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Old 20th August 2006, 09:00   #1
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Charges to install springs

The springs I ordered from RD Sport arrived at my dealer. They have never installed these before and have given me an estimate of $1500 just to install the springs. I thought it only takes a few hours to put the spirngs on. What do you guys thingk of this estimate?
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That is really high assuming we're just talking about springs here (like Hartge or H&R springs). Evosport gave me an estimate of 6-8 hours, for about $800 or so in labor. My local dealer said that sounds about right, and estimated $700-900 total for them, plus the cost of alignment of $300 (Evosport had someone that would do alignment for $110). My SA had to clear it through the service manager since their policy here is to not normally do work for people with aftermarket parts, but for springs they didn't have an issue. If your $1500 doesn't include alignment, then they are completely ripping you off ($200/hour for labor?!?!)
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My labor cost was $630, and included installation and alignment. The shop I used is very high quality, and typically a bit expensive. Your estimate sounds out of line.
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I think that quote sounds kinda high; and if they have never done it before, they may be just guessing. Why don't you ask the board members to recommend a shop - someone may know a good one close to you.
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I paid $1100 for my local BMW dealer to install H&R springs and do an alignment. I thought that was high, but $1500 seems a little out of line.
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That is a veru high estimate, but they are probably just covering their bases if they have not installed a set before. It shoudl take around 5-8 hours depending on how fast, careful you are. You can remove the springs without taking the rear parcel shelf apart saving an hour or so. Hope this helps.
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I paid $450 for the install of H&R springs and that included an interim oil change at a local BMW racing shop. That price included a 15% discount because I guess I was the first M5 that shop had gotten to work on.
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I know my shop has never installed springs before. I tried to have them contact RDSport but I think he is on vacation for a couple of weeks. I think I will wait until they are back in the shop and see what they have to say. I may just drive down and let them install the springs if it is several hundred dollars less. Can anyone recommend a shop in Santa Barabar or San Luis Obispo counties?
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My shop is charging about $400 to install the H&R springs.
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Anybody know of a good shop in the San Francisco or San Jose area to installl them
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