i)
for a new alternator. Here is pricing they gave me.
Alternator/fan belt - 630.00$
Oil Filter Housing -375.00
Valve cover gasket - 150.00


Question is how do you know when it is critical to change oil filter housing?
Is this price high?

Thanks
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Old 11-18-2009, 08:07 PM   #2
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there is a gasket between the iol filt housing and block that leaks. It;s a $5 part but a lot of work to replace for $375 (if you are fixing the oil leak) is fair.
You need to remove the alternator to get at it so if you need to replace it there should not be so much additional labor. I can't see how the alternator part could be much more than $200.
Valve cover gasket is $50 in parts so if $150 includes labor that price is fair.

All of this is a easy DIY and there are plenty of resources here. The parts should not be more than $300 including a set of plugs you'll want to replace while you are doing the valve cover gasket.
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Old 11-19-2009, 11:22 AM   #3
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A remanufactured Bosch alternator is approx $200. So $630 is a total rip off!
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:14 PM   #4
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start turning your wrenches....

or drive it out to La Grange, IL my labor rate is much cheaper.
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Old 05-03-2010, 03:58 PM   #5
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I own a 2001 330i with approx 97,000 miles. I need an alternator, but how do I determine which alternator I need, Bosch or valeao?
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:00 PM   #6
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I own a 2001 330i with approx 97,000 miles. I need an alternator, but how do I determine which alternator I need, Bosch or valeao?
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Old 05-03-2010, 04:34 PM   #7
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take out your airbox and try and look on the back of the alternator, if you can't see you should just take it out and look.
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