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Old 10th September 2010, 16:56   #1
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Northern VA area independent shops?

Where do you guys take your car to get it serviced other than the dealer? I do most of the service myself but I might take it in for rear diff seal replacement.
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Old 11th September 2010, 00:15   #2
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greetings,

there are several but below is a list of some that M3 owners on other forums talk about, so take your pick.

At speed Motorsports: Hanover, MD
Home - Porsche, BMW, Mercedes and Audi Repair and Performance Service in Maryland and Virginia

Road Race Technologies: Sterling, VA
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Advantage Auto certified: Manasass, VA
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(have loaners, older BMWs/beaters, but gets you from point A ->B)

FunKtion Auto: Dulles, VA
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Fairfax Service Center, Fairfax, VA
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I've seen compiled list on bimmerforums (I think) but I wanted to get personal opinion of E39 M5 owners. I guess if you are competent on bimmer in general, working on M5 is nothing different?
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depends on what your are trying to do, if its just routine maintenance, then yes probably all could handle it. If it is performance tuning, etc then i would say RRT, Funktion Auto, At Speed.
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Thumbs up for RRT. I used to take my ///M3 there (E46) and they were always more than fair. Nice setup they have.
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Old thread I see, but check out Gary Martin at Martin Motorsports. ::: SERVICES ::: True enthusiast, owns about a dozen BMWs, including beautiful Imola E39 M5.
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Thumbs up for RRT. I used to take my ///M3 there (E46) and they were always more than fair. Nice setup they have.
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Apology for reviving an old thread but I just wanted to warn others about Advantage Auto certified in Manassss, VA.

I took an E36 M3 there because it couldn't pass emission and they kept it for about 2 months. The whole time there, their mechanics would replace this part and that part to see if it was going to resolve the issue, all at my expense. I got fed up that something this simple was taking so long to resolve and the fact that they are just replacing parts on the car. I showed up to pick up my car and the bill was over $1,400.00. To top it off, the car still had the same issues. I b!tched at them and in the end paid just to get my car out of that hell hole.

I took it to RRT and the emission issue was resolved in a few days. The bill was $150!!! I should have taken the M3 to RRT in the first place but was to lazy since Advantage Certified Group was by my place. RRT is probably the best indy shop around NOVA for beemers.

STAY AWAY FROM Advantage Auto Certified Group in Manassas, their mechanics are worthless!!

If you want to know why never to buy cars from them, PM me.
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Apology for reviving an old thread but I just wanted to warn others about Advantage Auto certified in Manassss, VA.

I took an E36 M3 there because it couldn't pass emission and they kept it for about 2 months. The whole time there, their mechanics would replace this part and that part to see if it was going to resolve the issue, all at my expense. I got fed up that something this simple was taking so long to resolve and the fact that they are just replacing parts on the car. I showed up to pick up my car and the bill was over $1,400.00. To top it off, the car still had the same issues. I b!tched at them and in the end paid just to get my car out of that hell hole.

I took it to RRT and the emission issue was resolved in a few days. The bill was $150!!! I should have taken the M3 to RRT in the first place but was to lazy since Advantage Certified Group was by my place. RRT is probably the best indy shop around NOVA for beemers.

STAY AWAY FROM Advantage Auto Certified Group in Manassas, their mechanics are worthless!!

If you want to know why never to buy cars from them, PM me.
Sorry to hear about your bad experience. I've had quite the opposite, nothing but good experiences to include competitive pricing and follow through. Perhaps they had an inexperienced tech working on your car, which is an oversight issue on their part.

Another place, a bit more closer to home (for me) is J&F Motors in Arlington, VA. They do good work there too, and others on m5board can vouch for them as well.

Correct, you can't fail with RRT. They are pros.
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