Parts and Service

December 3rd, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

BMW Dealers steal your money

When I first purchased my BMW M3, I was ignorant.

I would pay the dealer prices for parts/labor because it was all I knew to do. Well, I’ve owned my car now for 2 years or more, and I rarely make those mistakes anymore (and oh yes…, they were mistakes). In my continuing efforts to help others who might be in the same situation I was (and still am, being a BMW owner still), I have compiled a list of places to get BMW parts and BMW service done in California in the Bay Area that are specifically NOT dealerships, and that are NOT charging BMW markup prices for parts and labor.

I’ve also added some automotive performance shops to the list which are not BMW specific, as my girlfriend Anna drives a ’94 Lincoln Mark VIII.

Active Autowerks (link)
(online or local for Florida residents)
High performance parts and service (not discount) (link)
(online only)
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Auto Innovations (link)
1337 Minnis Cir, Milpitas, CA 95035, (408) 956-8004
-One of the original import speed shops in the bay area. works on imports as well as euros. great little place to have install dones, good prices and good service.

ATP [Advanced Tuning Products] (link)
44777-G S. Grimmer Blvd., Fremont, CA 94538
Phone: 510.445.1682 Fax: 510.445.1692
AWD dyno and mostly Audi/VW tuner

Bavarian Motorsport (Milpitas, CA, MAP)
1853 Houret Ct, Milpitas CA 95035, Phone: (408) 956-1662
Ramon’ is an awesome BMW technician,
Just about everything besides alignment and smog (even ARC welding)

Bay Are Hoses and Fittings (Santa Clara, CA, MAP)
3435 De La Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054, PHone: (408) 748-2100
XRP Fittings, Bought some replacement hose for my power stering system here cheap! (Zygmunt Motors Online, link)
-One of THE cheapest places to get Genuine BMW parts.

BMA autoparts – socal (link)
1822 S Victory Blvd, Glendale CA 91201
Phone: (818) 240-1223 Fax: 240-9074
-great prices on oem bmw parts. very helpful, great service, and fast shipping. ask for Patrick.

Capitol Transmission
3500 Pearl Ave # K, San Jose, CA 95136, (408) 267-9470 MAP
Kurtis installed my UUC motorwerks flywheel, short shift kit, and AA High Perf Clutch.

Conversion Techniques (link)
9845 Bigge St, Oakland, CA 94603, (510) 639-0911 MAP
Bought my Powerflex polyurethane rear trailing arm bushings here, support your racing habits here.

CoPartFInder (link)
(online only)
Sends out a requests to over 1000 auto dismantlers/junk yards looking for used parts you describe.

Dynospot Racing (link)
1798 Angela Street, San Jose, CA 95125, Phone: 408-271-9800, Fax: 408-271-9880 MAP
Dyno Testing, some parts aquisition, knowledable, but they never answer their phone <sigh>.

Exact Motorsports
1624 S. Main St. Milpitas CA 95035 [(408) 416-0061] [(408-416-0063] MAP
they stock Koni and Bilstein suspension, Nitto tire to name a few, and many others. $85/hour, John and Sandy are really nice folks, I’m not real thrilled with the level of troubleshooting on a recently solved problem I had with my car, ask me if you want to know more.

German Motor Specialist (link)
380 San Aleso Ave, Sunnyvale, CA 94085, (408) 522-9520 MAP
-owners and service people used to work at bay area bmw dealerships. -very professional and curtious service. probably not the cheapest independent out there, but still cheaper than the stealer.

Motorsport Techniques
1410 W Winton Ave, Hayward, CA, (510) 783-8383, MAP
-$80/hour labor rate, and they don’t screw you for labor usage
-alignments are $80/flat
-they pretty much do it all, but talk to them first, they’ll tell you if they can help you.

Monterey Bay Motor Works
1875 The Mall, Seaside, CA, 93955, (831) 899-4742, MAP
-$80/hour labor rate, and they don’t screw you for labor usage
-BMW Expertise, shop’s been around for more than 20 years
-Had my water pump, pulleys, and belts changed out, three hours of labor, 269 out the door for labor

Mustang Ranch (link)
1375 El Camino Real,Santa Clara,CA, (408) 247-9005 MAP
$90/Hour, Specialize in Late Model Mustang Restoration
-Dyno Facility, Anna’s Lincoln car work

New Dimensions (link)
2240 De La Cruz Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95050, (408) 980-1691 MAP
Mostly a VW/Audi shop, but they might have some bling for you.

Pacific BMW Mail-Order Parts (link)
4648 San Fernando Rd, Glendale, CA, 91204, (818) 552-4750
-One of THE cheapest place to get Genuine BMW parts.
-make sure you ask for their retail parts counter.

SIAS Tuning (link)
3065 Machado Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051, (650) 704-0771 MAP
-South Bay Distributor for TECH3 Aftermarket ECU (plug/play)
-Don’t think badly of Vic Sias because he works out of his home
-$60/hr labor rate (holy dollar savers batman!)
-Vic (Sias) is heavily involved in racing circles, and is knowledgable as a result

Stockton Auto Dismantlers
3239 S El Dorado St, Stockton, CA 95206, (209) 929-3900 MAP
Used bmw parts off of cars that have been in auto accidents
Dinan buys parts from them for testing (FYI)

UUC Motorwerks (link)
(online only)
-I bought my Shoft shift kit, my lightweight flywheel, tranny mount enforcers from these guys, awesome service, quick shipping, and very decent to deal with, very courteous, say Hi to Rob for me!

TC design Fab
13661755 Houret CT, Milpitas CA 95035 MAP
(408) 956-1526, (408) 956-1527 fax
Roll bars, welding, fabrication, you name it, and Tony is a really nice guy, highly recommended

Wheel Techniques (link) MAP
3280 Edward Ave Unit D, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Professional Wheel Restoration

Winchester Auto Parts
1366 S Winchester Blvd, San Jose, CA 95128, (408) 866-1222 MAP
bmw charges $40 for my thermostat, they had it for $28, in stock, open til 9pm)

Works Auto Body
1640 Grant St, Santa Clara, CA 95050
(408) 748-1367 MAP
I had my spoiler painted there, when I arrived they had a Ferrari 360, 355, and some assorted porsches lined up. They do very good work for reasonable rates.

Z Auto Sound
3896 Stevens Creek Blvd
(408) 554-6666 San Jose, CA
…not really related to bmw service, but these guys installed my stereo.

  1. November 11th, 2010 at 12:06 | #1

    Ben, Thanks for the referral, as always let us know what you need and we will be more than happy to assist you. Thanks again for all of the kind words

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