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      08-25-2017, 10:26 PM   #1
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My08 E92 M3 Throttle Body Actuators & Coolant Thermostat

Had the M towed to a local Indy in the Bay Area after it went limp mode. Diagnosis is both TBAs failed and the coolant thermostat needs to be replaced.

I ordered the 2x Throttle Body Actuators and the Coolant Thermostat from FCPEuro. Hopefully won't have to take advantage of their lifetime guarantee on these parts, but it's nice to know it's there.

The shop quoted $500 labor for the Throttle Actuators and $300 labor for the Coolant Thermostat. Diagnostics is included in the $800 charge. They'll also clean and recondition the BMC air filter free of charge.

I would do the TBAs myself. I've looked over a few very thorough DIYs on the forums. Unfortunately, I don't have the time, tools, or patience.

With that said, does $800 sound on target for this type of job?
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For labor only? Dang, I wish I could make $250 per hour. Most shops are around $100/hr and this is in no way an 8 hour job. 3 hours max, even if they've never done one before and are learning. Especially since the T-stat job is half done by the time they've accessed the TBA's.
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Sad thing is with the plenum removed the thermostat housing is exposed along with the actuators...So the labor to get to the thermostat is perhaps being re applyed to the labor of the actuators?
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How did they determine you need a tstat?

Seems a bit pricey.
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For labor only? Dang, I wish I could make $250 per hour. Most shops are around $100/hr and this is in no way an 8 hour job. 3 hours max, even if they've never done one before and are learning. Especially since the T-stat job is half done by the time they've accessed the TBA's.
It's a shop in the Bay Area that is well-respected on the forums too. They work primarily on M cars. Without throwing them under the bus, they're known for fitting a 1M with an S65 engine.

They quoted $350 when I first inquired about the estimate. When they received the tow and were able to check the codes, that's when the labor cost skyrocketed from $350 to $500 for the throttle actuators and added $300 for the thermostat.

Sadly, I asked my original indy shop if they could at least equal the $350 labor charge to which they replied "there's no way we could come close to that." Their quote was $1200+.

Maybe I'm getting the Bay Area special rate?:

EDIT: Just got off the phone with them after I asked them how much the shop charges for labor and how long they estimate this service to take.

Estimated 4.5 hrs @ $165/hr. Quoted me $775.
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Wow, Maybe it's your area but $165/hr is Ferrari/Lamborghini specialist territory here in Texas. I couldn't in good concsious charge a customer that much for a gravy job like yours. I'd find a different shop but it sounds like you may be locked in already?
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Wow, Maybe it's your area but $165/hr is Ferrari/Lamborghini specialist territory here in Texas. I couldn't in good concsious charge a customer that much for a gravy job like yours. I'd find a different shop but it sounds like you may be locked in already?
They recently moved to a new facility. Lease rates were too high in my area.
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