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Old 01-25-2005, 07:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I think I need a new STARTER!!! WEEE!!!!!
How hard is it to do yourself?
Also, how much can I get one for?
I am just trying to save money over going to my mechanic and paying a few hundred. I have going to have them look at it Thursday....
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Old 01-25-2005, 08:02 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think I need a new STARTER!!! WEEE!!!!!
How hard is it to do yourself?
Also, how much can I get one for?
I am just trying to save money over going to my mechanic and paying a few hundred. I have going to have them look at it Thursday....
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first i recomend you to get a bentley manual.,, in case yo dont have it,
but pretty much, in case of the 6 cyl, you need to remove the intake manifold, and since youll be in there, i will tell you is the best time to get all the little hoses that crack, sensors taht fail and gastkets that leak changed at the same time, avoiding you to revoming manifold twice..

once manifold out, you pretty much undo the main bolts that hold the starter to the block and take it out.. just make sure you undo the battery, you want to change the starter not do welding., not joking..

any questions ask
have a good one
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Not an extremely hard job to do. victorgallas is right. Since you will be removing the manifold, service the parts that wear out. Everyone should have a Bently manual -- this goes for all of you reading this who don't already own one. $50 for a new one is not bad considering how much it wil save you in the long run, and how much you can learn about your car. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.
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how much should labor plus a new starter be from my mechanic?
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how much should labor plus a new starter be from my mechanic?
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they will take you appart, since removal o fintake is necessary it is a tima consumin gjob, so price will be high on labor, also if you DIY youll ensure all the crap that goes bad under there gets replaced...

think about it

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Hi! I had to change mine 2 weeks ago. I have a 318i 1998(4cyl, M44). The dealer asked 335$ (Canadian) for a Bosch refurbished starter... I called a few parts store and was able to get one for 150$ ! Depending on your car, it can take from 1.5 hours to 4 hours to install (for a mechanic). Also be sure to buy the right one because there is one THREADED and one WITHOUT THREAD (I really don't know the difference except one takes 4 hours to install and the other takes 1.5).

For me, I paid around 300$ in part and labor, in canadian dollars.

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get one from http://www.usedbmwparts.com/ I got mine for $40 from them
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