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Keep or let go of my car?

Post by Sunsolar » Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:58 am

The car is a 2013 528xi with 105000 miles, 5 years old. Had a warning light and had it checked out by the dealer ($175) and they came out with $8000 worth of stuff, probably $4-5000 of which really needs to get done (turbo needs replacement, etc). The car is probably worth around 13K from what I can tell on KBB. I'm planning on taking it to a local mechanic so hopefully a bit cheaper.

It is my dream car and was hoping to keep it forever but there's got to be a time to let it go when it makes financial sense. Looking for advice.

On a side note, if I do get it fixed, what do you guys/gals do if there are no loaners and you are out of a car for 1-2 or more weeks? I guess just rent? We don't have a spare car.

First world problems.
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Post by denovo » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:01 pm

I would find an indie mechanic that focuses on German cars and get a real estimate for this. A good mechanic will tell you what needs to be done now, what can be put off, and etc.

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Post by MrNewEngland » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:02 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:58 am
will likely be having $5-6000 in fixes to my 5 year old 105,000 car. I took it to the dealership where they have loaners but I know their prices are outrageous. I am planning on going to an independent mechanic but I don't think they give out loaners. This will probably be a prolonged service.

The car is a 2013 528xi with 105000 miles, 5 years old. Had a warning light and had it checked out by the dealer ($175) and they came out with $8000 worth of stuff, probably $4-5000 of which really needs to get done (turbo needs replacement, etc). The car is probably worth around 13K from what I can tell on KBB. I'm planning on taking it to a local mechanic so hopefully a bit cheaper.

It is my dream car and was hoping to keep it forever but there's got to be a time to let it go when it makes financial sense. Looking for advice.

On a side note, if I do get it fixed, what do you guys/gals do if there are no loaners and you are out of a car for 1-2 or more weeks? I guess just rent? We don't have a spare car.

First world problems.
Most people I know that bought BMW's as their "splurge" car have come to regret it within a few years. All repairs and maintenance items are very expensive and once the novelty of newness wears off I have heard they are fairly unimpressive cars.

The car is still probably worth some pretty good money. I'd fix it and sell it once you get a decent price.

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Post by czr » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:05 pm

List out your problems. Turbo is one part but there has to be much more for a $5-6k in repairs.

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Post by Jack FFR1846 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:12 pm

I find my $60 OBD II reader and the internet quite useful for figuring out check engine lights. $175 to check out a CEL? Yikes!
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Post by thangngo » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:23 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:58 am
The car is a 2013 528xi with 105000 miles, 5 years old. Had a warning light and had it checked out by the dealer ($175) and they came out with $8000 worth of stuff, probably $4-5000 of which really needs to get done (turbo needs replacement, etc). The car is probably worth around 13K from what I can tell on KBB. I'm planning on taking it to a local mechanic so hopefully a bit cheaper.

It is my dream car and was hoping to keep it forever but there's got to be a time to let it go when it makes financial sense. Looking for advice.

On a side note, if I do get it fixed, what do you guys/gals do if there are no loaners and you are out of a car for 1-2 or more weeks? I guess just rent? We don't have a spare car.

First world problems.
Your insurance doesn't offer a loaner? My local pep boys does a decent job with reasonable price. Shop around your local mechanics.

$175 to have it checked out? Yikes!

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Post by BolderBoy » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:25 pm

Jack FFR1846 wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:12 pm
I find my $60 OBD II reader and the internet quite useful for figuring out check engine lights. $175 to check out a CEL? Yikes!
And Autozone will do the "check engine light" test for free.
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Re: Keep or let go of my car?

Post by Sunsolar » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:37 pm

czr wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:05 pm
List out your problems. Turbo is one part but there has to be much more for a $5-6k in repairs.
Here is what the technician sheet says:

"Found fault for charge air pressure. Found on test drive turbo making rattle noise. Found that waste gate rod clip is rusted off and rod was about to fall off. Needs turbo replaced." $4650

"Cracked windsheild $2300; Front brakes 895 , alignment 250 and thrust arm bushings need replacement 735"

All plus tax. :annoyed

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Post by Chuck » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:01 pm

Compared to what? What would you do if you don't fix this car?

