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    Question E46 M3 Inspection II - Going Price??

    Our 60K time is fast approaching. Just before passing out due to price shock, I think I heard a number well in excess of $2000 come from the mouth of a certain BMW dealer's service writer. As I was collapsing to the concrete, did I also hear that the valve adjustment alone takes 12 hours of labor? Input, anyone? Thanks in advance.

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    Valve adjustment takes 12 hours of labor if the technician has to sleep next to the car overnight in order to make sure it's cooled down properly. It takes me 2-3 hours, so long as I ditch my car at my parents' place (where the tools are) the night before and come back in the morning (hopefully sober).

    I'd call RRT and get a quote. Or consider DIYing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick325xiT 5spd View Post
    Valve adjustment takes 12 hours of labor if the technician has to sleep next to the car overnight in order to make sure it's cooled down properly. It takes me 2-3 hours, so long as I ditch my car at my parents' place (where the tools are) the night before and come back in the morning (hopefully sober).

    I'd call RRT and get a quote. Or consider DIYing it.
    Is that a shim system? Haven't seen that since my Fiat days, btw, the Fiat dealers exchanged shims for free!

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    Yep. Shimmed.
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    2002 BMW M3 - Alpinweiss III/Black
    1999 323i KP/GTS2 - Alpinweiss III (Black Hood, other stuff)
    1990 325is - Brilliantrot/Tan
    1989 325is - Alpinweiss II/Black (S50B32)
    1989 M3 - Alpinweiss II/Black (S62B50 in progress)



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    Our M3 is CPO, fully covered until Feb 2011 (we'll NEVER hit the 100,000 miles)...and we have had major engine work done recently fully covered by BMW, no charge (failed timing chain tensioner problem...nuff said about that). IOWs, I don't want to burn any bridges with BMW...but haven't I read that the service work doesn't really have to be done at a dealer, as long as it's properly documented?

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    It's illegal for them to require you to do it at the dealer unless they provide the service free. IMHO, that's a large part of the logic behind "free" maintenance. Now that the car is CPO'd, they aren't that likely to resell it at a dealer, making where you service it a moot point.
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    1989 325is - Alpinweiss II/Black (S50B32)
    1989 M3 - Alpinweiss II/Black (S62B50 in progress)



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    Hey Jim,
    I wouldn't fret over the adjustments. I bet when checked they'd only be slightly on the loose side. Loose is better than tight and you'd know if the gaps were getting too loose. I would imagine you don't load that engine as much as it was developed to on a consistant basis. Get a feeler gauge in there and find out yourself.

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    I had a set of feeler gauges once...used them on my '66 VW Beetle, plus a handfull of other early 60s Beetles and 1500 motors that passed thru my hands. I think they rusted into a solid hulk some 30 years ago. I hear that as often as not, and after checking say 1-3-6, the decision is: no valve adjustment actually necessary. Hmmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Dunlap View Post
    Our 60K time is fast approaching. Just before passing out due to price shock, I think I heard a number well in excess of $2000 come from the mouth of a certain BMW dealer's service writer. As I was collapsing to the concrete, did I also hear that the valve adjustment alone takes 12 hours of labor? Input, anyone? Thanks in advance.
    Hey Jim,

    2K is about the going rate for an Insp. II at most authorized dealers. I had my E46///M3 inspection II performed at FFXBMW and the damage was $1,200 and change. The dealer did a "modified" insp. II---the Performance Insp. II package: inspection II = 800 and valve adjustment = 400. However, this "performance" insp. II is NOT congruent with the M service manual or the "old school maintenance". The service EXCLUDES spark plugs, tranny, and differential fluid replacement. I thought plugs are to be replaced at EVERY insp. II. The tech told me tranny fluid applies only to non SMGs and diff. oil is "lifetime". Btw, I'm not a proponent of "lifetime" crap; everything will degrade over time, its basic physics. These mentioned excluded services are now optional and will be invoiced separately. The Fairfax Service Center, FSC, quoted 1,200 or so for a "comprehensive" insp. II and valve adjustment (<--I believe is included).

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