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Old 07-23-2012, 12:35 PM   #101
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Go Get yourself a beer. lol
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:35 PM   #102
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Yes I am very pleased with the result. It wasted a lot of my time but I mentally prepared and budgeted as if I had to spend $6000 myself. Now that I don't I sort of feel like I won a small lottery.

Can't thank the community here enough
lol. i did the same thing thinking i was going to owe taxes.. still feel like a millionaire
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Old 07-23-2012, 12:41 PM   #103
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bought a bottle of Makers 46 to sip on
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:04 PM   #104
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Great news.

Funny how the shop was most likely trying to save a few bucks using the aftermarket part - guess that didn't work out for them.
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Old 07-23-2012, 06:10 PM   #105
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wait are they replacing the transmission?
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Old 07-23-2012, 08:42 PM   #106
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firestone had a hard time simply replacing the tires on my wife's toyota matrix... it was scary to watch, honestly. i read through that whole thing, and i'm happy to hear you came out on top, but man... steer clear of that place, or any generic shop from here on!
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Old 07-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #107
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places you should NEVER take your e46:

fiirestone\bridgestone, meineke, midas, jiffy lube, pep boys, and some others that may be local to you guys or that i forgot. glad it all worked out, though
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Old 07-23-2012, 10:25 PM   #108
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Reading this thread turned into a suspense story, with a happy ending! It's great to see all of the good help form everyone.

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Old 08-01-2012, 12:36 PM   #109
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Nothing like a happy ending!

I'm about to replace both front axles on my 325xi... I was tempted to buy the cheap "Made In China" (EMPI) axles but now I'm glad I bought the GKN Loebro (OEM) axles. Will be doing the work (myself) next week... wish me luck!!
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:04 PM   #110
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about $2300!!

Based on what I've been quoted myself and what I've read on these maintenance repairs below in the red ink is what the normal prices are with labor and parts for what you repaired on your car:

- fuel service / tune up - not sure what this is-fuel injection cleaner - $10 or fuel filter - $100 or fuel pump - $200?
- all belts replaced - under $100
- brake fluid flushed - $80
- front right tie-rod replaced -under $100
- CV joint replaced - under $100
- control arm bushing replaced - $300
- alignment -ALWAYS free with replacement of tires or suspension parts


All the above should at MOST (if you did a full a fuel service-pump-filter-cleaner) should be equal to $990 parts and labor. Even if you are generous and say the labor was higher than average or you have an XI so parts cost more and you add $310 to the $990 to make it $1300 total then the shop still got at least $1000 for free from you!

I get angry when I see sh1t like this!

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fiirestone\bridgestone, meineke, midas, jiffy lube, pep boys, and some others that may be local to you guys or that i forgot. glad it all worked out, though
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Glad to see it worked out!
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:15 PM   #111
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Yes I am very pleased with the result. It wasted a lot of my time but I mentally prepared and budgeted as if I had to spend $6000 myself. Now that I don't I sort of feel like I won a small lottery.

Can't thank the community here enough
Glad it worked out for you.
And the guys here were a huge help in getting an insurance settlement on my 325iT, from tactical advice in dealing with the adjuster, to helping me find solid, high dollar wagon comparables.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:37 PM   #112
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- CV joint replaced - under $100
- alignment -ALWAYS free with replacement of tires or suspension parts
I think your estimates are a little on the low side. A genuine BMW front CV axle costs $646. OEM part runs about $300. Cheap made-in-China part runs about $100. Those are online prices and without labor, seals, and differential oil.

Regarding alignment, I've never heard of a free alignment with new tires. A 4-wheel alignment runs about $75.

I'm doing both of my front axles myself for about $600 in parts (OEM parts). That includes new oil and seals.
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Old 11-13-2013, 06:31 PM   #113
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oil changes done there.
I bet you never heard of something called BMW LL-01
I work at Sears Autocenter and would trust my coworkers to do this to my car. I know a lot about my car and cars in general and thought I would know more then them when I got there but I really don't. It's better than an independent since they stand behind their work and can't "run away". And I don't put BMW oil in my car cause it is unnecessary, and I take very good care of my car, sooooo yeah. Oh and if you think you are all high and mighty and believe you know more about this car and engine, I'm sure you are wrong haha.

