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Old 06-30-2017, 09:53 AM   #1
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E30 shop in GTA?



Hi, I'm looking for an E30 shop in the GTA.
I'm looking to have a transmission swap done.
- stance factory don't work on E30 anymore
- RMP motors not interested in dong a transmission swap on E30
- Bavarian motors owner changed, was advised not to use them although they said they can do the swap

Where else can I go?!
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Old 06-30-2017, 11:41 PM   #2
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Very few shops would touch a swap like that these days because they are a big pain due to lack of parts (or funds) so the job drags on for days, if not weeks.

Your best bet is someone who deals with classics, like Total Motor Works, Chuck's Auto, or maybe Autobahn East...
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Old 07-01-2017, 05:51 PM   #3
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Since when did Stance stop working on E30s? I thought they were the go to guys for engine swaps, especially the S54.

I don't know much about them, but another option could be Engineered Automotive? Not sure if they do that kind of work.
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Old 07-01-2017, 06:28 PM   #4
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Since when did Stance stop working on E30s? I thought they were the go to guys for engine swaps, especially the S54.

I don't know much about them, but another option could be Engineered Automotive? Not sure if they do that kind of work.
Sure they will, if you can afford the bill! And if you have to ask how much, you probably can't...lol EA is not for most E30 owners....
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Old 07-04-2017, 02:11 PM   #5
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Since when did Stance stop working on E30s?
Haven't, actually have a couple here right now. Just not doing swaps.
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Old 07-14-2017, 08:09 PM   #6
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Haven't, actually have a couple here right now. Just not doing swaps.
Aww Why no more swaps???
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:13 AM   #7
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Bimmersport isn't doing work on E30s any more either.

Where is the Ed China of Toronto?
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Old 08-01-2017, 04:02 PM   #8
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Lakeside Motors in Scarborough used to work on older BMWs, not sure if that has changed recently or not.

When you hear the prices, you will know why no one wants to work on them. It's not worth their time and to make it worth their time you probably won't want to pay for it.
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They are simple cars, it shouldn't be expensive to work on them.
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When you hear the prices, you will know why no one wants to work on them. It's not worth their time and to make it worth their time you probably won't want to pay for it.
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They are simple cars, it shouldn't be expensive to work on them.
Point, set, match. E30 owners typically don't like paying BMW specialty shop pricing, especially the cost to actually get a tech working on your car that knows E30s (hint: anyone under 30 is lost and that's the age of most techs you are getting). You are competing for shop space/time against owners with MUCH deeper pockets. It doesn't make sense for shops to work on a car that is probably going to take even longer to complete the job than a newer model (old, rusty, NLA parts everywhere), needs the foreman / owner to work on it because the young guys are lost, and in the end usually pays less primarily due to the E30 owner's budget.

Supply and demand. E30 guys, buy a Bentley manual and a nice set of tools. And join R3Vlimited. And make E30 friends. Or, be willing to pay a select few shops a lot of money. Just the way it is.
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Point, set, match. E30 owners typically don't like paying BMW specialty shop pricing, especially the cost to actually get a tech working on your car that knows E30s (hint: anyone under 30 is lost and that's the age of most techs you are getting). You are competing for shop space/time against owners with MUCH deeper pockets. It doesn't make sense for shops to work on a car that is probably going to take even longer to complete the job than a newer model (old, rusty, NLA parts everywhere), needs the foreman / owner to work on it because the young guys are lost, and in the end usually pays less primarily due to the E30 owner's budget.

Supply and demand. E30 guys, buy a Bentley manual and a nice set of tools. And join R3Vlimited. And make E30 friends. Or, be willing to pay a select few shops a lot of money. Just the way it is.

I disagree. Modern cars have their own issues, suffer from rusty bolts, electronic gremlins, etc.

No car owner should have to "compete" for a basic service.

Not all work can be done with simple tools. Sometimes a lift, hydronic press, etc are needed.

I'm not going to buy a lift and a huge set of tools for the once every two years problem with my car.
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No one wants to poke a rats nest and be blamed for something that happened to fail in their care.

One too mamy of those "My car came in running perfectly fine, you touched ABC and XYZ broke, its your fault!". It's just business dont take it personal.
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I'm not taking it personally, it's just frustrating to have your car turned away because it's not a leased 2017 that needs warentee work.
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Old 08-02-2017, 10:08 AM   #14
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But leased 2017s don't go to BMW independent shops for warranty work...
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Point, set, match. E30 owners typically don't like paying BMW specialty shop pricing, especially the cost to actually get a tech working on your car that knows E30s (hint: anyone under 30 is lost and that's the age of most techs you are getting). You are competing for shop space/time against owners with MUCH deeper pockets. It doesn't make sense for shops to work on a car that is probably going to take even longer to complete the job than a newer model (old, rusty, NLA parts everywhere), needs the foreman / owner to work on it because the young guys are lost, and in the end usually pays less primarily due to the E30 owner's budget.

Supply and demand. E30 guys, buy a Bentley manual and a nice set of tools. And join R3Vlimited. And make E30 friends. Or, be willing to pay a select few shops a lot of money. Just the way it is.
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