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3-Series (E21, E30) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1975-1983 and 1984-1991 line. Specific models: BMW 315, BMW 316, BMW 318, BMW 318i, BMW 320/4, BMW 320i, BMW 320/6, BMW 323i, BMW 320i. E30 Family models include: BMW 325e, BMW 325i, BMW 325is, BMW 325ix.

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Old 03-01-2005, 10:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I want to replace my timing belt and water pump. I have all the parts but would probably rather have the actual labor done by a shop. What is a fair and reasonable price for a job like this? I have an 86' 325es.
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Old 03-01-2005, 10:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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sounds like if u have all the necessary parts it would only take a skilled mechanic on or two hours of labor. the total cost would depend on his rate.

why are you replacing the belt and pump?
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i belive its recomended that you replace both if you are going to replace the belt, dont know why that just what i heard.
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i belive its recomended that you replace both if you are going to replace the belt, dont know why that just what i heard.
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You are correct, sir! As long as you're down there, the water pump is on the way to the belt so you might as well.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:36 PM   #5 (permalink)
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sounds like if u have all the necessary parts it would only take a skilled mechanic on or two hours of labor. the total cost would depend on his rate.

why are you replacing the belt and pump?
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are you sure that this is only a 1-2 hour job?
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Old 03-02-2005, 02:53 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah it took me about 6 hours.
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It will take a skilled mechanic more like 3-4 hours.
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6 hours to do a timingbelt on a 325?! if i go slow it takes 2 hours, of course i cant count how many ive done. you are prolly lookin at being charged 3 hours by a BMW shop, any other shop and it will take alot more cause most shops are scared to do them for some reason
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6 hours to do a timingbelt on a 325?! if i go slow it takes 2 hours, of course i cant count how many ive done. you are prolly lookin at being charged 3 hours by a BMW shop, any other shop and it will take alot more cause most shops are scared to do them for some reason
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i agree 6 hours is a long time i havn't done a 325 one but iv done many other cars and none have taken anywhere near that time
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....well i just had all my belts changed..mechanic did it in 20minutes...of course i got a 4cyl....but it shouldnt take to long would be my guess.
Me and my dad just changed my water pump in 45 minutes...you can probally do it yourself. Get a book on ur car..bently or something.



if not prolly like 3 hours of work would be my guess.
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I agree, they will probably charge you about 3 hours of time, but it is a good chance to get up close and personal with your engine if you have that inclination. By all means, take your time, don't worry about how long a "skilled" mechanic would take to do it. Fixing your own car correctly is something you can't put a price tag on, no matter how long it takes.

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I agree, they will probably charge you about 3 hours of time, but it is a good chance to get up close and personal with your engine if you have that inclination. By all means, take your time, don't worry about how long a "skilled" mechanic would take to do it. Fixing your own car correctly is something you can't put a price tag on, no matter how long it takes.

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