Any of you DIY'ers have any experience with the QuickLift Jack?

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I don't like working on cars, but I like it a heck of a lot more than I like paying BMW labor rates.
I don't like it either but if I won the lottery, I'll just have a mechanic work on it. My time can be better spent doing something else.
 

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Blah, I like working on cars. Different strokes for different folks :p
I like working on cars a lot more now that I don't do it for a living. It's amazing staring at a computer all week, on the weekends all I want to do is bust some knuckles on a car project.
 

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I like working on cars a lot more now that I don't do it for a living. It's amazing staring at a computer all week, on the weekends all I want to do is bust some knuckles on a car project.
Exactly.
Wrenching on my vehicles is my stress reliever. It would lose its charm if I had to do it for a living.
 

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I don't like it either but if I won the lottery, I'll just have a mechanic work on it. My time can be better spent doing something else.
Definitely! That would certainly soften the blow to my wallet.
 

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I like working on cars a lot more now that I don't do it for a living. It's amazing staring at a computer all week, on the weekends all I want to do is bust some knuckles on a car project.
Exactly.
Wrenching on my vehicles is my stress reliever. It would lose its charm if I had to do it for a living.
Not only that, its satisfying to know that something you did on your own car was done right.
 

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Not only that, its satisfying to know that something you did on your own car was done right.
I always chuckle a bit at that sentiment not because it isn't true but because of all the times I royally screwed something up. My old boss Jay Strauss used say, "Errvick... Do yooz know za difference betweenz a novice und a proffezional? Zhe proffezional can fix hiz fckups"
 

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I always chuckle a bit at that sentiment not because it isn't true but because of all the times I royally screwed something up. My old boss Jay Strauss used say, "Errvick... Do yooz know za difference betweenz a novice und a proffezional? Zhe proffezional can fix hiz fckups"
Yup, I lost count of how many plastic trim pieces or plastic connectors that I broke while attempting DIY...
 

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Yup, I lost count of how many plastic trim pieces or plastic connectors that I broke while attempting DIY...
So many pieces of plastic trim, rounded nuts, and gouged paint.

Most fun fckup was on an airplane when I dropped a nut into a compressor stage in a PT6 turbine. Stainless nut by the way so forget the magnet trick. How I managed to extract that nut with a piece of wire with a ball of tape on the end was pure luck.
 

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You don't think shops break things as well? If you only knew what went on when the customer wasn't there.
Oh yeah.. I've executed a number of those. You get lucky in the speciality shops because sometimes there's a parts bin you can go dig around in and salvage a solution.
 

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You don't think shops break things as well? If you only knew what went on when the customer wasn't there.
I'm not saying that but sometimes things aren't always done right when you do it yourself. I have watched a few youtube DIYs from auto mechanics and they hang brake calipers by the brake lines. Yup, I'm doing the brake job myself. However, sometimes it's just easier to pay a mechanic for a bigger job. Like changing the oil pan filter gasket. DIY is a couple hours, maybe a day or two, that I don't want to take off work or from family so it's just better for me to pay a mechanic to do it so I'm not really losing much downtime.
 

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I'm not saying that but sometimes things aren't always done right when you do it yourself. I have watched a few youtube DIYs from auto mechanics and they hang brake calipers by the brake lines. Yup, I'm doing the brake job myself. However, sometimes it's just easier to pay a mechanic for a bigger job. Like changing the oil pan filter gasket. DIY is a couple hours, maybe a day or two, that I don't want to take off work or from family so it's just better for me to pay a mechanic to do it so I'm not really losing much downtime.
Absolutely. I'll hire someone to take care of the hassle jobs I don't want to do. I did a full brake job (pads & rotors) on both my '08 535i and my '09 Jeep Wrangler. I'd do a brake job on a BMW any day, but I'll never do one on a Wrangler again. All those freakin' clips.... no way.
 

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Absolutely. I'll hire someone to take care of the hassle jobs I don't want to do. I did a full brake job (pads & rotors) on both my '08 535i and my '09 Jeep Wrangler. I'd do a brake job on a BMW any day, but I'll never do one on a Wrangler again. All those freakin' clips.... no way.
I've got a TJ Wrangler and it's like working on a kit car sometimes. Nothing ever really seems to go on how it came off. However, you can jury rig the hell out of it if you have to.
 

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I've got a TJ Wrangler and it's like working on a kit car sometimes. Nothing ever really seems to go on how it came off. However, you can jury rig the hell out of it if you have to.
I do all kinds of work on the Jeep - it's like an automotive version of Legos - but brake jobs I will happily pay someone for.
 

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I do all kinds of work on the Jeep - it's like an automotive version of Legos - but brake jobs I will happily pay someone for.
Depends on the rate. Mercedes wanted $1800 to do my mom's pads and rotors which I felt was a little excessive considering the part were only $600. I was unclear where the other $1200 was going.

But when I worked at Jay's I was the brake guy. I just cranked fluid changes and brake jobs all day. Other than that they had me on remove and replace items. I know the book rate on the brake jobs is supposed pad your billing to cover other less "turn key" service items. Like the one time Marco spend half a day chasing down an electrical problem, the customer didn't pay for all that time I know for sure. My 1.5 hour brake jobs turned in 30 minutes paid for that.
 

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I did not read the whole thread but I have been using 4 of these for the past 3 years and love them. Work great and I trust them 99%. These things are the only thing I trust if I am under my car. Very smart design and you can get a car up in the air quick with them.
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Depends on the rate. Mercedes wanted $1800 to do my mom's pads and rotors which I felt was a little excessive considering the part were only $600. I was unclear where the other $1200 was going.

But when I worked at Jay's I was the brake guy. I just cranked fluid changes and brake jobs all day. Other than that they had me on remove and replace items. I know the book rate on the brake jobs is supposed pad your billing to cover other less "turn key" service items. Like the one time Marco spend half a day chasing down an electrical problem, the customer didn't pay for all that time I know for sure. My 1.5 hour brake jobs turned in 30 minutes paid for that.
My Mom got quoted $700 for a belt and tensioner in her X3 while it was in for a recall. BMW-branded parts would have been $220 online, but I bought them from Continental for $120, and book time was 1.2 hours. I have no clue how on earth they came up with that price.
 

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My Mom got quoted $700 for a belt and tensioner in her X3 while it was in for a recall. BMW-branded parts would have been $220 online, but I bought them from Continental for $120, and book time was 1.2 hours. I have no clue how on earth they came up with that price.
Little old lady walks in and asks for an estimate.
 

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My Mom got quoted $700 for a belt and tensioner in her X3 while it was in for a recall. BMW-branded parts would have been $220 online, but I bought them from Continental for $120, and book time was 1.2 hours. I have no clue how on earth they came up with that price.
Same here. I was quoted $750. I said thanks for the complimentary check up. Went online and ordered the parts for $80 and was done in an hour.
 

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Most fun fckup was on an airplane when I dropped a nut into a compressor stage in a PT6 turbine. Stainless nut by the way so forget the magnet trick. How I managed to extract that nut with a piece of wire with a ball of tape on the end was pure luck.
When I was in High School, 1963, I was friendly with a guy whose parents bought him a beautiful 1958 Oldsmoble with a huge V-8 and 4bbl carb. He related to me that he removed the air cleaner to see the carb and a nut fell into the carb. He could not get it out so he shrugged his shoulders and went on with his life. Couple weeks later I asked where is your car. Something about that nut migrating.

Someday I will learn how to quote!!
 
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