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

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Old 05-24-2013, 07:09 PM
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Motor Mounts Replacement- Ok Price to pay ?

While accelerating and idling I feel and hear engine noise/vibrations. I was told my motor mounts are worn/collapsed and need replacing, especially at this mileage (112k).

I was quoted $600 total, including labor to replace 2 motor mounts and transmission mount. Does this seem like a reasonable price?
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Old 05-24-2013, 08:47 PM
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Hard to say, how much are motor and trans mounts? Check on ecstuning.com or go to realoem.com get the part #'s and then go to getbmwparts.com, amazon, ebay.com = find the best price you can for OEM mounts and then judge the cost by how much they are charging for labor. I suspect you'll find it is very reasonable considering the work involved, depending on how much the mounts are.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:20 AM
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I will offer up this advice after years of replacing engine mouts in customers cars. If you do not purchase original equipment mounts you may end up with vibrations after the job is done. Most mounts that are not original equipment, and by original equipment I mean bought from the parts counter at the dealership, are made of harder rubber and may not come fluid filled which leads to increased vibrations.

Labor for the engine mounts is 5 hours and the transmission mount is another 2 hours. If you figure in that the national average labor rate for automotive repair is $75 per hour that only leaves you with $75 for parts. However list on the engine mounts are about $90 each and I think the trans mount is about the same so that puts you at $795 but that's with no markup in parts. Realistically you are probablly looking at somewhere around $100 per hour for labor and about $140 each for the mounts which puts you at $1120 before taxes and shop fees.
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:31 AM
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Dude It's 3-4h of work for both and if you do it for the first time , second time I did both in 2h
1000$ a ? that is total rip off , i would not pay more than 300$ , the job is simple , you just need to raise engine on 1-2 inches
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:37 AM
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Dude It's 3-4h of work for both and if you do it for the first time , second time I did both in 2h
1000$ a ? that is total rip off , i would not pay more than 300$ , the job is simple , you just need to raise engine on 1-2 inches
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I assume that you are referring to the 2003 that you have in your signature. Book labor to do all the mounts on that car is 2.4 hours...the newer cars are just a wee bit more involved and the parts are more expensive
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Old 05-25-2013, 06:48 AM
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4 mounts is 4 mounts for e39 or for e 60 or for f10
The job to replace them is simple and straight forward and just because its bmw doesn't mean you should be ripped off in 1000$
That is my opinion ; GL OP
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Old 05-25-2013, 07:57 AM
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Dude It's 3-4h of work for both and if you do it for the first time , second time I did both in 2h
1000$ a ? that is total rip off , i would not pay more than 300$ , the job is simple , you just need to raise engine on 1-2 inches
GL
I aggree. it should not take more than 2 hours. I replace my driver side engine mount on my 545i with jack stand but couldn't do pass side. It needs lift and subframe or AC pump removal to get it out. I was quoted by Indy $175 to do just pass side and just labor. If it is i6 than it would be easier to replace them,you have more space to get your hends in. And I do not like the idea to jack the engine from oil pan. Sooner or later it will start leeking. Best way is to lift the engine from the top with engine lift points. I think $400 for replacing the trans and engine mounts if quite enough.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:02 AM
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Engine mounts are around $70 each ($140 for both sides), plus trans mount (not sure about OEM trans mount price), plus labor to raise the engine and replace mounts. $600 for this job is reasonable for some and too much for others. It all depends on if you have other alternatives or better yet you can DIY the job.

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Old 05-25-2013, 08:32 AM
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I will offer up this advice after years of replacing engine mouts in customers cars. If you do not purchase original equipment mounts you may end up with vibrations after the job is done. Most mounts that are not original equipment, and by original equipment I mean bought from the parts counter at the dealership, are made of harder rubber and may not come fluid filled which leads to increased vibrations.

Labor for the engine mounts is 5 hours and the transmission mount is another 2 hours. If you figure in that the national average labor rate for automotive repair is $75 per hour that only leaves you with $75 for parts. However list on the engine mounts are about $90 each and I think the trans mount is about the same so that puts you at $795 but that's with no markup in parts. Realistically you are probablly looking at somewhere around $100 per hour for labor and about $140 each for the mounts which puts you at $1120 before taxes and shop fees.
I saw some on ebay claiming their OEM, but for the little price difference I might as well go through my indy to be sure. This shop is $85/hour so it seems just right.
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Old 05-25-2013, 08:48 AM
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4 mounts is 4 mounts for e39 or for e 60 or for f10
The job to replace them is simple and straight forward and just because its bmw doesn't mean you should be ripped off in 1000$
That is my opinion ; GL OP
That is not even close to being true. The procedures for repalcing the mounts on an E60 is much more involved than the old E39's.

I have done mounts on both, I'll take the E39 any day as far as this job is concerned.
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Old 08-04-2013, 03:51 AM
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The mounts are about $210.00 per mount and then it has 4.5 hours for labor, so the quote you received of $600.00 is excellent. I would also recommend changing the transmission mount as well since it is probably aged as well with the motor mounts.
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:53 PM
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i live here in south texas, the mounts are 110 each at the dealership and was charged 200 for labor.
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Old 11-12-2013, 04:58 AM
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I have replaced engine and transmission mounts and vibrations were still there. after that I did smoke test and found small tiny vacuum leak. fixed it and vibrations are gone. but if you have small idle rpm flactuations when engine hot - than I dont know. I suspect transmission solenoids. When I replace this I will let you know.

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Old 11-12-2013, 08:19 AM
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Motor mounts on I6 engine can be replaced relatively easy while the same job on V8 can be time consuming.
I've replaced the engine mounts recently on my '06 530i (N52 I6 engine) and the job was relatively straightforward. This was the first time I replaced engine mounts on any car. Raised the engine by about 8cm or so and swapped the mounts. I am not a mechanic and it took me about 2.5 hours even though I was doing the job very carefully and slowly. On this engine, I think mechanics can replace the mounts under 2 hours with the hoist and tools they have.

To my surprise, the old mounts looked great even with 134K miles on them. I replaced them as a preventive maintenance.

About the price:
OEM mount (for '06 530i, N52) is $71 each on AutohausAZ dot com. Free shipping for orders above $50
Same engine mount is $68 and $64 (left and right) on RMeuropean dot com. Free shipping for orders above $75

One member stated above $210 per mount. As long as some of us are willing to pay those high prices, someone will sell for those high prices.

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Old 11-12-2013, 12:21 PM
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I still get slight vibrations after having the mounts replaced, this is due to having a bent engine sub frame though...
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Old 02-04-2014, 11:43 AM
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Did you ever get the sub frame fixed if so how much and how did you know the sub frame was bent?
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:15 PM
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Did you ever get the sub frame fixed if so how much and how did you know the sub frame was bent?
No i did not, for the age and mileage of the car it was not worth it. It was hit by a manhole that was raised from the ground.
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