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Old 07-06-2013, 12:21 AM   #16
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I went to them a about 1.5+ years back... only used them once.
They are a great shop, I just didn't get the same "warm fuzzy" feeling I get when i go to RMP. Plus their math didn't add up when i looked at their invoice sheet.

But, they did point out quite a few things i needed to get fixed, and at the time being a SUPER NOOB to e46s, I really appreciated their help and knowledge.

Different strokes for different folks.

+1 to why the heck you asking them to check other stuff while they are working on your car? Time = Money and dudes get paid per task. Most cats on here usually are DIY crazy on those e30s. And they only take it to the shop if its something major.

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Old 07-09-2013, 08:55 PM   #17
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+1 to why the heck you asking them to check other stuff while they are working on your car? Time = Money and dudes get paid per task.
There was only one item that I'd consider other stuff, but could've been a substitute to the other stuff they didn't do.

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Most cats on here usually are DIY crazy on those e30s. And they only take it to the shop if its something major.
Yep, agreed. I do what I can. I just didn't have the means, nor did I want to do, the fluid changes on my drive way. No pans, means to handle drained fluids.
Also no tools for the wheel bearings.
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Old 07-10-2013, 03:10 PM   #18
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I hear you... RMP will has been known to do the extra lil things without asking either.
Live and Lean I say.

On a side note... any one catch a look at some floating BMWs 2 days ago in TO? :p
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Old 07-13-2013, 04:17 PM   #19
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My own experience there was ridiculous.

I called them on a thursday when my car broke down, it wouldn't idle or run properly. They said they can see it Monday, so I towed it from East end to Mississauga to the "specialists of AA".

The following Friday the car was "ready" with the new air flow meter that was faulty. Drove out to get it and went 1 block with the idle dieing and three engine codes.
Not to worry, its just vacuum leaks...

Ok, I thought you were fixing that, those were my instructions - sort it out.

So I make another appointment about 10 days later to get the car running properly. After all, they do the Active Autowerke installs and are "very familiar" with the aftercooled set-up in my car.

So with the bad idle and stalling, I couldnt drive my car for those ten days. Had the car towed again to have it sorted.

Car gets there on schedule for the Wednesday to give them three days for my car. Friday comes, it will be ready -not a chance...They had the wrong belts so the car is stuck there until next week.

Next week comes by, the car is done, I pick it up on Friday....Hood latch cable is broken and the aftercooler pump is air bound...But I am told the friction plate on my car should be replaced, it slips in third...

So now I have an apponitment with Engineered Autotmotive to actually get it done right.

The guys are friendly, but rushed. If I make an appointment to get a car fixed on Wednesday, I dont want to hear you're trying to get parts on Friday.

Not on my list of recommended shops...
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:44 PM   #20
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My buddy's 330xi was towed in because of a rough idle. Told cyl 6 was dead and possible valves. Engine is partially ripped open and they can't look at it for another 2.5 weeks. They are busy and short staffed and have set my buddy's expectation though he wasn't impressed since he needs it for work.
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Old 07-13-2013, 10:37 PM   #21
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The back log of customers is making them rush jobs.
Stop taking customers and get the quality right.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:34 PM   #22
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Personally I blame anyone for not doing simple work themselves. $335 for a simple tune up? go buy a damn jack and do it yourself. if you dont have the money buy a wratchet set from cdn tire and return it when youre done. Fuel filter.. easy as changing a light bulb. Plugs? jesus just turn a socket on the plugs and out they come.

I like to know what needs to be done. Have the parts on hand (you guys still order oem parts from canada wtf?) and book an appointment for getting what you SPECIFICALLY need done. Dont go to a shoppe and pull the 'while you are in there' speech.
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Old 10-10-2013, 09:32 AM   #23
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If you took it to the dealership they would have looked over everything you asked AND you would have been charged for each question
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Old 10-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #24
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I remember Lakeside from back in the day... they were always friendly to a kid coming by on his bike to watch and ask questions [me]...

