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Old 11-09-2011, 07:13 PM   #1
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Does this seem expensive or is it just me? See What I paid for and also the quotes underneath....advice???

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:14 PM   #2
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:26 PM   #3
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:27 PM   #4
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:30 PM   #5
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a bit pricey but thats what you get for letting someone else do the work.
spark plugs and changing them are super easy on the E46 if you have all the tools.
I means some of these do you absolutely have to replace them?
its a 141k mile car, dont expect it to ride like a new car.

oil filter housing gasket $850? its just $16 part and probably 4-8 hour work if you are organized.
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Old 11-09-2011, 07:56 PM   #6
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Am I reading this right....$400 for an Inspection I, oil change, air filter cleaning, cabin filter, look over? Something is wrong. Was this an indy shop?
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Old 11-09-2011, 09:34 PM   #7
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When was the last time you had any service done to your vehicle?
Was there some problems that brought you into the shop in the first place?

What shop in Dallas?

Fan clutch > $249 (+ tax), I don't think so.
Oil pan gasket > $630 (+ tax), really?
Oil filter housing gasket > $850 (+ tax), seriously?

Other than the motor & transmission mounts... Most of the items can be DIY-ed with basic tools.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:10 PM   #8
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Oil pan gasket > $630 (+ tax), really?
My local BMW dealer quoted me $995 to replace the oil pan gasket. For <$50 for the parts (oil pan gasket, RTV sealant, and stretch bolts), I went ahead and did it myself ... it is somewhat an involved repair, especially if it's your first and probably only one.
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Old 11-09-2011, 11:54 PM   #9
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You really paid that for that work?
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Old 11-10-2011, 02:24 AM   #10
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You can get an oil filter housing gasket for $6. But I am inclined to believe that they mean the housing is cracked, and the $850 is for the housing ($400), and the labor to install it. At least that is what I would like to believe. You definitely need that clarified. Is the housing cracked?
The engine and trans mount parts and labor are pretty good actually. You paid more than double for the plugs, and about 4x as much for the cabin air filter. The oil filter, oil, and the K&N service kit are pretty reasonable too (I would ask for the leftover K&N cleaner and oil though, because there is no way they used an entire kit). You could have gotten a better price for the mounts, oil, oil filter, and the K&N kit, but they are surprisingly close to what you would have paid, if you included shipping. And I would consider paying $280 to have the trans and engine mounts replaced to be a decent price for a Dealer or an Indy shop, but you could do it yourself for much less. The same goes for the labor on the plugs.
The suggested service is all very questionable though. And if you buy tires from them, you deserve whatever damage they inflict. It is a mixed bag though. I would also seriously question if they really flushed the brake fluid. They probably sucked out the fluid in the reservoir, and poured clean fluid in. And the $27.50 fuel system treatment is an $8 bottle of Techron poured in the fuel tank. All in all, I think they went relatively easy on you this time, in hopes that you will come back for the full gang rape they listed at the bottom. Get clarification about what is exactly wrong with the oil filter housing leak. If the housing is cracked, then that is $400 (roughly) plus labor. But if it is the gasket, then no way. Most people are giving you advice based on the assumption that you can and will learn to DIY, and have the tools and the time. But some people do not have the time, the desire, or the tools to DIY. If that is you, that is OK. But you can still get detailed explanations for each of the suggested services, with breakdowns for the parts and labor. Then, come back here, and spell it out for us, and we can tell you if it sounds reasonable, and if the parts and labor charges are too much.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:05 AM   #11
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Expensive if you can DIY. If you can't, then it's probably reasonable. Despite what people say about how long something should take, mechanics get paid by book hours. Same anyplace you really want to work on your car.
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Old 11-10-2011, 06:29 AM   #12
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Your oil pan probably isn't leaking.

If doing ofhg (probably not housing), replace VANOS oil line and four crush washers.

Fan clutch, is something you need to learn how to replace, since you'll be removing the fan to replace your pulleys and belts.

PS lines can be fixed by trimming off 1/2" of hose and reclamping with screw clamps--bleeding is easy. A nice new PS reservoir cap gasket--you should be good--also, clean the vent hole in the cap.

Monitor your battery's condition with the cluster test...maybe drive more often. But if battery is weak, then running on it too long will then add wear to the alt. Winter is coming--new battery, self-installed--$100.

Contact Bimmersgarage and see if he can recommend another shop that could do the work. If I was around Dallas and couldn't do something on my car, I know I'd beg him to help and would trust whatever he said needed to be done...pretty much! LOL
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He read off the entire list to me over the phone

After he rattled off every single thing I had asked them to take a look at I told him to go ahead and do engine mounts, transmission mounts and the spark plugs etc. that I did PAY for. The rest I said in almost these words "HAiiiiiilllllllll nooo!" I just about turned the phone off when he mentioned over $800 for oil gasket leaking repair.

Anyways, I DIY what I can, but I do not have my own tools really and I don't have tons of time, (married, 7year old daughter, old house, job 90 miles away - hence the prius). I am going to try and DIY the rest when I have time.

I wanted to make sure the car would run decently and not die in the middle of the street.
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I need to get at this asap. Finally finishing up on the e30 and getting my e46 back.
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Lol $800 for oil housing gasket. For $800 you can replace most if not all engine gaskets as well as oil separator.
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