Q: AC Issues on an X3 on 2005 BMW X3

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A/C problem with my X3 at 63,000 miles. BMW Dealer wants to replace the expansion valve - cost $1300. No leak, so far, has been found in the evaporator coil. Estimate on that job is $3200. Raleigh, NC

Are these prices normal?
(1) Answer
A/C repair can become expensive. Whether or not it will fix the problem is another story. We offer BMW repair at up to 50% off of what the dealer charges. All repairs are completed by a BMW certified technician. In order to narrow down the problem we would want to try to pin point the blockage. The reason BMW suggested to replace the expansion valve is because most of the debris that gets into your a/c system is collected there. This repair would run you between $700-$800 through our shop. Let us know if you have any further questions or concerns.