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limenuke
03-26-2012, 02:46 AM
I have a starter ready to be thrown into my car but I know it's a huge job. I've been quoted something like 300 dollars from a place which specializes in BMWs. Does anyone else have a better price? (I know it's a PITA. That's why I'm asking for a shop.)

Eurostyle
03-26-2012, 11:05 AM
Are you asking for "better" or "cheaper", its NOT the same thing!

2bmw2
03-26-2012, 11:47 AM
Are you asking for "better" or "cheaper", its NOT the same thing!

True, BETTER is not the same as CHEAPER, but they are not mutually exclusive. There are actually people (BMW techs) who can do that job better and cheaper. You should be able to get someone competent to do that for 2 hrs of labour, so around $180. I know I can find someone to do it for that price.

limenuke
03-26-2012, 12:04 PM
Gotcha.

Cheaper is what I mean.

Eurostyle
03-26-2012, 12:57 PM
Check with the sponsors, i'm sure you will find something reasonable!*th-up*

And dont let anybody do it, i'm sure people would offer to do it in your driveway for $50, but its not something i would trust....:D

limenuke
03-26-2012, 01:00 PM
Haha for $50 that person would regret those hours of their life...starter's a real b***h I hear. I have the 97+ one so it's easier but still...

Wanna help me with it, eurostyle? ;)

jon.e
03-26-2012, 01:14 PM
I paid 450 for mine installed. I'd rather spend the money and have it done properly. 300 is a good price. It's a pretty big job

2bmw2
03-26-2012, 02:01 PM
I paid 450 for mine installed. I'd rather spend the money and have it done properly. 300 is a good price. It's a pretty big job

I checked with a BMW Master Tech who has a shop in Newmarket and says it's 2 hours and $180

I guess if people want to pay more, it's their option!

T.Dot_E30
03-26-2012, 02:27 PM
Reminded me of this. RevShot attempting to do a starter on notjoe's car.

Take it to a sponsor, some ppl don't know how to work on these cars and you'll pay more for their mistakes.

http://www.maxbimmer.com/forums/showthread.php?t=53469

yuiou
03-26-2012, 04:47 PM
Take it to Stancefactory. Good prices and honest guys.

jon.e
03-26-2012, 05:23 PM
I checked with a BMW Master Tech who has a shop in Newmarket and says it's 2 hours and $180

I guess if people want to pay more, it's their option!

Just checked my receipt I actually paid 380 installed including the new starter. So I think that's reasonable. Anyways it's not like I drive a Honda. I'd rather spend the extra coin to have a BMW certified tech work on my vehicle.

+1 for Stance factory!

2bmw2
03-26-2012, 10:06 PM
^^^

I clearly mentioned that the guy that can do it in 2 hrs is a BMW certified tech. Actually he's a BMW master tech, and there aren't many of those in Ontario. He was also the shop foreman at Town and Country and Open road before starting his own place. He also has 17 years of dealership experience. Who do you know with that experience? Nobody

jon.e
03-27-2012, 10:06 AM
Lol I clearly wasn't trying to say your guys no good. But I do know someone who might have more experience. No need to bicker about who knows who. He used to work at beech. So I'm sure he is very kmowledable.
He wouldn't own his own reputable BMW shop otherwise.

InfiniteDice
03-27-2012, 10:33 AM
I pay 0. I feel for you though, starters... eeek. There is a trick involving 'making' a contorted box wrench. I think it would be less stressful lifting the engine out.

Still 300$ just for labour is painful for a common replacement item like a starter. Then again I've never had an e30 starter completely fail in over 12 years (that's why I have 4 sitting around collecting dust). I had one that was making stupid noises, and eventually only started some of the time. (probably solenoid).

2bmw2
03-27-2012, 10:39 AM
Lol I clearly wasn't trying to say your guys no good. But I do know someone who might have more experience. No need to bicker about who knows who. He used to work at beech. So I'm sure he is very kmowledable.
He wouldn't own his own reputable BMW shop otherwise.

I know just about every top mechanic that worked at Beach Auto since 1979 as I went to them back then. Steve Gailits rebuilt a motor for me at Beach over 30 years back. He's a good choice also but rarely mentioned here. And I know all the others from Beach who have their own shop.

By the way, I did mention that the mechanic I know has 17 years of dealership experience and was a shop foreman, you can't get much more experience than that. Plus he still has contacts at BMW if he needs any technical info on the latest cars and their service history. Would you look for a hooker with 25 years experience? After a certain number of years, experience has little to do with what service you get. What you will find is that people who don't have recent dealer experience won't know much about the cars produced in the last 5 years, and there were big advancements in the electronics of the cars after 2005 or so.

Dysantic
03-27-2012, 03:41 PM
I got mine replaced by RMP last year. Hasn't given me a problem since and I trust Rocco with anything related to my car. I don't remember what the cost was, but it was completely fair, especially for the high quality of work you get from RMP.

archrival
03-29-2012, 01:37 PM
Just did mine the other day. Tons of fun. Book time is actually 3.8 hours on it.

propr'one
03-29-2012, 01:58 PM
He also has 17 years of dealership experience. Who do you know with that experience?

Vitek?


What you will find is that people who don't have recent dealer experience won't know much about the cars produced in the last 5 years, and there were big advancements in the electronics of the cars after 2005 or so.
This is just completely not true. Most of the fancy electronics released since then just require the right hardware.

Putting a head together is much harder than fiddling with a computer.