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Re: for you honest mechanics out there (archive)

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Posted by Rory on June 21, 2000 at 11:05:48:

In Reply to: for you honest mechanics out there posted by mike on June 21, 2000 at 01:02:23:

Hi Mike,

Most of the prices look a little high to me. Especially the oil, you can go to a local Parts store or Wal mart and get a quart of Valvoline All Climate or $1.49/qt. You could have also ordered a set of Bilstein's for less then the shocks (probably used Boge) and bump stops. Depending on the labor for the seat (not sure how long or involved that it), everything is is about right for a $60/hour shop. He definatly padded the bill IMHO. I would go and talk to them about the work and your concerns. If you do not feel you were treated fairly or were overcharged, find yourself a new mechanic. But remember, you often get what you pay for if you use a cheap mechanic. I would rather pay a little more once and have it done right, then have to do the job a few times. Good Luck.

'90 525i

: I had the following work done on a 1992 525i. I am extremely interested to know if the following charges are normal. I am especially interested in how many lift cables are under the seat. The mechanic told me 7. He had "repaired" this seat approx. 6 months prior for $75. It seems strange to me that no one hardly ever rides in the passenger seat, but the cables needed to be repaired for $100 this time around. Anyway, sorry to be long-winded. Please let me know if I have been taken or not. Thank you in advance for your time.

: Parts
: 2 Bump Stops 29.80
: 4 Bridgestone Revo h 205/65/15 376.60
: 2 Front Struts 200.00
: 1 Oxygen Sensor 86.00
: 1 Oil Filter Kit BMW M50 6cyl 9.50
: 6 Valvoline 20W50 All Climate 15.00

: Labor
: Replace Front Struts and Bump Stops 185.00
: Oil and Filter Service Check and Top Fluids Adjust Tire Pressure 10.00
: Repair Passenger Seat Rear Lift Cables 100.00
: Mount and BAlance Four Tires 50.00
: Replace O2 Sensor 40.00

: Labor 385.00
: Parts 716.90

: Sublet (whatever this means) 62.00
: Sales Tax 36.60
: Shop Charge 15.00
: TOTAL 1215.50

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