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      10-15-2014, 07:04 PM   #1
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Cost to Replace TPMS Sensor?

I have had a problem with tpms sensor on me e92 m3 for about a month now, and just had it into the dealer. They said they found that the left rear sensor is bad, only sending out intermittent signals. I get a tpms system inactive error message when this goes off, and then it eventually decides to reset itself. Annoying more than anything, but what is really annoying is that the dealer quoted me $479 plus tax to replace one tpms sensor! Two hours of labor plus $145 for the part. That seems totally outrageous to me, but I'm wondering if anyone else has had a sensor replaced and if so, what the cost was. Also, do I have the option to go elsewhere to get this replaced. Does it have to be a tire shop or will a mechanic do this as well? Thanks.
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You can do this cheaper, but maybe not as conveniently as a dealer vist. Order the sensor from an online BMW parts distributor (typically you save 20% off MSRP). Have a tire shop install it. The tire must be half-dismounted (one bead off the rim) to change the TPMS device. This would amount to less than $30 labor at most tire shops. If any coding is necessary to link the new TPMS with the car, then you would have to go to a dealer or a BMW savvy indie shop to register it with the car.
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Is there a difference between good aftermarket sensors and oem, or can I just get an aftermarket...and if so can anyone direct me to a good site. Dealer wants to charge me 2 hours of labor to replace a sensor, which sounds crazy (as does $!50+/hr but that's the sf bay area for you). Thanks.
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Is there a difference between good aftermarket sensors and oem, or can I just get an aftermarket...and if so can anyone direct me to a good site. Dealer wants to charge me 2 hours of labor to replace a sensor, which sounds crazy (as does $!50+/hr but that's the sf bay area for you). Thanks.
Stick with OEM for the sensors. BMW's are pretty picky when it comes to sensors and electrical stuff. Go to a tireshop and have them install it. They are used to this stuff and shouldn't charge you more than $50 bucks total to do. Pick any of the vendors here and compare prices. Buy from whomever is offering it the cheapest right now.
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I had this happen on my car recently. It was covered under warranty so I can't give insight into cost, but the work summary did mention programming the car for the new sensor. However, you could always try the route suggested above to see what happens and then go to the dealer for programming if needed. Less convenient, but you'll probably still be ahead on cost.
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You have to get the sensor programmed too. Many times that light returns b/c itís not programmed correctly. It has something to do with Rf waves or something.
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You have to get the sensor programmed too. Many times that light returns b/c itís not programmed correctly. It has something to do with Rf waves or something.
I replaced all four of mine when I got new wheels. I didn't have them programed.
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I will talk to a couple of tire installers to make sure of their labor cost, and it looks like I can get an oem sensor for about $80 give or take, instead of $145 the dealer wants for the same part. If I don't have to get them programmed it won't cost much, nor should it.

I have been going to this dealer for service for a long time, and they have generally been good to me...but I just can't stand getting ripped off, and $479 for one sensor really sounds like I am getting ripped off. It may be the last time I go to that dealer for service if I can really get the sensor done for what every one is saying...
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Wait...you're talking about replacing the sensors inside the wheel that has the issue?

So $200 for all 4 sensors is what people pay. And about $25 per tire to dismount and install each sensor, and to remount the tires.

So in this case as you only needed 1 sensor replaced, you got hosed.


ANY tire shop can do this for you. Charging $400 for labor to install 1 sensor...


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Dude take it to Alekshop in Fremont....$25 to mount and he won't scratch your wheel and he's really fast
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Thanks. This clearly is not going to be done by my local dealer. From all that I have read, I deserve to be really ticked off.
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Tirerack sells TPMS made be the same exact manufacturer as OEM for significantly less. There is absolutely no reason to buy OEM TPMS.
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OP if you only need one TPMS sensor I have an extra OEM one laying around. It's only for 2010+. I had some used ZCP wheels and the shop left one sensor with the wheel.

$15 (to cover shipping) and it's yours.

EDIT. A smart shop does not need to break down a tire/wheel assembly to switch sensors. They just break the bead near the sensor location and remove it. Then re-inflate the tire and good as new. I paid $30 (labor) to do all four. It took the guy only 30 minutes.

Another option is to disable TPMS altogether with coding.
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LOL @ what the dealer said.

Any tire shop can do it for cheap. When I got my Forgestars and new tires put on, I just got a new set of aftermarket TPMS and they charged me $40 total... did it will the tire change.

Not a single issue since then
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Thanks for the mention Slicer. Yes, we sell the same exact sensors that BMW purchases as original equipment. Currently $57/sensor with valve included.
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Thanks for the mention Slicer. Yes, we sell the same exact sensors that BMW purchases as original equipment. Currently $57/sensor with valve included.
It is look a good price. I purchase my set of 4 sensors at about 305$ + VAT (I pay in EUR).
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Thanks for the mention Slicer. Yes, we sell the same exact sensors that BMW purchases as original equipment. Currently $57/sensor with valve included.
Ben, do you have any installers you would recommend for this job in Reno since that is where you would ship from? We have a house up there, might just make sense to do it there next time I'm up.

That is the best price I have seen for these...
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So I finally heard back from my local bmw dealer today. It seems that they sort of misquoted me...but not really.

They originally were going to charge me $260 in labor charges to diagnose the problem. Actual install labor is $75, and the part is $145. So $220 for the install itself, but jeez what a whopper to figure out what is wrong. They would waive the diagnostic fee since I have been a good customer.

So my choices are to get it done at the dealer for $220, get it done at local tire shop for $115, or buy it from Tire rack and see if they have a local installer they would recommend.

Thanks for all the responses.
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So I finally heard back from my local bmw dealer today. It seems that they sort of misquoted me...but not really.

They originally were going to charge me $260 in labor charges to diagnose the problem. Actual install labor is $75, and the part is $145. So $220 for the install itself, but jeez what a whopper to figure out what is wrong. They would waive the diagnostic fee since I have been a good customer.

So my choices are to get it done at the dealer for $220, get it done at local tire shop for $115, or buy it from Tire rack and see if they have a local installer they would recommend.

Thanks for all the responses.
This is too much.

A tpms sensor is $50 and it will not cost more than $30ish to get it installed.
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