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Old 09-20-2009, 01:47 PM   #1
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Maintenance in Ottawa?

Hey everyone I am a complete newbie to BMW and I'm about to buy a used 2006 325i with about 100,000KMs on it. I want to change all the fluids, belts, spark plugs, and other items right after I buy the car. I would also really wanted to avoid going to the dealership, are there any independent shops that can work on BMW's? I heard that BMW's all require special tools to work on. How much should I expect to get everything done? Help a newbie out, thanks guys!
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Old 09-20-2009, 01:51 PM   #2
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A lot of members on have been to and recommend autovation in the kanata area. They are organized and do good work. The only down side is that parts prices are fairly steep but you may be able to work it out so you provide the parts and they provide the labour.

You can usually find cheap parts on autopartsway.ca
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:05 PM   #3
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A lot of members on have been to and recommend autovation in the kanata area. They are organized and do good work. The only down side is that parts prices are fairly steep but you may be able to work it out so you provide the parts and they provide the labour.

You can usually find cheap parts on autopartsway.ca
Thanks for the link, it should be a start.

I am going to do the following things:
Engine oil
Automatic Transmission oil
Rear-differential oil
Cabin Filter
Spark Plugs
Brake pads
Brake fluid
Turn the rotors


Which belts would I have to change?

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Old 09-20-2009, 03:35 PM   #4
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All those jobs are easy for you to do on your own if you feel up to it and it would save you some monies. As for the belts you should inspect them first for any signs of cracking. If they aren't cracked then you really don't need to change them.
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Old 09-20-2009, 03:36 PM   #5
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I work at Autovation and we could definitly help you with whatever you need. For the comment on price the only thing I can say is we are in most cases installing dealer parts for less then the dealer. When is comes to parts you can always find the same part for less somewhere but you get what you pay for. And I wouldn't recommend turning rotors, they will just warp. In most cases with bimmers if you need pads your rotors are almost at the wear limit as well. As for belts there are 2, one for ac and 1 serpentine for all accesories.
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Old 09-21-2009, 01:22 PM   #6
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I can vouch for the work @ Autovation. They are good at what they do...

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Old 09-21-2009, 02:08 PM   #7
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Thanks Paul
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