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Post by barnaclebob » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:05 pm

They aren't called stealerships for nothing. $900 for front brakes and $250 for an alignment is about 4x what it should cost.

Also there is no such thing as a dream forever car unless an $8k maintenance bill doesn't make you flinch or you DIY just about everything.
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Post by Sunsolar » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:05 pm

Chuck wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:01 pm
Compared to what? What would you do if you don't fix this car?
If I don't fix it, sell it to a car dealership and buy a Honda Accord! Would prefer to keep it as it is/was my dream car.

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Post by Admiral » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:09 pm

BIMRS.ORG = national list of independent mechanics.

As a 20 year BMW owner I can tell you one thing for sure: If you're taking an out of warranty BMW to the dealer you're throwing away money.

As remote diagnosis, I can also tell you that a new BMW windshield can be had for well under $1,000 (just not from the dealer).

Regarding the other issues, hard to say. What I can say is that whatever it is that needs to be repaired (and I would take that report with a helping of salt), the dealer is the absolute most expensive place to have it done. Indy's typically charge 1/3 to half less.

EDIT TO ADD: I would also caution that BMWs are expensive to maintain, but are much MORE expensive if you defer maintenance. There is lots of preventive maintenance that can/should be done which will help to prolong the life of your car. I highly suggest joining the BMW Car Club of America if you are not a member and you plan to keep this car long term. It's cheap and gives you access to vast amounts of information, including preventive maintenance schedules. Your car has a lot of miles at a young age, which means that there was likely lots of work that needed doing that may not have been done.
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Post by chevca » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:18 pm

I don't think comparing the value of a car to the cost of repairs is always the best way to look at it. What would the repairs get you? If the car's falling apart and every 10k miles is going to be a couple thousand in repairs, sure it's time to replace the car. But, if $5k of repairs makes it good for another 100k miles, that some money well spent.

If it's your dream car and you love driving it, have it fixed and drive it for another 100k. The repair costs have to be cheaper than whatever you would replace this one with, right?

And, $2300 for a windshield.... Does that thing have a computer and TV in it, or what? :happy

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Re: Keep or let go of my car?

Post by Chuck » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:21 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:05 pm
Chuck wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:01 pm
Compared to what? What would you do if you don't fix this car?
If I don't fix it, sell it to a car dealership and buy a Honda Accord! Would prefer to keep it as it is/was my dream car.
So a new Accord for $250-$300 per month?

If your $8,000 repair will last you at least 2.5 years to keep your "dream car," I'd go for it. If you think you'll end up nickeled and dimed on more repairs over the next couple years, then get rid of it.

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Re: Keep or let go of my car?

Post by Chuck » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:26 pm

chevca wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:18 pm
And, $2300 for a windshield.... Does that thing have a computer and TV in it, or what? :happy
Safelite wants $830 to replace, even with HUD and lane departure display.

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Post by lazydavid » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:39 pm

Your insurance should replace your windshield at no or minimal cost to you, without affecting your rates. That alone drops the repair estimate by a third. Knock off at least another half (if not more) by taking it to an indy for the remaining repairs. If you're in the chicagoland area, I'll do your brakes for you for the cost of parts ($100 for pads, plus another $160 if you need rotors too) and a case of beer. :sharebeer Call it a keg if you want the thrust arm bushings done as well. A pair of new control arms--with the bushings already installed--should cost about $210.

The best alignment shop in Illinois charges $100 for a four-wheel alignment, even on BMWs.

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Post by Sunsolar » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:08 pm

Admiral: If it was a smaller repair, I was going to let them do it. My dilemma was in part the loaner issue. I don't have a spare car laying around. I talked to an independent shop today who said they have a discount with Enterprise. May end up going that route. I will look into the BMW Car club of america as you suggested.

