What type of car should I buy?

My clients often ask me the question; What type of car should I buy? Mercedes, Porsche, BMW, maybe Mini Cooper? They say, since you (me) repair them you should know it best.

This is rather interesting question and there is not one fits all the answer. To make the right decision many different factors should be considered for instance the drivers age and financial situation at hand will make a big difference. The purpose or main use of the vehicle will also determine the type and model of the most suitable car for the drivers need.

To choose the right car there are many more additional considerations, like the main use will be commuting or local driving. Furthermore maintenance, repair costs and gas mileage should be also considered as well. So as you see, it is not an easy choice to pick the right car for most people.

There are so many different criteria, they are different for many drivers as is their needs. Suffice to say we have a little slogan we use;  “The bigger the wheels the bigger the bills”. It may sound funny but in short term it does apply in most cases.

According to my experience, a large SUV will be twice as costly as a sedan with a small engine. The least expensive a model is, the least it will cost in fuel in repairs and maintenance.

We try our best to advise and help to choose the right automobile so you and your family will be happy many years to come with their choice.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us. Our phone number is: 905.795.0419.

Thank you for choosing us and all the best from all of us at Techmax.

BMW – Mercedes – Mini Cooper Repair in Mississauga

Few words about Techmax Auto Repair Incorporated Service

Techmax Import Auto Service is a family owned and operated, full European Import car (BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche, Mini Morris) auto motor repair facility. We pride ourselves on provide every costumers with honest advice and quality repairs for their European Import Car. Our shop is furnished with the latest, state of the art European Impost Car diagnostic and   repair equipment, however we will never do any repairs without the customer authorization.

In the order to ensure safety and performance on our customer`s automobile, we always explain what repairs are required and why, before we do any any work on any vehicle.

Some of our offers are:

European Import Cars Maintenance: Our goal at Techmax is to ensure, your high end automobile continues running safely and efficiently. If repairs is necessary we use original or high end after market quality parts.

Are you busy? No problem, drop off your vehicle in our parking lot and deposit the keys in our safe and convenient Key Drop Box at next to our entry door. We will take care of the rest.

Wish you wait for your car? We offer to our customer high speed wireless internet, big screen TV, fresh cup of coffee, cold water, in our comfortable customer lounge.

We believe a well maintained vehicle runs better, lost longer, has a higher resale value and save money for the car owners in the long run.

Please give us a call to 905.795.0419. As usually we will be happy to answer any of your question.

 

Crankshaft bearing issues with the BMW M3 – S65 engines

The dreaded crankshaft bearing issues with the BMW M3 – S65 engines. Let’s get the facts straight, the actual failure rate is extremely low considering the volume of cars built over the five years, approximately twenty six thousand  (2008 to 2013 ) for the general public.

This particular engine has been built as a high revving normally aspirated high output performance engine pre-dominantly designed to compete with Porsche in the various road races over the years.

The first examples were squeezed into the E46 chassis. E46 chassis where they became legendary in Europe and North America. Worth to note, the same engine has been the sole M BMW Motorsport of choice in all the factory supported M race cars the M3 and the MZ 4 from 2005 until  2015 which speaks volumes about this particular engines durably. Its safe to say the engine is well built to perform. It preforms very well under racing conditions, and performs just as well under daily driving over the life of the engine perhaps.

However, there are a few things to remember, if you own one of this cars for instance the bearing load on the connecting rod will increase 25 fold from six thousand rpm to eight thousand five hundred rpm.

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Because of the high revving nature of the engine we recommend to switch from the factory recommend TSW Castrol motor oil to the more robust build Liqui Moly 10-60 motor oil. Furthermore we also recommend to shortening  the oil change intervals to maximum ten thousand kilometres at most.

Also we ad (despite that BMW not endorsing any additives at least not on paper) a Liqui Moly MOS/2 (molybdenum disulfide, graphite) additive which gets embedded in the bearings at each or at least every second oil change.

If you have oversized calipers and use your S65 equipped M3 for competition purposes you should convert your lubrication to a dry sump system, regardless of cost. The factory set up not designed with extreme G forces in mind period.

We have serviced many of this cars with this maintenance method, and never had a bearing failure even at spiritedly driven M3 cars at near two hundred thousand kilometres. Draw your own conclusions.

liqui moly adictive We wish you all the best and happy motoring from Techmax.

 

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High tech world of modern cars, BMW, Mercedes Benz, Porsche

BMW, MERCEDES BENZ, Porsche and most modern high tech automobile contains or describe their efficient powerful engines with some words as twin turbo, twin scroll turbo, valvetronic, vanos adjuster and many more.

What do they mean?

For us, auto mechanics, for auto motive technicians and for the mechanically inclined may be not so complicated, but for the general public they are rather confusing names and descriptions.

Please let me try to help you explain the core description of all of this technical information.

Twin turbo means two turbo chargers, twin scroll is a single turbo with a special way of routing of the exhaust manifold which is more beneficial for a quick way to make the turbo more efficient without using multiple turbo chargers.

Many of this technologies are meant to do one thing and really one thing to make the modern lightweight piston engines more efficient and powerful at the same time.

