Hi, I have a general concern and would like to poll members in MA on
where they go to get their BMW's serviced. I would like to know reliable
service stations or dealerships.
In addition, has anyone else experienced problems with their VANOS system after having an oil change or work done in the engine area (e.g. alternator belt tensioner)?
I went to BMW Gallery in Norwood to have my 2002 325xi's first oil change. I also thought there was loose belt due to rattling in the front of the car upon cold starts. (Rattle went away when the engine warmed up). They ended up replacing the alternator belt tensioner. After picking up the car and being one mile from my home, the "Service Engine Soon" light indicator came on. I was told to bring it back the next day and I did and also informed them of the increased engine noise. I was told that the VANOS system was checked and that the engine sound was normal. Again, after driving the car back home and one mile from my home, the indicator light came back on. I was told to bring the car back a week later so they would better diagnose the problem. However, since then, the light has been turning on intermittently. I brought it back and they said it was a VANOS problem and it needs to be replaced, but they didn't have the part! That means another trip to the dealership. ugh!
I am inclined to believe it is not a manufacturer defect, but a labor defect from the dealership. So, if you know of good places to service your BMW, please post it here. Thanks!