Chuck: I know how overpriced dealerships are so I'll end up spending the money, but just at an independent shop. I also had done some research about the windshield and had similar results as yours (under $1000). I wanted to see how much the dealership would overcharge.

Lazydavid: Insurance would only cover it if it was a small crack or chip. The linear crack I have is 2 feet long, but doesn't obstruct my vision. That is kind of you and thanks for your offer but I'm not near Chicago!

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Post by Swansea » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:24 pm

Agree, search for an indie (independent mechanic)...use this website as a start, but do your own research. https://www.bimmershops.com
Consider joining Bimmerfest to get opinions and information on your BMW. $$Stealerships are expensive and vary in quality.

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Post by Chuck » Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:45 pm

My local Enterprise rents a basic car for $175/week. Maybe $400 for two weeks after taxes.. doesn't add much to your $5,000+ repair. You could also use Uber/Lyft when you can't get friends and co-workers to drive you around. Though do you really think it could be 2 weeks?!? I've had engines and transmissions replaced in 2-3 days... and that sounds hard!

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Post by Sunsolar » Thu Sep 07, 2017 3:57 pm

Chuck wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:45 pm
My local Enterprise rents a basic car for $175/week. Maybe $400 for two weeks after taxes.. doesn't add much to your $5,000+ repair. You could also use Uber/Lyft when you can't get friends and co-workers to drive you around. Though do you really think it could be 2 weeks?!? I've had engines and transmissions replaced in 2-3 days... and that sounds hard!
I'm probably way overestimating. I was thinking they may not have the part in stock and then the car would be up on the lift while waiting for the part to ship from Germany. :shock:

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Post by JBTX » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:10 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:37 pm
czr wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:05 pm
List out your problems. Turbo is one part but there has to be much more for a $5-6k in repairs.
Here is what the technician sheet says:

"Found fault for charge air pressure. Found on test drive turbo making rattle noise. Found that waste gate rod clip is rusted off and rod was about to fall off. Needs turbo replaced." $4650

"Cracked windsheild $2300; Front brakes 895 , alignment 250 and thrust arm bushings need replacement 735"

All plus tax. :annoyed
Windshield $2300??? FFS! I've replaced a couple of windshields on a Taurus and they were a few hundred dollars each.

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Post by JBTX » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:15 pm

lazydavid wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:39 pm
Your insurance should replace your windshield at no or minimal cost to you, without affecting your rates. That alone drops the repair estimate by a third. Knock off at least another half (if not more) by taking it to an indy for the remaining repairs. If you're in the chicagoland area, I'll do your brakes for you for the cost of parts ($100 for pads, plus another $160 if you need rotors too) and a case of beer. :sharebeer Call it a keg if you want the thrust arm bushings done as well. A pair of new control arms--with the bushings already installed--should cost about $210.

The best alignment shop in Illinois charges $100 for a four-wheel alignment, even on BMWs.
Windshield depends on state. In FL by law 100% of windshield cost must be covered by insurance policy. Here it Tx it is subject to the normal deductible on your collision.

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Re: Keep or let go of my car?

Post by nedsaid » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:18 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 11:58 am
The car is a 2013 528xi with 105000 miles, 5 years old. Had a warning light and had it checked out by the dealer ($175) and they came out with $8000 worth of stuff, probably $4-5000 of which really needs to get done (turbo needs replacement, etc). The car is probably worth around 13K from what I can tell on KBB. I'm planning on taking it to a local mechanic so hopefully a bit cheaper.

It is my dream car and was hoping to keep it forever but there's got to be a time to let it go when it makes financial sense. Looking for advice.

On a side note, if I do get it fixed, what do you guys/gals do if there are no loaners and you are out of a car for 1-2 or more weeks? I guess just rent? We don't have a spare car.

First world problems.
I think I would keep the car. You should be able to get 200,000 miles or a bit more out of it. So you will get about another five years. The repairs, while expensive, will still be cheaper than buying a brand new car and taking all the depreciation.

Have the independent mechanic look at it, he might have a different opinion than the dealer. The independent also should have lower overhead in his business so likely his rates will be cheaper.

