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Wow, big bill. I may have lost whatever is left of my mind if it stranded me for the exact problem I just fixed!
Last Monday, a week ago, took the wife's 2011 X3 to the dealer for regularly scheduled maintenance. Oil change and spark plugs, plus a few other things. 75K miles. Estimate was $550.Wow! I'm not rich enough (or profligate enough) to ever buy a new BMW or Mercedes. And the above is a very good example of why I wouldn't own a used one that is out of warranty.
I knew that rear brakes were a possibility, but the call I got later that morning was a gut punch.. The new total estimate? $2750.
I won't go into the gory details, but one of the items was the belt tensioner pulley. I think it's spring-loaded or hydraulic or something like that. Anyway, it was losing it's "spring", and wasn't keeping the belts taut. "We really need to fix this, because the belts are starting to work their way off of the pulley, and if that happens, you'll be stuck on the side of the road".
The car had a recall that involved the body shop, so they had it all week. Picked it up on Friday. Final bill was $2685. (Rear brakes, leaking transfer case seal, aforementioned other items).
Lots of VW and Audi love on these boards. Only two American cars. Wow.
Jan is no Flo....