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Old 11-13-2013, 08:27 PM   #114
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I work at Sears Autocenter and would trust my coworkers to do this to my car. I know a lot about my car and cars in general and thought I would know more then them when I got there but I really don't. It's better than an independent since they stand behind their work and can't "run away". And I don't put BMW oil in my car cause it is unnecessary, and I take very good care of my car, sooooo yeah. Oh and if you think you are all high and mighty and believe you know more about this car and engine, I'm sure you are wrong haha.
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:32 PM   #115
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:33 PM   #116
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Wow sounds like you got a lemon! Ahhh!
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Old 11-13-2013, 08:35 PM   #117
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All,

The ordeal has finally concluded. I'm happy to say that Firestone paid 100% of the bill. They had a second claims adjuster come out and he verified that the damages occurred due to Firestone's improper installation of the right-front CV axle and lead to the breaking of the transmission.

$6000 in damages.

What happened
Firestone installed a CV axle that was aftermarket and was 1/16th of an inch too big. Instead of stopping right then and there, they decided to jam it in with a blunt object, likely a hammer. They completely destroyed the bearing and partially the transfer case. When the CV axle popped out it lead to the below scenario:

I lost power to the vehicle and I brought the vehicle to a stop. I put the vehicle in park. Even though the vehicle was not in motion the transmission internals were still freewheeling. When I put it in park the parking pawl snapped and got sucked into the transmission causing it to break.

I can't thank you guys enough for giving me the knowledge to state my case and stick to my story. It was invaluable in the claims process.

Here is a picture of the vehicle you guys indirectly saved ( I may have had to trade it in if I had to pay $6k myself) . It is a little dirty but I wanted to provide closure to this thread while I have free time.

P.S. Anyone want to recommend a reliable shop in northern New Jersey? I live near Parsippany and Morristown.

Just found your explanation. Glad it all worked out! Sounds like a nightmare!
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Old 11-13-2013, 09:19 PM   #118
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The indy shop I brought it to does not see many BMWs.
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FYI it's Firestone, I'm not sure if anyone has gone through their claims process...
  1. If you use an indy shop instead of BMW, use one that does work regulary on BMWs and Mercedes.
  2. Firestone (or any tire store) is okay for suspension and brakes, but limit using them to those areas. My tire store recommended me to a transmission shop when I had a differential noise (in my Kia).
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:41 PM   #119
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So.... Nothing like resurrecting an old and dead thread huh... Everyone always says to use the search function so here I am. Finally found a thread though that sounds a lot like the issues I am having. Heading out now to check the CV Shafts as the car is on jack stands in the garage at the moment. So when going from Drive or Reverse to Park, there is a brief grinding noise. Crawled underneath while the Mrs. shifted from Reverse to Park for me and the noise is a bit difficult to pin point. It is either the transfer case or the rear of the transmission. Even with a stethoscope, it is hard to tell for certain. After reading through this thread, one question came to mind, what is a Parking Pawl? Is this possibly the grinding noise I hear shifting into Park?

Other important details - 2003 325XI Automatic 158k Miles.
Changed Transmission Filter and Fluid - No shavings, No burnt smell
Changed Front Differential Fluid - No Shavings
Changed Transfer Case Fluid - Also No Shavings

In a way, I was hoping to find a broken piece of anything come out of the transmission just so I could have some sort of closure to this issue I have been researching for about a month or more now. But this thread may have been just what I was looking for.

Any description for the Parking Pawl that may aid in my diagnosis??

Off to the garage now

Thanks in advance!!
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Old 04-14-2014, 07:41 PM   #120
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So.... Nothing like resurrecting an old and dead thread huh... Everyone always says to use the search function so here I am. Finally found a thread though that sounds a lot like the issues I am having. Heading out now to check the CV Shafts as the car is on jack stands in the garage at the moment. So when going from Drive or Reverse to Park, there is a brief grinding noise. Crawled underneath while the Mrs. shifted from Reverse to Park for me and the noise is a bit difficult to pin point. It is either the transfer case or the rear of the transmission. Even with a stethoscope, it is hard to tell for certain. After reading through this thread, one question came to mind, what is a Parking Pawl? Is this possibly the grinding noise I hear shifting into Park?

Other important details - 2003 325XI Automatic 158k Miles.
Changed Transmission Filter and Fluid - No shavings, No burnt smell
Changed Front Differential Fluid - No Shavings
Changed Transfer Case Fluid - Also No Shavings

In a way, I was hoping to find a broken piece of anything come out of the transmission just so I could have some sort of closure to this issue I have been researching for about a month or more now. But this thread may have been just what I was looking for.

Any description for the Parking Pawl that may aid in my diagnosis??

Off to the garage now

Thanks in advance!!
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