I have a 2008 335i coupe. It's been a great car, but after 95,000 miles the dealer warned me that there were several oil leaks that needed to be taken care of. Oil Filter Housing Gasket, Valve Cover Gasket, and Oil Pan gasket. Of course, the dealer wanted an arm and leg for the repairs so I decided to look around at independent BMW mechanics to have an option in the event the dealer was getting too expensive.
I gave these guys a shot, after reading some positive reviews on Google and also they are right across the street from the dealer. I will say this, for those of you used to the cushy dealer experience, a shop like this will be a bit outside of your comfort zone. Chris and Tyler know these cars extremely well, but they approach things different than the dealer does. They aren't interested in placing everything that could possible be wrong like the dealer does. Chris called this "Collateral damage". They will start with the top priority candidates and work their way down from there, and this may mean coming back for additional follow on visits. For example, after discussion with them, we decided the best course of action was to repair my OFHG and VCG, but not the oil pan. Chris wanted me to keep an eye on additional oil first before going through with the bigger repair of the Oil Pan gasket. I stopped smelling oil as soon as they finished the job, which was timely and thorough and cheaper than the dealership.
Funny story though. Literally just over a day after getting my car back from them, I had to have my car towed from a massive coolant leak near the radiator. Steam was coming from my engine, and when I opened the hood, there was coolant spraying everywhere from the radiator hose. I will admit that naturally I wondered if these guys damaged something during the repair. This was saturday, and the dealer was my only option to have the car towed to. The dealer informed me that it was a cracked radiator hose, and had nothing to do with anything Chris or Tyler did and was just bad luck....which makes sense because the car was running great until this hose burst. They also said both the OFHG and Valve Cover Gasket looked good! So basically, the dealer vouched for the work.
I'm all for trying something new and giving hard working people a shot. They've earned my business, although in all honesty my car scares me at this mileage : ) Thanks Chris & Tyler /Bavarian Auto