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      03-31-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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Downpipes and fmic installing today!

oh man- so excited. waiting for shop to call and say they're done...

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installing AR catless and ER fmic

how many hours should a skilled mechanic take? it's been like 3.5 and I'm getting antsy! I figure about 6-7 total?
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      03-31-2012, 01:15 PM   #2
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oh man- so excited. waiting for shop to call and say they're done...

335 Xi

installing AR catless and ER fmic

how many hours should a skilled mechanic take? it's been like 3.5 and I'm getting antsy! I figure about 6-7 total?
I think they quote 2.5 hrs for the IC
not sure about Downpipes but those might be a PITA...
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I can install a fmic myself in my garage in less than an hour. You guys are getting ripped off by paying someone to do such an easy job.
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Xi downpipes are a pain, figure a good 3 hours for those. ER intercooler requires some trimming so figure a good 2 hours on that too.
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Xi downpipes are a pain, figure a good 3 hours for those. ER intercooler requires some trimming so figure a good 2 hours on that too.
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I would say 4-5 hours job.. Not more then that. We bill 2-2.5 hours for XI DPs and about 1.5 hours for an FMIC

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I did my ER fmic my self and also my vrsf dp myself. I do not have a xi I got the I and too k maybe total 5 hours. It wast first install of these so prob took me a little longer than most
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oh man- so excited. waiting for shop to call and say they're done...

335 Xi

installing AR catless and ER fmic

how many hours should a skilled mechanic take? it's been like 3.5 and I'm getting antsy! I figure about 6-7 total?
I'm going in Tuesday for a quote on getting the DP done on my XI, so I'm curious what they quoted you and how long it ended up taking.
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I would say 4-5 hours job.. Not more then that. We bill 2-2.5 hours for XI DPs and about 1.5 hours for an FMIC

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Too bad you're not close to me, sounds like a great deal. I'm just hoping not to get ripped off as the only shop I can find has never worked on a 335i let alone a 335xi
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I'm paying 750. don't know If that's a lot or a little.. bmw master tech install. 2 people worked on it. at the end of the day... I trust them- so, ill pay a premium for their work.
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That seems a little on the high side to me, but as long as you are happy that what matters. What was their hourly rate?
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Wow. $750 is steep as hell. The shop that did mine took 3 hours but quoted and only charged for 2 for my DPs on my xi. Make sure they drop the subframe. The shop I chose assured me that dropping the subframe wasnt necessary and they ended up fiddling around for a while "trying to make it work".
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