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I am facing having the 18K done for 340.00 or doing it myslef. 340.00, thati s 4 hrs. work by dealer and I am having trouble seeing why they are taking so long for essentially a 6K service???
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I am facing having the 18K done for 340.00 or doing it myslef. 340.00, thati s 4 hrs. work by dealer and I am having trouble seeing why they are taking so long for essentially a 6K service???
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Jul 6th, 2007, 1:36 pm
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How much plastic is pulled for the 6K? Just the belly pan, no?



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Sounds steep. Usually it's around $275-$280 IIRC. Unless you are getting some annual work done too, like brake circuit flush.

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Well, found that the Denver shop charges 100.00 less, so off I go. Now, all I have to do is wonder if I should have them change the diff fluid also even though it is not called for. That is what is most on my mind on these bikes. The failure of the final drive bearings that is well known to some.

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get the clymer manual. also, that differential oil, piece of cake!!!! nothing special about 18k service, i skipped mine. i did my own at 24k, included air cleaner and gas filter. the gas filter is kinda fun, pirate's site has instructions. also checking valves? a 2 hr job first time. go for it!
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I recently had my 18000 mile service. The price was around $500 (£250); the labour charges alone are clocked up at almost $140 per hour (inc UK sales tax). Yes it's steep :wtf

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I recently had my 18000 mile service. The price was around $500 (£250); the labour charges alone are clocked up at almost $140 per hour (inc UK sales tax). Yes it's steep :wtf
That UK price doesn't surprise me and presumably, that's without finding anything else wrong. I'd make a couple of suggestions. First you can get a Clymer manual and do some of the easy things yourself, even sign up for an evening class at your local college if you are really keen, perhaps put it in 'for a service' now and again. That might help raise your confidence level.

Ask around other riders or find out about clubs in your area. Often there's a perfectly good non-BMW bike shop that has the skills for routine servicing and will charge you less. You may need to give them some notice before taking in your bike, so they can order up the service parts. But make a judgement on any serious work like rear-drive, engine, ECU and electrics. The dealer may be more expensive, but they have the tools and could probably do the job right and quicker. The Clymer manual can help with that decision. You might also consider lending them yours, if you look like using them regularly. When I first started riding, I used to hang around local bike shops on a Saturday morning - most UK bikers, even the Harley one's can be helpful.

Many riders now don't want to be 'hands on' so the last suggestion may be more useful for you. Riding a Beemer is very much about 'knowledge' if you want to keep your costs down, because it's often ignorance that gives the stealer a stronger position.



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