I recently had to say goodbye to my old 2001 BMW 330 due to a freak accident while visiting Colorado. My car saved my life even though I hit an elk going 60mph at night in minus 2 degrees. The amazing part of this story is that I was able to continue my drive another two hours. I ended up driving the car back to San Diego but unfortunately the insurance declared the car a total loss. It was a sad ended to a car that I had since 2001...
Anyway, I found a replacement 2004 BMW 330 ZHP edition in San Diego. Before purchasing the car I had a local tech at a BMW dealership perform a pre-purchase inspection of the car. He found a laundry list of parts that needed immediate attention such as replacing the seals in the differential that was leaking. He informed me that the oil filter housing was leaking and the gasket needed to be replaced. Also the cyclone oil separator needed to be replaced with all of the various hoses. I was told that the control arm bushing needed to be replaced as well as both control arms. The long story is that with parts and labor I was looking at well over $6,000 dollars. Now I as able to get the car at a very low price but still had to factor in the necessary repairs.
I ended up purchasing the car and decided to make an appointment with Avus once again as I had in the past. To me it's worth the drive to Avus to have the experts inspect my new car. During the drive I was hoping that it was the typical dealership trying to up-sell me a bunch of service and parts that were not needed. When I arrived they were waiting for me and took the car immediately and put it up on the rack. After spending some time looking at it, Andrew showed me what was wrong with the car and what repairs needed immediate attention. Both Andrew and Amir knew that I made the drive from San Diego and that any repairs would have to be completed the same day. As it turns out, more than half of the repairs that the dealership said needed to be done were not needed at all. The control arm bushing/arms were fine. The oil separator did not need to be replaced, just one hose and the oil filter housing was not leaking at all. Again, it was just another hose that needed to be replaced. With this good news I decided to have piece of mind and have a full Inspection II service along with the differential repair. Andrew had two of his techs working at various times together to make sure all of the work would be completed for me. All of the parts needed to repair my car including rebuilding the cooling system where on the shelf at his shop. He even had a replacement shift knob that was needed! Here's the best news, it all came together and and my out the door price was no where close to the $6,000 quote from the dealership. I'm writing this review after two weeks of driving the car and everything is great with no issues! Whether you live a mile or two from Avus or over an hour or more away, it is worth the drive to have the crew at Avus service your car. The staff at Avus spends the time to thoroughly explain any issues and recommend which repairs are necessary and which ones can be postponed. If you are looking for the best quality BMW service at fair prices, you owe it to yourself to give Avus Autosport a try!