Independent BMW specialists: list

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'Yadi
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Post by 'Yadi » Tue 01 Dec, 2009 23:23

Totally agree with Alfie here

I visited MM a couple of months back for some diagnostics - Clive clearly knows his stuff, the expensive part he warned me to prepare for wasn't required as he cleared the fault and reset the ECU = far less hit on the wallet. I found Sue on reception be pleasant and professional - not what I'd prepared for based on some of the reviews.

A recent round of quotes for oil and fluid changes for the winter left me a little surprised at MM pricing however which was essentially the same as my local main dealer.

I've been fielding out the little jobs and queries on my car to other indies to get a feel for the places prior to the next Inspection service.

Visited CPC just this morning having made an appointment last week -Phil called me back the day after I left a message. Graham sorted my car this morning but I did meet Phil later on. Incredibly friendly, happy for me to look over their shoulders and ask questions and again clearly know their stuff. But of the two I'll be booking the next service in with CPC - very impressed with their approach and their pricing.



Alfie wrote:Murf.

Derek and Clive (yeah, really!) of Munich Motors in Wokingham have decades of BMW experience and certainly know their stuff. You shouldn't shy away from talking to them. They did my 'end of dealer warranty check' and were very thorough.

But I use Phil Crouch of CPC Performance Engineering in Chorleywood, just off J18 of the M25. He's a very busy man and can be difficult to pin down, but he really knows his Beamers and ///Ms inside out, and he charges sensible prices.

Call Phil on 01923 283274 or click www.cpcpe.com
Good luck!

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Location: Broadchurch....

Post by Alfie » Tue 01 Dec, 2009 23:35

'Yadi wrote:...I'll be booking the next service in with CPC - very impressed with their approach and their pricing.
Spot on!
But don't tell everyone coz we'll have to wait even longer to get booked in!

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Murf
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  M roadster S50

Post by Murf » Wed 02 Dec, 2009 09:13

Cheers guys, most useful. Having only had the car for a few days I'd appreciate the piece of mind having an expert giving it the once over (despite no obvious problems and flying through MOT last week) and replace the oil/fluids as this was last done almost 12 months ago.

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Location: Torquay

Post by **Z3** » Sat 02 Jan, 2010 13:35

davieb wrote:http://www.thepaddockgarage.co.uk/

Starting in a couple of weeks in Whimple, on the old A30 heading out of Exeter towards Honiton

Temporary web-site thus far, but look again in a couple of weeks. Mark, the owner, has just done an oil service for me and pointed out a couple of things that I'll be taking back to the main dealer as warranty repairs. He's a really nice guy and like I said previously, was one of the most senior technicians at the main dealership. His business partner Natalie will be looking after car sales on the same site.

As soon as I find the details on the Torquay guy I'll post them up.
Hi

Do you have details for the torquay chap?

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Location: Cheltenham, UK
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Post by vzh7gk » Mon 08 Feb, 2010 21:22

Soon to be new owner.
Car has full BMW dealer stamped service book, but I don't believe in paying for a workshop's carpets :shock:
Has anyone in the Gloucestershire area tried Natton Garage near Tewkesbury for servicing? Any other recommendations for servicing in north Glos?
I have tried various forum searches, but drawn a blank (apart form a mention of Cotswold in Cheltenham).
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W444 LKR
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Location: Cheshire

Post by W444 LKR » Sat 13 Feb, 2010 09:55

For people living in the North West near Manchester, I use Darren Wood BMW specialists in Bredbury and can't recommend them enough.

Darren and Mike are ex Blue Bell technicians and know their stuff, prices are spot on and its refreshing to get an honest answer.

I know a few people from Z3Mcoupe site have started to use them also and have been happy with the service.

Getting some work done on my motor next week then the next mod is Racelogic traction control which they are fitting.

Not getting any extra discount for this!! Just think it might be helpful for any body in the North West looking for a honest decent garage!! (I have been had over too many times!! :roll: )
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dennisedlin
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Nottingham

Post by dennisedlin » Sat 13 Feb, 2010 11:06

I used Burton Motor Workshop yesterday. (Wetmore Road, Burton on Trent 01283 500750)

I'm always nervous when using a new garage, however these guys were very good.

I had to have the thermostat done on the Z3, I also asked them to check various other items too.

The car came back with the work done, and everything checked. They had the opportunity to add in all sorts of unnecessary extras but didn't.

Reasonable prices too.

I'll definitely use them again

z4lover
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BMW Specialist in SE London

Post by z4lover » Tue 22 Jun, 2010 10:24

Can anyone recommend a good bmw specialist in south east (or east) london?

