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Old 05-10-2018, 09:57 AM
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'08 535i turbo's need replacement- repair or sell?

I have a '08 535 with 130K miles, all mine and most were gentle. Love the car, but was just quoted $6K to replace the turbos. I sell life insurance, brew beer, and travel, but I don't fix cars. Is it worth it to repair? What if don't fix it- is there a place to sell this otherwise great car? Looking for options. I know i will need a new bimmer someday, but wasn't ready to do it now. Please help!
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:19 AM
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6k is a little to much new oem turbos are between $1,600 and $2,000 might me cheaper!!, plus the install kit around $250 labor it depends where but anywhere from $800 to $1,600
How much do you want for the car as is ?
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:46 AM
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6k is a little to much new oem turbos are between $1,600 and $2,000 might me cheaper!!, plus the install kit around $250 labor it depends where but anywhere from $800 to $1,600
How much do you want for the car as is ?
I suggest going with better , aftermarket , bigger turbos that have the ability for higher boost in the future...
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Old 05-10-2018, 10:50 AM
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I think this whole question premature.

Best start with why are they saying you need 2 new turbos?

What prompted you to take the car in and ask them to diagnose it?
What, exactly, is wrong with both turbos?
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:19 AM
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I suggest going with better , aftermarket , bigger turbos that have the ability for higher boost in the future...
I have aftermarket turbos, but from what looks like owner is looking for a cheaper option, and most of these aftermarket N54 turbos go bad in couple thousand miles, plus with aftermarket turbos he will need to spend more money on mods and tune
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Old 05-10-2018, 11:35 AM
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yes- I am looking for a cheaper option. I had all the symptoms of turbo failure (the whining sound at increase rpm's, higher oil consumption, car went into limp mode) and my independent mechanic of 5 years diagnosed with codes, etc. The sound was there for over a year, but at a low level. Got worse quickly over a couple days, and then was joined by a clattering sound. Only one is broken, but seems like the right thing to do is replace both. My mechanic figured it using BMW parts. But- he doesn't specialize in BMW's, but has done a great job with mine and many others.

I'll trade some of my homebrew for labor!

I suppose I'd take $6K for the car. From what I can tell, if I fixed it, its worth about $12K, so without the fix, $6K. It looks and runs like new. Always lived in a garage.
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Old 05-10-2018, 12:30 PM
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I would go with rbturbos. If you get the basic ones, they're not much more than oem turbos but have the option to include upgraded wastegates, a common failure.
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Old 05-15-2018, 02:50 PM
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Before you buy Vargas you might want to read some reviews
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Old 05-15-2018, 07:49 PM
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Before you buy Vargas you might want to read some reviews
Yeah there’s some unsavory reviews out there, but there’s also some great ones too.

For comparison, RB turbos also has the same price:
http://www.rbturbo.com/products/535i

My experience with Vargas has been awesome thus far. Their shop has been around 30 years in my area and they’ve done this a million times. I’ll report back on the experience.
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i hope you brew in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot law....

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The financial loss occurred when the turbocharger failed. The car's probably only worth about $6k or $7k with a good turbocharger. Shop around for a cheaper repair cost.

The deprecation on a new 540i in the first year would be about $20k. If the old car is still doing what you bought it to do, fixing is usually cheaper than replacing with a new car. I need all my cars to be ready for a schedule-critical road trip. So, I normally get rid of them around 100k miles. I don't consider anything with over 100k to be reliable for those schedule-critical road trips.
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