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Old 09-23-2008, 09:31 AM   #1
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BMW service in Toronto

I've bought 2 bikes from BMW Toronto and have had nearly all service done there. No secret that the service level has dropped substantially in the last 1-2 years (although the guys there are decent people). These day's I'm lucky to get an email returned while trying to spend some $$$.

I'm wondering which other dealers in the GTA are competent, and who has had a positive experience with any dealer other than Toronto. I'd like to get my 10k done in the next couple weeks. Anyone had good service from Budd's (Oakville), Open Road or the Whitby dealer?
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:03 AM   #2
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Thumb Open Road

I've had my bike serviced at Open Road over the past two years and I've been pleased with their performance - I've been less pleased by some of the prices but that's another issue. In terms of completing the work properly and treating me professionally, I would definately recommend them.
Naturally that's based on my experiences, others may vary.
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Old 09-23-2008, 10:06 AM   #3
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Bought mine from Open Road. Bunch of loose bolts when I picked it up, PDi was sloppy, to say the least.

Had them do the first service. Again, more stuff not done up right. Throttle body synch was off, too. Quoted me half of what the final bill ended up being. From others I knew what it was supposed to be so it was no rude surprise, but you shouldn't make promises like that.

Never been back since. Get Durham to do my warranty work, do the rest myself. Durham seems okay, but with one tech, he's a busy mofo, book ahead.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:10 PM   #4
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I miss the good ole days of a BMW motorcycle only dealer.A lot of the guys downtown worked for Pat at Bavarian. Most of these guys are good, it seems that bikes are more of a nuisance for head office.
Whitby is great, Wolf is great.

Yourself can be the best bet after warranty!
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:35 PM   #5
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Do it Yourself

My wife services her bike and I do my bike. We both have a 07 R1200GS. We bought Jim VonBades DVD, a few special tools from Marc Parnes and made our own Manometer. It is very easy and you will save a lot of money for gas!
There is a place in Burlington, FKA Enterprises that we have heard is very good. Shop rate much less that BMW dealer. He has all the tools to service BMW's.

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Old 09-23-2008, 01:19 PM   #6
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I got my bike from Budd's and had all the service done there. Good work and competent mechanics, but pricey as my 10k service included a brake flush.
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:45 PM   #7
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I would recommend Budds BMW in Oakville. While the customer service desk is weak - John and Anthony the techs are awesome!!
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Old 09-23-2008, 05:54 PM   #8
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Might as well move this one to RF: Canada.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:08 PM   #9
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Thanks all.
I never heard back from Budd's, and I'd have to take a day off work to go to Durham - they aren't open on weekends either, so that scratches a Sat drop-off.

I finally got in touch with Toronto and booked the 10k. Quote is 370$, labour, fluids/parts and tax included. I plan on doing my own maint next season. So far I only do my own oil changes. Seeing as the bike is new I'll have the dealer do the 10k and stamp the book. I've always had the dealer do these services while under warranty.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:10 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by perobins
My wife services her bike and I do my bike. We both have a 07 R1200GS. We bought Jim VonBades DVD, a few special tools from Marc Parnes and made our own Manometer. It is very easy and you will save a lot of money for gas!
There is a place in Burlington, FKA Enterprises that we have heard is very good. Shop rate much less that BMW dealer. He has all the tools to service BMW's.

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It is FKN and Tomas has moved his shop to Stoney Creek, try www.FKN.ca

or you can find it on our home page under links.
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Old 09-23-2008, 06:39 PM   #11
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There's an independent tech I was told about in TO - "Rosey Toes", I believe.

No comments or experience other than a positive report from an oilhead GS owner.

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Old 09-23-2008, 06:55 PM   #12
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a little out of the way, but by FAR and away the best BMW service period, is Wolf BMW in London. for me its worth the trip to London to get the kind of service they offer and at very reasonable prices! Ian is one of the few master BMW techs in Canada, and he owns the shop and supports canadian thunder racers as well. they do service on saturday, and i normally leave early, drop off the bike and head to stratford for breakfast (of you've bought a bike from them, they give you a loaner). by the time i'm done, the bike is ready and i'm on my way home.

they are a true mom & pop shop with great service
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:21 PM   #13
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There's an independent tech I was told about in TO - "Rosey Toes", I believe.

No comments or experience other than a positive report from an oilhead GS owner.

dc
I think you're talking about Chuck Striker. He was worked at McBride's. He's got over 25 yrs experience on BMW bikes. I've taken my 1150 GSA to him. He works out of his house in the Jane and St. Claire area. Great guy but I think he only works up to 1150's but don't quote me on that.
I have his # but I have to find it.
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:38 PM   #14
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Rosey Toes aka Ted, is not the same person as Chuck Stryker. Took my KLR to Ted and he was great... don't know about his experience with Bimmers. I've heard good things about Chuck.
Tomas at FKN is great to deal with(1200GS) I rode out to him from midtown TO, and I'll go back. In Burlington, he'd pick up and drop off clients at the GO station.
I don't know what'll happen at the new shop in Stoney Creek.

As usual, YMMV
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Old 09-24-2008, 07:34 AM   #15
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I'm an open road type of guy. I bought it there, and I have it serviced there at great expense since I Live in Ottawa. They are the best dealer in my opinion and are much better than the other ottawa dealer, which is unfortunate.

I had my rear main seal fixed there and the downtime was only a few days -- a week and a half from the time of makign the appointment to being done. That's pretty good service.

I like to deal with Pat, he is well respected and liked by everyone I've talked to. Good to keep these good guys in business.
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