BMW Paradise of North County

2321 S. Santa Fe, Suite G
Vista, CA 92084 US
26 Reviews
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Vista, CA. BMW service and repair. We also service the cities of Carlsbad, Encinitas and Oceanside with the best BMW repairs and services in the North San Diego County area.

See our reviews on Yelp and Google.

We are a full service BMW repair shop in Vista, CA. We have been here in San Diego County for 40 years. We do all facets of BMW repair, including brakes, major servicing, air conditioning, alignment, electronic diagnosis, major engine repair, clutches, automatic transmission diagnosis and repair, body work such as window regulators and performance upgrades. We have all of the latest diagnostic equipment. No charge diagnostics including service engine soon lights diagnosed.

We all drive BMWs and we love them. We understand what it means to drive the "ultimate driving machine". We are a small, family run store and we are user friendly.

We are open five days a week from 7:30 to 5:30 and most Saturdays by appointment. Call/text my cell phone: 760-822-7426 or call the shop at: 760-599-4103.

We are near Cal State San Marcos, just off Hwy 78 and Rancho Santa Fe Road.

Look for our service specials daily on Craigslist.

$15.95 a day enterprise rentals available. Free towing available upon request.

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  • I can't say enough nice things about this business and the owner/employees. Larry and his team are VERY knowledgeable, friendly, and honest. I wouldn't take my car anywhere else!

    Dawn H. Oceanside, CA, via Yelp on August 27, 2019
  • Excellent customer service! Larry was quick to respond to me for a same day appointment and it was on the weekend too. He never tried to oversell me on unnecessary repairs as I experienced at another place. Instead, he told me what repairs I should plan for in the coming year. He even offered to drop me off at Starbucks while I waited for my car rather than sitting in their waiting room. Hard to find service that goes above and beyond like this!

    Winnie V. San Diego, CA, via Yelp on April 28, 2019
  • I actually feel terrible that it took me this long to leave a review! This whole shop is amazing everybody is super nice super professional and legitimately represent what you want a business to be like. I had a bunch of issues with my car and Larry helped navigate the warranty process and save me thousands of dollars! In addition he took care of some things that I didn't even know were wrong with the car. Highly suggest you check em out if you have any ignition coil problems, alternator problems, leaks, and just any check engine light warnings!

    Jacob S. Vista, CA, via Yelp on February 19, 2019
  • Our daughter's car kept stalling and we needed it repaired over the weekend so she could attend classes the upcoming week. We called Larry Saturday morning and he was kind enough to spend most all day Saturday diagnosing it. He was able to find the the problem, was able to fix it, and had it ready by Monday. I feel that he is an honest person, his prices are fair, and he cares about his customers. He asked that my daughter come back during the week to make sure everything was working well. Because he is a man of integrity, I feel comfortable knowing my daughter can take her car to Larry's when she has car problems (since I'm over an hour away), and know she will not be taken advantage of.

    David Z. Hemet, CA, via Yelp on August 27, 2018
  • Larry is awesome. My son bought an '03 BMW and we new it needed work. Larry did a full inspection and followed up with phone calls to advise findings. We are very happy with the customer service and detail.

    Katie L. Vista, CA, via Yelp on May 30, 2018
  • Larry is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and honest. I felt like my X3 was in good hands when I needed engine and transmission work done.

    Shawn Y., via Google
  • Larry is the most knowledgeable person along with his staff, on anything BMW. I highly recommend him for an analysis of your car. And if he can't help, Larry will point you in the right direction. Price are pretty reasonable too.

    Joel G., via Google
  • Excellent service! Don’t go to the dealership, go see Larry! Honest and reliable.

    Mark H., via Google
  • Larry and his crew are simply the best around. They treat you like family and I really mean that. They show a level of care that is rare, if not unheard of, these days. Their work and rates are outstanding and more than fair. If you don't talk to Larry first, then you're missing out!

