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      09-18-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Cheapest place to get water pump

I dont know why this wouldnt be a sticky since this is going to happen sooner then later.

Anyhoo If you guys post any online / dealerships and their price I'll keep this updated. Maybe do a therma and water pump combo since its silly not to do the thermostat wit the pump. Also have to confirm if its for 335 or 3.0/2.5 na

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      09-18-2013, 04:48 PM   #2
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got mine from a salvage yard, 15k on it with a warranty. 125.
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get the "kit" from tischer. it's the cheapest for a brand new oem part(s) and their customer service is top notch.

and this has been asked a gazillion times.
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Bavarian Autosport NH & free shipping for orders over $150

Water pump - 471.95
Thermostat - 74.95
Aluminum bolts - 8.95
Coolant - 22.95

Make sure you get the right length bolts
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got mine from a salvage yard, 15k on it with a warranty. 125.
May I ask what was the name of the salvage yard yon got the water pump from, might want to keep that in mind or go ahead and get one for when mine goes out. I'm at 76,xxx so it might be sooner than latter only time will tell.
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Its not a bad idea to get them from a salvage yard but on electronic parts I would not take the risk. Also, since is a pain to do the labor in case you have get a defective one.

Its just me.
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I dont know why this wouldnt be a sticky since this is going to happen sooner then later.
Because prices, like commodities, fluctuate, and low-priced retailers may come and go. Not something that would be very helpful 3-5-10 years from now as a sticky.

Just saying'.

Otherwise, search by part numbers on Google for new parts prices, and compare them to popular BMW e-tailers, like ECS Tuning and Tischer. For used parts specifically, search eBay, CraigsList and contact your local wrecking yards, though you may be lucky and come across hits on Google for used parts as well. For my 2008 Bluetooth retrofit, I got a used 2011 TCU from across the country at a wrecking yard via Google because their website is trawled by Google, for only $125 and it looks brand spanking new.

But what may be a lowest price for one person, may not be so good for another located in a different part of the country, when you factor in any applicable sales tax, additional shipping costs, and even handling charges.
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Very hard to buy this pump if you don't know the revision you are getting. These pumps have been revised nearly every year since 2007 with the last N54 pump revision hitting the market at the beginning of 2013.
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Its not a bad idea to get them from a salvage yard but on electronic parts I would not take the risk. Also, since is a pain to do the labor in case you have get a defective one.

Its just me.
You make a good point, it just seems unreal that a water pump should be a $500 part. I remember changing out a water pump on an '87 olds cuttlas and it was $50. I know this is like comparing apples to oranges, but common cost 10x more.

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The local pet shop probably has the cheapest water pump you'll find. It may not work on your BMW, but it will be the cheapest new one you'll come by.
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You make a good point, it just seems unreal that a water pump should be a $500 part. I remember changing out a water pump on an '87 olds cuttlas and it was $50. I know this is like comparing apples to oranges, but common coast 10x more.
new water pumps (at least our cars) are also electric, so it costs more. does it cost ten times more? that i doubt it, but factor in the 25yrs of inflation and additional R&D that BMW does that Oldsmobile would never care about, throw in a lil bit of "german engineering" tax and bam... $400 for a stupid water pump.
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our 330 water pumps are cheaper arent they? 300 ish??
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new water pumps (at least our cars) are also electric, so it costs more. does it cost ten times more? that i doubt it, but factor in the 25yrs of inflation and additional R&D that BMW does that Oldsmobile would never care about, throw in a lil bit of "german engineering" tax and bam... $400 for a stupid water pump.
You got that right... I would think demand would make that part hold its price, I would think they double or triple there money on it. I can't see the part being more than $150-$200 to manufacture if that.
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our 330 water pumps are cheaper arent they? 300 ish??
I don't know have not priced one yet, but if it is that's certanly good to know.
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Bavarian Autosport NH & free shipping for orders over $150

Water pump - 471.95
Thermostat - 74.95
Aluminum bolts - 8.95
Coolant - 22.95

Make sure you get the right length bolts
It's $50 cheaper shipped from Tischer at $500 for pump and thermostat.

