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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 04-01-2014, 05:41 AM
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I took my 2008 528xi for rear brakes replacement and out of curiosity told him that I hear some noise when the car is idle. Below are the list with prices that the BMW dealer quoted. Would the prices be same if I go to a Indy mechanic. Which of these should I do with the BMW dealership and other with my mechanic. Still haven't got a quote from my mechanic though

1. Belt tensioner and pulley - 421$
2. Oil filter housing gasket - 423$
3. Value cover gasket 655$
4. Coolant flush - 130$
5. Injector flush - 130$

Edit: I do smell a weird smell like burnt exhaust when I drive after starting the car.

Thanks in advance.


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Old 04-01-2014, 06:26 AM
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I believe that everyone would agree that an Indy will be cheaper, I can't quote prices but with not knowing what your problems are it will be tough to decide on what needs to be done.

I will almost guarantee if you are smelling burnt rubber you just need to replace your VCG (valve cover gasket). You can do this yourself for around $50 if you are decent with a wrench. But shouldn't cost much more than $150 from an Indy.

For the noises, you need to be more specific as to what you are hearing. But if the dealer wants to replace the belt tensioner and pulley, I would almost bet that is the noise your hearing. I would figure you could get that + VCG for under $250 at the Indy.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:38 AM
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Indy that specializing BMW cars, will be about 33% less. I got many quotes from both dealers and indy. At the end, many times I decided to just DIY route.

For dealer quotes, those are very reasonable, IMHO.
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Old 04-01-2014, 06:39 AM
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If your valve cover gasket is leaking, I would think that you would be adding oil periodically.
Price on coolant looks good to me.
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Old 04-01-2014, 08:41 AM
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Thanks for all the replies. Dealer did say that I have two bad oil leaks and needs to replace the value gasket.


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Old 04-01-2014, 06:46 PM
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Hello

I took my 2008 528xi for rear brakes replacement and out of curiosity told him that I hear some noise when the car is idle. Below are the list with prices that the BMW dealer quoted. Would the prices be same if I go to a Indy mechanic. Which of these should I do with the BMW dealership and other with my mechanic. Still haven't got a quote from my mechanic though

1. Belt tensioner and pulley - 421$
2. Oil filter housing gasket - 423$
3. Value cover gasket 655$
4. Coolant flush - 130$
5. Injector flush - 130$

Edit: I do smell a weird smell like burnt exhaust when I drive after starting the car.

Thanks in advance.


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If your indy lets you buy parts it may be much cheaper rather than they buying from bmw dealer.
From ecstuning.com
belt tensioner and pulley is 106.00
ofh gasket is 13.00 and another 13.00 if u have heat exchanger gasket.
vcg is 38.00
Coolant is 21.00 per gallon.

May be u can have spark plugs also replaced when they are doing vcg tho it may not be due until 100k.

If you are planning on keeping the car you can think of transmission fluid as well.

My indy just charged me for labor when i got tranmission pan+fluid, differential fluid, power steering fluid, coolant bought from ecstuning.

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If your indy lets you buy parts it may be much cheaper rather than they buying from bmw dealer.
From ecstuning.com
belt tensioner and pulley is 106.00
ofh gasket is 13.00 and another 13.00 if u have heat exchanger gasket.
vcg is 38.00
Coolant is 21.00 per gallon.

May be u can have spark plugs also replaced when they are doing vcg tho it may not be due until 100k.

If you are planning on keeping the car you can think of transmission fluid as well.

My indy just charged me for labor when i got tranmission pan+fluid, differential fluid, power steering fluid, coolant bought from ecstuning.
If your indy doesn't want you to bring in 3rd party parts, tell him you'll identify what you want and he can order it for you. Many online stores will give an established shop a discount to their price. You pay what you would have online; they get an additional discount to make it worth their while to buy for you. Or, you can offer to pay them 15% extra to use your parts, which will still be cheaper than most prices they can offer to you.

In exchange, you'll agree to bring them your steady business.

Everything's negotiable.
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Old 04-08-2014, 04:32 PM
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If your indy doesn't want you to bring in 3rd party parts, tell him you'll identify what you want and he can order it for you. Many online stores will give an established shop a discount to their price. You pay what you would have online; they get an additional discount to make it worth their while to buy for you. Or, you can offer to pay them 15% extra to use your parts, which will still be cheaper than most prices they can offer to you.



In exchange, you'll agree to bring them your steady business.



Everything's negotiable.

Got the repairs done with my mechanic. Parts and labour came out to 1000$. He replaced the drive belt tensioner and pulley; value cover gasket and oil filter stand gasket;

As some one said it was really 33% less than what dealer quoted.


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