Efficiency is the new buzz word for most manufacturers. They spend millions on research and development trying to minimize fuel consumption by reducing the internal friction by making the internal reciprocating or moving components to the bare minimum and reducing the pumping losses by installing turbo chargers.

There are no small details escape their attention, every single component has been lightened or redesigned to the absolute lightest possible, including using the lightest motor oil to minimize friction.

Unfortunately their efficiency comes at a cost of reduced life span compared  to the engines ten years ago.

What is Vanos and Valvetronic?

The Valvetronic system is a BMW variable valve lift system, in combination with variable valve timing. BMW’s Valvetronic system allows infinite adjustment of the intake valve timing and duration.

BMW’s Variable Valve Timing system is called VANOS (Variable Nockenwellen Steuerung). It controls the intake and exhaust cam timing (double Vanos) independently to achieve the best power while reducing emissions and fuel consumption.

We hope this sheds some light on this common use of technical descriptions by their respective manufacturers which perhaps somewhat confusing to the public.

We wish safe and happy motoring, if you have any questions please call us at any time in our regular business hours. Telephone: (1) 905.795.0419

Enjoy the ride.

 

BMW – Mercedes-Benz & Porsche Specialist

The real BMW -Mercedes-Benz and Porsche specialist. How can you tell, really? The number one thing is a real specialist will have only their specialty cars on their lot and in the shop (not a mix and match of vans and trucks and or domestic makes and models) are waiting to be looked after or repaired.

Furthermore any specialist will have relevant vehicle specific software, preferably from the manufacturer of the vehicle to be able to code program the myriad of on board computers and control modules on a modern late model German high tech automobile.

BMW the Ultimate Driving MachineWe are BMW, Mercedes-Benz & Porsche Specialist – Located in Mississauga

The specialist also should have most of their employees training clearly visible to the clients as part of their credentials to prove their qualifications to work on those particular automobiles. Any specialty shop should have their senior techs with decades of experience on the field which is invaluable as to know the common issues of the many different models on the specific makes of their cars.

Last but not least any real specialist shop will have no more than 3 makes as their specialty, as the demand on software and specialty tools increased in the last decade or so, so did the amount of money invested in the relevant tools and training to keep up wit the ever increasing technological advances in today’s modern but rather complex sophisticated automobiles.

As most specialty shops will tell you to  have access to factory and or manufacturer endorsed training and access to the manufacturers own websites is an out most importance second to only to a real seasoned specialty shop technician which  should be familiar to use the manufacturers own model designations and short forms as they should have the model and make specific subscription available at all times to their advantage for a proper diagnosis on today’s highly automated computerized automobiles.

We hope this helps you to choose the right shop for your fine German automobile. We at Techmax wish you safe driving and trouble free motoring at all times. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask. Thank you for reading.

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European Import Car Service Reviews

Techmax Auto Repair Inc. offers complete BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Mini and other European Import car service & repair. Laser alignment system. Computerized engine analyses, laser wheel balancing, original and after-market European Import car parts and  performance products and parts.

European Import Car (BMW, Mercedes, Porsche, Mini, WV, Audy)   Service Reviews by customers.

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I have been a customer of Techmax since the year 2003 and I have to say, I am so happy with the quality of the service over so many years that I could not trust (and have not trusted) my cars to another mechanic, even to the dealerships (with the exception of warranty issues).

Speaking of my cars, they have always been BMW’s (mostly used), ranging from more reliable 3 series to not so reliable 7 series models.

I have proudly referred many friends and family members, most of whom drive BMW’s or other German cars, to Techmax and they have all been very satisfied. Continue Reading…

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I own a 2002 VW Jetta 1.8T and was having several of problems such as: horrible fuel efficiency, cylinder misfires, engine running lean and a noticeable hissing sound on acceleration. I took my car to the VW dealership and two other garages and none of them could figure out what the problem was. Instead they did trial and error and replaced parts that did not need replacing. My friend recommended Techmax to me and said they are the BEST.

I was not let down! Not only did they fix the problems, they also found other problems and fix those too. Techmax saved me a lot of money and time. A week after the repair they followed up to see how the car was running. Continue Reading…

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Just a little late note of appreciation to you and Tony for the exhaustive work on finding a solution to the turbo issue. I know it was very frustrating for you as well as me. Especially, being a sales rep without a car. It’s like you trying to be a mechanic without tools. Well, the Jetta runs wickedly now!! And it is great to have my power doors working again – thanks Tony. Continue Reading…

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I brought over my Z4 on Saturday because of a ting ting ting noise and you hammered the brake pad. I left you’re shop Saturday and the noise was gone. I’ve waited and waited and the noise is still gone, you’re the best!! I won’t need my appointment of Friday to change the brakes.

In fact I think you made the brake pad sit better as there is less play when I hit the pedal, more responsive. For some reason the other brake pad that should make noise, does not. I’m just happy that there is no more ting ting ting every time I drive. Continue Reading…

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Thank you for such excellent service  I received today!

