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  1. #26
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    hey Guys,
    I just bought my car and just registered. Im looking for a shop in the Greenville Area that can do the dreaded E46 Torque Converter replacement. I asked a BMW specialty shop near my house and they outsource work to the local transmission shop. I'd rather have a BMW guy work on it if at all possible.
    Dave are you still in the Clemson area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndame09 View Post
    +1 for Dave at markert motorworks, the trip down to clemson is well worth it. If youre anywhere near greenville, I wouldnt consider going anywhere else. I have looked at at least 5 shops in the area. Bimmer Specialists in Greenville, SC are ok, but overpriced...
    I can vouch for Jeff at Foreign Cars Unlimited in Greenville. Great work and very fair prices. Family has used him for over 20 years and he caters to a ton of the area judges, lawyers, and doctors too. We all know they are tough to please.
    -2000 528i (M5 clone) Dinan chipped, Supersprint Exhaust, chrome M5 wheels, M5 suspension
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    Quote Originally Posted by e24mpwr View Post
    MPowered in Cary also has a great reputation among the BMW guys around here, though I've never used them.

    +1

    I work there but before I did, this was the only shop I trusted with my E36 M3. We changed our name to Import Motor Werks the beginning of 2011. Don't worry, same people, same place, just a different name to let people know that we DO work on other imports as well as BMW

    We also have a TON of used BMW parts for sale (as I've posted on the forum already). Stop by or "LIKE" us on Facebook for special offers! http://www.facebook.com/ImportMotorWerks

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    I have been to some of the Charlotte shops previously mentioned and some aren't too bad. With that being said, the only place I take the race car as well as my personal vehicles to is CMD Automotive on Griffith in Southend Charlotte. Reason being:
    1) One of the owners used to be a BMW tech with the other being a former Cup Car tech.
    2) Honesty.
    3) Reasonable prices.
    4) High quality work.

    www.cmdautorepair.com
    Last edited by TrackjunkiE30; 11-19-2011 at 10:08 PM.
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  5. #30
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    Sorry guys, I just had an incredibly poor experience with Markert Motorworks and I wouldn't recommend them. Dave came very highly recommended by several people but from the beginning there was difficulty getting in touch with him, a complete lack of information about the progression of the repair, and (most disturbingly) he repeatedly lied to me about what was going on. I was told the car would be ready by a certain day so I drove two hours to his shop only to find the car not only wasn't fixed, but it hadn't been touched in two weeks. Easily the most unprofessional shop Ive ever dealt with.
    Last edited by Gimpstang; 08-19-2011 at 08:22 PM.

  6. #31
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    Eurowise

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    Any idea about European Performance in Raleigh? I know they have more expertise in Porches.

  8. #33
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    Harrell's Automotive Service - 1126 Gillespie Street, Fayetteville
    I see my temperature gauge in my dreams.

  9. #34
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    Motorsport Connections
    2556 Landmark Drive
    Winston-Salem, NC
    www.motorsport-connections.com

    Billy Revis and his crew are top notch, they offer plenty of hands-on experience with BMW's earlier offerings and have the abilities and know-how to properly handle the newer vehicles as well. Very fair, extremely reasonably priced and most importantly, their specialist, not 'parts changers'. Highly recommended.


    Quote Originally Posted by Impervious View Post
    Around Hickory, NC we've tried a few different garages but were never satisfied until we found these guys. With Bess we couldn't be happier, highly recommended for anyone needing work/maintenance. We have tried the other german autoshops on Highway 70 but have never been happy. They always seemed shady but the owner of Bess is an honest man who wouldn't cheat you.


    Bess Automotive
    111 1st Avenue NE
    Hildebran, NC 28637

    (828) 397-3306
    +1
    Last edited by bmwm3n528; 09-29-2011 at 03:04 AM.
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  10. #35
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    Anybody know of any shops around the Greenville, NC area that rebuild/balance driveshafts? Or anybody in the area the sells them?

  11. #36
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevedotmil View Post
    Anyone use Brown Motorworks in Columbia? They have two shops here so im thinking that since they are family owned and have more than one shop they should be okay. Im gonna need an oil change and don't want to get raped at the stealership.
    If you need help on the bimmer forum you need to first take down that sweet MB pic

    ....seriously a shop that recently pressed my rear e36 bearing is:

    Philip Auto Tech
    3137 Two Notch Road
    Columbia, SC 29204
    (803) 786-1135

    Jason was honest about the job and got it done in time albeit slightly pricey.



    ***Simply.. Addicted !!

  12. #37
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    Anyone know of a good shop in Greenville NC, Car won't start and I need to get back to Raleigh.