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So has anyone had 2011+ water pumps fail yet? Im beginning to think its not really based on miles but on the hours the pump is running. Someone driving 100 miles a day highway will have more miles per "hour" used by the pump.
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Because prices, like commodities, fluctuate, and low-priced retailers may come and go. Not something that would be very helpful 3-5-10 years from now as a sticky.

Just saying'.
I'd understand if this part was a wheel bearing or something that hardly never goes, but this is a water pump, a part that I would bet goes on at least 2 members of the forum everyday. I think it would be updated due to these unreliable parts.


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So has anyone had 2011+ water pumps fail yet? Im beginning to think its not really based on miles but on the hours the pump is running. Someone driving 100 miles a day highway will have more miles per "hour" used by the pump.
I dont know about these 2011's but my friend had his done at the end of 2010 and it has failed (I personally think it was a rare fail but he only had 70,000 on it)

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I'd understand if this part was a wheel bearing or something that hardly never goes, but this is a water pump, a part that I would bet goes on at least 2 members of the forum everyday. I think it would be updated due to these unreliable parts.
I understand the purpose, but to expect a sticky just for parts price tracking will get quickly out of hand.

Why just a sticky on water pumps?

How about radiator prices?

Expansion tank prices?

Electric fan prices?

Heck, my alternator went bad after only 100k: why not make a sticky on alternator prices?

Where does it end? Who moderates what parts should be tracked and not tracked?

I understand the value of of a general guide for locating the best parts prices. I'm just trying to point out the futility of advocating a sticky for price tracking purposes of individual components only: if you look on each forum here, there are just a small handful of stickies, but most of them are truly useful. If you start introducing individual stickies for parts tracking, you could fill a whole page or more of just stickies, which every member would have to scroll/page through to get to the first non-sticky; it would certainly suck perusing the forums on smart-phones and smaller laptops.

And consider the potential number of people posting different prices, each sticky could balloon to hundreds of pages quickly, wasting bandwidth and storage for the admins as all previous posts become outdated and worthless with absolutely no value to anyone seeking the latest prices and sources.

Combining multiple parts for price comparisons on a single thread would be just too confusing and time-consuming for someone seeking the best price of a specific part. It's just simpler and quicker to Google, search eBay and CraigsList, as well as the popular parts e-tailers.

Besides, the cooling system of the E90's are much more robust and reliable than you think, unlike the previous E46 generation. Of all the BMW enthusiast web sites I'm a member of, I practically do not see any posts regarding the cooling system, so I'm not sure your WAG (Wild Ass Guess) that at least 2 forum members needing to replace E90 water pumps on a daily basis is remotely accurate nor based on any empirical evidence.

A continually running thread is fine, as it can die and revive as necessary; a sticky solely for individual parts prices is not.

Apologize for this becoming an outright lecture. I'm out.
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I understand the purpose, but ...
Google cheapest water pump e90 and I bet someone here can still find a cheaper one, thats my point, everyone will have an opinion, different version of the part and where to get it.

I understand what your saying, but you saying new users not using the search function and posting is not wasting bandwidth? and I know its time consuming updating the main page with the prices but I was willing to keep it up since I'm on here anyway.

Aside from the 335 guys, number one worry for everyone else is the water pump because it will leave you stranded on the road and it costs a ton.

and again, you cant compare the e90 water pump to a radiator or Electric fan with reliability, just do a quick search on the forum and you will see the ratio of threads/posts on both.

Hey it was just a thought, if people wanna keep looking on their own that's cool.

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A little bit of an update, so I purchased it from Tischer and shipped it to the states (I'm only 30 mins from Port Huron, and they don't ship to Canada).

I'v ordered from them before and the guys there are awesome! Plus its on sale right now, you cant go wrong.

I found a guy on craigslist that was selling for 450 but when I called the number was not in use and shortly after the ad was gone! LOL

I'll stick with who I know.

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I got the part number googled until I found the cheapest one and got a dealership to match it. 370 or so.
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