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I am having problems with my Power Steering and believe it is the P/S Pump

Local Dealership: 648.00
Online OEM: 465.00
Online ?? 365.00
Autozone: 98.00 and 65 refundeable core charge


I am not usually so critical of dealer gouging, but come on, that is BS a 600+% difference between oem and aftermarket. And you can say what you want, the OEM must be a POS if it goes out in 5 years and 80K miles. I'll take my chances with buying 6 aftermarket pumps before I give a dealership 500 non greased dollars to shove up my AS..........
 

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CtrlAltDel said:
you havnt had your car long have you

for a while, but that is the biggest difference I have ever seen...

Online places like shopbmwparts.com have a list price and usually are 10-15% below it, my local dealership is always 25% over it. Thats BS

I called for a radiator bleeder screw. In Myrtle BEach, SC at a dealer it was 2.95 and it was 4.89 at Critz BMW in Savannah, GA. The same parts should not be 25% over list and I blame everone who pays it, next comes 30% as the cost of owning a BMW, list price takes into account mark up and everything else.

When I replaced my water pump several months ago someone posted they thought it was a bad idea to use a Napa Auto water pump, my question is how much worse could it be than having to replace an oem water pump inside of 5 years and 80K miles?

Control arm bushing including the brackets were almost 200.00 at Critz BMW, 99.00 for OEM bushings from Turner.

I think its BS and I will not pay it, my car will sit for a week if it has too before I give a dealership that kind of mark up.

Just my 0.02 :hmm:
 

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for a while, but that is the biggest difference I have ever seen...

Online places like shopbmwparts.com have a list price and usually are 10-15% below it, my local dealership is always 25% over it. Thats BS

I called for a radiator bleeder screw. In Myrtle BEach, SC at a dealer it was 2.95 and it was 4.89 at Critz BMW in Savannah, GA. The same parts should not be 25% over list and I blame everone who pays it, next comes 30% as the cost of owning a BMW, list price takes into account mark up and everything else.

When I replaced my water pump several months ago someone posted they thought it was a bad idea to use a Napa Auto water pump, my question is how much worse could it be than having to replace an oem water pump inside of 5 years and 80K miles?



Control arm bushing including the brackets were almost 200.00 at Critz BMW, 99.00 for OEM bushings from Turner.

I think its BS and I will not pay it, my car will sit for a week if it has too before I give a dealership that kind of mark up.

Just my 0.02 :hmm:
I agree 100%. Don't let them rip you off, I buy mods from pacific. I actually got my dealer to match their price on mods, a mtech bumper package, i saved over $300
 

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Most dealerships, not just BMW, won't use a part that you bring in either, so they can pretty much make as much $$ as they want off you. My ex g/f paid $450 for an alternator installed on her escort at Ford once.
 

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I wonder how deeep the marketing machine goes at BMW.

"If we make people think only the rich can afford the car more "less than rich" people will purchase our cars and then to emphasize the rich mans image we'll burn their A$$ for service and parts and the not rich people will feel more important for having paid such a premium."

Like the broken sunshade estimate of over 1200.00 and all the sunshade needed was 30 dollars worh of clips to make it like new.

My G/F's dad who hit a submerged log in the Intercoastal waterway and tore out two props on his Carver called the broker and he pulled two props from a new boat in the marina and had them driven 7 hours to the marina they limped too after hitting the object. A diver had to be hired to remove the props from the new boat, a diver was hired to install the new props and remove the damaged ones, the driver who brought the props in stayed overnight to get the damaged props to take back and have fixed for my G/F's dad and once all was said and done the dealers charged him 2000.00 since he was able to sell the repaired props and get a set of new ones for the new boat.

Now if BMW (or any dealer) had been the broker it would have taken two weeks, ten grand and they would have found nothing wrong the first 3 times sending a diver down. Granted the boat sold for seven figures, but the difference is the broker was not looking to make it a regular thing he just wanted to get his in the beginning and to provide good service to try to get business from his customer the next time around.

I LOVE MY CAR, just hate the BS asscoiated with a premium brand. NExt time I'll buy a Porsche maybe it will be better :lmao:
 
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