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      03-13-2013, 01:32 AM   #1
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Andrew Russell, BMW Master Tech

Lake Forest, CA

Recently my 07 e92 hit 50,000 miles so I decided to find a servicer for a tune up. While shopping around for a good Indy mechanic, I was referred to a BMW master tech out of Lake Forest, CA. A fellow member gave me his contact info so I decided to shoot him a text. After exchanging texts for a few weeks, I decided to pull the trigger on some recommended BMW maintenance along with shell blasting of my intake valves.

Service's done:

- Intake Valve cleaning (Walnut shell blast)
- Replace spark plugs and reset CBS data
- Flush brake fluid
- Flush Hydraulic clutch fluid
- Coolant system flush
- Transmission fluid service
- Power steering flush
- Oil change

Took the car in on Saturday morning and went back to pick it up Sunday just before noon. He took the liberty of upgrading my brake and clutch fluid to ATE blue dot 4. My warranty is up this summer, so he fully inspected the entire engine, ends up i have a small oil leak somewhere around the profile gaskets which I will be taking to the dealership to get checked out asap. Also found that my lower control arm on the driver side is leaking. (perfect excuse to upgrade to M3 upper and lower control arms)

Andrew was very professional and he knew exactly what he was talking about. He is very knowledgeable with BMW's, especially the N54.

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Reason for this review is to recommend him as a good INDY mechanic to those looking for services without the hassle of getting the runaround or getting over charged. Very humble and willing to take the time to explain things in full detail. I am planning on using him for mostly all my installs, including my coilovers setup which hopefully come REAL soon.

Prices were very reasonable compared to other shops I looked into.

The shop is located off El Toro and the 5 fwy. Hopefully you SoCal heads give him a shot...

PM me for his details if you are interested.

THANKS FOR LOOKING!
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      03-13-2013, 02:32 AM   #2
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They cleaned my valves as well, great guy to work with would definitely recommend them!
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      03-13-2013, 02:43 AM   #3
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swung by for a simple oil change...i think i found my mechanic
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      03-13-2013, 04:20 AM   #4
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Definitely PM me the name of his shop. I'll be looking for a place around here for some independent services when the time comes...
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I have also had work done by Andrew. I'm extremely picky with mechanics, since I do most of my own work. I expect a mechanic to do at least a good a job as I would since I'm paying them, and rarely do mecahnics meet that expectation; but Drew does and then some.
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If you don't mind, what was his pricing on those repairs / preventative services?
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All PM's replied to.
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nice! thanks for sharing, lake forst is right down the street from my work! do you know if he does any welding/exhaust work? or any body work?
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If you don't mind, what was his pricing on those repairs / preventative services?
Would like to know as well!
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      03-13-2013, 06:47 PM   #10
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Can someone PM me his info?

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how much did all that cost individually?
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      03-14-2013, 12:24 AM   #12
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nice! thanks for sharing, lake forst is right down the street from my work! do you know if he does any welding/exhaust work? or any body work?
not 100% sure if he does body work or welding, mostly engine work.
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All PM's sent to those who asked... cheers!
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thanks for the reference, i work really close by so this will definitely be useful. please pm me his details
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thanks for the reference, i work really close by so this will definitely be useful. please pm me his details
PM sent.
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Absolutely interest in his info. I am close by.
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Absolutely interest in his info. I am close by.
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PM you number so I can text you contact information. You don't have enough posts for me to PM you.
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PM you number so I can text you contact information. You don't have enough posts for me to PM you.
Damn, I am new here so I can't PM
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Can you PM me his info as well? Thanks!

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Would also like info and pricing.
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Would also like info and pricing.
sweet... Ill PM the info right now.

I'm in Chino too by the way!

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