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I started this thread yesterday over at BimmerForums when my car had problems starting up and ultimately died out completely. It's a quick short thread, please check up on it and provide feedback if any. The price I've been quoted to install a remanufactured starter motor is pretty high I think. $680???

Here is the link to that thread about the descriptions of my problem...

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1533218

Any input would be helpful. Thanks everyone!
 

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My starter rebuilt alone was $170...from a local shop I have the "hookup" with. That was 5 years ago though. Prices are cheaper. I have heard it's a biatch to replace the starter...something about the front subframe?
 

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On my 2000 323 it was a nightmare to replace. Find a good independent shop to do it, or do it yourself. The starter it self isnt too expensive, but it takes a while to get it replaced.

I had a lift, any tool I needed, a knowledgeable helper, and i'm a small guy, and it was still a PITA!! Not really hard, just very finicky to get it figured out.
 

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Yea I'm not that mechanically inclined to do the work but I can totally understand the work. Well I just got into a big argument with them (Indy Shop) and told them I'm never bringing my car back again.

I found "BimmerSpecialists" in Phoenix would do it for $420 and that was also for a Bosch Remanufactured one as well. He said book time on that was 2.5 hours labor.

So I told the ripoff shop to put my car back together I'm gonna have it towed. Then they come back and tell me "Okay, that will be $200 for 2 hours labor to look at it." and I'm like WTFFF!

So now it made no sense to have my car towed to the other shop since I would end up paying almost the same price in the end. Either way, I'm never going back there again and why I decided to have my car towed to them yesterday is baffling me.

So I just told him to go ahead and do the job, and I will try and haggle one more time tonight when I go pick the car up. Let's just hope I can keep my old cheap battery that failed the load test last night. They keep telling me were gonna most likely need a new one but will give your old one a shot first. FML.
 

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Dang, good luck man! Hope they dont purposely screw you over!!
Well, as they were working on the car I called an hour later after I gave them approval to go ahead and do the job, and they said my car needed another half hour it would be finished.

In my head I was like OMG I KNEW IT! Telling me 4 hours labor charge was complete BS!

So I decided to email the owners of the shop and explain my frustration and how all I wanted was to be treated fairly and not jerked around by ripping me off here and there.

You know what they did: Emailed me back and said they no longer want to continue a business relationship with me and that they put the old part back in, old battery back in, and said to have a tow truck come and pick it up. In the end there were no charges of any kind but that was it. I decided to have it towed to a more reputable, honest, and fair bimmer specialist in Phoenix.

I will never return to these guys ever and when I told the Phoenix Bimmer guy where my car just came from, he told me I'm not the first one to complain about their excess charges and lies. I know someone will say that just to make themselves look good but he knew the owners by name immediately and told me how he got into an argument with them about how they quoted someone $1200 for rear brakes.

"My 8 year old son can do the rear brakes" is what this Phoenix Bimmer guy stammered while arguing with those rip offs.

Well thats it for now. Hopefully no more problems.
 
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