    Shaun G., via Google
  • Larry goes over the top for his customers! Helped me diagnose my BMW and assisted me every step of the way, definitely knows his BMWs

    George S., via Google
  • Larry is the most helpful, honest, and truthful mechanic ever!

    Spencer S., via Google

26 Reviews

  • Carlo Dupone
    Carlo Dupone9 years ago

    Here I am again 5 years later praising Larry for his honesty and exceptional service at BMW Paradise of North County. He thoroughly explains the issues and makes his honest and straightforward repair recommendations.

    I wouldn't take my BMWs to anyone else.

    2008 BMW 750iL
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  • Mark
    Mark12 years ago

    Based on the comments here I called Larry and discussed my BMW's issue. He suggested I bring the car in (after his normal hours because of my work hours and commute) and we'd take a look. He suggested I bring the car back and he'd have his mechanics take a much closer look and let me know what the issue(s) were (I had several oil leaks). As arranged, he checked out my car and provided me with details on what was wrong and what he would charge for both parts and labor, making me a deal. While I decided not to repair the car and offered to pay for the diagnostic service, he refused, saying he said no charge, and he stuck with no charge. While I can't speak of repairs made at BMW Paradise of North County, I can attest to his fairness, honesty, and personal service. If you have a problem, give him a call first.

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  • Stephen Pasco
    Stephen Pasco12 years ago

    I just took my car in for an oil change and Larry's shop, BMW Paradise of North County, was the first of many that by default uses BMW parts and oil. As a bonus, Larry is a fantastic guy to meet. He's extremely friendly and honest. My car is soon going out of warranty and I'll be taking my car to Larry for my future BMW needs.

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  • Skip Jacovino
    Skip Jacovino13 years ago

    I have a 2006 325I that has had some issues almost from the moment I bought it. Mainly electrical (as is common with BMW). Larry (and his excellent team at BMW Paradise of North County) made it his personal mission to find my very elusive problem. It took a lot of research on Larry's part to locate the issue. It turned out that it was a tiny compromised electrical cable that finding was like looking for a needle in a haystack. Larry managed to find it and worked closely with my warranty company to make sure that my expense was kept to a bare minimum.

    In my book, the most important factor when choosing a mechanic is honesty and integrity....I can confidently say that Larry's shop has both of these qualities. I have found my permanent BMW mechanic.

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  • Ann von Gal
    Ann von Gal13 years ago

    Dr. Larry is simply the best. My 2000 528i was 8 years old and had over 140,000 miles when I bought her. She developed some challenges almost immediately. Thank goodness I found Dr. Larry and BMW Paradise of North County. He diagnosed the issues, discussed the problems in terms I could understand and came up with a workable plan. My BMW is fabulous. I would never take her to anyone else. Thank you Larry.

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  • Miki
    Miki13 years ago

    Honest and knowledgeable BMW mechanic!

    I learned about BMW Paradise of North County via internet almost two years ago after I got fed up taking my '00 740IL to Encinitas, Ocenaside and Escondido BMW services for three years. When I called Larry first time to bring car for brake job, he told me to get discount coupon from Craig's List. I could not believe that mechanic wants to save me money. That how I feel every time I go to Larry. Every time I take my car for service, Larry takes good care of it and always calls me explaining what the problem is, how much it will cost and what options I have. Every job I had done on my car at Larry's was done very professionally, in timely manner and with fair price. Thanks to Larry I can afford to drive used BMW! Don't look around, take your BMW to Larry!

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  • Summer - Temecula Ca
    Summer - Temecula Ca13 years ago

    I finally bought my dream car...a 2004 BMW 325i...for a used car every mechanic in town tried to convince me that I bought a headache! Repaired her twice within a month at two different shops for the same problem after my coolant light came on...I hated the fact that every time a mechanic would look at my car they just gave me that look of disappointment...I proved that they just don't speak BMW after I called Larry at BMW Paradise of North County for advice & I couldn't believe how personable & knowledgeable Larry was over the phone...I drove 40 miles out of town with the fear of my car over heating & it was worth it!

