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Old 01-11-2005, 12:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Went to the dealer for an Instespection II and to add an alarm system.

He said that all these were needed:

Most Important
$444.14 Control Arm Bushings broken, Replace...
$102.82 DME reprograming (my car thinks it's a coupe convertable)...
$218.01 Belts (2 belts @$35 each + labor)

Needed Soon (Spring time)
2 x $429.28 + Tires... I have two warped rims (freakin previous owner hit a pot hole and never fixed)

Needed Eventually
$195.37 Power Steering Cables
$74.15 Break Fluid Flush
$74.15 Coolant Flush


Inspection II: $451.91
Alarm Installed: $465.91

Total (most important): $1682.79

I ordered the Bently Repair manual for the E46 chassis. Hopefully, I could do the rest on my own, except the rims... Anyone know of a good cheap source for BMW rims (not knock-offs)?

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BTW, I went to Hunterdon BMW in Lebanon, NJ. They were the cheapest and the closest to my house. Other dealers wanted $550, $750, and $950 for an Inspection II.
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If that is one control arm bushing then it is a bit expensive but for two it's a steal.
I would see if they will reprogram the DME for free as your car is definately not a coupe nor a convertable. And I would assume then that it has been that way since it was built as most of us do not have access to the required equipment to reprogram a module.
There are quite a few places that can straighten a bent rim for alot less than a new one. Ask a local tire place you trust for a recomendation in your area. There are also ads in the back of most car magazines for this service but then you incure a shipping cost, which we would all hate to pay on a rim.
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Just picked her up.
Final Recipt

$97/hour

The bushings (were for both left and right)
Parts: $155.32
Labor: $291.00
Total: $446.32

Belts
Parts: $40.95 and $28.92
Labor: $135.80
Total: $205.67

Factory Alarm Installation And Damn its loud!
Parts: $300.00
Labor: $135.80
Total: $435.80

Inspection II
Service: $320.10
Parts/Supplies
Oil Filter: $8.60
Oil 5W30 Synthetic: 7 quarts @ $4 = $28.00
Window Wash Fluid: $2.35
Fuel Add?: $2.10
Micro Filter: $40.70
Air Filter: $23.68
Inspection II Total: $425.53

Reprograming of DME and EGS Modules: $0

Total Parts: $630.62
Total Labor: $882.70
Tax: $90.80

In the end: $1604.12
If only I had the place and tools to do it myself, could've saved $1000
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