If you are willing to keep putting money into the car, you could probably keep it going for 20 years or so. Problem is, you start getting problems with availability of parts.
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Post by 123 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:32 pm

Most dealerships farm out auto body and glass repairs to local shops and then very significantly mark-up what they charge you. You will likely be very surprised if you call a local auto glass shop and ask them about the cash price for your windshield replacement, I would bet that it would be under $500 based on what my friend Google shows me.
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Post by DrGoogle2017 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:37 pm

I would definitely get rid of the car. My 2013 car is still brand new with no problem. I'm surprised that BMW car is not as reliable.

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Post by N10sive » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:58 pm

Brakes are a max 250. Arm bushings maybe 400. Windshield! Should be less than 500. Honestly your just getting ripped off. Go to a trusted mechanic and glass person. You could pry get away with 4k for repairs.

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Post by CedarWaxWing » Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:43 pm

N10sive wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:58 pm
Brakes are a max 250. Arm bushings maybe 400. Windshield! Should be less than 500. Honestly your just getting ripped off. Go to a trusted mechanic and glass person. You could pry get away with 4k for repairs.
I took my Rav 4 to a dealer for a recall of something minor... and got a call telling me I needed to get about 500 dollars worth of things done that not even the manufacture recommended... and the caller was very careful to NOT explain why I need to get it done. His response was: "all the dealers are recommending this as routine maintainance".

I have yet to meet a dealer who gave me reason to think they are both fairly priced and honest in the service dept.

Go to an honest, independent mechanic shop and ask them to explain what is not useful or necessary, and what it.

I would REALLY like to see your list from that dealer. A 2013 BMW should not be having 8000 of work to do.

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Post by Frisco Kid » Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:06 pm

$175 per hour for diagnostic time is the going rate here in the Bay Area also. As denovo suggested, find an indie shop but anyway you look at it BMW parts are going to be expensive. Curious as to EXACTLY what triggered your check engine light?

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Post by Sunsolar » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:19 am

CedarWaxWing wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 6:43 pm
N10sive wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:58 pm
Brakes are a max 250. Arm bushings maybe 400. Windshield! Should be less than 500. Honestly your just getting ripped off. Go to a trusted mechanic and glass person. You could pry get away with 4k for repairs.
I took my Rav 4 to a dealer for a recall of something minor... and got a call telling me I needed to get about 500 dollars worth of things done that not even the manufacture recommended... and the caller was very careful to NOT explain why I need to get it done. His response was: "all the dealers are recommending this as routine maintainance".

I have yet to meet a dealer who gave me reason to think they are both fairly priced and honest in the service dept.

Go to an honest, independent mechanic shop and ask them to explain what is not useful or necessary, and what it.

I would REALLY like to see your list from that dealer. A 2013 BMW should not be having 8000 of work to do.

M

Hi, I posted this earlier but this is what the dealer told me. I initially brought the car in because it gave me a "drivetrain malfunction"error on the screen while I was driving. The warning did go away after I turned the car off and back on again. I guess the IT solution of restarting the computer works for cars too. :) But when I brought the car to the dealer, the following was the technician's report:

"Found fault for charge air pressure. Found on test drive turbo making rattle noise. Found that waste gate rod clip is rusted off and rod was about to fall off. Needs turbo replaced." $4650

"Cracked windsheild $2300; Front brakes 895 , alignment 250 and thrust arm bushings need replacement 735"

All plus tax. :annoyed

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Post by Sunsolar » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:21 am

Frisco Kid wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 7:06 pm
$175 per hour for diagnostic time is the going rate here in the Bay Area also. As denovo suggested, find an indie shop but anyway you look at it BMW parts are going to be expensive. Curious as to EXACTLY what triggered your check engine light?
It was "drivetrain malfunction error" code that popped up while I was driving. This went away after I "rebooted" the car. Basically turned it off and on again. Didn't affect the drive at all. But I still took it to the dealer to be safe, since I do have over 100000 miles on the car.