BristolZ3
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Bristol

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Post by BristolZ3 » Sat 11 Sep, 2010 13:57

could I just take the opportunity to big these guys up again, I know they have already been mentioned twice. Very straight, know what they are talking about and good value. I will certainly be going back.

http://www.bmwrepairsbristol.co.uk/
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mooney
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  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: thame

Post by mooney » Wed 24 Nov, 2010 18:44

Have found these guys excellent in the past:

http://www.janddvehiclerepairs.com/

They are based in Saunderton near High Wycombe, Bucks.

The bloke is ex bmw tech and really knows his stuff.
Fab prices too.

jollyassassin
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Warrington

Post by jollyassassin » Thu 25 Nov, 2010 16:16

For anyone in the Warrington area these guys are fantastic http://www.davidpaulofwarrington.co.uk/ You'll always get an honest report of what your car needs & they are very reasonable. They have done a few jobs on mine this year & have always been honest & professional.
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Royston Vasey

Post by Jamezee » Thu 25 Nov, 2010 22:29

W444 LKR wrote:For people living in the North West near Manchester, I use Darren Wood BMW specialists in Bredbury and can't recommend them enough.

Darren and Mike are ex Blue Bell technicians and know their stuff, prices are spot on and its refreshing to get an honest answer.

I know a few people from Z3Mcoupe site have started to use them also and have been happy with the service.

Getting some work done on my motor next week then the next mod is Racelogic traction control which they are fitting.

Not getting any extra discount for this!! Just think it might be helpful for any body in the North West looking for a honest decent garage!! (I have been had over too many times!! :roll: )
I have just started using ( http://www.darren-wood.com/index.php ) this garage, first impressions are very good and was more than happy to leave my MLC with them for some TLC. Honest, decent and helpful are just a few words that spring to mind, which I must say is rare :)
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Jewell
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  M roadster S50
Location: New Forest

Post by Jewell » Wed 08 Dec, 2010 11:24

Robin wrote:Too true Pheonix.
Near Southampton are Bartley BMW
http://www.bartleybmw.com/
When my previous ///M was occasionally faltering, they plugged in their diagnosic unit to check things, for no charge.
Also, they told me about the braided steel clutch hose to solve the notchy gear shift, when all Scotthall did was try & sell me a new clutch to solve the problem !
I'll second that Robin . . . I called them three times to pick their brains when looking for my new car and they were soooo helpfull. Nothing is to much trouble when you have a service and they will help you out when they can. Enthusiasm for the job makes such a difference.

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wonderloaf
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Basingstoke

Post by wonderloaf » Wed 08 Dec, 2010 12:19

Have just had my first Inspection 2 carried out by Emtec http://www.emtecsalisbury.com/ in Salisbury, very pleased with the service and the price. Inspection 2 + coolant change cost me about £270.00 all in, they're open every other Saturday morning but book well in advance!

The manager there (sorry didn't get his name) is very knowledgeable and they even spruced up the brake calipers for me without being asked!
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Jewell
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Location: New Forest

Post by Jewell » Wed 08 Dec, 2010 13:13

wonderloaf wrote:Have just had my first Inspection 2 carried out by Emtec http://www.emtecsalisbury.com/ in Salisbury, very pleased with the service and the price. Inspection 2 + coolant change cost me about £270.00 all in, they're open every other Saturday morning but book well in advance!

The manager there (sorry didn't get his name) is very knowledgeable and they even spruced up the brake calipers for me without being asked!
Sounds interesting, thanks, must admit I have heard their name, might ask them to quote me in future as pretty local. Doesn't hurt to shop around.

tracyk859
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Location: CXZCXZC

Post by tracyk859 » Tue 28 Dec, 2010 07:45

Thanks for the post. Hi guys, Im a newbie. Nice to join this forum.

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Wrinkley
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Location: Beverley

Post by Wrinkley » Wed 23 Mar, 2011 23:14

J&JL Flanagan
in Beverley East Yorkshire.

They don't have the BMW diagnostic equipment,but are very good at what they do.

Father & son John and Jonathan, Jonathan looks after 2 or 3 Z3's.
Very small garage but always clean and tidy and very helpful guys.

Iv'e taken my cars to them for a number of years and always been pleased with the service.

Taken my 09 Volvo V50 d5 since it was brand new,they do exactly the same service for half the price of Volvo and I know it's been done correctly

Steve

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Post by devboy » Mon 28 Mar, 2011 17:26

As another newbie, I scouted around locally and found a BMW indie close by, I'd been pointed in their direction via a work colleague who had used them once and was pleased, before using someone else more local to him.

B.C. CarCare (Silverend Brierley Hill http://www.touchdudley.com/business/list/bid/1650962), not sure if anyone else in the Midlands has used them here (not noticed them mentioned on this thread)?

Bob did an Inspection II, MOT & ball joint replacement for £250, he's also replaced a brake calliper for £80. I found him quite helpful, he even picks up the car (while leaving his van on the drive) and returns it once finished. He's helped me identify some bits (that I needed for Bob) to replace on the zed, rather than getting him to chase them down and charging accordingly, he's entrusted me with finding the items and I'll be giving him the work (non-cosmetic).

