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ronin
01-16-2002, 12:43 PM
Who's very happy with their current BMW mechanic?
My usual guy took off to sunny California to fend for myself *no-no* ... now I need to find a new guy!
I am looking for competancy, honesty and charges reasonably.
Let me know who you're using and any details.
I'm in Thornhill.

Thanks!

Ronin

:huh?:

VP M3
01-16-2002, 01:37 PM
I have been dealing with Steve Gailits at Bavarian Motors on Woodbine Avenue in Markham for 10 years. He has workded on all of my past (E36-318is, E36-325is, E34-M5) and current (E36-M3) BMWs. He is a great mechanic, very honest with great rates. Raven Performance (John Dimoff) is also on the same premises. These guys know their Bimmers!

Vico

bobo
01-16-2002, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by VP M3
I have been dealing with Steve Gailits at Bavarian Motors on Woodbine Avenue in Markham for 10 years. He has workded on all of my past (E36-318is, E36-325is, E34-M5) and current (E36-M3) BMWs. He is a great mechanic, very honest with great rates. Raven Performance (John Dimoff) is also on the same premises. These guys know their Bimmers!

Vico

Go with Steve... my dad said he's really experienced

ronin
01-17-2002, 11:01 AM
I've actually done business with Steve long ago. He is a good mechanic, but I definitely did not find him cheap, esp. when he charged big time for parts. Is he doing the "cash" thing now or is he still hung up with paying both govt's?

Ronin


:huh?:

EMPOWERD
01-18-2002, 10:50 AM
Steve, and especially John's (Raven) prices are all jokes! They charge way too much for the work performed. Yes, Steves an awsome mechanic and really knows his stuff (for the average non-performance oriented work) if money is no object to you. I also recommend Beach motors on Queen St.

ronin
01-18-2002, 11:00 AM
Hey Randy,

Thanks for taking us out of that Steve *lovefest* *drunk*
As you say, the guys alright, but he ain't Jesus.
I'm looking for good but more reasonable (ie. cheaper!).
Thanks,

Ronin

1998 328i
1989 325iX

*th-up*

VP M3
01-18-2002, 11:04 AM
So now that the "Steve Lovefest" has ended, lets here some other options. I have stuck with these guys because nobody I have talked to has ever been able to recommend anyone else. I live in Etobicoke and must admit that taking my car all the way to Bavarian can be a royal pita.

Vico

GR8 Ride
01-18-2002, 11:31 AM
Everybody complains about Steve's pricing, but I've found a lot of places that are far, far worse.

Any $tealer is going to be quite a bit more money, and if you're shooting the performance route, won't work with you at all.

Secondly, I've dealt with Autotrends, and PJC Autoworks, and found both of them quite a bit more expensive than Bavarian.

The work at PJC was marginal at best as well. Autotrend did good work, but nothing any different than Bavarian's.
I've never had a problem with Steve's prices.

I can't speak to their work quality, but Lakeside Motors has always had fairly cheap prices on parts. I've bought most of my *plain* vanilla brake pads from them, and they're pretty cheap. I don't know about their labour rates, but I can't imagine their wildly out of control.

Personally, if you're looking for a cheaper place than Bavarian or Autotrend, I'd suggest Beach Auto (heard good stuff about them, and I live just down the road), or Lakeside Motors (Kennedy / Lawrence area).

Pat

arnie
01-22-2002, 10:43 PM
Used Macnie Motorwerks - Sandy, for the past 5 years.
Very pleased with service and is only a few minutes from home in Markham