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Old 05-26-2013, 12:12 PM   #21
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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.
Sorry for not seeing this here is G2'ssite

http://www.group2inc.com/

They see a LOT of nicer cars, classics, etc every day. Its Seattle's 'secret' best indy shop. All of the CCA people go there to get their cars track prepped as well.

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Old 06-05-2013, 04:13 PM   #22
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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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Sorry if it was taken this way, but I wasn't bad mouthing any of the shops at all as far as chargable hours is concerned. I know this is a common practice in the automotive industry

I was just pointing out that a lot of this work can be done through a reputable non BMW oriented shop or even on your own for much cheaper, especially given the level of difficulty involved.

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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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Completely understood, pretty much same response as the one above. Definitely don't need to go to a BMW specialist for most of the work involved with these cars.

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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.
Definitely get where you're coming from as far as paying someone to do work when it makes more sense to. As far as your M is concerned, there are plenty of resources online that'll help essentially any DIY you're interested. As far as local resources for things, I own the Vanos tools needed for work required on the system, RTAB tool, FCAB replacement, and valve adjustment kit that I do rent out. I can give you tips if you plan on tackling these jobs yourself. I perform pretty much all of these functions as well.


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Old 06-17-2013, 08:40 PM   #23
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Has anybody given Import Doctors a try? They're in the Int'l District/SODO right across the street from BMW Seattle. It's right by my work and I've been tempted to give them a shot.
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