    Yes my car is high maintenance... but she is just like her owner and I only trust Larry to pamper her! I was greeted with a smile & the willingness to help...I can't believe that I am bragging about my mechanic... i liked hanging out at the shop while getting my first oil change last week... Larry, if you ever read your own reviews... i just want to let you know... I love my car even more because you gave me the peace of mind that no other mechanic could ever give me! The reviews posted above are all true.

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  • Lynnette
    Lynnette13 years ago

    My husband and I have used several mechanics to service our 525i and 325i around the Encinitas/Carlsbad area. We moved back to CA from Hawaii where we had a great independent service person taking care of our beemers. We went online searching to find another comparable mechanic and we read rave reviews about Larry and BMW Paradise of North County. We have been going to Larry for almost 2 years now and no one can compete with his reasonable rates, timely service and prompt diagnosis of the problem. Larry is very knowledgeable, honest and straightforward. We thoroughly trust his expertise and would highly recommend him for any repairs you need on your BMWs. Being retired, it’s also a bonus that he offers specials on Craig’s List. Larry is the best!

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  • fred luettgerodt
    fred luettgerodt13 years ago

    What a great guy. Very knowledgeable and upfront. Shows you everything he will do and lets you under the car. Asks all of the right questions. Respectfully, Fred L

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  • Gregg
    Gregg13 years ago

    Larry was a delight to work with and his knowledge is hard to find these days. I will be using Larry and BMW Paradise of North County again, and highly recommend others to give a him a call. Thank you again for all your help and saving me money. You are great.

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  • Josh
    Josh13 years ago

    Larry, and crew at BMW Paradise of North County, always do a great job on my cars. Whether I am getting an oil change or something major, they are always fair, honest and they always do great work. I wouldn't take my M3 to anyone else.

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  • AJ Sablan
    AJ Sablan14 years ago

    Two Words: Highly Recommended!

    I've seen over half a dozen mechanics over many years and FINALLY, I can end my search with Larry at BMW Paradise of North County. What a great feeling! I've been looking for an experienced, honest, fair, & customer-oriented mechanic not trying to take me for an arm and a leg, even with my obvious lack of repair knowledge. I found that and more at BMW Paradise of North County.

    To say he gave me a deal is a huge understatement! Larry towed my car, gave me a free and complete diagnostics inspection, explained my BMW's maintenance issues with possible remedies, and talked figures only when I asked. Not once did I feel pressured to purchase anything or even utilize his services for repairs. It is because of all this that my BMW will become a lifelong patient of his and I am a lifelong customer and referrer. I'll say it again, this shop is highly recommended!

    Larry knows BMWs. He has over 40 years experience. Larry knows great customer service and satisfaction. He took his time discussing options with me, returned all of my phone calls, and never tried to upsell me on anything. Just read the other reviews. They all agree.

    If your car has a hiccup, take it to Dr. Larry!

    (I will never see another Doc again)

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  • Ted Bumgardner
    Ted Bumgardner14 years ago

    The dealer told me that the coolant system on my '06 530i was developing a leak and that the repair would cost over $800. I took the car to Larry at BMW Paradise of North County who found a simple leaking temperature sensor to be the problem and less than $100 later he had me on my way. Larry is knowledgeable and honest - I don't plan to be taking my BMW anywhere else.

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  • Carlo Dupone
    Carlo Dupone14 years ago

    I've owned several BMWs over the years which have all been serviced by Larry. BMW Paradise of North County exemplifies excellence and care in dealing with the customer and most importantly our BMW. It is so difficult to find an honest mechanic that is fair and cordial; customer oriented and maintains reasonable repair fees.

