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Old 07-15-2004, 10:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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To anyone considering using Santa Monica BMW (1127 Santa Monica Blvd) I strongly advise you to go elsewhere. They charge an exorbitant amount for repairs. I had a brake job (4 pads/rotors) done on my 2000 328i that cost $990.31. ghead: The same brake job at Century BMW (5201 Van Nuys Blvd, Sherman Oaks) is $501.54. Both are certified BMW repair centers. The price per part is essentially doubled at Santa Monica BMW.

The courtesy car wash left the car in worse appearance than I left it. 4 days prior I had the car detailed, but when it was returned it had calcification marks all over the car including the windows. I had to get another car wash.

The gas tank was 1/4 full when I dropped off the car. Upon picking up the car, it was empty -- orange indicator light lit.

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Old 07-16-2004, 03:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Wow what a rip off. Good thing I have an honest mechanic i've been going to for years now, and he is a certified bmw,mbz, imports mechanic. anyway, i had the same thing you had done on your car, but I also had 2 wheel bearings replaced, mobil synthetic oil, 4 new OEM spark plugs installed and an engine wash and all I paid was $400 bucks. Let me know if you want to take your car to him, I assure you he will do an awesome job and he won't rip you off. His shop is in Eaglerock, near Glendale.
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And that's exactly why I do my own maintenance.

Brakes are pretty easy and straight forward. There are also many DIY posts around that pictorially illustrate a pad change. The rotors are also not that hard.
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