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    Diagnostic Service, what should it cost? Dealer only?

    Hello! My right side rear lights are all out and seems the only thing to do now is bring the car in for a diagnostics. What's a good price to pay for this and is this something only a dealer can perform? Beverly Hills BMW is quoting over $200. Seems a lot just to plug my car into a computer. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!

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    I think any BMW dealer will charge around the same.

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    On one hand this seems like a lot of money to just plug in a car to a computer. But on the other hand consider it from the dealer perspective. They need to allocate time and resources to do this and I bet they are making some profit on the work but I bet its not that much. Labor is expensive. Therefore, it doesn't seem unreasonable to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z8Mania View Post
    On one hand this seems like a lot of money to just plug in a car to a computer. But on the other hand consider it from the dealer perspective. They need to allocate time and resources to do this and I bet they are making some profit on the work but I bet its not that much. Labor is expensive. Therefore, it doesn't seem unreasonable to me.
    And there is the cost of the equipment as well.
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    Oh yeah, theres that too.

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    Thanks for the info

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z8DinanS2 View Post
    Hello! My right side rear lights are all out and seems the only thing to do now is bring the car in for a diagnostics. What's a good price to pay for this and is this something only a dealer can perform? Beverly Hills BMW is quoting over $200. Seems a lot just to plug my car into a computer. Thoughts? Suggestions? Thanks in advance!
    Most independent shops are equipped to perform diagnostics on any car, for a fee. It's whatever shop you're comfortable with. Imagine that there is a fault code, would you like them to fix your car as well ? It may be the first Z8 they see in their shop ...
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    Funny, in the last three weeks I have seen four Z8s driving the streets of LA!

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