I dropped in with no appointment and was treated extremely well by Tony and you.  I really appreciate the service you extended to me.  It made my day easier even though my car had to be fixed.  Continue Reading…

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Recommending everyone I know to your shop. If you own a BMW and need help, take it to Techmax.

I took my car to BMW dealership for an ABS, traction control error. They charged me 160.00 to diagnose and another 800.00 to fix. It took them two weeks to get the part and the end result was that they did NOTHING. Same error, no change and most importantly, they don’t care.

I took my car to Techmax, within one hour I received a call saying my car was fixed, a broken wire that needed to be soldered back together. Techmax also took the time to do a full diagnosis of my car and informed me of worn parts and of a broken spring that BMW dealership somehow did not notice. Continue Reading…

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In a WORD: PHENOMENAL! The beauty of going to Techmax for your high-performance automotive needs is that no matter what your challenge or difficulty – they know how to FIX the root cause of your car’s problem!

It’s not just for the car enthusiast, but for everyone, up to and including your dealer. Yes… when they don’t know what’s wrong – who do they call? “TECHMAX!” Continue Reading…

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I am one of those many people who can drive a car, but repairs are very intimidating. I have only been coming to you for five years, and every time I leave my car with great confidence. When I pick up my vehicle I always feel that I have gotten more than my money’s worth.

While you were on holidays I was having problems with my car and had gone to the dealer in Mississauga as well as another place near my business in Burlington. I was quoted from $1700.00 to $2200.00 and very conflicting explanations on the problem.

Thankfully I was able to wait until you returned, my cost was $400.00 and none of the reasons I was quoted. I will always remember how upset you were about the cover the dealer ship broke for the air cleaner during the time they checked my car, not only did you repair it, I left realizing what a perfectionist you are. Continue Reading…

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I just wanted to say thanks for installing my catback system! I was incredibly happy with the service and friendliness of your whole team. Everyone was knowledgeable, and answered every question I had without hesitation. It was impressive, and better then the, “let me find out” answer I have received from many other shops.

Not only did you give me answers, I was very thankful for your team pointing out some warranty fixes that I will be able to get done. Doesn’t get more honest then that, and it’s hard to find when it comes to cars, and me being a young guy. Continue Reading…

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I went to Techmax auto in Mississauga. They do BMWs, Minis, Mercedes, and Porsche. Some of the most knowledgeable people I’ve ever met and I was glad to do business with them. They let me in the bay and watch the whole thing, very clean shop as well.

I went there because a lot of my BMW friends go there, so I thought I’d give it a shot. Continue Reading…

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I am writing to thank you and offer my recommendation of your shop to anyone that may be in question.

Unbeknownst to me My Mercedes Benz E class was serving as a home to a family of mice. One of the little critters had eaten their way through a wire and had eaten the shielding off another.

I took my vehicle to the Mercedes dealer first, as the car is still under warranty. I had no idea what was wrong that day I only knew that my car was not running properly. Mercedes diagnosed the problem as “mice that had eaten through the wiring” and charged me $150 for the diagnosis. Their repair estimate was $1,800 dollars. Parts, a new wiring harness, and labor of 6 hours to install. It was described as a “major repair”.

I was told that this would not be considered a warranty repair (understandable) and that the cost would be solely born by me. Continue Reading…

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I have been coming to Techmax for a number of years and wanted to share with you my comments.

You guys are awesome. Keep up the outstanding service. It’s a rare commodity to have people as friendly as you and always willing to help. Aside from the friendly and warm atmosphere, you guys are extremely knowledgeable and in my opinion, the best in the business. I have been to a number of shops in the past and none came close to you.

All of you guys are very methodical and thorough. At the end of the day, I have an incredible peace of mind knowing that my car is in your hands. There is non better. Another amazing quality of yours is that you extend that excellent quality of service to everyone who walks through your door. Continue Reading…

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Even though I’m very knowledgeable about automotive problems, I’m always leery of bringing my car to a shop, even a BMW dealer.  After an issue driving my car to work, I found your shop through the Internet and decided to bring my X5 in to have you look at it.

My initial worries:
Price
Quality of work
Time (yours and mine) Continue Reading…

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I’ve been going to Techmax for close to 5 years now, extremely satisfied by their work… Mind you I’m not as mechanically inclined as most of you and neither do I have the right tools/space… So for someone like me Techmax has been very beneficial… Best value for my money… my 2 cents. Continue Reading…

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Well, it was my water pump. Tony performed my Tb swap. This shop does know its way around a TDI and have the proper tooling from what I was able to see.

Friendly staff, I was lurking in the shop the whole time. Clean & organized shop, gives you a good impression. Continue Reading…

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European Import Car Repairs & Service Center

Welcome to our European Import Car Repair Blog.

Techmax is your one stop European Import Car repair shop in Mississauga to repair and service you BMW,  Mercedes,  Mini Cooper and  Porsche.

We created this blog for you. This is the area that will display new European, mainly German import care related informations, and posts.

Hopefully those posts and information will help you to understand auto repairs, diagnostic troubleshooting, test procedures and many other service and maintenance related issues.