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| Originally posted by Vortec 4.3@Jul 31 2003, 07:38 PM |
My brother has a '95 325i and it's about time for a tune up. The local mechanics are going to charge him $800 just to replace:
6 spark plugs
We arn't mechanics but I'm sure that we can tackle this ourselves. We do know the locations of every part and we have basic car knowledge. Do you guys think we would be better off doing this ourselves instead of paying ther mechanics? It shouldn't be too difficult should it? Opinions needed
| Originally posted by BlackTape@Jul 31 2003, 05:10 PM |
that is a RIP....
* spark plugs are CHEAP , but tricky to instal on e36's
* Fuel filter.... maybe 75 bucks with an oil change
* If you can change the airfilter your self you should not own a car
* Anti freeze i assume to drain colant system and new in... you can do yourself
*Brake Bleed i have no clue but can get messy
for the things you listed I say 250$ MAX
| Originally posted by EXtech@Aug 2 2003, 02:20 AM |
A TRUE Inspection is more than plugs, air filter, fuel filter, coolant and brake flush. Has anyone ever looked at an inspection sheet from a dealer? Most independent shops run with the dealer pricing and mark it down a tad and still make a bunch of money. A real inspection involves examining the car front to back, up, down, left right, inside and out for water leaks to rust, all electrical functions, check all fault memory, road test, check the brakes, inspect all the drive train... and on and on. Typically a brake flush is 1.0hr labor, coolant flush 1.0hr labor then the labor for the inspection which I believe was usually 4-4.5 hr labor (inspection 2) because it also involved replacing the microfilter (pollen filter). So that's 6-6.5hr labor. Let's just assume the shop rate at the shop you went to was on the low side at 65$/hr . that's still only $422.50 . Even if the rate was 75/hr, you'd only be at $487.50 . There sure as hell aren't $300+ in parts, so I'd say they're trying to rip you off. Of course, if they charge in the $90 range, then they might be on track.
A true coolant flush begins at the engine block, not the radiator.
A brake flush is easy if you know what you are doing. if you don't you'll have major problems.
Spark plugs are very easy to do and very easy to screw up if you don't have a little common sense.
It's a great learning experience though!!
.. just my .02$ from an EXtech point of view
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