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Old 06-24-2000, 02:58 AM
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I am getting ready to have the timing chain on my 1986 300E replaced. Outside of the chain, tensioner, gaskets and water pump, what else has to be changed. For parts alone what type of price am I looking at? So far for parts and labor I have gotten a price of $350- to $400-. Does this sound right? It sounds fair to me. What should I expect?
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Old 06-24-2000, 07:56 AM
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Sounds real fair, considering a new waterpump goes for about $200 or so. To be really honest with you, that price spread sounds kinda low, but, I don't do that kind of work for a living so I really don't know for sure. Maybe Donnie or Steve can ballpark that for you.

Jeff Lawrence
1987 300e
1989 300e
1987 BMW 325
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Old 06-24-2000, 08:50 AM
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I just had the same work done on my 91 190e 2.6 within the last two weeks - ouch

Here was the breakdown:
Timing Chain:
Labor for chain and tensioner: $324
Parts: Timing Chain, Chain Tensioner, Camshaft Seal, Front Timing Chain Cover Gasket, Valve Cover Gasket: $103
Total: $428

Water Pump:

Labor: Remove and replace water-pump and bypass hose, remove and replace thermostat and upper/lower radiator hoses: $400
Parts: Pump ($232), Hoses and Thermostat: $61

Total: $693

The chain job was fine, but the water pump job was more than I expected. For those of you in the know, are these prices reasonable or did I pay too much?


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Old 06-24-2000, 09:06 PM
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I think the prices are in line, we quote 550 for the pump replacement however.

Donnie Drummonds
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