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F10 / F11 (2011 - 2016)
The sixth generation of the BMW 5 Series Sedan (F10) was produced from 2011 - 2016 with LCI updates arriving in 2014. In the US BMW offered a hatchback 5 Series Gran Truismo (F07) and the rest of the world also go a Station Wagon/Touring version F11.

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Old 07-13-2019, 11:53 AM
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Tired of paying dealer repair prices

Hi,

I have a 2011 500xi with 110,000# Obviously I am starting to put more money in it as it ages.

It now needs front brake pads (warning light). I just did the rears for about $1300 at BMW. Do you guys get minor repairs like this done at BMW or at an independant BMW certified repair shop? I'm trying to save some money (obviously)

I'm in the Detroit area, but I'm just asking in general.

Thanks,
Larry
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:06 PM
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Hi,

I have a 2011 500xi with 110,000# Obviously I am starting to put more money in it as it ages.

It now needs front brake pads (warning light). I just did the rears for about $1300 at BMW. Do you guys get minor repairs like this done at BMW or at an independant BMW certified repair shop? I'm trying to save some money (obviously)

I'm in the Detroit area, but I'm just asking in general.

Thanks,
Larry
Most around here go to an indie. I use my dealer as they are very competitive with the local indie. In fact, on some maintenance items they are significantly less expensive.
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Old 07-13-2019, 12:15 PM
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You can find a pretty good mechanic that works on the side sometimes. $50 an hour and you provide parts.


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I use my dealer.

The nearest indie wants to be just like a dealership when he grows up and charges the same. The nearest one man shop couldn't be bothered to come out from under his customer's car.

There isn't much that I can to to influence my dealer to Goodwill if I don't feed the machine.
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Old 07-13-2019, 06:11 PM
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Sadly about the same story here. One dealership, one Indy.
Cost of oil change was about the same at both, scheduled at dealership wait time was 3 days, Indy wait time was 3 weeks.
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Old 07-14-2019, 11:15 AM
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Dealer only for me. Not much more than a good indie, but more recourse if something goes wrong. My service advisor is a friend, and we go to lunch once a month or so. He recently changed dealers so I moved with him.
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Something I'll comment here. I know most 5 series owners appear to avoid diy work. However brake pad replacement is one of the easiest diy jobs. I'd bet a decent pair of after market pads are $60 for this car, and rotors maybe 120 each and a sensor 20 bucks. I see kits on ecs for 300.

Anyway it's a 1 hour repair even if you don't know what your doing. Get a caliper compression tool from harbor freight like 8. Lift one side, remove the wheel. Unbolt the caliper. Pads, clip in, replace sensor and rotor if desired (rotor has one set screw that holds it in typically). Reassemble and move to the other side. People who are quick can do the whole car in under 30 minutes.

Honestly brake pads, spark plugs, filter changes, wiper replacements, etc. are super easy and anyone who wants to save money out to do these items themselves. You will save tons on maintenance and time, as you don't have to wait on an Indy for 3 weeks to do the work,.


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I "take good care" of my dealer sales and service staff - they "take good care" of me. Lots of thank-you ... a "gift card" with a THANK YOU NOTE when they go over the top (pretty often I've found) - never a problem getting an appointment and always good + fair price service ... a combination that's hard to beat. (Even if it's a 20 mile drive to their location!)
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Hi,

I have a 2011 500xi with 110,000# Obviously I am starting to put more money in it as it ages.

It now needs front brake pads (warning light). I just did the rears for about $1300 at BMW. Do you guys get minor repairs like this done at BMW or at an independant BMW certified repair shop? I'm trying to save some money (obviously)

I'm in the Detroit area, but I'm just asking in general.

Thanks,
Larry
My independent shop did the rear brakes on my BMW for a fraction of your price (but it's been just long enough that I can't remember the exact amount). I did the front brakes myself. Other than the anti rattle clip being kind of a PITA, the rest of the brake job was pretty easy. My only issue was that I apparently didn't do a good enough job of securing the brake wear sensor wire and I ended up needing to replace it.

I have taken my car to BMW when I get the oil change coupon for $79.95 but outside of that, I change my own oil too. It's definitely worth talking to the independent shop for most work. The only catch is that whole "loaner car" deal kind of goes out the window.
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OMG!! $1,300 for rear brakes on a 550i is madness! I take my car to my indy for all non-warranty service and repairs. He is a little more expensive than some. However, he is reliable, honest and fast. I can get in an out in a couple of hours on a Saturday morning. He even gives me a lift home if I need one.
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