Originally Posted by scott@bmwhn
yeah...I would shop around. It sounds like they totaled up labor time on each individual job not accounting for serious amounts of overlap. 10 hours should be ample amount of labor time.
Not only that... They charge hourly for the pre-calculated "estimated time" that BMW determined is necessary for the labor... which is REALLY generous to the service dept. I swear the estimated time is modeled after a mechanic who's never touched a power tool in his life and has to lift the car up with his own back. Basically, what you're paying for is the facility and all the BMW approved diagnostic tools. Oh and warrantied work.
The estimated time for install of my H&R springs was 7 hours at the dealer. With power tools, you can do it in less than 1 hour easy.