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Not from your area so can't help you there, but you're right $700 is ridiculous. You should pay around 250-350 max. My install was $200 from a friend who owns a shop.
 

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3.5 to 4 hours max. Going rate here in So Cal is 4 hours @ $350
When I had my coilovers installed it was less than 4 hours including the alignment.
2 hours per corner is for someone who a) has no experience, or b) is out to ream you. :)
 

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I would expect Xdrive to make a substantial difference in the time and effort and no one seems to be specific....
Ok so are we saying xdrive $350-$400?
Shops here list their rates online and the one I just checked specifically states installation is 3.5 hours @ $350 for 5 & 7 Series including xDrive. It depends on the competition in a given marketplace. Here in So Cal we have a lot of mod shops so prices are very competitive. That said, I remember one guy close to my house told me "that's a BIG job" and quoted me $1200 just for labor on a 5 series spring install and alignment! :rofl:
 

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I was quoted $1000 for install by one shop and $259 by another. The $1000 shop is a full service garage focused on BMWs, and when they do mods they love to recommend Dinan tuning, etc. bottom line they're after your money.
The $250 shop does mods on all brands but big in BMW. They're a higher volume mod specialist so maybe that's why they're more reasonable. No idea what the quality difference is, if any.
 

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...and why H&R over Eibach? I've been told Eibach will ride better. I'm not going to track this car and it's my daily driver so comfort is still important to me.
AC Schnitzer (ACS) springs get the best reviews here for ride quality. A couple of guys swapped their Eibachs for ACS and are happier with the ride. With H&R it depends on whether you get the OE Sport or Sport springs. OE Sport is a milder drop and softer ride than the Sport springs, but OE Sports are not available for all models.
 

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I have lowered about 6 cars now that i own. I use to always use eibach stuff in the past and always had a problem with pogoing, i called eibach and even had them make custom stuff as the cars i lowered didn't end up the same height front to rear. I also replaced the struts thinking the dampening was bad but still the same issues. H&R springs i never had that problem with them. I had a new camry from the factory the LR was way high when i lowered it the car sat level on all 4 corners. I just bought a set for my 535i but i might wait till after winter to put them on unless i get some free time which doesnt happen very often when you have a 4 year old.
 

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Thanks endeavor

I will ask him a couple qs

I'm putting aggressive m5 wheels and tires on my 550 and they're "right there" on the fender so I want to know if ACS will accommodate back seat passengers without sagging (and therefore rubbing fender).
 
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