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    Originally posted by DEATH2000
    Go to Nurburging Ltd by Chinook LRT. Ask for Nick.

    Fantastic guy and work. Hes building an M50 turbo'd E30.
    Just had the worse experience here.
    Left a review on yelp
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    Viteks Autoworks. Former factory trained BMW mechanics, fair price. I just spoke to the owner as they have been tough to get an appointment but they have hired several great techs they can stand behind just recently alleviating this problem. I recommend these guys /thread

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    +1 for Vitek.
    Had to get work done twice and the owner seems to be a straight up, honest, knowledgeable guy

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    Originally posted by Superman403


    Just had the worse experience here.
    Left a review on yelp
    Bump, also recently had a bad experience with Nurburgring Ltd.

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    Default BMW mechanic

    When recommending these shops are these recommendations for all series of BMW''s? If you have an X6 M or a 750i would you still recommend these shops?

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    I'll throw in Raymond Calagui @ Motorwerkes.

    Used to work with him at Calgary BMW

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    Vitek's for sure.

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    I have to chime in here and give my recommendation for a mechanic to Vitek's. I've been taking my 2002 E39 540 to him the last couple months to bring the car back to it's former glory and I have to say everyone at the shop has just been outstanding.

    Friendly, prompt, good shop rates, and overall honest guys is how I would describe Vitek's. I can't say enough good things about these guys, I will definitely be giving them my business for any BMW I own going forward.

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    If I may ask, how are BMW's when it comes to maintenance and repairs?

    What does it typically take to keep a BMW out of a $$$ repair bill? Stringent oil change and interval services?

    I've only ever owned Japanese cars and I find myself wanting to try out the German market. All I hear is how expensive and unreliable things are.

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    Originally posted by rx7boi
    If I may ask, how are BMW's when it comes to maintenance and repairs?

    What does it typically take to keep a BMW out of a $$$ repair bill? Stringent oil change and interval services?

    I've only ever owned Japanese cars and I find myself wanting to try out the German market. All I hear is how expensive and unreliable things are.
    After I added up the bills on my 3 series (E46), and they totalled $4400 for the year....I went and bought my first Honda. I've owned 3 Hondas and a Ford since.

    Just my experience though.

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    Originally posted by rx7boi
    If I may ask, how are BMW's when it comes to maintenance and repairs?

    What does it typically take to keep a BMW out of a $$$ repair bill? Stringent oil change and interval services?

    I've only ever owned Japanese cars and I find myself wanting to try out the German market. All I hear is how expensive and unreliable things are.
    I've owned a few. Probably won't again.

    Great driving experience, and the interior fit and finish feels high quality. Mechanically? I think the cars are poor quality. They have consistently had major problems over the years.

    - The fuel pump fiasco
    - VANOS bullshit over the years
    - the electric water pump on almost all of the N54/N55 engines, that blows up at 60k like clockwork

    The last straw for me was the way BMW ignored the sunroof drainage issue on my 535 wagon. It basically existed on all of the cars. It was a design flaw - and BMW's bean counters decided the head-in-the-sand approach was the most cost effective for them and refused to honor warranty claims on the subsequent flooding. As far as I could tell, the problem would exist in 100% of the cars, to some degree or another. At its worst, the water would drain into the rear spare tire storage area and fill up there - which is also where the 8 or so computers running the car were also placed. Bills for repair were 12-15 thousand bucks.

    I haven't owned a BMW since.

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    I think I puked a little bit.

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    I think they are\ the same as any car these days, BMW parts are definitely expensive when things do go wrong. But i also see a ton of old BMW's on the road still.

    My toyota? 2500 dollar repair bills every other year for this or that. Electrical issues galore and had a parasitic draw problem that left me stranded once.

    My honda? Went through 2 transmissions in the time we owned it

    My VW? Was in for 6k of warranty work in the 2 years I owned it.

    My Ford? Tires and fluids. its a POS, but it works every time.

    My BMW is still under warranty so not really fair comparison but had one electrical problem caused by a corroded sensor. GOing in for a recall tomorrow. That's it and none at cost to me. Always started and always gets me where I am going.

    I personally think all modern cars are nightmares to fix, its not so simple as this brand is good and that is bad. If you want to know that just look at the issues/hundred vehicles statistics that always show lexus and porsche on top...
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    I'm not talking personal/anecdotal. I'm talking about publicly recognized forum-fodder problems.

    The only one I can think of -off the top of my head- with Porsche is the IMS issue. And that is almost certainly a very over-rated problem.

    BMW has those types of things cropping up constantly.

    I don't believe you can throw other manufacturers in that same bin. Although my Mercedes experience has been an interesting experiment in proving the value of an extended warranty.

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    I don't think my opinion is worth as much in this instance since I don't keep the cars long enough, but I personally have never had any issues with any of my BMW's, outside of regular maintenance and one recall.

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    Bmw 2013 328x transfer case outside of warranty $6k lol although I'm sure non dealer would be cheaper but thank god for warranty lol
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    Originally posted by max_boost
    Bmw 2013 328x transfer case outside of warranty $6k lol although I'm sure non dealer would be cheaper but thank god for warranty lol
    Damn

    I was actually looking at some 328i as well.

    Time to buy a civic and live the regular life.......lol

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    Well on the topic i just call a call saying my battery failed their test and I get a new one free. Thank god i brought the car in at -25C

    I think those BMW AGM's are crack money too if i recall correctly.
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    My coworker said the same thing about the battery on his BMW as well.

    He assumes that it's because of all the electronics in the car and when he bought the car the dealer tried to upsell him on a trickle charger for like $500 or something haha.

    Now he always gets a low battery light on the dash.

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    IIRC the battery in my 5 series was something like $800.

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