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Old 01-15-2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Reasonable Mech in RIchmond, VA???

Anyone know a reasonable mech in Richmond VA? I need to have some work done.
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Old 01-15-2012, 11:09 AM   #2
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Wrong forum, you need to be in the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) one. However you're in luck, I grew up in Glen Allen and didn't move down here until November last year. Go to Import Autohaus in Innsbrook, they're awesome. Never go to Richmond BMW, they'll charge you insane amounts of money for simple things. If you've turned a wrench before and are comfortable with fairly simple DIYs, then depending on what you need done I would really recommend you look at the DIY forum and see if you can do the work yourself. You'll save hundreds, if not THOUSANDS on certain repairs that way. Not only that, the e46 is a very easy and gratifying car to work on!

btw - I went to Godwin High School, then Virginia Military Institute. Just figured I'd include my credentials!
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Old 01-15-2012, 12:50 PM   #3
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WOW. What a small world. Funny I ran into you.

I called RichmondBMW yesterday and they quoted me 3k for head gasket replacement. Thoguht that was a bit steep.

How are the prices at this place? I have also heard of Bimmer Rescue in Richmond off of Dickens Place. Dont know if you know them?

http://www.bimmershops.com/virginia/bimmer-rescue
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Old 01-15-2012, 01:02 PM   #4
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That's the thing about repairs on these cars - a head gasket costs ~$50, but you'll spend thousands on labor just to have someone else get to the thing and put everything back together. If you have the right tools then you can do the whole thing by yourself for ~$50 and know that it was done correctly.

$3k is steep, actually it's very very steep. You should get much better quotes from Import Autohaus or Delta-V. I've never heard of Bimmer Rescue. According to their website, they opened in 2008 so that's why I've never heard of them. If the head gasket is the only thing that needs done, then you shouldn't even need to take the car in for a quote - they'll know how many hours it'll take them in advance. Just give them a call.

You could also see if there are any Fanatics nearby that can do it for you or help you DIY!
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:06 AM   #5
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I just saw this, feel free to call Bimmer Rescue anytime, 804 726 3458 and we'll help you out any way we can!
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:17 AM   #6
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I subscribed to your newsletter and coupons. Assuming, you will on a car owned by someone who went to Indiana University.

I like my shop here, but options are always good.
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Old 01-08-2013, 08:47 AM   #7
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I subscribed to your newsletter and coupons. Assuming, you will on a car owned by someone who went to Indiana University.

I like my shop here, but options are always good.
Well that's too bad!
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