Dose BMW Service

215-F Denny Way,
El Cajon, CA 92020 US
8 Reviews
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Dose Independent BMW service is your solution for an affordable BMW service and repair shop in San Diego. Located in El Cajon since 1987, we are just minutes from your home or office.

Dose Inc. is one of the few authorized ZF automatic transmission shops in the U.S. This gives us direct access to factory ZF parts and information for that no reverse or strange transmission problem you are having with your BMW.

We are an authorized Dinan dealer, able to add performance to your BMW and without voiding your factory warranty.

We now perform complete Mini Cooper service and repair — and we can rebuild your Mini Cooper CVT transmission.

Dose Independent BMW service is a family owned and operated facility and would love for you to become part of our family.

8 Reviews

  • Rob Adams1 year ago


    I have had Many BMW's over the years and trying to find a "Good" repair shop in San Diego was a nightmare. I was referred to Dose years ago by a friend and have been with them every since.

    Great Prices, Fast Repairs and VERY Honest People!!! I have sent Many people to Dose and now THEY will Not go anywhere else as well. Steve & Brandon are The BEST!!! It's a Family Businesses and they treat their customers like family. If you want it Done Right, The 1st time...Go To DOSE!!!

    1998 BMW M3 Convertiable
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  • Billy3 years ago

    By far the BEST BMW shop in SoCal (probably the best in the entire country but I've only used shops in SoCal). I started having the dreaded 'electrical' issues, followed by AC issues and many shops wouldn't even touch my car. Before finding DOSE, I took my car to several other "awesome" shops that were referred to me in the SoCal area but they have ALL failed where DOSE has succeeded! Don't bother taking your BMW anywhere else - it will only cost you more money & wasted time as other shops "guess" what's wrong with your car - DOSE actually figures out what's wrong and fixes it - saving you time and money!!

    2003 BMW 745Li
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  • Peter D4 years ago

    Steve Dose is a motorhead's mechanic.

    He understands BMW's better than anybody I've ever met.

    He rebuilt my 2003's 530i 's transmission beautifully (and this is not an easy transmission to tackle. See the web for the horror stories about the ZF tranny.) And he did it for less than a dealer would charge!

    I'm a motorhead, and I appreciate great work. Everything Steve has done looks first rate -- and he follows up his service with a phone call to see how your car is doing.

    That's unprecedented, in my experience.

    But Steve takes great pride in his knowledge and his work.

    He's also extremely conscientous, and a really decent guy, to boot.

    Car repair is a field fraught with conflict. On this field, Steve conducts himself with

    responsibility and integrity.

    Steve Dose is, truly, as good as it gets.

    He was worth the drive from Malibu.


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  • Edward M.5 years ago

    I have a '03 BMW X5 4.6is and the transmission has about 50k on it (replaced by Rusnak BMW at 60k). The tranny started to slip and bang in low gear and on acceleration. I found out about Dose BMW through the X5 forum and gave it a try. It's the best decision I've made considering their amount of experience with strictly BMWs and ZF transmissions. The shop is immaculate and spotless. Steve Dose

    (owner) is a great guy who is very professional and knowledgeable about the ZF transmissions. He allowed me to enter the shop area and showed me exactly what parts were replaced. The transmission was fixed in a very timely manner. It was definitely worth the drive from LA to San Diego. I highly recommend Dose BMW, for any BMW services, especially transmission problems. Hands down a very competent and knowledgeable team, with a immaculate working area. Well done Dose BMW.

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  • Deborah5 years ago

    I love these guys and had the best experience in repairing my 1998 failed transmission. They taught me so much about how to treat my car (which I LOVE) so I can keep it in the best shape possible. Believe me there's much more to know that is NOT in the manual, which I read, of course. That transmission fluid really does need to be changed! Their knowledge and experience has and will save me so much money and grief that I am forever grateful. I recommend them highly and will never go anywhere else.

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  • Chris5 years ago

    I found out about Steve from a post by a fellow E39 owner at a popular BMW forum. Based on what I read and from my dealings with him, it's apparent that Steve really knows his stuff when it comes to the ZF transmissions. I purchased a torque converter from him and had a local shop install it (in TN).

    Knowing I was buying a ZF part from a ZF shop gave me the additional peace of mind that I was doing the best thing possible for my car. I can't say enough positive things about the entire process, and based on my experience would highly recommend these folks to anyone.

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  • Dan6 years ago

    Steve at Dose is a professional that knows the ZF transmission. I shipped mine half way across the country to be fixed by Dose. It was turned around as promised and is currently back in my 530i and running like new.

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  • Jane8 years ago

    Dose BMW was affordable and professional. I dealt directly with Brandon and he was very helpful. I give Dose BMW 2 thumbs up!

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