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We just had our 24,000 mile service. When we called the dealership we were quoted a price of $1,000.00. When we picked it up the service dept. said the valves din't need to be adjusted, and everything else was done. When we went to pay the $1,000. service had turned into around $1,350. When I mentioned the original quote the price was dropped to $1,000. My question is how can a general service cost flutuate like that. I would also appreciate hearing what the $12,000. mile service does cost at other dealerships.
 

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Did they do anything extra, like replace the oil breather pipe (what happened to me) or anything like that? Sometimes they will discover a thing or two once all the tupperware is off.

Should have been around $800.00, if I recall. Could be wrong though, that's why the call it "Hallzheimer's".
 

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The 24K service (or every 2 years regardless of mileage) will cost more than the 12K service because the coolant, brake fluid and clutch fluids have to be replaced. Some do also replace the fuel and air filter every 12K while others only do it every 24K.
What can also influence the cost is whether the valves need adjustment or not, and how many of them. The cost of parts is not astronomical, but labor charges do add up quickly.
Does your invoice show exactly what was replaced and what kind of "extra" work was performed? What they charges may have been justified, although it does seem on the high side. $1,000-$1,100 is not uncommon, and that is why many of us on this forum have learned to do the work ourselves.
A local tech session may also be the ticket, and you can learn from those who "dunnit" before. Just bring beer! :D
The cost of parts (filters, not including buckets for the valve adjustment, range from $130.00 for mineral oil to $160.00 if you use synthetic and even more if you include coolant and DOT4. The rest is labor.
 

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I just purchased the parts to do my 36k service. I bought the 12k parts kit from Beemer boneyard and picked up the oil and transmission/rear drive fluid locally. I paid less than $140 for the parts. I don't need to do the coolant as it was done last year. I would suspect that the parts from the dealer would be at least $200. Not sure how many hours the average dealer bills in labor for a 12/24k but it has to be around 7 hours. I think our dealer charges $80/hour so I would expect the minimum bill to be pushing $800. If you had the brake and clutch fluid replaced the $1000 seems reasonable.

My 24k was done last year at one of our local tech days and it took less than 5 hours including lunch. There were several of us working on it but I have heard of people doing the job solo in about 6 hours. The 12/24k is not all that difficult once you have seen it done and you can save big$$ and have the satisfaction of knowing the job was done correctly.
 

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24K Service

I just had my 24k done and it was $700. I didn't need any valve adjustment so that kept the cost down. I did have them change the fuel filter so that added a few bucks... I had the coolant and all the extras changed on the 12k and it was around $1100
 

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sounds like you went to a stealer Like Orlando BMW. They quoted me a price of just over $600, "because it is a major service" they also flushed the brakes. When I went to pay it was $1397. Bike was on location less then 8 hr. and posted service rate was $78 parts were $239.78

They did not even Kiss me
 

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Strip the cowling; save 3-hours of shop time. Ride it naked!!
 

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There was another thread similar to this last month, and IIRC the consensus was the $1000-1100 range. Some dealers are cheaper/more expensive than others, and I'm not quite sure what the differences are (prob shop labor rate), but all 24k services include the same basic package (excepting if you need new buckets).

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sounds like you went to a stealer Like Orlando BMW. They quoted me a price of just over $600, "because it is a major service" they also flushed the brakes. When I went to pay it was $1397. Bike was on location less then 8 hr. and posted service rate was $78 parts were $239.78

They did not even Kiss me
Just out of curiosity, did you make the point that unless they had multiple techs working on your bike at once (which would be very, very rare), it was mathematically impossible to have a $1397 service tab with 8 hours max at $78 per hour?
 

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I just took mine in today. Quote $1440 yikes!! Posted rate $78/hr. I'll post the final bill when I pick it up.
 

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I took mine to Grass Roots BMW in Cape Girardeau, MO last week for the 24k. I had it in by 9 am and was out by 7pm that night. It cost $650 which I thought was a great price. Herb and his crew were great. They went over the check list and items they replaced with me. James the tech did not mind me asking questions and watching him. Great overall service and experience.
 

