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      03-20-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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$650,is it reasonable??

I ask a BMW collision specialist about install my H&R springs and 4 wheel alignment.
they charge me about $650
I have to say I was shocked
they told me they need about 6 hours to done the whole work.
is it really that long??

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no...................It took about 3 hours to do the installation and alightment.. My shop charged me $330 including alightment. Pretty fair price here in Bay Area. Don't let them eat your money!!!
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WHOA!!!! $650 is just tooooooo much!! Dealer Book time insn't even that much!! It's like $400 for the springs! The most I got quoted was this and another $50 for the shocks!! Crazy! So I'm going to the same place as hsiaochinsan.

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only 3 hours!! I think 3 hours is more reasonable
I wonder why they need 6 hours to done the work??
I used to install springs and alignment my old E46 in Taiwan.
It doesn't took that long.
although the guy told me they use Hunter 4-wheel aligment machine.
I still feel
If they are really BMW collision specialist.
They are not supposed to spend 6 hours on working on my car.
the only reason I guess is beacuse the more hours they spent, the more money they make??
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I just called another shop
they charged me around $600
Is there any different way of alignment??
like 2 wheel or 4 wheel, different alingment machine??
sounds like choosing 4-wheel alignment at least cost over$600.
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Mark, keep looking! There has to be a place in NY that doesn't charge soo much! Either way, you should get a 4-wheel alignment done.
Man, I thought the bay area was bad for pricing!

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I just called another shop
they charged me around $600
Is there any different way of alignment??
like 2 wheel or 4 wheel, different alingment machine??
sounds like choosing 4-wheel alignment at least cost over$600.
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if the 650 includes the cost of the springs it's a fair deal

if not then..............
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I already have my springs and spacer in my trunk.
that's why I think $650 is not reasonable.
I feel like I am a super idiot if I really spend over $600 on installation.
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Hehe~ Glad to find another Taiwan ren in the forum again~
Yup...like other said...keep finding, you will find a good price...even 600 is still rediculous...
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Hey!!I was guessing if your are Taiwanese or not.
Cause I saw 中華民國大總統
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shops are going to charge alot though, as they didn't get to sell you the parts

you wouldn't bring oil to an oil change shop would you?

buying the springs is great if you're going to do the work yourself, but if you're going to have to pay a shop, you really should buy the springs from them. They will charge you more for the springs than the cheapest place you can find on the net, but they will install them for a reasonable price
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no...................It took about 3 hours to do the installation and alightment.. My shop charged me $330 including alightment. Pretty fair price here in Bay Area. Don't let them eat your money!!!
where did you get your car done at. AI?
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where did you get your car done at. AI?
Yup, AI!

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I can either go back to the shop which charged me $650 for Whole work tomorrow(installation and 4-wheel alignment)
or go to another shop which charge me $300 but just for springs installation on next Tues(the guy told me he can send me to a place that have very good alignment machine)
but I have no idea about alignment price...$100 or more??
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$650

H&R sport springs + Installation = $350

$80 alignment in a couple of weeks..........
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i got quoted $369 for the springs in Houston at a reputable shop, bavarian hyper speed (supposedly, ppl come from all u.s. here). Install was another $400.

I think its overpriced, but they said it takes 6-7 hours because the fronts are very hard, not like the E46, i forgot what he said but they have to remove something carefully. Rears are easy.

I did get one quote for $200 install.
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$650

H&R sport springs + Installation = $350

$80 alignment in a couple of weeks..........
i might have to get my car done in so. cal if it cost so much in the bay
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i got quoted $369 for the springs in Houston at a reputable shop, bavarian hyper speed (supposedly, ppl come from all u.s. here). Install was another $400.

I think its overpriced, but they said it takes 6-7 hours because the fronts are very hard, not like the E46, i forgot what he said but they have to remove something carefully. Rears are easy.

I did get one quote for $200 install.
6-7 hours to install is pure

my technician did it under an hour! i'm not kidding!

if you bring your own springs...they install for $150

http://www.f1motorsports.com/contact.html
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6-7 hours to install is pure

my technician did it under an hour! i'm not kidding!

if you bring your own springs...they install for $150

http://www.f1motorsports.com/contact.html

$150 for installation
wow!!I wonder why labor rate are so different between NY and CA..
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$150 for installation
wow!!I wonder why labor rate are so different between NY and CA..
Don't worry Mark, I'm in California too and I can't get $150 install price in my dreams. But still $330 for the install plus alignment is a pretty good deal...

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Don't worry Mark, I'm in California too and I can't get $150 install price in my dreams. But still $330 for the install plus alignment is a pretty good deal...

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Thanks Danny.
Maybe I should move to CA and get $330 for whole work.
Just kidding I'll keep looking for good shop and reasonable price...
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florida might be cheaper, it seems like theres a lot of tuners out there
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