Matt D
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Best Mechanics?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 1:57 am

Wow! If they take as good of care of your car as they do their own building, your car will last forever if you bring it here.

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StevenUhl777
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 2:10 am

I wouldn't take my car to ANY gas station for maintenance work. While it's always possible the unexpected can happen, I make sure I take my car in to the local dealership for regular oil changes and scheduled servicing. If there's a problem after that, I'll know who to go back to.

Looking at the picture, it's also not 100% obvious that something in the garage necessarily caused this. Maybe it was arson, maybe it got hit by lightning, maybe the Pepsi machine short circuited and caused the fire, I don't know.
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 4:47 am

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 1):
I take my car in to the local dealership
for regular oil changes and scheduled servicing

You must enjoy getting bent over by mechanics as well then. An oil change at a dealership is a friggin rip-off. Outta be a crime.
 
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:16 am

Quoting KROC (Reply 2):
An oil change at a dealership is a friggin rip-off. Outta be a crime.

Can't speak for others, but the $29.95 I pay includes not only the oil change, but they also check all the vital fluids as well, check brakes, tire pressure, etc. Assuming an average of 12,000 miles per year, it's only 4 times a year anyway.

Depends also on the car...if you have invested thousands in a nice car, say a BMW or Benz or the like, why trust it to Jiffy Lube or some garage like above? I have a 2001 Honda Accord, but I still wouldn't trust Jiffy Lube, et. al. Is it possible the dealership could screw up? Absolutely, but I've taken my car there every time, and never had any problems.

On the other hand, if I drove somthing like a '77 Datsun 210, I sure as hell wouldn't pay $29.95.
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KROC
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Mon Mar 28, 2005 5:18 am

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 3):
Can't speak for others, but the $29.95 I pay includes not only the oil change, but they also check all the vital fluids as well, check brakes, tire pressure, etc. Assuming an average of 12,000 miles per year, it's only 4 times a year anyway.

Jiffy Lube and others that only do oil changes...its hard for them to screw it up. Plus Jiffy lube still will run you 30 bones. There are plenty of reputable places that do all you listed above for $15-18 a pop.
 
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 3:48 am

Why not do it yourself?
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:28 am

best thing to do is take it to the dealership. I can't even imagine taking my BMW to a local place like Jiffy or any other....has to be the dealership. Especially because of warranty, if your record shows that you brought the car in to them or any BMW dealership, it shows that you took care of the maintenance etc........oh and as for doing it myself.......no way in hell. I can't even change a tire let alone change the oil...LOL
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:34 am

If you own a BMW, it's going to spend a lot a time in the shop anyway so you mine as well take it to those who know it best. Big grin
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AJBUS300
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:40 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 7):
If you own a BMW, it's going to spend a lot a time in the shop anyway so you mine as well take it to those who know it best.

That can happen to ANY car, cheap or expensive and not necessarily just BMW. I had some minor trouble with mine but it wasn't anything big....I must say I had the problem like 1 month after I got it. But then again my mom has never had a problem with any BMW she has had but I did....just depends on the car itself not the brand.

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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 4:58 am

It looks like that shop has pretty low overhead, so their labor costs should be fairly reasonable. Not the outrageous $75-$100/hr most shops around here charge.
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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:06 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Why not do it yourself?

I can't reach the oil filter without a special offset wrench.

Besides, for $19.95, my dealer changes the oil and filter, rotates and balances the tires, and does the scheduled maintenance. It's worth it by the time I package up the old oil and filter and cart it to the recycling center.

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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 5:08 am

Quoting StevenUhl777 (Reply 1):
I make sure I take my car in to the local dealership for regular oil changes and scheduled servicing.

You mean these places with the big show room, with potted plants among the cars, 3 secretaries in the back typing bills, the master mechanic sitting in his back office drinking coffee and the apprentices doing the actual work?

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RE: Best Mechanics?

Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:54 am

Quoting Superfly (Reply 5):
Why not do it yourself?

Definately. Oil changes are basic jobs and a good way for the novice to build confidence working around cars., and besides, there's nothing wrong with getting your hands dirty.

Heard a story/urban-legend about one case though:

Apparrently some years back in NYC ( Manhattan ) the story goes that this one guy kept bringing in his car for an oil change EVERY DAY and this went on for over a week. The repair shop staff finally asked the owner why he came every day, and after initially balking finally conceded that it was in fact much less expensive to drop his car off and have the oil changed than it was to pay to park in Manhattan!

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