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I just took mine in today. Quote $1440 yikes!! Posted rate $78/hr. I'll post the final bill when I pick it up.
My bill was $205.00. I did my own engine oil and FD fluid changes; they changed the xmission fluid and checked the valve clearances. No buckets needed; only checks of clutch/brake fluids and coolant/battery fluid and condition.

All items they did on the annual in March, applicable to the 12k service were not done. As I said before, I stripped the cowlings, upper and lower; saved 3-hours of shop time. Lone Star BMW in Austin is a First-class dealer; Mike, Jason, and Jeremy have always been professional and polite.

Next step: attend the cfell School of 12k Service; at the current rate, April or May of '09.
 

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I skip most of the services, change the oil often and after 50,000 miles have saved plenty. My bike runs perfectly, gets 50+mpg, runs regular. After reading this forum for a couple of years, there have been few enough needed valve adjustments to make me take my chances. Most of the posts say that when the labor was done, the valves were within specs.

I think I will break down soon and have the coolant and a few other things changed just cause I like my LT. None the less, I figure that if my 99' drops dead tomorrow (I would bet it does not), I have saved enough on "regular maintainence" to buy myself a nice 02' which someone else has paid the stealer to maintain.

I have a 97' wagon purchased new with 160,000 miles and it too has never had any "scheduled maintainence." Timing belt at 100K, plenty of clean oil and filters and good to go. Oh yeah, last week it blew a heater hose and cost me $100.

When something goes wrong that is not cover under dealer's warranty, I always can find a local guy to give it a try. Lucky so far.

As an experiment, my next new vehicle will get no dealer love either and the savings will go into a good mutual fund. I suspect by the time anything goes wrong, I will have plenty for either repairs or a new car or bike.
 

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I survived the 24K service. The original estimate was $1440, final bill $1276. This was at an $85/hr posted rate. I guess they raised their hourly rate from $78. A little bonus was I brought the bike in with a 1/4 tank and got it back full.

Had it done at Cycle Specialities in Modesto, CA. They've been great. I've noticed several bikes from San Jose and Sacramento getting serviced there.

Might have been more, but I had just put on a new rear tire, (Metzler) and a new battery a couple of months ago.
 

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Just had my 24,000-mile service at an equivalent cost of $948. I just worked out that in my last 2 years of ownership I have paid out over $2200 in service costs. When the dealer did the 24,000 service they didn't change the fuel filter which apparently is an extra, either it needs changing or it doesn't, how can it be an extra if it's recommended to be changed. That's my last BMW service they are taking the **ss!

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Just had my 24,000-mile service at an equivalent cost of $948. I just worked out that in my last 2 years of ownership I have paid out over $2200 in service costs. When the dealer did the 24,000 service they didn't change the fuel filter which apparently is an extra, either it needs changing or it doesn't, how can it be an extra if it's recommended to be changed. That's my last BMW service they are taking the **ss!

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There is NO 24K service interval it is just the second 12K and the changing of the fuel filter is in addition to a 12K. That my story and I'm sticking with it. They only got my 600 mile service, the rest were done by my favorite mechanic - ME.
 

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There is NO 24K service interval it is just the second 12K and the changing of the fuel filter is in addition to a 12K. That my story and I'm sticking with it. They only got my 600 mile service, the rest were done by my favorite mechanic - ME.
Yup, you're right, John. The BMW *Service* recommendations, which consist of reading out the MoDiTec and changing engine oil/filter, are at intervals of 12K miles, beginning with 6,000 miles. Also included at *Service* intervals are checks of various thangs, such as sidestand deployment, brake fluid levels, etc.

The BMW *Inspection* recommendations are for everythang included in the *Service*, butt additional items that cover most of the bike running gear, and operations (except for the 2-yr annual brake fluid and coolant changes). The *Inspection* intervals begin with 12K miles and continue every 12K thereafter. BTW - the valve checks are recommended at the *Inspection* intervals, not at 18K as someone mentioned that their dealer recommends.

The above is taken from the Service and Technical Book which covers the first few years of issue, so may have changes applied for newer model year LTs.
 
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