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Old 07-10-2007, 10:55 AM   #1
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Independent shops in dc/va/md area

I have a friend that needs to do inspection 2 on a 2001 325. Does anyone have any experience with any independent bmw shops that perform service in the dc/va/md area. I did a quick search and came up with http://www.bmwexcluservice.com/.

Are there any other reputable shops out there?

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The shops that I am personally familiar with are first, followed by some that I've heard about. Labor rates are indicated when known.


* Dan Martin's Auto Service
8100 H Beechcraft Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 926-8977
Small shop but the work is excellent; he knows BMW's very well and his prices are very good. One year warranty. Frequented by the more 'performance-driven' club members. Well-acquianted with older BMW's and M-cars. ($75/hr)


* J & F Motors
4064 S. Four Mile Run Dr.
Arlington, VA 22206
(703) 671-7757
Excellent service and workmanship. One year warranty. Prices are higher than some other independents and management attitude can be a bit 'snooty.' Well-suited to cutomers who want to be pampered or those who don't 'know' their Bimmer. Unfortunately, their best wrench, Bill Brochu has moved on to Virginia Beach, but the rest of the staff is quite competent. ($90/hr, $110/hr if you supply parts)


* Alexandria Bavarian Service
Grant Randall
416 East Raymond Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301
(703) 836-2002
Superb work. Two year warranty. These guys live and breathe Bimmers. Blunt with their opinions, but very passionate and relatively thorough. Well-acquianted with 6er's, older/newer BMW's. TireRack direct sales & service, too. ($90/hr)


* London Auto Services, Ltd.
Tom Baruch
7718 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 560 - 6975
Widely considered to be the 'coupe-king' of the D.C. metropolitan area. Lots of experience with 1st Generation M-Cars, E30's, E28's, E24's, E12's and E9's. I've been pleased with Tom's professionalism and expertise. ($85/hr)


* Road Race Technologies, Inc.
Barry Battle
23700 Overland Drive
Dulles, VA 20166
(703) 661-4222 (service)
A full-service shop of BMW racing fanatics who can do everything you need, be it oil changes to fuel cell installations. Formerly of Bimmerworld, Battle carries quality OEM and performance parts, some of which RRT has custom machined to spec. ($85/hr)


(The shops below have come up in discussion or searches, but I've never used them, personally.)


* Martin Motorsports, Inc. (not affiliated with Dan Martin)
460a S Pickett St
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 823-9735
Well-regarded by club members. Personal experience with M6's, E24's and E28's. ($80/hr)


* Sigy's Service Center
Siegfried Krause
110 Crabb Ave
Rockville MD 20850
(301) 881-6725
Some laud the service, others loathe the attitude. Krause is legendary/notorious amongst local service departments.


* BMW Excluservice
12224 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 231-5400
A little pricey and getting more expensive; it used to be one of the best shops in the mid-Atlantic region, but now is looking to be sold to new owners, while customers bear the expense of making the profit margin look appetizing. Few service techs/mechanics stay in Lothar's employ for very long these days.


* Autoy / Autowerke
11848 Coakley Circle
Rockville, MD 20852
(301)-770-0700
Used as a 'secondary-shop' by a friend who otherwise patronizes Dan Martin's shop. Well considered amongst Maryland-area club members.


* Curry's Auto Service
4003A Westfax Drive
Chantilly, VA 20151
(703) 502-0400

1510 Moran Road
Sterling, VA 20166
(571) 522-1002
Rumor has it that their prices are high, though the service is acceptable. Quite often, the recommendations err on the side of caution... and the bottom line.


* Advantage Certified
8503 Euclid Avenue
Suite 5
Manassas Park, VA 20111
(703) 361-3335
Recommended by a handful of BMW CCA members from the National Capital Chapter. According to another member, "My general impression was that they were competent, honest, and repaired the car correctly in a timely manner. The prices were only slightly cheaper than going to the dealership however. If you need a loaner, they only have a couple of loaner cars that you need to reserve in advance." ($99/hr)


* Fairfax Service Center
Reese Sherbaf
2850 Prosperity Avenue
Fairfax, VA. 22031
(703) 560-1700
A certified Dinan dealer and service shop, the reviews have been mixed, especially when dealing with older, non-OBD cars that need to be diagnosed, rather than downloaded.


* AutoThority
3769-B Pickett Road
Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 323-7830


* German Autoworks
Dennis Burke
Rockville, MD
(301) 424-7463


* Autodynamics
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15862 Somrvle Dr
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(301) 948-4744
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* London Auto Services, Ltd.
Tom Baruch
7718 Lee Highway
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 560 - 6975
Widely considered to be the 'coupe-king' of the D.C. metropolitan area. Lots of experience with 1st Generation M-Cars, E30's, E28's, E24's, E12's and E9's. I've been pleased with Tom's professionalism and expertise. ($85/hr)
wrong pricing....it's $95/hr....Mike is a great guy to talk to....
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I have a friend that needs to do inspection 2 on a 2001 325. Does anyone have any experience with any independent bmw shops that perform service in the dc/va/md area. I did a quick search and came up with http://www.bmwexcluservice.com/.

Are there any other reputable shops out there?

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Old 07-10-2007, 03:45 PM   #5
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I need to get my inspection II done soon too. I was thinking about going to excluservice since its close and I've been there before. Like stated above they are a bit pricey but they seem like they know what they are doing. If your friend gets his inspection done soon, let me know how it goes, price, and which place he picked. thanks

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Old 07-10-2007, 03:59 PM   #6
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Don did a great job with my wife's touring, plus his prices are reasonable...

Last week he replaced the front outter cv boots on my wife's touring, replaced a bad sway bar, and changed the oil...He specializes in BMW's...Give him a ring for pricing...

I'm definetly going to take our touring to him when it's Inspection II time...
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dan martins auto services does fantastic work and i trust them with my car over any shop in the area
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i need to learn more about my car.... can somebody fill me in on the stages of inspection??? i'm really not sure what it is.. Thanks... sorry for the noobness.
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for a non M, its pretty much just oil change, change the air filter, and check the entire car over to see if it needs anything else. Factory recommends to replace brake fluid every two years, coolant every 4, and every 100k replace plugs and o2 sensors

For M's, valve adjustment is suggested
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I have a friend that needs to do inspection 2 on a 2001 325. Does anyone have any experience with any independent bmw shops that perform service in the dc/va/md area. I did a quick search and came up with http://www.bmwexcluservice.com/.

Are there any other reputable shops out there?

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Old 07-25-2007, 10:40 PM   #13
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Will RRT install parts that I bring them? OEM or otherwise? Will Martin/Curry/Others? I need to get new control arms / bushings.
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* Dan Martin's Auto Service
8100 H Beechcraft Avenue
Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 926-8977
Small shop but the work is excellent; he knows BMW's very well and his prices are very good. One year warranty. Frequented by the more 'performance-driven' club members. Well-acquianted with older BMW's and M-cars. ($75/hr)
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Yes, RRT will install your own parts but they don't like to, especially if its an OEM part. They can usually provide the part cheaper than you can get it anyway.
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Autothority isn't in Farfax anymore, I'm not sure where they moved.
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anybody have experience with how much a header install would be from one of these reputable shops? can imagine someone with e46 experience could do it in less time so 7 hours of labor is out of the question.
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