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Old 04-28-2010, 06:19 AM
 
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I originally started this thread after we had gone to the BMW dealership and we decided NO MORE and it was the first time my car needed repair so we weren't familiar with other automotive options.
I had an emergency situation with my car last week and needed help immediately. I did call Shadetree but needed a faster response and I had since heard of First Class Automotive so took my chances and called them. Wow, they were so helpful. They had a towing company (Dean's towing) in place so they immediately took care of making arrangements and I felt the flat rate of $65 was very reasonable. I didn't have to worry about paying for the towing as that would be added to my bill.

I have nothing but good things to say about First Class . . they have been very helpful, responsive and I'm sure we are paying 1/2 of what we would have had we gone back to the dealership. I think they are worth helping you out if you are looking for a good place to take your Beamer.

http://www.firstclassautomotive.com/

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Old 04-28-2010, 08:11 AM
 
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Thanks for the feedback, always good to hear about trustworthy places.

I've had good experience with Shade Tree. Recently sent an inquiry to M Powered but never heard back. I'm in the South Cary area, so M Powered would be more convenient.

I have an '02 E39 M5, take it to VIR once in a while. Surprisingly "capable" in stock form, for such a heavy car!
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:14 AM
 
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Is there any sort of BMW club around here? I have a '95 318ci that I work on myself, but I'm looking for help to rebuild the front end. I appreciate the shop referrals.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:17 AM
 
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I have an '02 E39 M5, take it to VIR once in a while. Surprisingly "capable" in stock form, for such a heavy car!
Cool....we have an '01 E39 M5 (among others) that saw 1.5 years of heavy VIR usage until I retired it and got a dedicated E36 euro M3 for track use. I am converting the M5 back into a daily driver which is more comfy and kid friendly (well, except for the straight pipes, but it sounds too good to change back).
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:32 AM
 
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I have an '02 E39 M5, take it to VIR once in a while. Surprisingly "capable" in stock form, for such a heavy car!
I really wanted an E39 M5 when I was car shopping back in '04. My dream car was LeMans Blue with either the black or the two-tone black/blue interior with a manual tranny. I ended up getting a LeMans Blue E46 M3 convertible with a black interior and manual tranny. I know. . . . . not in the same league. . . .but I REALLY enjoy it on days like these.

My car is due for new brakes in the next few weeks, so I may call M Powered. My Inspection II is also coming up in a few months
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:46 AM
 
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I really wanted an E39 M5 when I was car shopping back in '04. My dream car was LeMans Blue with either the black or the two-tone black/blue interior with a manual tranny. I ended up getting a LeMans Blue E46 M3 convertible with a black interior and manual tranny. I know. . . . . not in the same league. . . .but I REALLY enjoy it on days like these.

My car is due for new brakes in the next few weeks, so I may call M Powered. My Inspection II is also coming up in a few months
Since we're on that topic, that's what I have (except with Caramel interior):

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Old 04-28-2010, 09:53 AM
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RDUBiker- ever hit up the cars and coffee event in Brier Creek?

There is a guy on horsepowerjunkies.com that has a E36 M3 with a swapped LS1 motor, it is a nasty swap. I really wanted to track my new car, but I can't see myself cutting up the interior to put a cage in the car, stupid convertibles.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:54 AM
 
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RDUBiker- ever hit up the cars and coffee event in Brier Creek?

There is a guy on horsepowerjunkies.com that has a E36 M3 with a swapped LS1 motor, it is a nasty swap. I really wanted to track my new car, but I can't see myself cutting up the interior to put a cage in the car, stupid convertibles.
Nope, no time for car meets any more with my 14-month old running around She does have a dedicated seat in the back of the M5 though.

I know the guy with the LS1 swap - that's Brandon. Very nice guy. Did all the work himself. My E36 M3 "only" has a euro engine swap
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:57 AM
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Nope, no time for car meets any more with my 14-month old running around She does have a dedicated seat in the back of the M5 though.

I know the guy with the LS1 swap - that's Brandon. Very nice guy. Did all the work himself. My E36 M3 "only" has a euro engine swap
Yeah, he is a real nice guy. Gotta love the power and tq his car has though!

The 14 month old is almost old enough to get out there, but I know what you mean about having no time. It is a very relaxed environment, a lot of people bring young kids out. This months will benefit the Duke Hospital, but I will be down at the beach unfortunately.
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Old 04-28-2010, 09:57 AM
 
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If we're still posting referrals, I vote for MPowered in Cary. Great work and great prices! They know what they're doing.
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