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      07-14-2011, 09:02 PM   #4
ENINTY
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Drives: 2006 325i Sport
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My car had this exact problem. Your compressor seized. The part that broke off is the compressor clutch spring plate. My compressor seized at 75K miles. I had a dealer fix mine because I wanted a BMW trained technician fix it because at that time in 2009 I felt there wasn't enough experienced (in the E90) independent shops that had made the repair. My cost was $2,400 but I had them replace the drier in the condenser just so the whole system was fresh with no leftover contaminates. The price you were quoted seems pretty good. The compressor is a $1,000 part.
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