So far so impressed to be honest. :)

sandy430
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Location: Banbury

Post by sandy430 » Sun 03 Apr, 2011 22:07

I've always been impressed by NCB Autokraft in Solihull, Noel really is a dyed in the wool BMW enthusiast.

davieb
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  M coupe S50
Location: Kingsteignton

Post by davieb » Mon 04 Apr, 2011 08:53

**Z3**

Sorry just seen your post about the Torquay garage - it's behind the Watcombe Service Station, by the mini roundabout next to the golf course. Brian Combes is the man. Might be called Fiveways garage.

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Re: Independent Specialist--The BIZ

Post by HeadofZed » Wed 25 May, 2011 22:13

smartypants wrote:Although I would recommend staying with the car if you are putting it in for an MOT, and they use the monkeys across the road who seem to have a blatant disregard for the owners car whilst moving it from a parking bay into the MOT centre (and its only 40 yards)
care to clarify?



But also recomend Munich Motors, very passionate about thier work and the marque.

Red Leader
Joined: Thu 18 Mar, 2010 15:33
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  BMW other
Location: Rossendale

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by Red Leader » Thu 12 Apr, 2012 18:42

One for the north west members;

Boundary Garage near Burnley (BB4 8RG).

Taken my last 2 BMW's there and have always been pleased with their service.
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BimBeema
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: London

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by BimBeema » Fri 13 Apr, 2012 14:08

Any recommendations for an indie in/around North London?

In all the years owning my Zed its always been serviced by BMW but given its age and general rising living costs I think a good indie might be the route to go for future - still have two green lights on from last BMW service so not an urgent requirement, but one to know for future.

Thanks

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wonderloaf
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: Basingstoke

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by wonderloaf » Sun 15 Apr, 2012 21:11

Anybody heard of or used Beemech in Hook, Hampshire? I'm on the search for a new indie for my next service (4 greens to go) and have never heard of these guys.

http://www.beemech.com/index.php

Any info gratefully received.

Cheers, Wonderloaf
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BimBeema
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  Z3 roadster 2.2i
Location: London

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by BimBeema » Thu 19 Apr, 2012 13:54

I found this link, it may be useful:

http://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topi ... 0&t=796191

Lewy
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  Z3 roadster 2.8
Location: Wolverhampton

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by Lewy » Sun 02 Dec, 2012 19:31

I can certainly vouch for BM Euroservice in Wolverhampton, they've looked after my 6 series since I owned it and will now have my Z3 to sort out. Mark and Paul are the owners and they're both ex dealership so you get a dealership quality but nowhere near the price.
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Badman gee
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  M roadster S50

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by Badman gee » Sun 02 Dec, 2012 20:06

Twg Motorsport in Peterborough are excellent.

Have used them a few times.

They are reasonable and experts.

I have no hesitation in leaving my car with them.

Top top draw.

And I'm probably the fussiest on the site.

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leach62
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Chatham

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by leach62 » Sun 02 Dec, 2012 20:22

Hi everybody, hope all is well with you all. I have just had a scan through the thread. Does the forum not maintain a list of indie garages throughout the country recommended by forum members ?

Regards Jim

larrygroke
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  Z3 roadster 2.8

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by larrygroke » Wed 02 Oct, 2013 21:51

the Mrs has got a 1 series from here down ere in Plymouth Devon and there very good! http://www.hyde-park-cars.co.uk :D

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Southernboy
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  Z3 roadster 3.0i
Location: Johannesburg

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by Southernboy » Thu 03 Oct, 2013 12:37

BMG is an absolute queen :queen: ....fussy doesn't explain him adequately... :roflmao:
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ARoosterinaRoadster
Joined: Thu 29 May, 2014 09:49
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  Z3 roadster 2.0
Location: Lancashire

Re: Independent BMW specialists: list

Post by ARoosterinaRoadster » Sat 31 May, 2014 21:17

Hi to you all out there and on this occasion to those in the Lancashire area but more specifically West Lancashire and the immediate areas of Ormskirk,Southport,Burscough,Mahull & Sefton.
I have heard very good reports of a BMW specialist in Southport called Linwar Motors,has anyone on the forum had experience of them and especially with their Z3.
I believe that they have been around in the area for a long time and above all else they dismantle and sell-on BMW parts.
Having been under the driver seat of my Z3 (on another topic page) I just might get them to look at it.
After a total left knee replacement in November of 2007 and a very recent 2nd Arthroscopy on my right knee I have very limited articulation and mucking about with the seat is not something that is appealing since I have been out again and reviewed the situation.
Happiness is a well kept Z3 and preferably running with the hood down - weather permitting.

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