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Old Jul 8th, 2014, 10:29 AM
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New Clutch - Main dealer = 1,300 Independents = 490 !!!!!!!!

Just wanted to express how gobsmacked I was at the main dealer quote, how is there any conceivable way that they can justify charging 800 MORE than most independents, is the clutch encrusted with precious stones or something!
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Old Jul 8th, 2014, 12:33 PM
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I feel your outrage at the 800 difference. I had a clutch done in my Ford Mondeo recently, and the price difference between independants and main dealers was nothing like as great as this but I decided to go with an independant I trust.

However, I do suspect that you have a slightly better chance of making a successfull warranty or guarantee claim against a main dealer than you might have with an independant.......they should also be using BMW OEM parts.

A few years ago I had a new clutch and dual-mass flywheel installed by an independant which completely disintegrated after a relatively low mileage and a couple of years use. Needless to say when I returned to them with a view to them investigating the problem (and yet another replacement) they told me it was just my bad luck. I took the car elsewhere (to another independant) who found upon disassembly that there was at least one bolt missing from the previous clutch replacement!

I guess you pays your money and takes your chance!

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Old Jul 8th, 2014, 01:15 PM
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Just wanted to express how gobsmacked I was at the main dealer quote, how is there any conceivable way that they can justify charging 800 MORE than most independents, is the clutch encrusted with precious stones or something!

Hi ya

I would imagine that the indi will only be changing the pressure plate and clutch for that money
You need to find out exactly what both of them are changing
I would think mini would be doing flywheel, clutch, pressure plate guide tube and thrust bearing, that's what they normally do on slightly older higher millage cars.

Depending on how many miles your car has on it and how it's been driven you my need to change your dual mass fly wheel, there not great. You can get a soiled conversion kit little more noise but nothing much.

I would also say get you crankshaft seal replaced it's a common place to leak and it's about 5 seal it adds 30 min on to the job

Hope this helps
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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 10:59 AM
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Trust me: such "overpricing procedure" is common Worldwide
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