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Old 03-06-2009, 01:55 AM   #1
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Angry 2002 325ci - Does it really cost $453 to change the plugs?

Stealership wants $453 to change plugs, replace wires and "reset the computer". I smell a ripoff. I've changed plugs on plenty of cars. Is the E46 that much more complicated? Special plugs?
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Stealership wants $453 to change plugs, replace wires and "reset the computer". I smell a ripoff. I've changed plugs on plenty of cars. Is the E46 that much more complicated? Special plugs?
only if it says sucker on your forehead..
change your on plugs or get an indy shop to do it for you, its one of the easiest DIY projects.
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Wiped the sucker off the forehead years ago - the one and only time I paid for a brake job. Never again. I'll do it myself. Any tips on doing the plugs?
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Pelicanparts.com has a nice series of technical articles including sparkplug changing, and while I think that specific one may be geared more toward the E36 M50/M52 engines, there probably isn't much difference. One suggestion, stay with the factory specified plugs, the (supposedly) fancy ones don't work well.
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i work at a "stealer" and i dunno how many hrs labor that job costs but i do know the plugs list for like 18 a piece at our dealership and our labor rate is $125/hr. its disgusting to watch sometimes. change em yourself. i dont think you'll even have to reset anything, i could be wrong but i dont think so
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