on the fog relay... a specialist shop might not have the part# on hand but they should have the information on pin out and wiring available to the techs... that's the problem with older cars... the older they get the less people there are that know them... even the dealers don't want to see an e30 anymore let alone a 2002 or bavaria... the classics need to go to shops that tend to specialize in them.
I have no experience with the shop in question I just know from previous older vehicles that even shops that say they specialize in marque x are really lost when you bring them something that predates the 90's and OBDII...
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:55 PM   #25
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e30 is an old car, any basic mechanic (even the ones in the back of the alley/ back yard mechanics) should be able to diagnose problems and repair it. Nothing really different between the e30 and "normal" cars.
It's hard for any mechanic just to look at a car and see/know what's wrong with them, with my e30, i just did my research, told the mechanic (one of those "shaddy" shops on warden and eglington) the problem area's in the car, so that atleast he can look at it and check it out. You can't expect a specialized shop to "know everything about your car" just because they specialize in bmw's.
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Old 10-11-2013, 01:43 PM   #26
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e30 is an old car, any basic mechanic (even the ones in the back of the alley/ back yard mechanics) should be able to diagnose problems and repair it. Nothing really different between the e30 and "normal" cars.
It's hard for any mechanic just to look at a car and see/know what's wrong with them, with my e30, i just did my research, told the mechanic (one of those "shaddy" shops on warden and eglington) the problem area's in the car, so that atleast he can look at it and check it out. You can't expect a specialized shop to "know everything about your car" just because they specialize in bmw's.
While yes, I agree e30s are not rocket science.

Someone who doesn't know them well can waste alot of time, changing unnecessary parts and not fix the problem. Whereas someone who knows them well can fix them faster and quicker the first time. Saving you money.

Obviously i'm talking not straight forward stuff like brakes/tune-ups/maintenance. I'm talking about these issues where the problems are exactly easy to pin point.

Also someone who doesn't know e30s, might not know the right suppliers to get good parts from and they might end up using lower quality stuff. While e30 parts aren't hard to find online, shops that use generic parts jobbers/suppliers don't carry certain brands that are known to be superior. Things like spark plugs, filters, etc.

Malhe or Mann for oil filters.
Bosch W8LCR Copper plugs for m20s.

Those things are known, but a clueless person would just put whatever their supplier gives them.
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Old 11-08-2013, 02:11 PM   #27
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Personally I blame anyone for not doing simple work themselves. $335 for a simple tune up? go buy a damn jack and do it yourself. if you dont have the money buy a wratchet set from cdn tire and return it when youre done. Fuel filter.. easy as changing a light bulb. Plugs? jesus just turn a socket on the plugs and out they come.

I like to know what needs to be done. Have the parts on hand (you guys still order oem parts from canada wtf?) and book an appointment for getting what you SPECIFICALLY need done. Dont go to a shoppe and pull the 'while you are in there' speech.
this is gold. And I tend to agree. want to have an old car?

learn the basics.



you will find every single place will have a percentage of bad experiences. Its just how it goes.
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Old 11-09-2013, 12:07 AM   #28
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I would agree with Mik3 and SiR but IK there are a lot of people who have absolutely no mechanical know how to speak of and others are just scared they might do something horrendously wrong. They never had the benefit of someone teaching them when they were kids or had access to shop classes and such things that a lot of us did have growing up.
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Old 01-14-2014, 09:04 PM   #29
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this is gold. And I tend to agree. want to have an old car?

learn the basics.



you will find every single place will have a percentage of bad experiences. Its just how it goes.
I have to agree to SiR and Mik3. When I bought my E30 from my best friend, my eyes were wide open to the fact I should learn even more about car maintenance. The only shop work this car has seen was brakes (middle of December and nowhere warm to work on it at the time) and a starter. Everything else I've done myself (valve adjustments, spark plugs, ignition components, fan resistor, timing belt, water bump, front hub bearing, oil changes), thanks to boards like this, other internet sites, the Bentley Manual and help from my friend at times.

As previously stated, its not brain surgery. Tasks like a timing belt aren't extraordinarily difficult, but there is a sequence of steps that need to be followed. If you can read, follow instructions and turn a wrench the right way, you're over half way there.
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Old 01-14-2014, 11:45 PM   #30
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Given the reality that one boo boo can cost you an engine I can see where "critical" work like a timing belt might be more comfortably left to "pros" since if they mess up they [or their ins.] will pay to replace your engine if you mess up you may be out of a car for a long time... other than that sort of thing I agree do it yourself..
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