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RiccardoG

Specialist mechanic not too far from London

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Hello Everyone,

 

I've owned my E39 over 10 years now and its been pretty much serviced every year since then. I've been to a number of mechanics, both main dealer and marque specialists. Below is my brief take on each one.

 

BMW Park Royal - Went several times. Ok for basic servicing, but expensive for anything else, couldn't just rely on them.

CPC Amersham - Have been here the most. Usually good work and reasonable approach/rates. But so difficult to communicate with them I'm sort of giving up on them.

Birds - Went once, top class outfit, but more expensive than main dealer on service and generally seems expensive. No point

Technosport - Went a couple times, great work, but again quite dear.

A1BN - Went couple times, good work and value but had small issue which I never understood if it had been deliberate or not (both windscreen washers disconnected) so have not gone back, also quite far for me ~1hr drive

 

So I'm evaluating whether to continue sticking it out with CPC/Techno or give someone else another try. For my other car I've never had issues in 9 years with the same specialist, why is it so hard for my BMW??

 

We're also moving the wife's MINI out of the main dealer network now, so its doubly important to find someone that is:

- Reliable and easy to communicate with;

- Does top quality work but with a realistic approach and cost

 

Am I asking too much? Any leads well accepted, thanks in advance!

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Depends where you are but if I need a specialist I’ve always had good experiences with Barry jones in Stevenage. Always been helpful, straight up and honest. 
 

m specific stuff I would still lean towards Phil Crouch. 

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London is a big old place - where roughly are you looking? I'm just outside the M25 and I trek to just the other side of Farnham to a guy called Lee Shannon; impeccable work at a good price.

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I used West4Autos in Chiswick a few times when I lived there briefly. Eastern European guys who were straight forward to deal with and although they say they work on all makes I hardly ever saw anything other than German cars there. They were always busy which is usually a good sign.

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These cars are so old now arguably you don't need an expensive specialist as large numbers of mechanics know them well anyway. I used to use specialists, but then I found a good honest local garage who never ripped me off and never pushed me to do work that wasn't necessary, and had reasonable charges. Owned by a South African guy who knows the value of repeat business and goes out of his way to maximise the chances of you being happy and wanting to return. Superb ratings on the likes of Good Garages etc. I used them on my old E36 and then my E60 for 8 years.

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Thanks for your replies! I am based in NW London but would consider traveling a bit to find someone reliable. Ideally going "up" as I've relatively easy access to A1 / M1 / M40, less so SE/S/SW.

 

Btw, the car is a standard 530i SE, nothing too fancy. However, I do strongly believe in looking after it and in using only genuine BMW parts or the best OEM ones. Even wipers blades and microfilters I still buy BMW ones.

 

Had a look at all your suggestions above, thanks. I think West4Autos might work as would Barry Jones. Will do a bit more research on them as a start.

 

Any other recommendations based on location also welcome.

 

 

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My experience of Barry has always been positive, he did a clutch on my 318i and when i went to pick it up the first thing he did was show me the passenger wing mirror that one of his lads had clipped, told me part was on order and come back tomorrow and he would sort it.

 

You wouldn't have seen it from the drivers seat and i'd probably not have noticed for a while and wonder how it happened.

 

Another time is was waiting whilst they changed an alternator (easier for me to do some work there and wait) transpired they'd been sent the wrong part so he rang his wife, gave her some money to go shopping and asked her to run me the 15 miles home.

 

Just find him straight up.

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On 10/06/2021 at 17:01, RiccardoG said:

Thanks for your replies! I am based in NW London but would consider traveling a bit to find someone reliable. Ideally going "up" as I've relatively easy access to A1 / M1 / M40, less so SE/S/SW.

 

Btw, the car is a standard 530i SE, nothing too fancy. However, I do strongly believe in looking after it and in using only genuine BMW parts or the best OEM ones. Even wipers blades and microfilters I still buy BMW ones.

 

Had a look at all your suggestions above, thanks. I think West4Autos might work as would Barry Jones. Will do a bit more research on them as a start.

 

Any other recommendations based on location also welcome.

 

 

The owner of Old Colonel Cars recommends A1 BMW in Stevenage for all of his PPI work -https://www.independentbmwgarage.co.uk/

 

no affiliation etc 

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