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Old 01-13-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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Hi all,

I'm in the market for an e46 BMW 3-Series and I have one lined up. I took it over to BMW in Devon Hill, PA to have it inspected, but they didn't run a compression test or look at the spark plugs, and pretty much did a bare minimum inspection (my own fault for not being specific to my needs). At any rate, I'm looking to have it inspected again, but I'd like to take it to a mechanic that specializes in BMWs. Does anyone know or go to a BMW specialist mechanic in the Philadelphia, PA area? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!
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When I need work done I hit up VAC Motorsports. They're in South Philly, on Snyder Avenue I think. But if you need cheap parts from the dealer, I found that West German BMW is the cheapest. Their labor rate seems to be the cheapest among dealers.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:25 PM   #5
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Will do. I'm having whoever I end up going to look over:

- Cylinder compression using either a compression test or a leak down test for various leaks (oil rings, piston rings, valve leakage, etc).
- Underneath the car for worn bushings and suspension components as well as any rust or any issues with the exhaust since I live on the east coast and they salt roads more frequently. As well as any signs of body work.
- Any oil leaks in the engine bay.

The car I'm currently looking at has somewhat erratic maintenance, but if I purchase it I expect to do new coolant, engine oil, hoses, belts, differential and transmission fluids, brake fluid, valve cover gasket, radiator (never replaced and is set to crack soon on the inlet), and pulleys regardless of its maintenance. I just want to make sure the heart of the car doesn't have premature wear.
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