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Old 04-04-2013, 12:48 PM
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ATF, Transfer Case, Differential Fluids

What's a good price from the dealership and / or independent BMW service center to have these fluids changed?


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My own indy's pricing:

ATF Fluid: $280
To Change: $80

Diff Fluid: $48
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:46 PM
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Tou didn't change the transfer case? It is THE most important mechanical part of the auto and diffs.
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I'm just stating his pricing, not that I did it there.
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What's a good price from the dealership and / or independent BMW service center to have these fluids changed?


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Three days ago, the SA at the dealer doing my battery cable recall quoted $1100 (yes, one thousand one hundred dollars) to change the rear differential fluid. Nothing else, just the rear differential. "There's no drain plug. The tech has to completely remove the differential housing to empty the fluid out, then put it back on. At least 8 hours of labor."

Apparently, his tech has never heard of sucking the fluid out through the fill hole with a pump and then refilling it.

Also had the "lifetime fluid" discussion. Yup, all the work from that 300 hp engine is going through the transfer case with its 1/2 liter of fluid, but that fluid is never going to degrade.
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Three days ago, the SA at the dealer doing my battery cable recall quoted $1100 (yes, one thousand one hundred dollars) to change the rear differential fluid. Nothing else, just the rear differential. "There's no drain plug. The tech has to completely remove the differential housing to empty the fluid out, then put it back on. At least 8 hours of labor."

Apparently, his tech has never heard of sucking the fluid out through the fill hole with a pump and then refilling it.

Also had the "lifetime fluid" discussion. Yup, all the energy from that 300 hp engine is going through the transfer case with its 1/2 liter of fluid, but that fluid is never going to degrade.
Leave. Go far away from that place. Never return.

Also burn it down.
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Sorry, the car in question is a 2006 330xi. Thanks for the replies.
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I provided my own Castrol Import Multi-Vehicle Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) and filter from rockauto.com and paid an Indy shop about $200 for the service.
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My Indy friend would charge $100 for either change, plus the cost of the fliid(s).

Zooks - your local stealership deserves to be starved to death. I still can't believe that you let them do your ATF. Feed the hungry and don't throw good money after bad people.
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Leave. Go far away from that place. Never return.

Also burn it down.
They're good for work covered under BMW's nickel, and for the random small item. I have another BMW dealer who's in the $400-$500 range for both differentials plus the transfer case. I was just thinking about avoiding the longer drive.

Most of my work goes through two indys, one who does most of the work and the second a BMW specialist who takes the work the first is not comfortable with. Typically 1/3 to 1/2 the price of the dealer.


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My Indy friend would charge $100 for either change, plus the cost of the fliid(s).

Zooks - your local stealership deserves to be starved to death. I still can't believe that you let them do your ATF. Feed the hungry and don't throw good money after bad people.
Oh, the last time I had my fluid done at 90,000 miles, it was at the second indy listed above. I sure as hell wouldn't pay the dealer's price, I just thought it was an amusing data point to put on the table.

For the record, my 90,000 mile service at that indy was $1092 for spark plugs, brake fluid, ATF change with replacement of the pan, front differential fluid, and the transfer case fluid. His suction pump was broken, so he wasn't able to do the rear differential, which is why I was asking about the price at the dealer while I was in for the battery cable job. Quite a difference in work for the same amount of money, no?

The best part was the reaction my first indy had (he subcontracted the work out with no markup, as he didn't want to touch the BMW drivetrain). He called me and tentatively asked "Um, what did you think this was going to cost?". I asked him what the bill was, he told me, and I said that I felt it was very fair. He was stunned - doing the same on my wife's Subie in his shop would have run about half that, and he was worried I was going to get really upset over the price.
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Old 04-06-2013, 12:47 PM
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Oh, the last time I had my fluid done at 90,000 miles, it was at the second indy listed above. I sure as hell wouldn't pay the dealer's price, I just thought it was an amusing data point to put on the table.

For the record, my 90,000 mile service at that indy was $1092 for spark plugs, brake fluid, ATF change with replacement of the pan, front differential fluid, and the transfer case fluid. His suction pump was broken, so he wasn't able to do the rear differential, which is why I was asking about the price at the dealer while I was in for the battery cable job. Quite a difference in work for the same amount of money, no?

The best part was the reaction my first indy had (he subcontracted the work out with no markup, as he didn't want to touch the BMW drivetrain). He called me and tentaively asked "Um, what did you think this was going to cost?". I asked him what the bill was, he told me, and I said that I felt it was very fair. He was stunned - doing the same on my wife's Subie in his shop would have run about half that, and he was worried I was going to get really upset over the price.
Smart move with going to an Indy. The price is great, unlike the dealer cost. You should have done the 1st ATF change at an Indy, as well.

As for the Subaru, costing 1/2 of the BMW maintenance, it's commensurate with the driving pleasure!!

For the record, I have nothing against dealerships, their cost just needs to be more in line with independent shops. I'd pay a 10 even 20% premium but the differences are way higher than this. The guys get paid $26-30 in the back, and we get killed at $128 per hour...
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