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    New M Roadster owner

    Hi,

    I just bought a 2001 M roadster. It's Imola red with 80,000 miles.

    I paid 14,000,but now my mechanic says I need the following done:

    1. Oil pan gasket is leaking, recommend oil service at same time $873
    2. Oil pressure relief valve leaking $217
    3. P/S pump and pressure line leaking, and recommend P/S flush at same time $1397
    4. Transmission output shaft seal and shifter seal leaking, hardy disc cracked badly, also recommend transmission service at same time $672
    5. Timing chain tensioner seal leaking $85
    6. VANOS unit leaking $2761
    7. Recommend brake flush
    8. Recommend replacement of air filter and spark plugs $427
    9. Inner tie rods have play, both sides $748
    10. Recommend differential service $110
    11. Front sway bar links have play $275


    Do these items and prices look reasonable?

    At the end of the day I'm going to be into it for about $20,000. I may have been a bit impulsive...
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    Uh...no, he must have a boat payment coming due. Let's look at some examples - oil pan gasket is a $22 part so even at $100/hr. it's hard to come up with 8 hours of labor. The power steering line and a pump is around $450 retail, so another $800 in labor? And that leaking timing chain tensioner - the seal is $.50. You get the idea. Much of this is DIY stuff, and I'd be suspicious of the play calls in the suspension (tie rods, by the way, around $50 ea.) without seeing it. Time to find a different mechanic or roll up your sleeves and get greasy and save some real money.
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