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Old 05-08-2013, 11:42 AM
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How much training does a certified BMW mechanic get,how do I know who is really working on my car,had a bad experience and looking for the answer,thanks.

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Each dealership is privately owned so experience will vary. Unless you are in the bay, which you most likely will never be, then you have no idea if it's being worked on by the manager, 'super' tech, the new guy, or the day laborer they picked up sitting outside Home Depot.
If you have had a bad experience, at that dealership, then kindly ask to speak with one of the service managers and explain your concern. He might be willing to give oversight.

BMW mechanics do go through training, but like many forms of training, a lot of it is on the job.
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How much training does a certified BMW mechanic get,how do I know who is really working on my car,had a bad experience and looking for the answer,thanks.

How much? What's the measure?

There's this, and more....

Like most education, students acqire intellectual tools. Real learning happens applying those skills.

Is there a substitute for experience + intelligence? Nope....!


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How much? What's the measure?

There's this, and more....

Like most education, students acqire intellectual tools. Real learning happens applying those skills.

Is there a substitute for experience + intelligence? Nope....!


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....Students "acquire" intellectual tools,Mmmmmm,like spelling?
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How much? What's the measure?

There's this, and more....

Like most education, students acqire intellectual tools. Real learning happens applying those skills.

Is there a substitute for experience + intelligence? Nope....!


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Old 05-08-2013, 01:53 PM
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....Students "acquire" intellectual tools,Mmmmmm,like spelling?

Ha! I am not a BMW mechanic.
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A good argument for learn to "DIY" or a find a good local indy shop after the warranty expires.
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you can request that the same mechanic work on your vehicle. Not sure how you would ever know even if the same name is on the receipt. Once you find a name of a tech, you can look them up on Linked In and see how much experience they have.
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I am very capable of doing oil changes on my ultimate driving machine,will it affect the warranty?My car went in for scheduled service,oil change,wiper blades & the battery cable recall service,when I was driving home the hazard light came on indicating a low oil condition,"Houston,we've got a problem",I was 2 quarts low.I went back to the service center and popped the hood and found oil all over my beautiful engine & engine bay,the oil fillcap opened and cocked sideways,the service rep said he would get it wiped down and thats when I blew my oil cap,AS*****,How dare you say that you will wipe it down!!!!JERKOFF!!!!,anyway,I spoke with the service manager on Monday and he made good on this bad experience,,,,End of Rant......
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I have a friend that had a job as a technician helper for about a year and now he just got out of UTI in Florida. I think he was there for about a year and now he got accepted to BMW step in New Jersey which isn't required to be a BMW tech but It's extra hands on training which a lot of techs go to now.
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I am very capable of doing oil changes on my ultimate driving machine,will it affect the warranty?My car went in for scheduled service,oil change,wiper blades & the battery cable recall service,when I was driving home the hazard light came on indicating a low oil condition,"Houston,we've got a problem",I was 2 quarts low.I went back to the service center and popped the hood and found oil all over my beautiful engine & engine bay,the oil fillcap opened and cocked sideways,the service rep said he would get it wiped down and thats when I blew my oil cap,AS*****,How dare you say that you will wipe it down!!!!JERKOFF!!!!,anyway,I spoke with the service manager on Monday and he made good on this bad experience,,,,End of Rant......
How exactly did he make good?
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Old 05-10-2013, 05:48 AM
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He kept the car for three days,did a low pressure wash of the engine and engine bay then wiped down everything,when I got there to pick up the car the engine and engine bay sparkled,he had the entire car detailed,(my car is always in showroom condition anyway)but I must admit they did a great job.The service manager gave me a $100.00 Shell gas card but I pushed my luck and got him to order a set of chrome tailpipe covers for free.All in all I was pleased,but will not bring my car to that dealership again.
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