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Old 04-24-2019, 03:57 PM   #1
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M3 Subframe Reinforcement Labor Cost-What is reasonable?

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I am extremely excited about picking up my "new" M3 this Friday. It has been a dream car since my childhood and I found a one owner no accident 2006 within a days drive. I have been mulling over this decision for almost a year now so I know the common problems that face the E46. As "preventative maintenance" I plan on having the subframe reinforced and installing new subframe and differential bushings. I am also going to reinforce the front subframe out of an abundance of caution.
I have purchased all the parts and have them in my possession. I am looking for a local shop to perform the labor. I know that this job is not simple, but a shop quoted me "rear subframe would be $2190+ tax and does also include an alignment afterwards too. For the front reinforcement it would be around $670+ tax" This seems extremely high. Has anyone had this done recently? What is the consensus on reasonable labor cost for this job. I do not have the skill set to perform the job myself.
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I was told at a recent E46 club gathering from other M3 owners that they paid about 1200.00 for labor using the Turner Motorsports kit. I too schedule the reinforcement. Will confirm price with the shop here in NJ.
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the most expensive i herd was 1600. Most shops quoted me 800-1200
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Hello All,
I am extremely excited about picking up my "new" M3 this Friday. It has been a dream car since my childhood and I found a one owner no accident 2006 within a days drive. I have been mulling over this decision for almost a year now so I know the common problems that face the E46. As "preventative maintenance" I plan on having the subframe reinforced and installing new subframe and differential bushings. I am also going to reinforce the front subframe out of an abundance of caution.
I have purchased all the parts and have them in my possession. I am looking for a local shop to perform the labor. I know that this job is not simple, but a shop quoted me "rear subframe would be $2190+ tax and does also include an alignment afterwards too. For the front reinforcement it would be around $670+ tax" This seems extremely high. Has anyone had this done recently? What is the consensus on reasonable labor cost for this job. I do not have the skill set to perform the job myself.
I think I got quoted $2400 a few years ago by a shop recommended on the forums in So Cal.
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I think I got quoted $2400 a few years ago by a shop recommended on the forums in So Cal.


It looks like they are all over the place! Thanks for the info though.


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I was told at a recent E46 club gathering from other M3 owners that they paid about 1200.00 for labor using the Turner Motorsports kit. I too schedule the reinforcement. Will confirm price with the shop here in NJ.


Thank you for this info. Do you know which shop was offering this? Itís probably worth it to drive from N.C. for that rate!


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the most expensive i herd was 1600. Most shops quoted me 800-1200


What part of the country are you in?


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Careful on getting quotes since not everyone gets bushings done at the same time. I'm preparing to do this job myself for the 3rd time and the bushings are the part I hate the most. One of my e46 was also a floor failure car and that took a fair bit of extra work to correct, if that had been a customers car it would have been a different conversation.

I do a little different approach but I find a donor rear subframe ahead of time, replace the bushings and paint it up. Then when I take my car apart its down for less time and less headache.

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