In Reply to: $1000.00 (!!!!!!) posted by Paul (at maximill...) on April 28, 2000 at 09:40:51:
: OK - even if he charges you $300.00 for the parts - (we sell 'em for $150-170) that means that it will take him 10 billed hours to install the thing????
: Any mechanic worth his "Snap Ons" should be able to replace a clutch in under 5 hours. Hell! I did mine on my damn BACK in 4!
: Bring the car to me and I'll install it for $300.00 plus $169 for the clutch kit parts!
: (just kiddong - but if I had time I really would though!)
: As for "do it yourself" jobs - I had someone hold my hand the first time - and after one practice run, it's pretty easy - as long as you don't force or break anything.
: I don't know if this is in the archives - but maybe I can write a tech article this afternoon (If I have time today - I'll do it!)
: Bottom Line:
: Take the car to a different mechanic if you're nervous about tackling it yourself!
: All the Best!
I have never tackled a clutch, so I can't offer any specific advice. However, if you find a copy of "The BMW Companion", I believe it included an old Roundel article on replacing the clutch in a 2002. It made the project sound fairly DIY friendly. If memory serves me, getting to the clutch was harder than actually dealing with it. There were a couple of tricks, including blocking the engine so that it couldn't tilt up after the weight of the transmission was removed. Good luck!