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Old 05-06-2010, 08:02 AM   #1
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Need Indy Shop in Richmond area

Yesterday I came out to my car and saw a huge puddle of coolant spilled. I'm trying to locate a show in the Richmond area. idk if I should chance driving up to NOVA with it, which is where I normally go have my car serviced. I can't find the leak, so I'm suspecting that its the Expansion tank. ((crossing fingers)). The coolant light keeps coming off and on.

I need to get it repaired ASAP so that I won't miss any time from working at school.
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Old 05-06-2010, 11:55 AM   #2
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If you're already in Richmond just go to the dealership on Broad St. Ask for Tim Peterson. Tell him Mr. Stringer referred you ... he'll treat you like gold !!
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Old 05-06-2010, 08:33 PM   #3
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Thanks. I'm on a tight tight tight budget so I can't pay dealer prices. I'm got a quote from Import Autohaus for $250 for the Expansion Tank. I'm thinking that's were the leak is because I see a lot of it on side. I had a friend look at the radiator and no leak.
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Old 05-07-2010, 07:33 AM   #4
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Check out Ralf Sarek (Sarek Autowerke). He's in Petersburg now, used to be the Master Tech at Richmond BMW. Great guy and definitely great pricing.

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Old 05-07-2010, 08:59 PM   #5
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I think that's the one I was looking for. One of the teachers told me about a shop in Chester and I couldn't remember where it was. thanks
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Old 05-11-2010, 12:14 PM   #6
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Went to Sarek Autowerke yesterday. Thanks for your suggestion. Ralf was very knowledgeable. I like that. While I was waiting I noticed a lot of regular customers coming in and just dropping off their bimmers without any paperwork written up. They stated what needed to be done, tossed the keys and they were out. Most shops people will ask "how much". They seemed to be very trusting of this shop. Definitely putting them on my list.

Ralf gave me 3 estimates of brake repairs. My local gas station quoted me a price more than his.
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