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post #11 of 32 Old 24th June 2016, 08:38 PM
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Isn't there a "shortcut" method by dropping the oil pan? That might explain the difference in labor quotes. If the shop knows enough about the shortcut, they are probably pretty familiar with the M5 and rod bearing replacements.

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Yeah, the "shorcut" method is the one that most shops use. It essentially involves supporting the engine from above with a support brace, and then the subframe is dropped to access the upper oil pan. This is a lot quicker than the "official" method which involves removing the engine entirely. I did my rod bearings using the shortcut and it actually ended up being quite easy.
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Sorry I did not read closely enough, your quotes were just the labour. I see why the thread then, those seem high. That said most shops will not make "book time" the first time they do a job. Maybe that is what you are seeing and would be better finding someone that hits the target time even if the hourly rate is higher. A guy who is low or a guy that is high may not have done the job. Also consider the posted rate. Price may not be the best, I would use a more expensive shop expecting better customer service, ETC

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Thanks @mgdmb

I almost did this job once or twice as PM, but never really followed through with the client. I've done the heavy lifting part of this job a lot of times (which would be supporting the engine and dropping the subframe to install headers), but have yet to completely go inside.

I would offer to do this for $2,000-2,200 depending on the cost of parts (last I checked parts were ~$800). If you're interested, I can look into it some more. I'm in SoCal

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Thanks @mgdmb

I almost did this job once or twice as PM, but never really followed through with the client. I've done the heavy lifting part of this job a lot of times (which would be supporting the engine and dropping the subframe to install headers), but have yet to completely go inside.

I would offer to do this for $2,000-2,200 depending on the cost of parts (last I checked parts were ~$800). If you're interested, I can look into it some more. I'm in SoCal
If that figure includes parts, I am interested and would like to talk to you. Can you PM me your number? I'll be traveling for work for most of July but August may work and i could drive down the car to you, depending on your schedule and availability.

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If that figure includes parts, I am interested and would like to talk to you. Can you PM me your number? I'll be traveling for work for most of July but August may work and i could drive down the car to you, depending on your schedule and availability.

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Yes, it did include parts. PM'd you my number.

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This is the estimate I got at a local Indy a week ago.
What do you guys think, is it fair?
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Just realized this thread is old, anyone familiar with what’s reasonable for this job in today’s market?

Also, I was wondering how many cars out there with 100k+ kms without any issues (well we can’t knke that really until you take apart and look), but at least for now an estimate of 100+ vechicles still driving on OEM rods would be nice to know as it’s quite possible that only those post here with issues and not those without.

Also, do you guys know if BMW M engineers are on this forum at all?

Gerhard Richter won the prize for engine of the year back in 05 for the S85, is he here?
Haha

Any of his colleagues here? Come on anyone from the team that might know more about hi ga like tolerances and some such things for the rod bearings. Lol

Haha one can dream!
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Just realized this thread is old, anyone familiar with whatís reasonable for this job in todayís market?

Also, I was wondering how many cars out there with 100k+ kms without any issues (well we canít knke that really until you take apart and look), but at least for now an estimate of 100+ vechicles still driving on OEM rods would be nice to know as itís quite possible that only those post here with issues and not those without.

Also, do you guys know if BMW M engineers are on this forum at all?

Gerhard Richter won the prize for engine of the year back in 05 for the S85, is he here?
Haha

Any of his colleagues here? Come on anyone from the team that might know more about hi ga like tolerances and some such things for the rod bearings. Lol

Haha one can dream!
Itís not that old of a thread, but it is specific to the e39 M5. Looks like youíre asking about an e60 m5, so you might want to ask your crew over in that forum.

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