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Old 05-06-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Good indy shops in Seattle area?

I want to get my cooling system done, and at this point I think I'm better off paying the extra ~$300 in labor rather than risk messing up the DIY. Can any of you recommend good shops that you trust?
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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It's going to cost you more than 300 in labor from most reputable shops. Good luck!
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:06 PM   #3
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It's going to cost you more than 300 in labor from most reputable shops. Good luck!
You can do this work for him right?
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #4
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I've had good luck with Strictly BMW in Bellevue. In business since 1982. They won't wash your car (most fanatics, like myself, don't want anyone washing their car anyway), don't have loaner vehicles, and their shuttle is intermittent, but they do good work and you'll get good service.

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Old 05-06-2013, 04:28 PM   #5
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Heard very good things from eastside bavarian


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Old 05-06-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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You can do this work for him right?
I can, I just don't go advertising on the forums. Thanks though!
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:39 AM   #7
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check out Kassel motorsports i just had them do my UUC flywheel, clutch, wheel bearing, brakes, and valve cover gasket. they have really good pricing and got it done fast and every one there is really nice.

here is there facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/kasselmotorsports?fref=ts

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Old 05-12-2013, 03:01 PM   #8
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Auburn foreign car.


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Old 05-12-2013, 03:04 PM   #9
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Strictly is expensive as fvck. Go to G2. Small shop but the guys are super nice and will do a lot of work for free if theyre in there anyways.
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Old 05-12-2013, 03:47 PM   #10
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Better yet, go to BMWCCA puget sound region chapter website and look at some of the shops advertising in their mag.


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Old 05-13-2013, 07:42 PM   #11
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Better yet, go to BMWCCA puget sound region chapter website and look at some of the shops advertising in their mag.


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Old 05-14-2013, 02:55 PM   #12
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Strictly is expensive as fvck. Go to G2. Small shop but the guys are super nice and will do a lot of work for free if theyre in there anyways.
G2? I have used Strictly and Eastside Bavarian before, and now back into a e46, looking for a new shop.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:48 AM   #13
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Hey guys.. what is G2? I am due for an oil change, and looking to use that as an intro to meet and greet a new shop? Also, I could have them due a service 1 as well..

Auburn foreign car recommended as well? I used to work 100 yards from Eastside who did all of my work (seemed like good guys, expensive as always), Strictly is great and does great work but also super expensive.. I am in Maple Valley now and work in Renton so looking for options that don't take me as far, and yes, less expensive is AWESOME.
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Old 05-25-2013, 10:54 AM   #14
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Signature Independent in Kirkland is a really good shop. Owners name is Rick, they have shuttle service if scheduled.


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Old 05-25-2013, 11:47 AM   #15
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Hey guys.. what is G2? I am due for an oil change, and looking to use that as an intro to meet and greet a new shop? Also, I could have them due a service 1 as well..

Auburn foreign car recommended as well? I used to work 100 yards from Eastside who did all of my work (seemed like good guys, expensive as always), Strictly is great and does great work but also super expensive.. I am in Maple Valley now and work in Renton so looking for options that don't take me as far, and yes, less expensive is AWESOME.
I used to take my old e36 to auburn foreign cars, it is a great shop and BMW cca approved they also have a race team and prepped race car


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Old 05-25-2013, 12:29 PM   #16
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Broadstroke Associates hands down! Ask for Parker. Great work, awesome guys!


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Seems like nobody works on their own cars here! There are a ton of shops in the greater NW area that can perform pretty much all of the work described in this thread. Guys, you DO NOT need to go to a BMW specialist for the majority of these things. The only things of concern are vanos units and valve adjustments for M3's. Everything else can be worked on by pretty much any quality shop. Again, you don't need to go spend $100+ an hour at a BMW specialist shop, where the majority will charge you book rate on labor even if they finish early.

This is all assuming you're bringing your cars to a shop to get worked on.
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Old 05-25-2013, 03:31 PM   #18
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Parker is a honest guy, only charges for times worked on the car. He actually undercharged me for reinstallation of my HPF kit.


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Old 05-26-2013, 10:44 AM   #19
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Seems like nobody works on their own cars here! There are a ton of shops in the greater NW area that can perform pretty much all of the work described in this thread. Guys, you DO NOT need to go to a BMW specialist for the majority of these things. The only things of concern are vanos units and valve adjustments for M3's. Everything else can be worked on by pretty much any quality shop. Again, you don't need to go spend $100+ an hour at a BMW specialist shop, where the majority will charge you book rate on labor even if they finish early.

This is all assuming you're bringing your cars to a shop to get worked on.
I work on my car for 99% of the stuff, just depends on if I time to do it. Now that I have 3 cars to drive, 2 of which are mine. I don't have to worry about time anymore. I can just pull it in the garage and leave it for the weekend. Some people don't have that luxury and I didn't in the past.


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Old 05-26-2013, 10:53 AM   #20
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Seems like nobody works on their own cars here! There are a ton of shops in the greater NW area that can perform pretty much all of the work described in this thread. Guys, you DO NOT need to go to a BMW specialist for the majority of these things. The only things of concern are vanos units and valve adjustments for M3's. Everything else can be worked on by pretty much any quality shop. Again, you don't need to go spend $100+ an hour at a BMW specialist shop, where the majority will charge you book rate on labor even if they finish early.

This is all assuming you're bringing your cars to a shop to get worked on.
Actually some of it is just ROI for me. Oil change done myself, which I absolutely can do, would be about $90ish in parts. I can get the oil changed for me for $120 and not have to deal with used oil disposal. To me, that $30 extra is worth it.

Big stuff, valves, for sure I am going to have someone else do and just trying to find the right balance of quality and expense. I have complete confidence in Strictly but also know they are, or seem to be, the absolute premium shop around in price as well. Eastside did great work for me too, but also isn't as conveniently next door anymore.

So.. just shopping around, especially now that I am further south to find a good shop for the stuff I cant or don't want to do.

I know I have an expensive car to maintain and DO want to do as much work myself as possible to help cut down on that, plus the sense of accomplishment and pride of keeping I care I already ADORE in perfect condition.
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