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Originally Posted by Torque
Whoa ... that is ... too much. You should look into finding a reputable independent shop around you ... water pump and thermostat both cost less than 100 dollars ... 500+ to replace it is outrageous since it really doesn't take that long.
On the upside, at least head/headgasket is ok.
Originally Posted by ozarkmark
Yea - if this area was closer to Tulsa or Little Rock it wouldn't be a problem finding a good indie shop. It is the only BMW dealer witin 100 miles. Most indie shops around here won't touch a BMW if it is anything more than a brake job, oil change, etc.. Even if I found one, I am sure it would be a week long affair. Shops here aren't in a hurry when it comes to working on cars.
I don't know where they get $650 for about $120 in parts.
FWIW - I do trust their work - they replaced the tranny last summer and the A/C compressor and did both jobs very quickly and haven't had an issue with either since.
Originally Posted by da_bull
I just noticed you're from AR too. I live in Springfield, MO. There is a REAL good place up here called Import Specialists. I have almost everything done there that I cant (or wont) do myself. It might be a little bit of a jog for ya, but its right off 65 hwy in Springfield.
Originally Posted by Scarface
Where in AR do you live? My family is from Jacksonville, right outside Little Rock. It's funny because I live in Jacksonville.....Alabama now.
Originally Posted by ozarkmark
Thanks for the input on the place in Springfield. That isn't real far from where I live in Rogers, AR. I travel to Springfield on business about every 2 weeks! I will look them up and keep their number in my phone.
Originally Posted by cnn
Funny you mentioned your problem.
I did my entire cooling system for $550 (parts only; labor was mine).
With your mileage of 145K, I'd recommend a major overhaul of your cooling system. Let the shop do what they already proposed to you (WP, thermostat etc.)
The rest of the system (belt, tensioner, pulleys etc. READ through the posts and the repleis carefully), you can do it yourself to save $$$.
Here is the link to my write-up:
ENTIRE COOLING SYSTEM REPLACEMENT Tips and Tricks (Very Long, Enjoy!)
As a side note, recently I opened my hood during 100 F temp day, put my hand 2 inches above the fan, it is HOT like a BBQ grill (I could not hold my hand more than 4 seconds!).
So treat any vehicle cooling system with good care.
The problem is once the engine is overheated (let say from failed WP or thermostat), even if you change the WP, thermostat, the head gasket is prone to heat damage and can cause crack in the gasket, and heat from combustion now enters the cooling system, significantly raising the cooling system pressure, causing more damage.
So a good cooling system overhaul SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCES the risk of overheat and the vicious cycle of overheat and gasket/cylinder head damage.
98 528i 5sp 91K
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