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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:17 AM
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Looking for a german car mechanic

I know this is not about a Rover but a friend is looking for a reasonably priced mechanic who can change some gaskets on an 08 BMW 535 in the Fairfax, VA area. The dealer wants 5000 dollars, so any leads for mechanics in the area will be much appreciated. Its an oil filter gasket, valve cover gasket and some hose leak from cylinder head to the water pump. Parts are 250 from the dealer but labor is 4750! Thanks for any leads.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:55 AM
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Don't know how close that is to Richmond but there is a pretty decent shop there ... Jimmy will know the name.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 11:57 AM
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I dislike dealers as much as the next guy, but I feel like there may be some omitted info here, $4750 in labor for replacing a few gaskets? Even at $150/hr($50 more than the dealer here charges) that's almost 32 hours.
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Sounds like they don't want the work ...
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Old August 27th, 2015, 12:04 PM
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Richmond is about 100 miles away I think.

------ Follow up post added August 27th, 2015 12:12 PM ------

I read his estimate, there's other stuff on there but just the three gaskets are actually more than 5k. Its two gaskets and a hose.
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I'm thinking this requires the engine being pulled....yep.
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Sarek Autowerke in Richmond is great. They only hire master technicians and pay their techs salary so they have no incentive to take shortcuts to 'beat the book'.
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I know this is not about a Rover but a friend is looking for a reasonably priced mechanic who can change some gaskets on an 08 BMW 535 in the Fairfax, VA area. The dealer wants 5000 dollars, so any leads for mechanics in the area will be much appreciated. Its an oil filter gasket, valve cover gasket and some hose leak from cylinder head to the water pump. Parts are 250 from the dealer but labor is 4750! Thanks for any leads.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 01:14 PM
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Ok thanks for the reference Nathan, I will forward the info to the concerned party.
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Alexandria Bavarian Service. I used them numerous times 10 years ago and they were phenomenal.
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Old August 27th, 2015, 08:25 PM
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Thanks everyone, Loudon Rovah's Waleed Ahmadi referred it to the Mexican mechanic next door as Waleed touches nothing but rovers, who is reportedly doing the work for 200 dollars. 200 versus 4750 labor charge from the dealer, normally I'd advise against such a cheap mechanic but if Waleed recommended him than it should be ok.
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