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Pre-Purchase Inspections

 

If you are considering the purchase of a pre-owned BMW, Porsche, or MINI, we strongly recommend a pre-purchase inspection. Nothing takes the shine off your new purchase than finding out the “good deal” you got needs $2000 of work to be roadworthy. At Nikolas Motorsport our base pre-purchase inspection includes a multi-point physical check, a complete diagnostic readout, a road test, and estimates for any items we see that need attention. We will provide an overall opinion of the car, and  help you to understand what you might be getting into if you make the purchase. To facilitate schedules of buyers and sellers, we will make all necessary accommodations to get the inspection done quickly. If at all possible, we encourage you, the buyer to be present during the inspection. Once the technician has looked over the car and completed his inspection, we will be happy to show you anything that requires [...]

A Word (or two) About Alignments

Most of today’s new cars are designed to require 4-wheel alignments. Simply stated, there are adjustments which need to be verified and/or corrected to both the front and rear suspensions. BMW, PORSCHE and MINI automobiles are no exception. Actually the BMW and MINI vehicles also require the car to be weighted (front seats, rear seats, and trunk) to attain proper alignments. If you are discussing an alignment on a BMW or MINI with any repair shop, always ask if they have the proper weights available to load in the car before doing the alignment. If not, this is not the place to have your alignment work done. Nikolas Motorsport has a state of the art alignment system capable of completing alignments on most any vehicle. And, of course we have the required weights to load the car prior to completing the alignment. Even more importantly, we have technicians who [...]

Fluids and your BMW

 

The discussion of fluids for your BMW generates many varying opinions. At Nikolas Motorsport we have used our years of experience and research to arrive at the following standards.

 

Engine Oils – Most newer BMW engines specify a 5w30 full synthetic that meets BMW long life specs. With the long life specs BMW has extended the recommended oil service intervals to as long as 15,000 miles. Nikolas Motorsport fully believes in this oil specification. However, we strongly encourage our customers to perform oil services at an interval of 5000 miles. This recommendation has been developed after years of seeing higher mileage customer cars suffer from oil related problems. These problems can include annoying (and expensive) high levels of oil consumption, failures of engine components due to sludge buildup, and poor running conditions. Also, cars that do not get inspected as part of a normal oil service often incur higher [...]

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