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BMW 330xi Vehicle Speed Sensor Replacement Cost

Know what price you should pay to get your vehicle fixed.

The average cost for a BMW 330xi vehicle speed sensor replacement is between $157 and $165. Labor costs are estimated between $26 and $34 while parts are priced at $131. Estimate does not include taxes and fees.
Note about price: The cost of this service or repair can vary by location, your vehicle's make and model, and even your engine type. Related repairs may also be needed. Talk with a RepairPal Certified shop to learn which repairs might be right for you.

How does a Vehicle Speed Sensor work?

As the output shaft for the transmission turns, a ring on the output shaft spins very closely to the vehicle speed sensor, allowing the sensor to read how fast the ring is spinning by features on the ring. The speed of the output shaft, then, is reported back to various control modules by a digital or analog signal, whichever the control unit is designed to interpret. This is used to show the vehicle speed on the speedometer, but also has applications for the anti-lock brake system and traction control system since the information can be compared to wheel and engine speed.

What are the symptoms of a bad Vehicle Speed Sensor?

When the vehicle speed sensor fails or the wiring harness prevents signal transmission, the speedometer is the first thing that will stop functioning properly. This can be an intermittent issue where the speedometer only works occasionally, the speedometer may cease all function, or the speedometer may read erratically or incorrectly. Also, the traction control and anti lock brake warning lights specific to each vehicle may be illuminated, depending on the design of those systems. You may notice the vehicle hesitate to accelerate, cruise control will not function properly, and the vehicle may not shift properly through all of the gears.

Can I drive with a bad Vehicle Speed Sensor?

Testing and replacement of the speed sensor should be done as soon as possible, but in the case that the speedometer is the only thing affected, normally older vehicles, the vehicle can be driven until the sensor is tested and replaced. It should be mentioned that driving without a speedometer is illegal in most locations, and if the anti lock brakes and traction control are disabled, the vehicle will be more prone to sliding under heavy braking or acceleration.

How often do Vehicle Speed Sensors need replacement?

The vehicles that will experience the highest rate of failure for the vehicle speed sensor are those that are left unmaintained. As transmission fluid ages and becomes contaminated, those contaminates will become stuck to the speed sensor or ring, and prevent accurate readings. If the powertrain control module cannot read the vehicle speed, even though the sensor is working properly, the result will be the same as if the sensor had failed. Generally, a vehicle speed sensor should last well over 100,000 miles, and the average replacement frequency is closer to 150,000 miles, with exceptions. To prolong the life of your vehicle speed sensor, as well as all other components in your transmission, ensure you are maintaining the transmission in accordance with the owners manual service and maintenance section.

Vehicle Speed Sensor Replacement Cost Estimates

The average cost for a Vehicle Speed Sensor Replacement is between $157 and $165 but can vary from car to car.