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Post by lthenderson » Fri Sep 08, 2017 8:37 am

Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 2:08 pm
If it was a smaller repair, I was going to let them do it. My dilemma was in part the loaner issue. I don't have a spare car laying around. I talked to an independent shop today who said they have a discount with Enterprise. May end up going that route. I will look into the BMW Car club of america as you suggested.
My local dealership has loaner cars for repairs taking longer than a few hours. I've used them several times over the years to go run errands while they were working on my car. Of course, my local dealership doesn't sell German sport cars either. Since I bought the car there, I have never been charged for the loaner.

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Post by silverlitegs » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:10 am

Like others are saying I would get ANOTHER opinion. The blown turbo searching around doesnt appear to be common on the 528. I had a BMW with the n54 and those are known to have an issue with the turbos. Additionally some of the prices you posted are outrageous.If you're handy and have a few hours the brake job would be great to do yourself.

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Post by Ruger » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:40 am

Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:37 pm
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"Cracked windsheild $2300

All plus tax. :annoyed
$2300 for a windshield? What is it, platinum plated? Or is that a typo?

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Post by Sunsolar » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:14 pm

Ruger wrote:
Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:40 am
Sunsolar wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:37 pm
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"Cracked windsheild $2300

All plus tax. :annoyed
$2300 for a windshield? What is it, platinum plated? Or is that a typo?
Silver, I am getting another opinion at an independent garage.
Ruger, no typo. That is what the BMW dealershipo quoted. I did my research and found that I can get it fixed for $8-900, outside of insurance. Insurance won't cover it because it is a linear crack greater than a few inches. They said the whole windshield needs replacement.

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Post by Ruger » Fri Sep 08, 2017 7:17 pm

Ruger, no typo. That is what the BMW dealershipo quoted. I did my research and found that I can get it fixed for $8-900, outside of insurance. Insurance won't cover it because it is a linear crack greater than a few inches. They said the whole windshield needs replacement.
Wow, that is some expensive car to maintain! Almost bought one a few years ago....glad I didn't!

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Post by wander » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:00 pm

I would check to verify with good local mechanic specialized in BMW. If the problem and repair cost are the same as the dealer, then I would let it go ASAP.

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Post by student » Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:25 pm

I also think that if the quoted cost of repair is accurate, it is time to replace the car.

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Post by CedarWaxWing » Sat Sep 09, 2017 10:47 am

N10sive wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:58 pm
Brakes are a max 250. Arm bushings maybe 400. Windshield! Should be less than 500. Honestly your just getting ripped off. Go to a trusted mechanic and glass person. You could pry get away with 4k for repairs.
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Post by Sunsolar » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:21 pm

Here is the update after seeing the independent shop. They say that for the turbo, they agree with the dealership that the clip is busted and needs replacement. They are actually going to try to replace the clip which would solve the entire problem and avoid having to replace the entire turbo. If they can't replace it, then we'll have to replace the turbo. $$$

Their price for replacing the bushings - control arm was $426 vs. dealer $750. The indy rec replacing both front ones, so 426 x 2.

I hope these guys are honest! I would love to have found a trusted mechanic that will see my car through 300000 miles!

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Post by lazydavid » Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:42 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:21 pm
Their price for replacing the bushings - control arm was $426 vs. dealer $750. The indy rec replacing both front ones, so 426 x 2.
This is not too bad, if they're using OEM parts. The BMW-branded control arms for your car cost around $300 each. The $105/side parts cost I quoted earlier was for Febi, which is an OE supplier for many things, but not this particular part. Might also be worth checking if they're willing to install Lemforder instead--they ARE the OE for this particular part, so it is literally the same thing, minus the roundel logo and 1/3 of the price (they're about $200 each). It's definitely best practice to replace both at once.

Based purely on what you posted, I'd be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they're honest.

