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  1. I think I'm being overcharged

    I'm beating myself up about it. Really could use the money as well.
  2. I think I'm being overcharged

    Well they had already done the work before slapping on an extra £300 so shopping around doesn't help at that point mate
  3. I think I'm being overcharged

    They charged me £500 for labour (7 hours!), £500 quid for parts + 200 quid vat. Never had a garage charge me £300 more than estimate before. I feel sick!
  4. On my way to pick up my e61 from what I believe to be a garage with a decent reputation. The gearbox was dripping spots of oil onto my driveway so I called them up and they explained that it's likely that the sump has cracked and they would change the sump, the oil, the gasket and the mechatronic sleeve for £400 inc vat. Bit pricey I thought but ok. When I was there I asked them to do the glowplugs and the controller and blank the swirl flaps. About £500 extra they said. Bit pricey I thought but ok. Just got the call to collect the car and they said all in its £1200! Said they had to change a pressure valve and he waffled on a bit about some extra labour. Additionally they said there was nothing wrong with the sump it was just the gasket that was leaking, so they put the sump back on. £1200 for a gasket, gearbox oil, glowplugs and swirl flap blanks!?? Im sure I'll just end up paying as I hate arguing but this seems ridiculous What would you do?
  5. '04 e61 525d low coolant level

    So I drove 10 miles this morning and parked in a multi story car park in the shade for 3 hours. Came back to the car and figured I would check the coolant level but the expansion tank was still incredibly hot. Too hot to leave your finger on for more than a couple of seconds. So I didn't fancy opening the cap. The engine cover was also very hot Seems a bit strange that the car would be so hot after 3 hours?
  6. Coolant for '05 e61 525d

    Please could you send me a quote for some BMW Coolant for my '04 e61 525d?
  7. '04 e61 525d low coolant level

    Interesting you say that. I did get a big burst of air come out when opened the cap. thanks for the advice!
  8. Hi everyone, Got a low coolant level warning in my '04 525d estate today. It has 95k miles on the clock, I checked the level after the engine cooled down and it was slightly below the minimum marker. I could still see some green fluid in there. Havent noticed any puddles and the car drives fine otherwise. I did get the thermostats and the exhaust manifold changed about 4 months ago which involved replacing the coolant. Worth investigating further or shall I just top it off and see how it goes?
  9. Therea no oil in that listing!
  10. Is this the correct kit for a gearbox service? http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/BMW-E60-E61-E90-E92-AUTOMATIC-TRANSMISSION-GEARBOX-PAN-SUMP-FILTER-7L-MEYLE-OIL-/331716473495?hash=item4d3bd7b297:g:T9MAAOSwys5WVGXx
  11. E61 tailgate struts and wipers

    Thanks I sent you a PM
  12. Please could get you me a price for a pair of tailgate struts and front and rear wipers for my '54 E61 Please break out the pricing per item thank you
  13. I picked up a well-priced immaculate 525d and so far have: - Replaced the cracked exhaust manifold with an aftermarket cast iron from x8r - Replaced the Main and EGR thermostats with genuine stats as the temperatures were stuck around 70, now they get up to around 90 - Oil change, air filter, brake pads done I've plugged in DIS and everything is mostly fine except for some glowplug errors, as the glowplugs are so cheap should I go ahead and replace all 6? Is it worth doing the controller at the same time? I also plan to blank the swirl flaps. Any other preventative maintenance or improvements you would recommend? I've read something about vac lines? Remap? thanks a lot for your help
  14. I have an '04 E61 with goosed stats (temperature never rising about 70) I've watched some tutorials and feel really confident that I can DIY the stats, by have some questions about coolant which doesn't seem to be covered in the guides I've watched/read. - When changing the thermostats should I drain the coolant? - If not, can I just allow some to leak while changing the main thermostat and then top up? Should I remove the underside tray? - Do I need to bleed the system of air? How? Thanks a lot for your help, I really appreciate it!