Home Forums Articles How To's FAQ Register
Go Back   Xoutpost.com > BMW SAV Forums > X5 (E70) Forum
Fluid Motor Union
User Name
Password
Member List Premier Membership Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Xoutpost server transfer and maintenance is occurring....
Xoutpost is currently undergoing a planned server migration.... stay tuned for new developments.... sincerely, the management


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 10-14-2020, 02:56 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: CDA
Posts: 6
HellRazor35 is on a distinguished road
Unhappy Looking for Reptubal Repair shop in East Lansing,MI

Daughters at college (MSU) and has a 2007 X5 3.0si (N52)
95k on it and the Water Pump and Thermostat just took a crap - confirmed

Had it take to University Foreign Car ( 2621 E Kalamazoo St Lansing, MI 48912) and they are trying to rap me at the tune of $1600 + tax. I expected to be around $800 - $1k with OEM parts

Here is what University Foreign Car are quoting me

$498.00 # 11517586925 Water Pump
$172.00 # 11537550172 Thermostat
$40.00 BMW Coolant
$25.00 Torq Boltz

$780 Labor ($120 per shop rate)

Their OEM parts are more expensive then the local dealer....this is not my first rodeo with Bimmers have owned several and currently my youngest has the same X5 that I replaced the above 4 months ago for $470 and my labor. 1st time doing this on a e70 and took me about 2.5 hrs


I am looking for a reputable shop that will not think and treat me like I have no idea what they are talking about and how difficult this job is....

thanks...
Reply With Quote

Sponsored Links

  #2  
Old 10-16-2020, 12:46 AM
ard ard is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Sierra Foothills, California
Posts: 6,088
ard is on a distinguished road
Tough one.


So how far is 'CDA' from Lansing? If its Coeur d'alene, then a weekend with dad aint happening.....


I have a D- no E pump-... but my recollection is the going rate is around $1400. I bet you could get it for that from the BMW dealer (!) just by calling and asking.


One cooment. You are specing "OEM" parts. If I was a shop Id say "yup OEM" and install non-BMW parts. Id use parts made by the OEM that made the original parts for BMW. Pierburg or Behr or whatever. Parts that are probably 1/2 the OE price. (That part in the OEM Pierburg is $279. The OEM BorgWarner 'stat is $62)


Google maps>>>BMW shops>>>Yelp>>>call. Find someone that is willing to be fair. Try not to be a dick (it'll be hard). IMO the opening gambit needs to be "Dad that would save my daugheter with a weekend repair, but its just too far- hoping to find a fair shop that can help me out." Refer to the parts with the OEM manufactruers names, allow that youve priced it at just under 400. Straight Book time looks to be roughly 4.5 hours. (we are guessing here...) See what they are willing to do. And if they blow you up on the hourly guestimate, adjust it the next time you try.


I tried to find some shops there, using the bimmershops look up, nothing really. (Ford would be easy, eh?)

Finally looking here and at Bimmerfest for anyone posting "lansing" and "shop" might find you a person or shop that youcould PM


Good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 10-16-2020, 06:26 AM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: CDA
Posts: 6
HellRazor35 is on a distinguished road
Thanks for the response I ended up getting it handled with the dealer and saving $600 found out from the nice service guy that University foreign car buys their parts from the dealer. also a Yelp search turns up pretty much the same experience that I had
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 10-17-2020, 03:45 PM
ard ard is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Sierra Foothills, California
Posts: 6,088
ard is on a distinguished road
EVERYONE buys their "BMW parts" from a BMW dealer, one way or the other.


Glad it worked out
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 10-17-2020, 03:51 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: CDA
Posts: 6
HellRazor35 is on a distinguished road
Right I do got that but for a independent BMW repair shop to even markup what you would pay at the $tealer is not acceptable

Bottom line is I should have done some research because it's all over the Internet about this place and their business practices with pricing...should have checked YELP!

Last edited by HellRazor35; 10-19-2020 at 02:30 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 10-18-2020, 02:54 PM
ard ard is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Sierra Foothills, California
Posts: 6,088
ard is on a distinguished road
Im just speaking to the source of "BMW parts". The only people that get BMW parts wjholesale from BMWNA or BMWAG are licensed BMW dealerships.

BMWNA doesnt wholesale them on the internet...nor can anyone like fcp or rockauto or amazon 'cut a deal' with BMWNA to buy parts.


Dealerships have all kinds of pricing. Generally large volume local shops get their best discount, like 40% off MSRP (some lower I suspect, and may vary with part). Lower volume shops less. BMWCCA members maybe 10-20%. And some deaelrs actually charge MORE than the private MSRP that BMW suggests.


Your observation that the local 'BMW indy all the cool kids go to' is charging more than the dealer isnt unusual. People are dumb.


Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 10-19-2020, 02:28 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: CDA
Posts: 6
HellRazor35 is on a distinguished road
Understood but still...they are marking up dealer prices and taking advantage of people....bad business if you ask me. I assume majority of the people that are actually using them for repair need to get a clue!

So any way its our there now and hope that this helps other avoid this shop in Lansing, Michigan.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On





All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:07 AM.
vBulletin, Copyright 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0
2017 Xoutpost.com. All rights reserved. Xoutpost.com is a private enthusiast site not associated with BMW AG.
The BMW name, marks, M stripe logo, and Roundel logo as well as X3, X5 and X6 designations used in the pages of this Web Site are the property of BMW AG.
This web site is not sponsored or affiliated in any way with BMW AG or any of its subsidiaries.