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Post by Sunsolar » Mon Sep 11, 2017 1:01 pm

lazydavid wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:42 pm
Sunsolar wrote:
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:21 pm
Their price for replacing the bushings - control arm was $426 vs. dealer $750. The indy rec replacing both front ones, so 426 x 2.
This is not too bad, if they're using OEM parts. The BMW-branded control arms for your car cost around $300 each. The $105/side parts cost I quoted earlier was for Febi, which is an OE supplier for many things, but not this particular part. Might also be worth checking if they're willing to install Lemforder instead--they ARE the OE for this particular part, so it is literally the same thing, minus the roundel logo and 1/3 of the price (they're about $200 each). It's definitely best practice to replace both at once.

Based purely on what you posted, I'd be willing to give them the benefit of the doubt that they're honest.
Thank you lazydavid. I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt, backed by all the knowledge all of you provided. Thank you all as well.

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Post by Sunsolar » Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:37 pm

Here is the final outcome of all of this from an indep mechanic.

Oil change $71.95
Replaced front lower forward control arms Labor 405 Parts 425 Total $831

Alignment $90

Replaced brakes/rotors Labor 180 Parts 375 Total $553 (bc they said when BMW replaced the brakes under my extended maintenance plan, they just did the pads when they should have done pads and rotors. bc of this it was causing problems during braking)

Turbo : they placed a pin to hold the rod in place and replace the broken/rusted clip. They charged me $60.

Total cost about $1700. I will accept this and hope I can keep the car for another 200,000 miles, with continued maintenance. Thank you to all.

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Re: Keep or let go of my car?

Post by N10sive » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:04 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:37 pm
Here is the final outcome of all of this from an indep mechanic.

Oil change $71.95
Replaced front lower forward control arms Labor 405 Parts 425 Total $831

Alignment $90

Replaced brakes/rotors Labor 180 Parts 375 Total $553 (bc they said when BMW replaced the brakes under my extended maintenance plan, they just did the pads when they should have done pads and rotors. bc of this it was causing problems during braking)

Turbo : they placed a pin to hold the rod in place and replace the broken/rusted clip. They charged me $60.

Total cost about $1700. I will accept this and hope I can keep the car for another 200,000 miles, with continued maintenance. Thank you to all.
That's not too bad at all. Besides the parts for the brakes. I haven't worked on BMW's which I assume are a bit pricier than Hondas/Toyotas. Brakes are the thing that if you can do them yourself they save you the most money compared to shops.

Glad you shopped around instead of forking over the 8k in repairs originally. And looks like you might have found a new mechanic to go too from now on :).

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Re: Keep or let go of my car?

Post by BogleBoogie » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:01 pm

chevca wrote:
Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:18 pm
I don't think comparing the value of a car to the cost of repairs is always the best way to look at it. What would the repairs get you? If the car's falling apart and every 10k miles is going to be a couple thousand in repairs, sure it's time to replace the car. But, if $5k of repairs makes it good for another 100k miles, that some money well spent.

If it's your dream car and you love driving it, have it fixed and drive it for another 100k. The repair costs have to be cheaper than whatever you would replace this one with, right?

And, $2300 for a windshield.... Does that thing have a computer and TV in it, or what? :happy
+1 This is a car you love. All cars will require some maintenance/repairs. Find the best deal from a trustworthy mechanic and get this fixed. Keep up on routine maintenance. The cost of a new or newer car will be much more when you take into account insurance, sales tax, DMV registration, etc.

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Re: Keep or let go of my car?

Post by BogleBoogie » Tue Sep 12, 2017 6:01 pm

Sunsolar wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 2:37 pm
Here is the final outcome of all of this from an indep mechanic.

Oil change $71.95
Replaced front lower forward control arms Labor 405 Parts 425 Total $831

Alignment $90

Replaced brakes/rotors Labor 180 Parts 375 Total $553 (bc they said when BMW replaced the brakes under my extended maintenance plan, they just did the pads when they should have done pads and rotors. bc of this it was causing problems during braking)

Turbo : they placed a pin to hold the rod in place and replace the broken/rusted clip. They charged me $60.

Total cost about $1700. I will accept this and hope I can keep the car for another 200,000 miles, with continued maintenance. Thank you to all.
Nice! Well done.

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