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Services and repairs
12-01-2018, 03:15 PM
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Services and repairs
Hi guys,

So I’ve had enough of BMW dealers ripping me off with exhorbitant prices and little or no technical knowledge. I always thought that taking your car to a BMW dealer is the only way to go but after my recent experiences with them I will never go back to another BMW dealer for anything. My car is out of motor plan and warranty so I never have to set foot into another BMW dealer again...

I’m looking for a knowledgeable BMW mechanic in the Johannesburg area that I can start taking my car to for general services and repairs. Do any of you guys have any recommendations?

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Nathan
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12-01-2018, 03:30 PM
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RE: Services and repairs
Ross Duncan in Midrand is good.

But to be honest, besides an oil change which requires some equipment to get under the car, stuff like brake pads and discs, spark plugs and air filters can all be DIY. The tools are not as expensive as you think.

Just go through some Youtube vids and you're sorted.

I've bought the tools to do all the basic services myself.

AKASH
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12-01-2018, 03:40 PM
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(12-01-2018 03:30 PM)akash Wrote:  Ross Duncan in Midrand is good.

But to be honest, besides an oil change which requires some equipment to get under the car, stuff like brake pads and discs, spark plugs and air filters can all be DIY. The tools are not as expensive as you think.

Just go through some Youtube vids and you're sorted.

I've bought the tools to do all the basic services myself.

I’ve thought about doing it myself but don’t you need special software to be able to diagnose and reset after you’ve completed the work?
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12-01-2018, 03:51 PM
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(12-01-2018 03:40 PM)NBaikie Wrote:  
(12-01-2018 03:30 PM)akash Wrote:  Ross Duncan in Midrand is good.

But to be honest, besides an oil change which requires some equipment to get under the car, stuff like brake pads and discs, spark plugs and air filters can all be DIY. The tools are not as expensive as you think.

Just go through some Youtube vids and you're sorted.

I've bought the tools to do all the basic services myself.

I’ve thought about doing it myself but don’t you need special software to be able to diagnose and reset after you’ve completed the work?

For basic services you just need to reset the service light once the service is done and that can be done by yourself via the Onboard Computer.

I bought the following over the past year:

Spark plug socket R70
Bmw oil filter housing cap R95
Torque wrench R500
2 Ton wheel jack R250
Set of spanners R139
Feeler gauge R70

All the other odds and end like extensions, etc i already had.

AKASH
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12-01-2018, 04:12 PM
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(12-01-2018 03:51 PM)akash Wrote:  
(12-01-2018 03:40 PM)NBaikie Wrote:  
(12-01-2018 03:30 PM)akash Wrote:  Ross Duncan in Midrand is good.

But to be honest, besides an oil change which requires some equipment to get under the car, stuff like brake pads and discs, spark plugs and air filters can all be DIY. The tools are not as expensive as you think.

Just go through some Youtube vids and you're sorted.

I've bought the tools to do all the basic services myself.

I’ve thought about doing it myself but don’t you need special software to be able to diagnose and reset after you’ve completed the work?

For basic services you just need to reset the service light once the service is done and that can be done by yourself via the Onboard Computer.

I bought the following over the past year:

Spark plug socket R70
Bmw oil filter housing cap R95
Torque wrench R500
2 Ton wheel jack R250
Set of spanners R139
Feeler gauge R70

All the other odds and end like extensions, etc i already had.

Wow - that’s unbelievable! I assume that there are also YouTube posts on how to reset service lights as well? Do you buy original BMW parts to do your services? I’ve heard many people say that some of the aftermarket parts are better and cheaper?
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13-01-2018, 08:16 PM
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My filters are all BMW. They actually cheaper sometimes.

There are a lot of posts on how to reset your service light

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13-01-2018, 08:32 PM
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(13-01-2018 08:16 PM)akash Wrote:  My filters are all BMW. They actually cheaper sometimes.

There are a lot of posts on how to reset your service light

True I know on the f30 you can access the secret menu for resets
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