Originally Posted by dmorga1
I now live in Maryland, but having lived in LA for 3 years, Glendale is one sketchy place. As others have said, this was a simple problem--you needed a water pump. Yeah, I admit, owning a 335i out of warranty scares the hell out of ME, but I can't blame the car here. It needed a water pump and he screwed the pooch on the job. I wouldn't trust the tranny work either, if I were you. It's a little bit of a hike, but there is a network of independent BMW dealers and they tend to be BMWCCA endorsed and great guys. The closest one to you (I have used him and he is excellent--gruff, but excellent) is Bavarian Workshop (www.bavarianworkshop.com
) in West Hills. Go there for any future work--he is a true BMW lover, although he confessed to me he thinks the E90 series is trouble waiting to happen.
Nonetheless, I would still trust him over any other indy in the area. He is meticulous.
I truly appreciate your post. I think I went with a "part swapper" rather than with a BMW specialist independent shop. The transmission job is done, there is nothing I can do about it now. I don't know what fluid they used, or what procedure they followed. As you said, Glendale is sketchy and this shop specially I am 100% sure that if I ask the questions, they will lie, so itīd be just a waste of time.
Again, thanks for the referral. I will be visiting them next time.