    Larry takes his time explaining the issues involving the repairs and proposes a plan of action. He understands each individual’s budget and hectic schedule and attempts to accommodate his clients to the best of his ability.

    I will definitely continue having my BMWs serviced by BMW Paradise of North County and highly recommend his mechanic shop to anyone who owns the “Ultimate Driving Machine”.

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  • Josh Hagquist
    Josh Hagquist14 years ago

    I've had all of my BMW work done by Larry and I continually recommend his BMW service business to people I meet who are in need of a reputable mechanic.

    I've been bringing my cars to BMW Paradise of North County for over 6 years now and I've always been given great service, honest assessments of the repairs I needed and value for my dollar. There are countless shops one can take their car to but I won't go anywhere else. If you're looking for a great shop, great service and a knowledgeable staff then having your BMW serviced by Larry is your only option. You won't be disappointed!

    My M3 has never been treated better! Thanks Larry, Paul and staff.

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  • Gary
    Gary14 years ago

    Alert to all Benz owners too!

    I was referred to BMW Paradise of North County by a friend for my E-320...let me tell you that he spotted a problem that was under warranty...rather than try to sell me anything..he made the call to the dealer to confirm the coverage..and send me on my way..saved me $1,600 +...since then he takes care of my car like it was his own.

    I know this is a BMW based site..but listen..when you find an honest and extremely qualified have to share him with the rest of us!!

    Thanks Larry...for all the good work on my car.

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  • Dan Linge
    Dan Linge14 years ago

    Dr. Larry is the finest surgeon to EVER work on all the BMWs in my family.

    I was referred to Larry at BMW Paradise of North County 5 years ago and from the moment I met him I knew I was in good hands. His passion for his work is unmatched. Besides being the best mechanic I've ever met, Larry has phenomenal people skills and is hands on with all of his customers. He'll always treat you like family and that is a comfort level most people never feel when they drop their car off for service.

    Let's face it, most people have had negative experiences when dealing with mechanics or car dealers. People trust them to do a good job and not take advantage of them, because they never have any idea of servicing a car. Larry is honest, upfront and will tell it like it is. He is a man of integrity. The money I have saved over the years having Larry work on my cars is huge. His prices are reasonable and he won't overcharge you for parts but rather save you money by buying them at a discount.

    I love BM's. I have for a long time. There is simply nothing else that drives like a Beemer. My only fear is that someday Larry might actually retire (he's too young now). Larry always answers the phone when I call and is always pleasant. I've made a good friend over the years....someone who I trust. I've referred many people to Larry and they have been very happy. This man knows his cars, knows how to run a business and is caring about his customers. What more could you ask for?

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  • Frank
    Frank14 years ago

    I've been going to BMW Paradise of North County for a couple of years. He was recommended to me by a friend who is himself extremely knowledgeable about fixing BMWs. I have since introduced several of my friends to Larry. He knows BMWs and is extremely honest and fair ... and yes, he is very skilled at diagnosing and fixing my 740iL. Larry offers me choices on how to address a problem and delivers on his commitments.

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  • Carrie
    Carrie14 years ago

    I couldn't agree more with the other comments posted here. I found Larry at BMW Paradise of North County when a friend recommended him. My car had just gone off of service contract and I wasn't sure if I would keep it. Larry gave me honest and reliable feedback about what I could expect in the coming years so that I could decide if I wanted to keep the car or sell it and buy a new one. He did my repairs right the first time, and as everyone else mentioned, he was great about explaining the issues, both long and short term. He helped me decide which repairs were critical and which were not. He was never pushy. If you are going to keep your car out of contract and don't want to pay for the impersonal, and lacking in personal ownership, service of a large dealer then you should consider Larry.

