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      05-31-2023, 05:27 PM   #1
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Need a good, trustworthy shop in City of LA for Maintenance

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My car has various minor issues that collectively warrant bringing the car in to a professional.

It's leaking more oil that I would like, I get a 'whirring' noise at low speed after driving it hard (for a short time), and the A/C barely functions (does not BLOW COLD). Also the clutch went to the floor during a track day a few months ago, once the car cooled down we were able to pull the pedal up and have no further issues.

I suspect the 'whirring' sounds could be related to the power steering.. but I'm really not sure.

The car has about 130,000 miles, I've done the RBs, TAs. replaced valvecovers and gaskets. Motor mounts are fresh. Oil changed every 5,000 miles. I'm on the original clutch.

I would like to have these issues addressed by a shop that actually has deep experience working on E9X M3s. For major work on my car I've taken it down to MRF but I'd greatly prefer to get this taken care of in LA (live in Hollywood). In LA for small stuff I've taken it to standard BMW indy shops with mixed results, but for these items I'd rather not leave it with a guy who has to 'figure it out'.

Any thoughts?
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For some reason, you're not going to find any reputable shops in the municipality of Los Angeles...All of the ones worth their salt are located closer to Anaheim/Orange County/Laguna.

EAS is a good option, as is MRF Engineering. I used to go to MRF alot but it becomes quite a burden to have to commit whole days to drop off and pick up your vehicle.
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I would say, having been a long-time BMW owner and forum member that the top 2 and most reputable LA indy's will be Pit Stop Motor Tuning and Avus Autosport, both in Glendale. Granted, I haven't taken my new-to-me M3 to either yet, but have taken my other BMWs to both and always been happy. I'm a little paranoid about my M3 as well and will be curious with your experience.

I'm also considering EAS as well and may be reaching out to them shortly since Avus is seemingly no longer a Dinan-authorized dealer it seems and I was considering getting some coding done as well. Whatever you ultimately decide, please share as I think a lot of us are in the same boat and could benefit. I have the same issue and it's not very conducive to blow a whole day or make the long drive to OC.
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EAS and MRF are good shops, no question.
It's just a pain in the ass to get there hence why I'm trying to stay local.
When I go to MRF I take the train back, then have my wife take me to get the car.. it burns a ton of time.

Will look more into the Glendale shops since that's not oppressively far from where I live.
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OP would you consider doing any work yourself? Iíd bet your oil leak is the oil filter housing gasket. The belts are all there as well. I wonder if your oil filter housing gasket is shot and thatís your oil loss. The belts and tensioners might be suffering as a result. You could do these yourself at just the parts cost. Maybe the water pump and thermostat could be performed as well and they are all related to the same tear down. Could be done over two days in your garage.
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if you're way up in LA, mini corsa has a good reputation. i've never used them, but i've met him at the track.

https://www.minicorsa.com/
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jmp autowerkz in canoga park

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Pit stop motor tuning. By far the best shop I have ever went to.
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Dropped the car off this AM at minicorsa. Seems to be in good hands, thanks mr. beef!
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      06-14-2023, 03:38 PM   #12
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LA area - Pit Stop Motor Tuning

SGV area - RTMotorwerks and BMR Shop (I've been gate keeping them for too long hehe)

OC area - EAS

There are a few other reputable BMW ///M specific shops but these have been my main spots for 10+ years.
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For some reason, you're not going to find any reputable shops in the municipality of Los Angeles...All of the ones worth their salt are located closer to Anaheim/Orange County/Laguna.

EAS is a good option, as is MRF Engineering. I used to go to MRF alot but it becomes quite a burden to have to commit whole days to drop off and pick up your vehicle.
do not use MRF unless you want to get ripped off
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Another vote for AutoTalent in Gardena.
They can do coding too
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Let me get this straight... You are swapping out parts designed by some of the top engineers in the world because some guys sponsored by a company told you it's "better??" But when you ask the same guy about tracking, "oh no, I have a kid now" or "I just detailed my car." or "i just got new tires."
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Hi,

My car has various minor issues that collectively warrant bringing the car in to a professional.

It's leaking more oil that I would like, I get a 'whirring' noise at low speed after driving it hard (for a short time), and the A/C barely functions (does not BLOW COLD). Also the clutch went to the floor during a track day a few months ago, once the car cooled down we were able to pull the pedal up and have no further issues.

I suspect the 'whirring' sounds could be related to the power steering.. but I'm really not sure.

The car has about 130,000 miles, I've done the RBs, TAs. replaced valvecovers and gaskets. Motor mounts are fresh. Oil changed every 5,000 miles. I'm on the original clutch.

I would like to have these issues addressed by a shop that actually has deep experience working on E9X M3s. For major work on my car I've taken it down to MRF but I'd greatly prefer to get this taken care of in LA (live in Hollywood). In LA for small stuff I've taken it to standard BMW indy shops with mixed results, but for these items I'd rather not leave it with a guy who has to 'figure it out'.

Any thoughts?

I'm in Santa Monica and I usually have the ppl down at Superformance (Ask for Devin, even though he usually answers the phone) do my work since i'm not experienced enough to trust myself to work on the car yet lol, they did my rod bearings and did a great job! Same goes for oil changes, etc, can't recommend them enough!
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      07-20-2023, 01:58 AM   #17
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Another +1 for mini Corsa
Heís the main person I go to for all my M cars
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There's also the M shop in south glendale / north east LA.

Techcraft in irwindale, thouugh he's more of a specialist in RBs (and e46 m3 racp).

Racewerkz in Burbank.
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