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View Poll Results: What is your service/repair preference?
I only trust and use the dealer. 10 2.10%
I only use the dealer, but think it is too expensive. 21 4.41%
I only use independent shops. 34 7.14%
I use independent shops because of cost, but don't always trust them. 16 3.36%
I use indie shops for small things, dealer for everything else 9 1.89%
I DIY small things, dealer for everything else 54 11.34%
I DIY small things, independent shop for everything else. 205 43.07%
I DIY everything. 127 26.68%
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Old 05-13-2009, 04:30 PM   #21
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Can somebody specify what an "indie" shop is. I keep seeing this term used
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:30 PM   #22
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Can somebody specify what an "indie" shop is. I keep seeing this term used
Indie = Independent - local shop that specializes in (or is at least familiar with) BMWs.
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Old 05-14-2009, 07:10 AM   #23
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Thank you, I thought it was something like that.
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Old 05-14-2009, 09:46 AM   #24
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I use an independent BMW specialist. Prices aren't much cheaper than the dealer but the shop owner is alot more careful than any dealer would be about doing the job right.
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Old 05-14-2009, 10:01 AM   #25
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Who do you use in NJ?
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:28 AM   #26
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DIY everything. Except major engine work, then it's hook up's, or trade work for that.
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Old 09-13-2009, 04:59 PM   #27
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of course i diy everything lol
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Old 10-18-2009, 10:28 AM   #28
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I'm not sure it counts if you personally represent ALL of the poll options!
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Old 10-22-2009, 09:09 PM   #29
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everything! i have a lift at my house and im a tech at toyota.
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:31 PM   #30
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Here's my growing list of things I've done to my car; everything myself. Some easy, some hard. It's a '99 328i and has 125,000 miles now so been doing lots of preventative maintenance this year. I've, knock-on-wood, not had to resort to using anyone else and have not gotten stuck in the middle of a job and had to abort. List does not include normal maintenance items like changing the oil. I'm just a regular guy with a 3-car garage (which is helpful), a decent set of tools but I truly couldn't have done them without the DIYs from this forum.

Oct 09 Replaced/overhauled cooling system: water pump, thermostat, radiator hoses, temperature sensor, coolant level sensor, temperature sending unit
Oct 09 Replaced power steering reservoir and reservoir to-cooling coil and to-pump hoses
Oct 09 Cleaned Idle Control Valve
Sep 09 Cleaned DISA/adjuster unit
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Jan 07 Replaced front passenger window regulator
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Old 11-01-2009, 08:54 PM   #31
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As a first time e46 and BMW owner Ive been greatly happy with the amount of work ive been able to do myself. Ive done mostly pm stuff, rear struts strut mounts brakes disks plugs fuel filter and have been impressed with how easy it has been. I have found some things to be less of a hassle to take to the dealer. I have a extended warranty that has come in handy. Had a 1300 bill when they told me a "wheel bearing locked up" causing it to take out the caliper and brakes. Well here to find out the caliper locked up. I was pissed because I could have done all of that myself. Needless to say I no longer go to Kelly BMW Columbus Ohio and now go to MAG BMW and really watch what they say. I let them find the problems then I go and fix it for a fraction. Had dealer do auto tranny fluid at 75k while under warranty incase it stopped working i could blame them and use the warranty for a new tranny
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I voted DIY everything because I have done everything since I bought it three years ago (with the exception of rear brakes immediately after purchase).

There are probably things I would not do, like engine or transmission overhaul, but that's because it's my daily driver and I can only really do things that take less than three days.
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Old 02-05-2013, 10:59 PM   #33
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After lied to by some shops about damage to my 320d engine 47N code D20A diesel when the timeingchain snaped at 75mph------------- I found a bmw mechanic who worked in A main B M W shop to overhaul it PRIVATE'LY :
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I do all my own work, have since the age of 17...and that was 21 years ago. I'll be getting a lift soon -I built a 30x36 shop a few years ago and I also have a fairly large garage.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:51 PM   #35
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I do all my own work, have since the age of 17...and that was 21 years ago. I'll be getting a lift soon -I built a 30x36 shop a few years ago and I also have a fairly large garage.
Nice one, just take care of your self. Fred
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:48 AM   #36
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Nice one, just take care of your self. Fred
Just takes time Fred. . I built the shop a few years ago after wanting one for about 10 years. . Nothing special, just a good place to do my work-woodworking, welding, auto repair and I also have a piece of gym equipment out there which I use from time to time.
When I was growing up, I always took things apart to find out how they worked... sometimes that made my mom mad, but she still bought me a lot of things after she saw that I could put them back together easily. That's just how I am.. and I enjoy challenge. (Sometimes it sucks. ..but I make it work).
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