Valve seals

Asked by Sep 15, 2017 at 02:01 PM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

How much for valve seals replacement on 550 i
Bmw 2011 car has 80k.. is this common dealer
quoted me 7200

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Jeeze, I would ask what a new engine is listed for. We used to do this for around $350, the seals are dirt cheap. I would think that this can be done without taking the heads off like 99% of the other engines ever produced. Where is the labour to add up to $7200.00, That is (7) eight hour days of labour to add to $7200 at $125 an hour. The seals are $22.48 for the whole kit on partsgeek, so year they are taking you for ride to your wallet just look at URL copy & past to browser window:

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7 eight hour days at $125 an hour is $7000 with $200 extra for high priced dealer part prices. If it needs work done on it take it somewhere else. You could likely watch Youtube and do this yourself in a day.

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I watched a youtube video of a dealership removing the engine to get to the valve stems seal and did not remove the heads so I am sure it can be done without taking the engine out, just take it somewhere else.

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Yikes! RUN AWAY, RUN AWAY from that repair shop.

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Find an independent BMW shop and get a quote. It is possible to install new stem seals with the heads on the engine using compressed air to keep the valves in place. Maybe this can be done on a BMW engine.

Thanks you for all the responses. Extremely helpful. I'm in Toronto Canada. The car is sitting at the dealers for the go a head. I've had both recalls done. I'm shocked that a highend car like this can have so many problems so early on. Thank you Gary, engine creator and F O R for your input I really appreciate it. They quoted me 160 labour at 72hrs. I laughed and said I'd call bmw Canada for a discount. I love how this 550 drives but it had been very unreliable. The car is in mint condition with low km. Is this a common problem with bmw? Should I even bother fixing it? Should I just sell it? 2011 550i xdrive 80- 90km


Well if you do fix it make sure they are not using the original valve seals as they are no good and likely after-market sets from known parts makers/sellers has done their research an came up with a much better set. I would research and even call ahead to some after-market parts dealers to ask if they have known of the better valve stem seals made to overcome the OEM failures.

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