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Old 11-25-2013, 02:08 PM
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Have been noticing small oil leaks in the garage from my 2003 745i with 76k miles on it. Just took it to my local shop and they just gave me the worst news...


They need to replace Valve cover gasket
Sealing washers /Grommets
Timing Cover
Front Cover gasket
With total amount for parts isnt bad 279.50
but with labor 1000.00 dollars><
Like seriously...
I have been using search and found out this is a common thing and people have done this themselves...

Any ideas or comments would be appreciated because I dont know if I should try to do this myself and I am not the best with cars...
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:25 PM
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Have been noticing small oil leaks in the garage from my 2003 745i with 76k miles on it. Just took it to my local shop and they just gave me the worst news...


They need to replace Valve cover gasket
Sealing washers /Grommets
Timing Cover
Front Cover gasket
With total amount for parts isnt bad 279.50
but with labor 1000.00 dollars><
Like seriously...
I have been using search and found out this is a common thing and people have done this themselves...

Any ideas or comments would be appreciated because I dont know if I should try to do this myself and I am not the best with cars...

So total cost is $1279.50 for all that work .
That is actually cheap for all that , that is
Usually what valve cover gasket cost to do alone .

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Old 11-25-2013, 03:27 PM
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Thanks for the quick reply he said that i should take care of it within the month or so...just kind of disappointed this would
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Old 11-25-2013, 05:07 PM
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Valve cover gaskets along on my car were $2,200. Maintenance and repairs are expensive. Budget $2k-$3k per year.


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Old 11-25-2013, 05:43 PM
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Ive got a gasket set with all the grommets/washers,rear seals for sale

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Old 11-25-2013, 06:31 PM
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Yeah well it just sad that maintenance on this car is maintenance i have never done on any other car...plus im not really complaining on the parts more like the labor!
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:41 PM
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Yeah well it just sad that maintenance on this car is maintenance i have never done on any other car...plus im not really complaining on the parts more like the labor!
Maybe you should have bought a Toyota , Honda , or even Hyundai
Instead of a high luxury series BMW . No matter how old the E65 / E66
is , It was still the Flagship for BMW . With that in mind you should
have considered the labor on maintenance would be above normal
cost compared to some other cars ( Honda , Toyota , Nissan , Hyundai )
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:48 PM
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I did consider i just have my moments... it is the best looking car in my opinion made so its worth it...plus the chicks love the car:P
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:38 PM
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Have been noticing small oil leaks in the garage from my 2003 745i with 76k miles on it. Just took it to my local shop and they just gave me the worst news...


They need to replace Valve cover gasket
Sealing washers /Grommets
Timing Cover
Front Cover gasket
With total amount for parts isnt bad 279.50
but with labor 1000.00 dollars><
Like seriously...
I have been using search and found out this is a common thing and people have done this themselves...

Any ideas or comments would be appreciated because I dont know if I should try to do this myself and I am not the best with cars...
man that is a very dam good price I need this done now wish I can get this price in Houston
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:03 PM
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Dude sick wheels looks great on the 7 Yeah im thinking about doing next monday..its a must lol
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Old 11-26-2013, 12:15 AM
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I just found out today my valve seals need to be replaced. They quoted me 650 for parts and labor. Sounds like it could be worse


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Old 11-26-2013, 05:30 AM
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I fear that when a more costly repair arrives like the alternator and alternator mount gasket(especially the water cooled version), valve stem seals or the coolant pipe repair you may require ambulatory assistance. 1200-1300 is not bad for all those gaskets done your top end is pretty much resealed after that but it gets much worse than this bro

If that price includes the plastic and rubber spark plug tubes id like to know where the hell he's getting those things from i had to pay 30$ a peice and theres 4 on each side thats damn near half what he's charging you in parts just for one side (unless youre getting one side done?)


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Old 11-26-2013, 06:51 AM
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I changed my vavle cover gaskets for 200gbp .. Can't understand those prices in the states :o ...


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Old 11-26-2013, 06:59 AM
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Try aking it to the stealer, then you would know what hurts the most, your wallet or your rear, lol

Make sure you get a warranty for the work incase it decides to leak again.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:03 AM
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Oh stealer prices look right I'm all Indy !0


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Old 11-26-2013, 07:05 AM
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$1279.50? BMW owners spend that kind of money on car wash (aka "detailing").

The only way poor people like me and you can afford a bimmer - even an old one - is to get our hands dirty and do our own wrenching.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:07 AM
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:39 AM
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We are not poor just deep pocket challenged! lol. But that is better than $569 for the outside window molding trim on my former 2003 caddy Sts plus the shocks and struts were$1200 a piece. dang self-leveling magnetic ride control.
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Old 11-26-2013, 07:42 AM
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I just had all that done on my car as well for under a grand. $1200 isn't a bad price. But yes this car comes with a whole slew of problems cheaper cars would never have. Get over it, get it fixed and wait for the next problem to arise
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Old 11-26-2013, 08:12 AM
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Its sad but it is true at this point in their(e65/6 especially pfl) lives they will become more of a job than a car.


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just found out today my valve seals need to be replaced. They quoted me 650 for parts and labor
???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is NO way ...NONE, Zero that this can be done for less than 2 g's. Not unless they are doing it for 15 dollars/hr.
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Have been noticing small oil leaks in the garage from my 2003 745i with 76k miles on it. Just took it to my local shop and they just gave me the worst news...


They need to replace Valve cover gasket
Sealing washers /Grommets
Timing Cover
Front Cover gasket
With total amount for parts isnt bad 279.50
but with labor 1000.00 dollars><
Like seriously...
I have been using search and found out this is a common thing and people have done this themselves...

Any ideas or comments would be appreciated because I dont know if I should try to do this myself and I am not the best with cars...
With some intuition and basic wrenching skills, you will be able to DIY (quote me on this. I'm doing an engine rebuild myself). Unfortunately for anyone with a high end import, the feeling is the same. These vehicles have created a reputation of high end maintenance mostly due to labor and shops in general know this fact and are not afraid to high ball you on estimates. I will give you a simple example:
I was looking for an used tire for my 2006 750Li and while driving a Lincoln Town Car, I stopped at a used tire shop and asked if they had a good 245/50/18. The attendant went back and came out with a very nice tire for $35.00 installed. I replied that it wasn't for the Lincoln but for my other car and that I would come back later for it and install it on the spot. When I showed up with the BMW, the price changed from $35.00 to $60.00. The shop worker replied that I didn't tell him that it was for a BMW.

Here is a YouTube link for the valve cover DIY:


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Old 11-26-2013, 09:04 AM
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???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is NO way ...NONE, Zero that this can be done for less than 2 g's. Not unless they are doing it for 15 dollars/hr.
Totally agree with "roadfrog"!
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Old 11-26-2013, 10:07 AM
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???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is NO way ...NONE, Zero that this can be done for less than 2 g's. Not unless they are doing it for 15 dollars/hr.
Swear on everything holy... I thought the same thing considering I've seen what everyone posts about getting their seals done. So needless to say I'm doing it next week. If they wanna short themselves that's their problem. All the work comes with a one year warranty. So ill rest easy.


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Helluva good price....

Nice price......I was quoted lots more for Valave Guides....would that be the same ?
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