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Old 10-01-2008, 01:37 PM
 
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I've dealt with two dishonest BMW mechanics (don't recall the names, but have the receipt somewhere) and one dishonest BMW dealer in Tampa and don't trust any of them. I've had my car "fixed" at Reeves on Florida Avenue, "diagnosed" by a mechanic on N. Dale Mabry and Linebaugh, and "maintained" by a mechanic on Anderson Road.

Finally, I gave Bert Smith in St. Pete a chance only because they supplied coupons and I remembered the exceptional customer service. I have my doubts about them also.

I know that "honest mechanic" may be an oxymoron, but I'm sure that there are a couple of honest mechanics out there.

Please help!
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Dunedin FL
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I suggest checking on some BMW forums and look for a local chapter in Tampa. I would imagine there would be some extensive information there. If you are not familiar with any of these forums, search BMW club or 3 series club something to that affect.
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Old 10-02-2008, 07:34 AM
 
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Your first mistake is taking it to the dealer. Don't ever take it to the dealer. The dealer will always rob you.
-Cars & Concepts at 4711 N. Manhattan Avenue (near the stadium) 813.348.6183 The guy who runs the place is name Thomas. He is a nice and honest guy. He is from Germany. He knows BMWs. Hard to get an appt though b/c they are always busy.
-Ludek's European Auto Service - at 3327 Gandy Blvd. 813.832.2738 Good people. I take my car there now.
-Rennen Imports - Never had any problems w/ them. they always treated me right. 1917 w kennedy blvd 813.876.0606
You can PM me if you have any additional questions
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Old 10-05-2008, 03:10 PM
 
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Thanks for the suggestions. I finally found a bimmer forum, and I will check out those recommended mechanics.

I usually don't go to dealers, but the two mechanics that I went to for service were disingenuous. I did find a mechanic on Bearrs. He appears to be honest, but I will still check out the others recommended.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:11 PM
 
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Smile trustworthy BMW mechanic

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I've dealt with two dishonest BMW mechanics (don't recall the names, but have the receipt somewhere) and one dishonest BMW dealer in Tampa and don't trust any of them. I've had my car "fixed" at Reeves on Florida Avenue, "diagnosed" by a mechanic on N. Dale Mabry and Linebaugh, and "maintained" by a mechanic on Anderson Road.

Finally, I gave Bert Smith in St. Pete a chance only because they supplied coupons and I remembered the exceptional customer service. I have my doubts about them also.

I know that "honest mechanic" may be an oxymoron, but I'm sure that there are a couple of honest mechanics out there.

Please help!
I know this is late, but I need to give props to Bergman's European in Brandon. They're good, they're date, and I will only trust them with my Z3.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:59 PM
 
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I know this is late, but I need to give props to Bergman's European in Brandon. They're good, they're date, and I will only trust them with my Z3.
Yes, it is a 5 year old thread, but bergmans is good Taken our VW there a few times, slightly more expensive but atleast they know what they're doing and do it right.
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Old 12-21-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I've dealt with two dishonest BMW mechanics (don't recall the names, but have the receipt somewhere) and one dishonest BMW dealer in Tampa and don't trust any of them. I've had my car "fixed" at Reeves on Florida Avenue, "diagnosed" by a mechanic on N. Dale Mabry and Linebaugh, and "maintained" by a mechanic on Anderson Road.

Finally, I gave Bert Smith in St. Pete a chance only because they supplied coupons and I remembered the exceptional customer service. I have my doubts about them also.

I know that "honest mechanic" may be an oxymoron, but I'm sure that there are a couple of honest mechanics out there.

Please help!
By the way, that's supposed to be "they're fair", not date. Call them at 813-655-0099.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: -"`-._,-'"`-._, ☀ Sunny Florida ☀ ,-"`-._,-'"`-.
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Oh my, another person who has nothing better to do that resurrect a zombie thread. Like really, it's soon to be a 10 year old thread. Resurrected 5 years ago and back to life again. And honestly, I have no idea why you posted your comments - must have been really boring day or what? Come on, just let it die....


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Old 02-04-2018, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Tampa
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Tedesco Auto Repairs in Temple Terrace. We have been taking our cars to him for 10 years. He only works on foreign cars. He is very honest. One of our cars had a recall on it. Took it to the dealership for the fix. While they were at it (without my approval), they did a whole car check and found $1,000 worth a fixes that needed to be done asap. Brought it to Tedesco and he shook his head and said we didn't need any of that. Another time, our car did need something, the dealership quoted $850. Took it to Tedesco. He charged me $400.
Tedesco Cars Inc. | Tampa's Leader in Automotive Repair Since 1992
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