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Old 06-14-2017, 02:43 PM   #1
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Dealership cost to replace shifter bushing / bearing?

Was driving home yesterday and had the dreaded shifter moving an inch or so past where its supposed to on the top 4 gears and can be pulled up / out a bit. Dropped it off at the dealership. Google search shows its the shifter bushing / bearing, correct? Any idea how much the average dealer charges? I found a DIY and it seems like you have to drop the drive shaft, etc. to do the shifter rebuild. Ugh... the rebuild kit has an MSRP for $89 for the BMW one. Wonder how much my dealership will try to charge me. Seems like a lot of labor though.
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Old 06-20-2017, 12:42 PM   #2
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It might be expensive if they follow the procedure. There's a few while you're in there things you can add that should not really add any labor. The giubo and the center support bearing. Since they're coming out anyway. Just a thought. Whats your location?
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:11 PM   #3
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Location: Hell sounds about right OP.

Not only are dealerships the biggest rip-off for your money, their techs are typically some of the most incompetent.
Especially when it comes to older vehicles.

I'm curious on what sh*t-list of repairs they will quote you.
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Old 06-20-2017, 01:18 PM   #4
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It might be expensive if they follow the procedure. There's a few while you're in there things you can add that should not really add any labor. The giubo and the center support bearing. Since they're coming out anyway. Just a thought. Whats your location?
Unfortunately, this wasn't something I was comfortable with putting off, so I had to fix it. Didn't want to break down or get in an accident if the shifter fully went out while driving. Dealer originally came back with $1800 (including free loaner), but I negotiated it down to $1000. Still probably an overcharge, but you gotta figure taking it to an indy shop, I'd eat up the extra savings with the cost of a rental.

Gotta love the M life, eh?
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Location: Hell sounds about right OP.

Not only are dealerships the biggest rip-off for your money, their techs are typically some of the most incompetent.
Especially when it comes to older vehicles.

I'm curious on what sh*t-list of repairs they will quote you.
See my response to Pitt above, but what would you say a good indy shop would have charged for future reference?

I've done some of the easy stuff myself, but the DIY for this looked like you had to drop the drive shaft, etc. I'm not doing that myself LOL.

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Old 06-20-2017, 07:57 PM   #6
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$1000 is straight up robbery for changing some shifter bushings.
Even half of that amount is an overcharge.

You're looking at an $80 rebuild kit (with all components), and about 1 to 1.5hrs of labor.
With parts, this job shouldn't have cost over $300.

I was unlucky enough to have to change out the entire transmission on my M3, including disassembly of the bellhousing & rebuild.
The tools I had were all basic, and job was done only with jackstands. My point being, this is not a difficult job at all, especially for a mechanic familiar with BMWs.

All you have to do is drop the exhaust, which takes all of about 5 minutes once the car is on a lift.
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