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View Poll Results: Who wrenches on their own cars?
I take it to a mechanic 3 7.89%
I do minor maintenance jobs 9 23.68%
I do intermediate jobs but leave the bigger stuff to a shop 9 23.68%
I get togeather with buddies to tackle some stuff that I can't do my self 7 18.42%
Experienced tree mechanic, I can do my own maintenance 20 52.63%
The car is leasted, leave it for the next owner 0 0%
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:13 PM   #1
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Question Who wrenches on their own cars?

I'm still new to this forum... just wanted to know if people on this board get togeather to wrench on their 5 Series or is mostly take it to a shop?

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Old 07-07-2008, 04:16 PM   #2
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I guess #6 applies to me, the only thing I haven't done on my car is the windshield, I guess being a certified-tech has its benefits
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:57 PM   #3
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I guess #6 applies to me, the only thing I haven't done on my car is the windshield, I guess being a certified-tech has its benefits
you mean #5?
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:10 PM   #4
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#5 FTW, Me and my cousin work on our own cars.

I did all the maintenance myself on my e36's and a full custom paint job on my 318, never again will I do bodywork myself!
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Old 07-07-2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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I usually only do minor stuff myself, but it's more to do with my limited knowledge and working space. I'm always up for learning how to do stuff on my car and hopefully in a few years I'll be able to do quite a bit. I'm also lacking in the tool department, though I'm slowly getting more as I go.

Good to have resources like the people on Max to help you out when you don't know how to do something yourself.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:37 PM   #6
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Well pretty much all of those apply to me.

On the Rangie, I pretty much do ALL! I break it often so I have become very technical and knowleadgeable.

On the M5 I am cautious, I am still learning the car and if I break something it is very expensive to fix, so I do my maintenace items for now.
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:41 PM   #7
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you mean #5?
it was #6 before he edited, I posted at 3:16pm


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Old 07-07-2008, 10:18 PM   #8
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Old 07-08-2008, 12:12 AM   #9
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Depends on what it is...
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:09 AM   #10
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I usually try to do it myself. But if I need a hoist, or it's major engine work, then I go to bimmersport.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:52 AM   #11
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I do all of my own work except for exhaust, alignment, glass and bodyshop work. When I was first starting out I'd hang out with E34 guys doing suspension work and the like, working and learning. That was a lot more fun than learning on my own, much more stress-free (for one it's not my car, and having other people there makes snags feel less hopeless - since if you don't come up with a solution, there is still hope that others will).
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Old 08-15-2008, 10:33 AM   #12
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I have my own shop in south etobicoke. I am currently converting a 530i to a 540i.

If anybody needs some specialized service let me know.

thank you
Just out of curiosity....Why?

Wouldn't it be significantly cheaper and easier to buy a 540?
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Old 08-15-2008, 02:49 PM   #13
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Just out of curiosity....Why?

Wouldn't it be significantly cheaper and easier to buy a 540?
we found a suitable donor car. and an allusil engine.

the 530i is in really good shape.

any used 540i that we could buy from cheap is probably going to need overhaul anyway.

it's fun, lots more power!!!
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