  13. #38
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    Just some info for everyone that is apart of bimmerforums.com, I am the owner of B & T Automotive, we are located in Lexington SC, I personally have 10 years experience with BMW's and this came from being a parts/service manager at our local BMW dealership and being a store manager at another local BMW repair shop. My business partner is Michael Todd and he is a certified BMW master Tech with over 10 years of experience. We are on here to offer everyone a 10% discount with just stating your from bimmerforums.com and a 15% discount with being a CCA member. WE have the best labor rates around because they range from 50.00-70.00 per hour and you cannot find that anywhere, we have the best diagnostic equipment that is available which is the autologic, we do free estimates and offer pickup and delivery, info for B & T below, thanks.

    B & T Automotive
    844 Highway 378
    Lexington SC, 29072
    1-803-520-7499
    LETUSFIXIT@yahoo.com

    owners: Danny Burchette
    Michael Todd

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    Quote Originally Posted by BANDTAUTO
    Just some info for everyone that is apart of bimmerforums.com, I am the owner of B & T Automotive, we are located in Lexington SC, I personally have 10 years experience with BMW's and this came from being a parts/service manager at our local BMW dealership and being a store manager at another local BMW repair shop. My business partner is Michael Todd and he is a certified BMW master Tech with over 10 years of experience. We are on here to offer everyone a 10% discount with just stating your from bimmerforums.com and a 15% discount with being a CCA member. WE have the best labor rates around because they range from 50.00-70.00 per hour and you cannot find that anywhere, we have the best diagnostic equipment that is available which is the autologic, we do free estimates and offer pickup and delivery, info for B & T below, thanks.

    B & T Automotive
    844 Highway 378
    Lexington SC, 29072
    1-803-520-7499
    LETUSFIXIT@yahoo.com

    owners: Danny Burchette
    Michael Todd
    Thats the spirit. You have my word, next time im down there (a lot!) I will take up your offer.



    ***Simply.. Addicted !!

  15. #40
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    I always take my car to Import Services in Greenville, NC. They do a great job over there!
    http://www.importservicesllc.com/imp...m/Welcome.html

  16. #41
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    Hmmm...I'm up on Lake Norman, north of Charlotte. Any suggestions for my 1981 635Csi Euro?
    2001 BMW 530i (so competent it's boring)
    1982 Alfa Romeo Spider (in restoration for the winter)
    1981 BMW 635Csi Euro 5 speed (no hole in roof)

  17. #42
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    European Auto Repair. 1000 laurens road Greenville SC. They are giving 10% discount just tell the John refered you. Great price, Great job, and great time.


    My 1993 e36. Stock i6. Want to do more with the engine and get a body kit if you have any ideas let me know. Send me a message.

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    My M Roady is sitting now at Korman's in Greensboro getting the "Z3 rear subframe fix" done. Very impressive place, can't wait to get it back. Ray Korman is a heck of an interesting guy to talk to.
    2015 740iL X-Drive


  19. #44
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    Bimmer Performance Center of Gresham Lake Rd in North Raleigh.

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  20. #45
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    I live in Ocean Isle Beach, NC just over the SC border. Any good shops in the Wilmington or Myrtle Beach areas?

    Also any good places for tint? Eurobahn Motorsports (where I bought my car from in Greensboro right off of 40) is great at tint from what I hear since Foreign Cars Italia (dealer that sells Ferrari's, Porsches etc exclusively uses them) but I don't want to pay $250 and drive 3 hrs just for tint!

    Any help with good Indy shops in Wilm/MB and tint would be much appreciated!

  21. #46
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    There are a couple places I trust my car to around here.
    In Greenville and Greer I can't recommend Austrotech enough. Gunther is incredibly honest and works epically hard. Reasonable prices as well. He is off Locust Hill Rd.
    www.austrotechsc.com

    For upholstery and interior work, I use Coty at www.kustomskinzinteriors.com
    He's a family friend and this is his startup business. He used to work on private jet interiors and broke off into hot rods. He's replaced my pillars, recovered my seat, and replaced my shift boot. He also painted my center console/sunglass holder. Did a great job. If you talk to him, tell him Chris sent you.

  22. #47
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    Hey yall. I'm a BMW certified technician from CT. I'm currently working at Import Service Center 765 traveler's bridge road off trolley in Summerville, SC. 843-871-0906.
    I can honestly say this is one of the better shops I've worked at with a very competitive labor rate, 79.80hr. We have AutoLogic, and we actually do things right at this shop. We do quality work with no BS. I hope to start seeing some of you soon!

  23. #48
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    I'm looking to get some custom pipes bent for an exhaust project I'm about to start. What are some good muffler shops, or shops in general in the Charlotte area that you would recommend for this kind of work? I usually take my car to EuroWise but if I can save myself a little bit of money by going somewhere else, I will.

    My e46 with Landon's e90

  24. #49
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    Quote Originally Posted by halfthehalfer View Post
    European Auto Repair. 1000 laurens road Greenville SC. They are giving 10% discount just tell the John refered you. Great price, Great job, and great time.
    This wouldn't be Michael's place, would it?

  25. #50
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    For those in the western area of NC, German Motor Werks is a good option. They are a little pricey but SUPER helpful and nice.

    http://www.germanmotorwerks.com/home.html

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