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2002 BMW 325xi Question: Do you think this quote is reasonable for my car the intake manifold repair? Tx!

 

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hkdasu, Philadelphia, PA, June 12, 2012, 07:46
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We have diagnosed the no start issue for the BMW. The intake manifold is cracked behind the mass air meter. The intake manifold needs to be replaced along with any vacuum hoses associated with it.
The manifold plus labor and tax installed is : $1979.66
Labor plus diag – 809.91
Part Intake manifold includes hardware and lines – 1057.69
Tax – 112.06
TOTAL- $1979.66

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    United Auto Service Center from United Auto Service Center, June 12, 2012, 10:10
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    It may be a little steep, but not unreasonable. Without knowing exactly what is being replaced, it's hard to say for sure, but this is definitely one of those kinds of jobs where two bad things could happen: 1) many parts will not survive dis-assembly, so you're better off assuming that they will need to be replaced. 2) Many parts that do survive dis-assembly and re-assembly may not last long after, because we're talking about 10 year old plastic and rubber parts.
    My gut feeling is that this is probably on the up-and-up, and if you shop around, you may get a better initial quote, but chances are you're going to get call backs from the shop halfway through the job telling you that it is going to be extra for one unanticipated cost or another and you'll end up paying the same in the end. Assuming that they have a comprehensive parts list, I would say go with this quote, it sounds like they've already figured in what could go wrong.

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    hkdasu, June 12, 2012, 10:58
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    Thank you for your reply! and very informative and constructive.

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