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Old 10-28-2013, 03:41 PM   #1
rameeztaya
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Where should I go for a quality oil change and check up?

Hi,

Iím new to Ottawa as well as new to owning a car. I recently graduated from University and I persuaded my father to allow me to purchase his 2006 330i a few weeks ago and drove it up from Chicago IL.

Unfortunately he didnít keep the best care of it as he drove it on regular gas and generally took it to the cheapest place for maintenance.

I am looking for a trustworthy and well priced mechanic to give me a reliable check up, an oil change and see if they can look into the tire pressure warning that keeps coming up.

Going through different blogs I noticed Duss Brothers and Kerry from Clinique de L'Auto Importee having the most recommendations.

Kerry charges $130 for an oil change while Duss Brothers charge $160. Can you guys help me out? Not really sure which one to pick.

Thanks,

RT
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Old 10-28-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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Btw I live in Downtown Ottawa so somethign preferrably closer would be ideal but going I wouldnt mind going the distance for the absolute best.

In love with this car
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Old 10-29-2013, 09:44 PM   #3
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Just go get the oil changed somewhere.
There's nothing magic about changing the oil in a car, even if it's a BMW. In fact, there's not a lot that's magic about any of the maintenance on a car, even if it's a BMW. There are specific things that need specific tools that specialist is more likely to have but most garages can do most things. A simple oil change will let you know whether you ever want to go back again for brakes (simple, really) or an alignment (").
Personally, for oil changes I go to the neighbourhood quick lube joint but I keep my B.S detector on Full Auto and only let them change the oil. Oil out/filter off-oil in/filter on, that's all. It costs me less than half the prices you mention, and better to change the oil now rather than about dither about it for too long.
Other stuff on my daily driver I take to a neighbourhood garage that's been in business under the same owner for a long time. Ask your co-workers, perhaps. Specialist stuff (F-ing CVT...) I take to the dealer.

For my E30; oil changes at the neighbourhood quick lube, other stuff I do myself and stay awake thinking about and Google and buy more tools and parts and get extra parts and drive to Ogdensburg and worry about until 200k or 2 weeks after the job's done.
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Old 10-30-2013, 01:00 AM   #4
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Like subdad said oil changes are easy... if you're worried about the "quality" of the filter installed or oil used ie you want a specific brand oil or OEM filter just pick up the filter from the dealer parts dept. [don't forget the new gasket for the drain plug] and bring it with you to the lube place you choose, they will credit you the price of the filter they would have used and install the one you give them. Oil is pretty much oil for example brand A 10w30 is the same as B's 10w30 there is generally very little difference between them... That being said not all mfgs. make all grades of oil so some of the "higher performance" grades ie 15w50, 20w50 etc have less brand choice available you need to check your owner's manual for the recommended grade[s] for the engine in your car based on use/avg. ambient temp. to determine which is best for you. you can ask members here what they use and go from there. The Tire Press. monitor could be telling you you have a slow leak in tire or be suffering an intermittent fault. You may need to see a dealer or specialist shop about that.
Check with the local BMW dealer[s] iirc they usually offer a free inspection service around this time of year and may give you one in anycase to establish a relationship with you. Don't forget to register yourself with BMW Canada as the owner of the car so you will receive notices about recalls, special service programs etc.
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:17 AM   #5
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Bring it to George at RPM motorworks and get him to give it a once over, he's a good guy, and bmw enthusiast. People here will vouch for him.

Corner of Island Park Drive and Richmond Road, not too far from Duss
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Old 11-03-2013, 03:18 PM   #6
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Bring it to George at RPM motorworks and get him to give it a once over, he's a good guy, and bmw enthusiast. People here will vouch for him.

Corner of Island Park Drive and Richmond Road, not too far from Duss
George works on all my bmw's and my brothers.

RMP motors 613 798 0776.

Affordable and super fast service.
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