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Old 06-17-2010, 04:51 PM   #1
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East End Shops

Just wondering if there are any shops that deal with BMW's on a regular basis or even once in awhile. I don't want to take my car to a quick lube place to get the oil changed. Just looking for oil+filter but without the drive to T.O. Otherwise, it'll be my first oil change ever tomorrow lol.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:53 PM   #2
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why dont u just do it yourself ? Iam sure you tackled alot harder jobs.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:55 PM   #3
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why dont u just do it yourself ? Iam sure you tackled alot harder jobs.
Ahaha.. it's just I have nothing to put the oil in >_< I would have to buy a bucket and also my front end is so low that my jack doesn't fit under so I have to lift the back end just to get the front end up. A lot of work that if I could just take it to a shop and they can hoist it or have those dug outs, it would save a lot of hassle.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:55 PM   #4
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Do-It-Yourself!

I don't really trust anyone to touch my car, even for an oil change.
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Old 06-17-2010, 04:58 PM   #5
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Do-It-Yourself!

I don't really trust anyone to touch my car, even for an oil change.
Like I mentioned. I have to jack the rear end in order to get my jack under the front, it is so low at the front that it just doesn't fit. But I guess I'll just do it myself since I guess it's T.O. bound to get a proper shop.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:02 PM   #6
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Even more reason to do it yourself, some 16 yr old may drive it over the pit and smash your oil-pan on their protection bars for your wheels.

I fear when a wheel shop or an alignment shop has to lift my car, because i know they wouldn't take as much care as i would to lift it properly.


Edit, drive your car onto a 4x6 piece of wood before jacking.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:05 PM   #7
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Even more reason to do it yourself, some 16 yr old may drive it over the pit and smash your oil-pan on their protection bars for your wheels.

I fear when a wheel shop or an alignment shop has to life my car, because i know they wouldn't take as much care as i would to lift it properly.
That's true. I'm just a mechanical dummy at first till I do it once. Never changed oil on a car myself since I always took it to a quick lube because it was a everyday car. I just know that my hood doesn't pop up because there is no hood latch and I have to use the old screw driver trick ahaha.. I can just see this being a 2hr job since I've never done it before.
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Old 06-17-2010, 05:57 PM   #8
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The cost of a bucket and your time will be worth it. It's one bolt and a spin on filter, m20 oil changes are easy compaired to the work you've done. Drive your front tires onto a peice of wood to make room for the Jack when you need to lift it

If your insistant on having shop do it pennzoil in Ajax on westney isn't bad, for lowered cars they can back them in and avoid the pit rails. or there is the dealership in Durham.
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Old 06-17-2010, 06:25 PM   #9
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Even if you park on the road (if you live on a quiet street) you can roll the front wheel up onto the curb from the driveway, but I think everyone here will agree with driving up on a piece of wood. That's what I do anyways. First time I took my car to a shop in a long time (for a safety) I got it over the centre section of the hoist and the guy proceded to kick the hoist arm into my rocker panel!! FFaaaacckk!!

It should be noted that M20's don't need oil changes, they just burn the oil off, and you just add some more. New oil every 2500kms. All you have to do is change the filter every 100,000kms!!
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:29 PM   #10
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ROFL! Well I have no clue when the oil was done, so I'm going to do it period. Never thought of the wood idea so thank you very much for bring that to my attention, now the oil change doesn't seem so daunting. My car doesn't seem to burn oil, and I've been driving pretty much non stop so I can get the shifting down since today is my 2nd day driving a stick. So off I go now to Crappy Tire for some oil and a filter! With the floor and crap that I've done, I got like 10$ in crappy tire money lol.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:36 PM   #11
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20W-50 non-synthetic is what you want BTW. And I wouldn't buy the filter from there.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:42 PM   #12
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20W-50 non-synthetic is what you want BTW. And I wouldn't buy the filter from there.
Thanks, I was about to ask about the oil. Looking at the manual is all weird with the temp bar diagram :S Where do you suggest getting a filter from?
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:46 PM   #13
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Anywhere that will sell you the OEM filter. Maranello has a good price on them, but it's like 5 hours from Oshawa. Give T.Dot $10 for one, I hear he has some up there in Ajax.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:52 PM   #14
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Yea I got two Mahle filters left, pm me.
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Old 06-17-2010, 08:26 PM   #15
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I picked up a FRAM one, if it isn't a go, I'll drop by at Trevors later tonight. Going to make a quick compare and give him a call back. I just wanted to double check things because my dad was like "20W-50 is thick, are you sure the car is suppose to run that?" lol. But I trust your guys judgment as I'm new to BMW's
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