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      10-19-2012, 07:44 AM   #1
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Vehicle Check

Hi,

Just a quick one for opinions really..

"Vehicle Check" service due on my car in ~500miles, quick questions:

* should i wait, or just get it done now (got an appt tomorrow at 8am, can cancel though)

* appt is at Wood BMW in Hook, and they are quoting 78 which i thought was quite a fair price, local BMW specialist (http://www.twgautomotive.co.uk/) has quoted 55

tempted to go to BM for the extra 20, but would you bother? IMO it's just a glorified MOT

also a bit intrigued what TWG are like, heard good things but never been.

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      10-20-2012, 06:37 AM   #2
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I'm not sticking up for bmw but they know what to look for, although they list all the commom items, they should be carrying out a more in depth inspection, such as the cracking of the sub frame, sub frame securing points to the chassis floor pan ect ect and any other inherent problems common to the model they are inspecting, for anyone who has mechanical knowlede can do this themselves and I will doing my own, but there are many out there who cant, owners who decide to have it done at by a none bmw garage would be wise to ensure that who does is experienced with bmw inspections and what to look for.
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      10-20-2012, 07:25 AM   #3
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IMO my expereince with BMW dealers is hit and miss and its a tough one to call whether to go dealer or independant.

I will give you an example, when mine went in to have the pressure converters changed, some of the vacuum pipes (die to the heat) were soldered onto the pressure converters and in order to release them they had to splice the edge of the hose. Now if I had done this myself I would have replaced the new hose. But BMW decided to push back on the old hose with the spliced end - resulting in the hose popping off because the end is loose. When I got the car back as I knew what i was doing I checked and found the old hose with the ends spliced popped off the PC - I could have replaced the hose myself but took it back to the dealer to rectify and when i got home I took the covers off to make sure a new vac hose was fitted. Reason why this was done at a dealer as the car is under warranty

On the other hand when I took my car for another simple fix to my local independant, while he was looking around in the engine bay he noticed that I had fitted an extra jubilee clip onto a vac hose to the turbo and he mentioned he had seen it and questionned my reasoning as it was not normal for this. For me this was attention to detail to see he had noticed this.

As you say a vehicle check is just another way of a MOT, whether you want to pay extra 20 for BMW only you can decide but personally I would be going the other way
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      10-20-2012, 11:02 AM   #4
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yeah screw it, I am leaning towards the same.

I cancelled BM in the end, I'll pop down to the specialist in another 500 miles.. it just fills me with more happiness to get them to do it, and then chat about cars
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