Here is a picture of my 2000 BMW 323 getting detailed at Autobahn in Carillon Point (an awesome detailing shop BTW). I try to take care of my car--it has less than 60k miles on it--I don't drive it too hard, get the regular tune-ups, oil changes, etc. Despite my efforts the BMW has been falling apart as soon as it was out of warranty. You name it, it's gone bad. Transmission? Totally replaced. Radiator? totally replaced. Brakes, lines, belts, sunroof motor, electric windows, climate control? All replaced or fixed. There is more, but I won't go into every service visit I have had on this lemon. Don't believe it? Just click here to see one of many sites I found on BMW unreliability.
I got tired of taking my car to the Downtown Seattle BMW dealer where the expenses have been piling up and the service hasn't been great. If someone is going to make money fixing my BMW I figured it should be someone other than the people who sold it to me (can you tell I will never buy another BMW?) So when my brake light went on a few weeks ago I became determined to find a good Kirkland mechanic.
I have a neighbor who drives an older BMW 8-Series so I emailed him asking where he takes his car. He emailed me back and wrote: Jaguar Shop, Inc. I had to email him back reminding him I had a BMW and not a Jag, but he assured me they worked on BMWs. He also mentioned that they took care of another neighbor on our street that takes his cars there. With two neighborly endorsements I figure it's worth a shot.
To double check I find their website and they don't mention any car on their site except Jaguars. So I then call the number (425-827-4887) and ask them if they work on BWMs. The guy responds in calm voice and says "a car is a car, we work on all of them".
I get an appointment for the next day and bring my car into their East of Market location. When I arrive I was pleased to see a pretty large shop with several service bays. The place is organized, clean, and had a nice lounge with some older cars on display--including an old Ferrari.
My brakes got fixed and I had them look at a few other annoyances including an oil light that constantly comes on (even though BMW just did my oil service a few hundred miles earlier). The work was done the same morning and they gave me good details on what they did. The annoying oil light is a bad sensor in the oil pan. They advise I just let it go as it's expensive to fix and will only make the light go away. I pass on having it fixed. All in all it was a good experience and I liked the guys working there. Much cheaper than the BWM dealer too.
Jaguar Shop, Inc. is now my auto service shop! They work on most makes and models although you would never know it from their name, website, or any other marketing. So if you are looking for a good mechanic try these guys out. Let us know how it goes too....Steve