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The BMW 6 Series builds on BMW's sporty heritage with aggressive lines and an incredible motor to back the design up. Available in coupe and convertible trims with a standard 4.8 liter engine producing 360 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque, the 6-series is a popular choice that exceeds expectations.

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:31 PM
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A/C Compressor

The A/C on my 2004 645cic suddenly started blowing warm air. The Indy said the valve on my A/C compressor is stuck open. He said the only way to fix this is to replace the compressor at a cost of $2350 ($1300 for a new compressor since he warns against remanufactured compressors + labor, etc.).

A couple of questions for Forum colleagues:

1. If it is the valve, is there any way to repair this short of replacing the entire compressor?
2. Since it's a convertible, I may forgo the A/C, but if I go for a cheaper remanufactured compressor and proceed with the repair, is there any preventative work I should have done while they are replacing the compressor?

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Old 08-26-2013, 06:55 PM
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:18 PM
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Thank you!

I also found this compressor, which seems to be the same one that the Indy was going to install but is about $850 cheaper (http://www.rmeuropean.com/Part-Numbe..._47A2BA63.aspx)

If I can get the Indy to install one of these compressors, does his quote of $1000 for labor seem high or about right?
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:32 PM
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Thank you!

I also found this compressor, which seems to be the same one that the Indy was going to install but is about $850 cheaper (http://www.rmeuropean.com/Part-Numbe..._47A2BA63.aspx)

If I can get the Indy to install one of these compressors, does his quote of $1000 for labor seem high or about right?
If he was marking up the part that much, then I would assume you could do better elsewhere for labor and just about anything else.

I'd shop for a new Indie.
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Old 08-26-2013, 07:34 PM
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Thank you!

I also found this compressor, which seems to be the same one that the Indy was going to install but is about $850 cheaper (http://www.rmeuropean.com/Part-Numbe..._47A2BA63.aspx)

If I can get the Indy to install one of these compressors, does his quote of $1000 for labor seem high or about right?


It seems high to me but I live in the land of Dirt Cheap labor so here it would cost me $50 to get it installed.


I am in for a shock when I move back stateside but fortunately I can work on my car myself.
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Old 08-26-2013, 08:10 PM
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If he was marking up the part that much, then I would assume you could do better elsewhere for labor and just about anything else.

I'd shop for a new Indie.
I looked up the price for a new compressor and it is $1000 from getbmwparts.com with a $1300 msrp. So the indie price of $1300 is not that out of bounds, the $2300 had the $1000 to install it.

I thought the exact same thing at first that it was time for a new indie.
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Old 08-26-2013, 11:00 PM
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BMW did not make that compressor Denso did.
They offer both new & reman options.
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Old 08-29-2013, 06:57 PM
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Closing the loop, the Indie (supposedly one of the best in Northern VA) installed a new Denso compressor (parts and labor $1500+). But then the compressor wouldn't reset. Concluded that the IHKA control unit (parts and coding $1040) needed to be replaced and was likely the cause of the valve error code in the first place. Said they followed the BMW protocol, which is to replace the compressor first and then the IHKA, so they offered only a modest discount. They also gave me back the original compressor since it likely still works....

An expensive repair, but at least I hope it helps someone in the future to know that they might check the IHKA control module before concluding that the problem is with the compressor itself.
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:14 PM
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Sounds like you *STILL* need to find a new indy bud. He should have diagnosed it well enough to KNOW what it needed.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:54 PM
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sounds like you *still* need to find a new indy bud. He should have diagnosed it well enough to know what it needed.
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Sounds like you *STILL* need to find a new indy bud. He should have diagnosed it well enough to KNOW what it needed.
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Nothing ticks me off more than when a repair-by-replacing-every part method is used. If it is free under warranty then have at it, but when it is on your dime that is BS.
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Old 08-30-2013, 01:29 PM
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I completely agree. They conceded that the $1500 repair was likely unnecessary, but their excuse was that they were following BMW's procedure of doing the more complicated repair first. Not sure if it's true, but they weren't willing to reduce the price further if I wanted my car back.

In the future, I'll go to another Indie. And if anyone wants to buy a (likely working) compressor, let me know
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Old 08-30-2013, 08:00 PM
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That is what I call "a crock of ****" about the BMW "procedure"
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