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post #1 of 33 Old 24th June 2016, 05:22 AM Thread Starter
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Rod bearing replacement cost and labor units

Hello,

I've been on this board for a while but never really posted much. I do enjoy reading your guys' posts and it appears that there's a lot of knowledge here, which is something i appreciate greatly. I've owned several M3s before, including a couple e46 M3s so i am familiar with similar vintage BMWs, as well as cars in general. To make a long story short, I just bought an 03 with 106k and am doing some work on it to catch up on maintenance. Since i plan on keeping this car for a while, i thought i'd do the rod bearing replacement preventatively.

I called a few NorCal indy shops and was a little shocked at the labor cost for this job ... the lowest quote i got was $2,000 with me providing all the parts. The highest was $3700 from Performance Technic, which i thought was out of line for this work, although it did include parts.

I remember reading posts where members were paying around $1500 for this job in the past so i wonder if the above quotes are reasonable or if i should keep looking.

Is there anyone in or around NorCal or SoCal that knows of a place or fellow member that offers better rates for this job amd is qualified to do it properly?

Your help is appreciated!
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It's roughly 11-13 hours, depending on the shop. Bearing prices have gone up a fair amount in the past few years, too. So, 2,000 isn't out of line, although 3700 is (PTech is a very well respected shop, but that's insane...)
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Yeah, i am familiar with PTech as i took my e46 m3 there for some work a couple of years ago. I was just shocked at their quote ... a used S62 with decent mileage can be found for $4K nowadays :-)

I'd be interested in hearing from others on the west coast that have had this done.
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I've had it done, I paid ~1700, but that was 4-5 years ago (BRRacing in Los Gatos did the work)

@TheShafro - Have you taken this job on yet?
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I've heard good reviews for European Sports Car Garage on 16th. I'd be curious as to their quote.

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I do virtually all mine own work, but have two recommendations:

Ive had work done once at Valley Motorwerks, (Walter) they are a member hear but haven seen them post in quite some time. Helped with a very very tricky diagnosis once. They are in Rancho Cordova, by whiterock and sunrise

I have work done on the Porsche at IBP-autosports- had to drop motor+trans, remove heads, reweld all 8 coolant fittings. Id never done it so had them do it. Ron is the guy there. Downtown Sacto

I trust there skills, cannot speak to their costs.

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You should do a search there was a very complete thread on this. Off the top of my pointed head $1200 for parts and 12 hours at $110 that is the best or worst part of $2500 but I think most of the quotes were $3000. I don't really remember maybe it was a Euro thread.
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I do virtually all mine own work, but have two recommendations:

Ive had work done once at Valley Motorwerks, (Walter) they are a member hear but haven seen them post in quite some time. Helped with a very very tricky diagnosis once. They are in Rancho Cordova, by whiterock and sunrise

I have work done on the Porsche at IBP-autosports- had to drop motor+trans, remove heads, reweld all 8 coolant fittings. Id never done it so had them do it. Ron is the guy there. Downtown Sacto

I trust there skills, cannot speak to their costs.
Ron at IPB came in with the $2k quote. I have yet to call Valley motorworks but i wilk do so soon.

Thanks for your help. How many miles are on your car, ard? Are you contemplating getting this done? I'm just curious.
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You should do a search there was a very complete thread on this. Off the top of my pointed head $1200 for parts and 12 hours at $110 that is the best or worst part of $2500 but I think most of the quotes were $3000. I don't really remember maybe it was a Euro thread.
Thanks Sailor, i did and thats why i was surprised ... the labor quotes i got were much higher.
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Thanks Sailor, i did and thats why i was surprised ... the labor quotes i got were much higher.
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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