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      05-12-2012, 06:38 AM   #1
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Interesting conversation at BMW this morning

I went into Sytner BMW to pick up tweeter mouldings for my car (wont name which one but for those who know Toys r Us just off J2 M5 will know which one hehe)

While i was there I thought I show the parts guy some pictures I took of my sump which I think the gasket is leaking. He looked at the pics and agreed most likely it was the gasket and priced me up a sump gasket circa 20. I asked him how much roughly to fit and he said around (in his opinion but would have to ask SA for proper quote) 150 which I thought not to bad. I then mentioned I had BMW extended warranty and aksed if this would be covered by warranty. He asked the SA who did not really give a definitve answer, so then I asked him how much BMW would charge and wait for it......








430(does not include the oil and filter which would be on top) just to change the gasket. the parts guy looked at me and I looked at him back as we were both were thinking f*** me and which I bursted out laughing. What really made me was the look on the SA face when he quoted that price in thinking that was a competative price

So anyway is this something a local garage could or requires special knowledge/tools? Am I right in thinking drain oil, inbolt sump, remove old gasket, clean, fit new gasket, fill up with oil ?
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      05-12-2012, 07:03 AM   #2
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You reminded me of the situation, when I took my car and asked how much would they charge to drain and refill coolant.

First question was, 'is there any problem' and I said 'No, I am getting it done for my satisfaction'.

Now he started thinking of hours and coolant price and I was told, it would cost about 400-450.


I asked him, why is that. The response was, they would have to let the car cool down, drain it, refil it, bleed it and return it and hence 400-450.

I ended up buying coolant only and got it done at my local indy.

I am sure you will get it done by them as it is very fair price (NOT).
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I just had rear trailing arm bushes and a full KDS ( from main dealer) for less than 400 and cheaper than my local specialist,
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      05-12-2012, 10:02 AM   #4
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I think I will be ringing my local garage on monday morning to see what they would charge.
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Do you know what is required for the sump drop/removal?
Perhaps its no so easy as you imagine.
How long would it take YOU to do it?

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Do you know what is required for the sump drop/removal?
Perhaps its no so easy as you imagine.
How long would it take YOU to do it?

I am not to sure tbh, I have replaced sump gaskets in the past on other cars which have taken me around 2 hours because I didnt have access to ramps and just using trolley jacks/axle stands

From a quick look underneath I cant see anything in the way of the sump removal so I presume its straight foward but then again I could be wrong. But Im guessing if I was to do it would probably take me 3/4 hours as I have never worked on this car before.

However I would presume for a BMW techy who is experienced should take a lot less time. Take for e.g BMW rates at 1 hour - 110.
430 - 20 (for part) = 410
The amount left over equates to just under 4 hours labour. If I guess it would take me around 4 hours to do I would expect a mechanic to do it less, if not half that time? i dont know??

Although the parts guy did say under his breath that he has seen this sump leak few times before and should not cost more than 150
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Oil leaks are covered under BMW extended warrenty as long as the gasket isn't a serviceable item.

This sounds like it should be covered?
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I've had my sump replaced as my cars on 140k now and had it done at my indy who charged around 120-130 for labour.
The gasket leaks because the plastic sump gets warped through heat cycles and i would just have the complete sump replaced for a peace of mind.
The sump was approx 180 new complete with gasket and just need oil which i think cost me around 60.
Cost me approx 380 all in at my indy for new sump/gasket/oil and labour and only takes took them around 2-3 hrs to do.
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