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E60 / E61 (2004 - 2010)
BMW 5-Series E60 Sedan was first seen in the Unites States in the fall of 2003 with a 2004 Model Year designation. The E61 wagon followed shortly there after. The E60/E61 5 series is now available as a 528i, 528xi, 535i, 535xi, 550i and a 535xi sports wagon! -- View the E60 Wiki

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Old 11-27-2012, 08:58 PM
mmoyle mmoyle is offline
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Location: Portland, Oregon USA
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Mein Auto: 550i
Most expensive repair ever?

My '07 550 has been burning oil for a few weeks now. It has 80k miles. No drainage on ground at home and I see gray smoke out the back on starts. I just took it in for a diagnostic at my dealer (who I actually like) and it took them a half day to find the valve seal guides are shot. They say part of the fix includes machining (machining what?)at a local shop and the total repair is 40 hours and 6-7 days for $6,200. Does this sound right? How much is a new engine? (and my extended warranty ran out 5 months ago) Could I save

can someone explain what 'valve guide seals' actually do? Why so much? Is it reasonable to think an indy shop can do it for 30-40% less?

I always heard transmission repairs were most expensive.
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