A tale of mechanic rip-off? - BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com
3-Series (E46, E90) Chat relating to the BMW 3-Series from 1999 to Current. Models include: BMW 316i, BMW 318i, BMW 318Ci, BMW 320i, BMW 323i, BMW 325i, BMW 330i, BMW 328 Ci, BMW 328i, BMW 325i/xi, BMW 330Ci, BMW 320d, BMW 330d, BMW 335d.

 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
#1 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 06:58 PM
n00b
 
jjguzman_85's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: inYourMom, TX
Posts: 32
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
jjguzman_85 is on a distinguished road
(Thread Starter)
A tale of mechanic rip-off?

Ok so I have a 2003 bmw 325i and have had my share of problems (and more) with this car. Whenever I had a problem I would just look up a DIY and fix it myself. Unfortunately I just moved out on my own in a new city for professional school so I don't have the tools or space I need to work on my car. Well, wouldn't you know...one week after moving, my car starts to leak coolant. I take the car to a bmw "specialty" shop and they "fixed" the problem for about $450. Expensive, but whatever... I need a car. Less than a month goes by and the car is leaking again. I call up the shop because they warranty their work for a year. I take it back in, and of course they say the parts they put in are good but the leak is somewhere new. So he tells me he already got started on it, so I have to pay $150 for "the new leak". That was yesterday. Today I'm on my way to school and the low coolant light comes on. FML! I call them up again, and they say it's prolly just an air bubble that is taking up space in the system and that I should just top it off with more coolant. "Its probably just an ounce low" he said. I make a quick stop and go straight home (less than 3 miles from where light initially came on). I only continued to drive home because the temperature gauge never went passed normal. Then again...they did replace the sensor too. When I get home the car is hissing and I notice some steam from under the hood. I let it cool, and when I open the hood there is coolant all over the place. Now I'm upset, and I call to explain what just happened. So now they're sending a tow truck "cost on them" to pick it up for more work. Is it Just me, or is this completely unacceptable?


p.s. sorry for the rant

Its the cats pajamas!
jjguzman_85 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 09-22-2010, 07:23 PM
Ich bin der Modifikator
 
johnnyBgood's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Bayonne, NJ
Posts: 3,325
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
johnnyBgood is a jewel in the rough johnnyBgood is a jewel in the rough johnnyBgood is a jewel in the rough
Garage
It sounds like they did not bleed the system thoroughly..........& yes it is unacceptable, completely...........you should not be responsible for any more expenses!

What happens is......you are just a #..........time is money in their eyes.......so they rush......Coolant system bleeding is time consuming:

http://www.bimmerwerkz.com/forum/3-s...tum-70619.html

This is why, I refuse to let anyone touch my car...........


jb

______________________________________
_______________________97 E36|Conforti Software|M50 Manifold|AFE|Borla|H&R| Bilstein |Eibach|Rockford|3.15 LSD
____________________________________________http://www.cardomain.com/ride/3129109
johnnyBgood is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 09-23-2010, 06:50 AM
42, The meaning of life
 
brettski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 2,405
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
brettski is just really nice brettski is just really nice brettski is just really nice brettski is just really nice brettski is just really nice
Depending on what they have replaced, they may have been using a process of elimination to pinpoint the leak. On some models there is a bleed line that goes from the top of the radiator to the expansion bottle, if that line gets kinked or otherwise pinched, air doesn't automatically bleed off to the expansion bottle and gets trapped at the top of the radiator, or elsewhere in the system. Hopefully they haven't damaged the engine and until they identify the source of the new leak i'd be on tender hooks. Good luck


Riding in style
brettski is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  BMW Forum - BimmerWerkz.com > BMW Model Specific Forums > 3-Series (E46, E90)


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
From /o/, A Tale Of Two Bmws Kionon Picture Showroom 3 08-17-2005 12:39 PM
A Good Tale! Deloriant Driving Tales 21 09-27-2004 12:09 AM
not really driving tale Hoppy's535i Driving Tales 2 08-11-2004 08:42 PM
another Dragon tale. spiff325is Driving Tales 8 06-17-2004 12:34 AM
tale of some rice presto Driving Tales 21 01-08-2004 10:42 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome