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Old 02-12-2012, 03:05 PM   #1
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Buddys auto good/bad

has anyone here had any work done at BuddysAuto....they specialize in BMWs and they gave me a good quote for something i want done but I havent heard anyones experiences with them.

any input would be appreciated
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Old 02-13-2012, 02:11 AM   #2
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no one?
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Old 02-13-2012, 09:19 AM   #3
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Guy is a backyard mechanic. he doesn't know everything. he gave me quotes too before and from the sounds of it wasn't accurate -on the low end of the scale. So either he rushes the job and will miss stuff along the way ( do you really want that?) cheaper isn't always better. Otherwise, he's not a bad guy. Also had trouble getting hold of him time to time.

what needs fixing?
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:20 AM   #4
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Guy is a backyard mechanic. he doesn't know everything. he gave me quotes too before and from the sounds of it wasn't accurate -on the low end of the scale. So either he rushes the job and will miss stuff along the way ( do you really want that?) cheaper isn't always better. Otherwise, he's not a bad guy. Also had trouble getting hold of him time to time.

what needs fixing?
Never heard of him, but cheaper also doesn't mean "rushes the job and will miss stuff along the way" If it's a small job, try him out and let us know!
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Old 02-13-2012, 11:50 AM   #5
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Never heard of him, but cheaper also doesn't mean "rushes the job and will miss stuff along the way" If it's a small job, try him out and let us know!
easy for you to say..not your $$$; sure, let him be the cannon fodder!! LOL.
that way we know whether to stay away or not.
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1 87 325is red - parts
1 89 325i vert grey - parts
1 90 325is white - keepin
1 87 325i vert -red - keepin
latest addition 1 88-325is red - parts
latest addition 1 89-325i vert - white -fixin/sold
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latest addition 1 87 325is blk - parts.

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Old 02-13-2012, 01:23 PM   #6
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I went to his shop to pick up a scrap E36 door shell.

He has like a staff of 10 working late into the night (past 9-10pm). I didn't see a paint booth ...I've no idea if that stuff turns out alright. But I saw them handling some expensive cars. The whole area is an auto-oriented neighbourhood.

I can't say them seem like a high end shop but if you need a non crucial simple job done, then it seems like a good route to go.
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picked up a speedo off him, was dead, all his speedometers were in a bucket and seemed subjected to moisture. That god the glass was mint, as thats all I needed anyways
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would anyone go do a springs job from them?
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would anyone go do a springs job from them?
Personally, I would do it myself, and then go for an alignment. Its not very hard to do man, and the tools are cheap.

These days, saving a buck is worth the effort
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Old 02-14-2012, 01:46 PM   #10
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Personally, I would do it myself, and then go for an alignment. Its not very hard to do man, and the tools are cheap.

These days, saving a buck is worth the effort
Yeah all you need is a set of $20 spring compressors from princess auto.
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:51 PM   #11
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Describing something as "not very hard to do" is subjective. Especially when it comes to fixing cars. If you are not 100% confident, especially working on suspension, and brakes, just leave it to a professional. Safer for both you, and i.

Just call around. Bimmersport, RMP, Pfaff, etc...there are many shops on here that can hook you up. Good luck dude.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:41 PM   #12
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yea ive been shopping around quite a bit...i jus hate that feeling sometimes when i have to pay someone the same amount i payed for the actual part to put it in..you know what i mean
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Old 02-14-2012, 05:27 PM   #13
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Describing something as "not very hard to do" is subjective. Especially when it comes to fixing cars. If you are not 100% confident, especially working on suspension, and brakes, just leave it to a professional. Safer for both you, and i.

Just call around. Bimmersport, RMP, Pfaff, etc...there are many shops on here that can hook you up. Good luck dude.
Or, read DIY, then watch DIY, then read a repair book, and its done. Frankly, these "professionals" often make a mess. I won't mention names, but, some that you mentioned messing up rear toe in completely causing premature tire wear, zip tie repairs when they damage mounts, etc. Learning and doing yourself leads to the best possible job being done since you won't take advantage of yourself
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Or, read DIY, then watch DIY, then read a repair book, and its done. Frankly, these "professionals" often make a mess. I won't mention names, but, some that you mentioned messing up rear toe in completely causing premature tire wear, zip tie repairs when they damage mounts, etc. Learning and doing yourself leads to the best possible job being done since you won't take advantage of yourself
^Agreed. There's really only 1 way to learn how to do auto maintenance, and when you think about how much cash you can save over the years by doing stuff yourself, its a no-brainer. O.P. find a friend who knows what he is doing to help you out.
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Old 02-14-2012, 09:38 PM   #15
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that would be the ideal way to go
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