In Reply to: If you want to save money... posted by WillO on July 02, 1999 at 20:47:24:
Replacing the condensor is something you can do yourself. Charging the system is likely not. It requires a vacuum pump and some manifold guages.
Your 91 still uses freon. I had my system (90 525i) completely drained and recharged for $75 at an air conditioner specialty shop. Don't go to a dealer...they will certainly try to capitalize on the US Freon Scam.
And, do not convert you car to R134. It doesn't cool as well...it does do significantly more damage to your local environment...(just not the ozone layer), it causes testicular cancer in low exposures, and since Dupont's patent has run out, it will likely be surpassed by a better refrigerant in the near future.
I would replace the condensor myself, then take it to a local cool shop to have it pressure tested and charged. I'd expect to pay $75 to $150.
: : I have a 91 525i that is in need of a new air condenser. I bought a new after-market one from a company out of the Roundel. It looks like a fairly simple project to install.
: : My question is how hard is it to install? Can an amateur do it in an afternoon? The local dealership can charge the system. They gave me a price of $370.00 to install and charge the new one, is that a fair price?
: : Thanks in advance,
: : Scott
: : 525i Sharked
: : BMWCCA
: ... To save money have a non dealer shop that does airconditioning work do the job. AC work rquires special tools, and skills.