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  • Bart Carry
    Bart Carry14 years ago

    I've been to BMW Paradise of North County twice for two separate issues. The first time he fixed my alignment and a few other problems with the wheels and steering quickly and it was surprisingly inexpensive for the amount of work done. The second time I brought the car in, Larry fixed the whole car, it was a lot of work and the price for the work done was very fair and was in and out of the shop fast. Larry was great with returning my calls and answering all my questions. Larry's Automotive never tried to sell me any service I didn't need. I always take my car here because I know it's in great hands. Larry's is the place to go if you want good dependable work done. I highly recommend BMW Paradise of North County.

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  • Darrell
    Darrell14 years ago

    You will not find a better shop. Larry provides excellent service with great rates. I was recommended by a friend to BMW Paradise of North County, so I took my 02 540i to Larry to take care of an AC issue.

    He quickly fixed that and we took a look together over the rest of the car, all the while he explained and pointed out everything he saw along the way. Notice I said together - he will not try to pull one over on you. I liked him so much that I took the car back the next week for the rest of the work without hesitation.

    Larry is honest and accurate. No one else will work on my car and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone.

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  • Patrick
    Patrick14 years ago

    I purchased an older E32 and was referred to Larry from a friend. I met with Larry and he gave my car a thorough inspection. He ask me how long I planned to keep the car and discussed the repair options with me. He did not try to over sell me on repairs that were not immediately necessary. I scheduled the work that needed to be done and was offered a loaner car. I was pleasantly surprised at the estimate for the repairs and would highly recommend BMW Paradise of North County to anyone tired of paying outrageous dealership prices. The work performed was top notch.

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  • Russ
    Russ14 years ago

    Larry and Paul have made sure every time my 01 740i has an issue, it is fixed with speed and reliability. Their work is done right the first time; which is something I can't say about the local BMW dealers. They are friendly, courteous, easy going, not to mention very knowledgeable. Once I was introduced to them, I have never taken my car any where else, nor will I ever. I have recommended my BMW driving friends to BMW Paradise of North County and each one still goes back to him.

    If you want a good deal and quality work, Larry is your man.

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  • Debi Lane
    Debi Lane14 years ago

    Larry's auto shop, BMW Paradise of North County, gave me fantastic service, saved me money, and made me comfortable with keeping my beloved but aging 323ci for a while, instead of dumping it immediately. The car's now purring, and so am I.

    Before calling Larry's, I paid $300 in diagnostic fees to an Encinitas shop that quoted $3300 - $4300 to get back on the road. Some friends advised this was a little steep, and an owner of a similar old beemer recommended Larry's, so I gave them a call.

    Larry's towed my car from the other shop and evaluated it for no charge. Larry explained my options and the costs in detail, and he got my car running nicely for far less than the other guys. Now, I'm happily cruising PCH again and winging up to the OC, instead of haggling with car salesmen....for the moment, anyway. Hope Larry can keep these moments coming. Based on what I've seen and heard, I'm confident that he can.

    Thanks, Larry!

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  • Larry Turner
    Larry Turner14 years ago

    I was "rescued" from dealer service/maintenance by a friend at church when I told him of a dealer repair estimate "at least $2,300 ...we'll know more when we get inside...".

    Fortunately, I stopped in to see Larry at BMW Paradise of North County, he put the magic scope on my 740 and gave me a firm estimate later that day of $750-$775. His work was impeccable and has been so for the past 4 years one else will be touching my car!

    Routine maintenance, major repairs, strategic planning...Larry does it all with care, focus and accuracy. I give Larry my highest recommendation.

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  • Bruce Settergren
    Bruce Settergren14 years ago

    BMW Paradise of North County is a great place to take your BMW for service. In fact, it might be the only place if you're trying to find the most experienced and most thoroughly equipped BMW shop in SoCal. Larry knows BMWs. And you won't have to pay dealer prices. These are the two things you should have in mind when looking for a BMW shop: Skill and fairness. Larry's got both.

    I've had maintenance done there as well as a major transmission replacement job. And quite a bit in between.

    If you need someone to care for your BMW, BMW Paradise of North County is where you should go.

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