What's up everybody? The name's Tony, I'm a first time poster, but have been lurking around Forumosa for about a year. Oh, and I'm just over 4 months new to the island. Despite what my handle says, I'm actually in Taichung, not Taipei.
Anyhow, my girlfriend has a 01 mini cooper and she/her family ALWAYS takes it to the stealership whenever they need any work done. They take it to the stealership for oil changes!!! Just last month, her wiper blades went out and she called BMW to see how much to swap them out. They wanted $3000nt!!! they said some bs about not being able to just swap the rubber blades and having to swap the hole assembly... I said fuk that shit and had her take me to Carfans, paid something like $600nt for the rubber blades and they even did it for her there! took 10mins...
So, being that the mini is over 10 years old and the warranty has long past, I've been telling her that she can bring it to any reputable mechanic to handle her maintenance issues. Shit, I'd do whatever I'd be able to do myself, if I had the space and tools. I grew up wrenching, my pops was a mechanic for over 30 years, my brother has a weekend racer that we work on all the time, and I have 4 bikes back home that I've done much work on. I also grew up with a lot of the same kind of folks back home. So, if I didnt know what to do, it wasn't hard to find a buddy that had the know how.
Unfortunately, thats not the case here, and its pretty frustrating to know that these guys are trying to take our money cause they think we dont know any better... it doesnt help that I cant speak the language, so i cant thoroughly call them out of their bs. My bad for the rant but I do that sometimes. Anyways, does anyone have or know someone that works on BMW/Mini Coopers in the Taichung area? Like I said, Id really hate to have to bring it back to the stealership for ANY reason... Thanks.