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Good, trustworthy BMW mechanics in Lörrach (D)?

Can anyone recommend a good BMW mechanic in Lörrach or other German border towns? I will have to do some changes to our US car in order to get it through the Lucerne DMV (got xenon lights w/o the washer system, probably the biggest headache of all the changes needed). Therefore I want to get a few quotes from different BMW mechanics (I'd also be interested in a good, reasonable BMW mechanic in Switzerland if there is such a thing) - not from dealers though - BMW Switzerland has not been helpful at all so far.

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Re: Good, trustworthy BMW mechanics in Lörrach (D)?

I'm on about my eighth BMW and never had a problem with a BMW dealer in Switzerland, so I don't know where you got off track. You can't say the same about BMW dealers in the US though, because the distribution/ service system there is quite different. There are indy garages that repair BMW, usually older ones, but when it comes to parts or anything fancy, they have to go to BMW.

So what primarily is your concern, quality of service or cost? You don't save money if the work isn't competent.
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Re: Good, trustworthy BMW mechanics in Lörrach (D)?

Cost and quality are important. I have used VERY good and honest independent BMW mechanic in the US. As soon as our car was too old for the free service I switched. A good one is not cheap but reasonable, that's what I am looking for. When I originally contacted BMW Switzerland for information on bringing our car with us they where pretty stand-offish. This is not a new car but came with us as household good.

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I'm on about my eighth BMW and never had a problem with a BMW dealer in Switzerland, so I don't know where you got off track. You can't say the same about BMW dealers in the US though, because the distribution/ service system there is quite different. There are indy garages that repair BMW, usually older ones, but when it comes to parts or anything fancy, they have to go to BMW.

So what primarily is your concern, quality of service or cost? You don't save money if the work isn't competent.
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Re: Good, trustworthy BMW mechanics in Lörrach (D)?

I'm not sure what "stand-offish" means, however there are two reasons they would dissuade you from importing the car into Switzerland:

- the cost and nuisance of bringing it here and the conversion
- normally it would be more viable to sell your BMW in the US and acquire another one here, which it seems is not the case with you.

Other than the changes needed to make your car legal for registration in Switzerland, there are a lot of other differences between the US and Euro versions of the same model, the exhaust system, for example, and the Swiss parts/service system is geared for the Euro model and some parts for your car may not be stocked in Switzerland.

When BMW tries to explain all this to a customer, who doesn't understand all the machinations, it may lead to misunderstandings and non-acceptance of reality, so they naturally discourage such imports.
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