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      11-30-2023, 11:32 AM   #1
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Acceptable cost for a turbo repair?

Hello, I got two turbos from my BMW X5 E70 30sd that need their core replaced (fins destroyed) and I found someone who would repair, balance and clean my two turbos for 550 USD. Is this an acceptable price?
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You tell us. Is it acceptable to you?
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have you posted this in the X5 section? maybe someone has experience with this there?

this is the detailing, autobody section
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      11-30-2023, 12:48 PM   #4
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have you posted this in the X5 section? maybe someone has experience with this there?

this is the detailing, autobody section
I thought this is where I should post since it is also restoration/repair. Is it not?
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      11-30-2023, 12:50 PM   #5
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You tell us. Is it acceptable to you?
Im trying to get a view from others since I dont know alot about that topic. Maybe you've been lost in my words since english isnt my first language. Sorry about any confusion.
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I thought this is where I should post since it is also restoration/repair. Is it not?
relative to body work and paint care. try posting in your specific model section. maybe there are others that have made this similar repair. looks like youre in croatia? costs may not translate well from here to there
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      11-30-2023, 12:54 PM   #7
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relative to body work and paint care. try posting in your specific model section. maybe there are others that have made this similar repair. looks like youre in croatia? costs may not translate well from here to there
Thanks for the suggestion. I'd just like to compare if I paid too much or I paid a fair price. Get peoples opinion on the matter if possible.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I'd just like to compare if I paid too much or I paid a fair price. Get peoples opinion on the matter if possible.
local shops where i live are charging 130-170 an hour. so if they charged your 550 that about 3.5hrs of work
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This really depends on what "repair" they are doing and who they are. Can you tell us who it is? How much experience do they have in this? A turbo is not something that can be refurbed carelessly or with "close enough" type solutions.
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Does anyone actually offer Turbocharger repair?
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Depends on who’s doing the repair - reputable well-established shop? Or some flat brim vape bro who also does window tinting and stereos? Big difference.
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Does anyone actually offer Turbocharger repair?
I'm guessing they replace the CHRA with another center section and replace any seals there may be, swap the wastegate over, etc
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I'm guessing they replace the CHRA with another center section and replace any seals there may be, swap the wastegate over, etc
Must be for that price. Sounds too good to be true and exclusive of labor to R&R the Turbos! I say RUN FOREST, RUN!
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You have to remember, labor cost in other countries don't always relate to US rates. I'm thinking the rate may be half the hourly rate of Shimmy23's guestimate.
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I'm guessing they replace the CHRA with another center section and replace any seals there may be, swap the wastegate over, etc
So I gave him to do it and it came out like new. Im sending before and after images. He replaced the CHRA balanced it and cleaned it. Im happy with how it turned out.
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So I gave him to do it and it came out like new. Im sending before and after images. He replaced the CHRA balanced it and cleaned it. Im happy with how it turned out.
Looks great! As long as they're using the same CHRA this is the best possible outcome. It's when they try to replace singular pieces like just the broken wheel that you're likely worse off. Let us know how it ends up!
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It looks good, but it's all about how it performs.
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Im from the same region. Turbo repair is normally ½ of new item price. You get some 6 or 12m warranty. But since noone (except some expensive refurbisher) really calibrates (ballances) the turbo it can all the same be done by yourself. The core is 100usd (when from china) or 200usd (european). Gaskets are cheap. Its an 1hr job (of course if the casing is not damaged).
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Nice before and after pictures, workmanship looks great!
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