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Old 08-10-2004, 12:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am being quoted as $650 for parts and labor. Other than doing it myself, any thoughts on this price?

Also, do you think I even need to do it? I purchased the car from a gentleman that did all the work on it himself and it is in great condition. My inspection by the BMW shop revealed only that I needed shocks (which I fully knew) and everything else checked out OK. Should I hold off on this expensive service for a little while? I am contacting the former owner to see if anything along those lines was done at 75K. If I can't get that info, should I just bite the bullet and do this now or should I wait for a year or so? Does it provide me anything in terms of ensuring longevity?

Finally, is there anything outside of Inspection II I should consider like cooling system flush, brake system lfush, AT fluid replacement, etc.?

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Since no one has replied to you in a while, I have heard that $650 is about the median for that service. You can search the forums to see what all it entails, but it is fairly detailed for a DIY'er.

It depends on you if you want to do it or not (youself or stealer), but even the worst of bimmers last for 150K+miles.

If your previous owner was as religious as you imply, then I say drive the damn thing. How many miles do you have?

As for the cooling system - every 2 years, especially when older. Use ONLY BMW blue coolant.

AT fluid - I think these are 'sealed for life' transmissions, meaning you can't change the fluid. I have a manual, so I can change mine. There are people on this board that will tell you you can change it, but if you have 100K+miles on it, just leave it. If you break into it now, you're bound to screw something up.

The brake system, I believe, is to be flushed every 2 years as well.
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