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Offline Quicken_ZA

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #10 on: August 10, 2018, 12:21:46 PM »
I was quoted by BMW on Wednesday R7743.36 (equivalent of £437.21) for everything on the 18k mile service including changing fork oil but only checking valve clearances (no adjustment quote because that would only be quoted if required). What really put me off on the BMW quote was that a bit more than half of the service cost quoted was attributed to labor only - R4058.76 (£229.17).

Since my bike is out of warranty I then spoke to a Motorrad specialist not too far away from me and has helped me before and he quoted me R2500.00 (£141.16) for a major service including checking clearances (still no adjustment) but without replacing fork oil. He is of the opinion, and I tend to agree, that replacing the fork oil at 18k miles is pointless since he always finds it to be clean and spotless. I personally feel from experience with other bikes that you should only worry about replacing the fork oil once the seals start leaking - I suppose this opinion may be controversial since there may be a problem with the viscosity of the oil after said distance has been covered. Furthermore, buying the parts and servicing the bike myself would cost R2000.00 (£112.92) so its well worth it for me to take it to the Mottorad specialist.

I'd rather do the fork service at a later stage when the entire service to be done on the bike won't be so expensive. However, from what I can gather, servicing costs are considerably less here in SA than over there in the UK so I can't really complain about service costs.

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #11 on: August 10, 2018, 01:36:47 PM »
A friend got reamed for around $1000 for his 18k service here in the US. I would assume that a lot of the labour costs are from stripping down the bike (panels, tank, airbox, etc).

I did everything myself, and just took the bike (with panels off) the dealer, I think I got charged $400 to complete the valve check(I think this included replacing the plugs, as that is part of the 18k).

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2018, 10:37:13 AM »
Similar here, I was quoted £710 from BMW of which included; oil, filter, plugs, clearance check & fork oil. I've not heard of anybody's valves actually needing any adjustment yet, although I do know one chap who paid for it and later found out they didn't even check them. As he'd paid on a credit card, he had to provide an independent report to the card company, but got all of his money back.

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2018, 11:26:08 PM »
What prevents DIY? Special cam timing tool?

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2018, 06:37:31 AM »
I did DIY, without dong cam timing check, you need a special tool to do that. You can check valve clearances  without any special tools.

£176 for the special tools from my local dealer. If someone wants to go halves on it at some point I could be tempted.

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2019, 06:03:30 PM »
Just had bike in for 18k service got quoted about £500 that was without fork oil being done as had new seals fitted at 13/14k , quote was 2weeks ago, took it in for service today and I had new manual cam chain tensioner with me and asked if they would fit it while panels all off , goes back to pick up bike here was tensioner lying on desk so I asked why they hadn't fitted it and he said you have to stip your panels to do that and would have to rebook it in for this, I said well you could not have done shim check or new plugs and he said none of that required at this service just basics oil and filter an brake fluid, spoke to the mechanic when he took bike round to me and questioned him about it that I thought it was big service and he said age and miles and computer says no required yet strange one this but book all stamped and cost £229 so I'll just fit tensioner myself thi was bmw dealer that did my 12k service as well.

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2019, 12:07:51 AM »
And .....this is exactly why l do all my own servicing.
I've done all of them since the first 1000km run-in service. Most service centers are a rip-off.

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2019, 07:09:07 AM »
@dicey So its still on the initial spark plugs?

Are you sure they typed in the right reg number for your bike :-)

The service schedule in the workshop manual does say plugs and valve check.


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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2019, 07:48:10 AM »
Bazzer, they said that's what computer said no plugs or shim check required, mechanic said he's not had to change shims on an s engine yet, there was a police bmw sitting and he said that it was border line for shims but still in spec and it had 42k, I find it strange that when I phoned for quote it was£500 to£550  take bike for service and this happens. Smithy I will do tensioner myself, but wouldn't chance doing shim check to much for me , changing pads andoil no problem shim check to technical for me!

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Re: 18K Service cost
« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2019, 12:36:10 PM »
*Originally Posted by Dicey [+]
Bazzer, they said that's what computer said no plugs or shim check required, mechanic said he's not had to change shims on an s engine yet, there was a police bmw sitting and he said that it was border line for shims but still in spec and it had 42k, I find it strange that when I phoned for quote it was£500 to£550  take bike for service and this happens. Smithy I will do tensioner myself, but wouldn't chance doing shim check to much for me , changing pads and oil no problem shim check to technical for me!



I think you will find that they quote those prices just in case they have to do the work. I am certain that in reality shims are good for a bigger mileage than they quote. Rather than be disappointed you should be jumping for joy that it only cost a Normal Service.  :001: :001:
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