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I just moved. Having some time to snoop around today, I stopped at a shop "bmw specialists." Figured I might try and get connected. Here is a short exchange.

Can I help you?

Let me introduce myself, Daron. You ever come across any M10 work ?

Why would you want one of those ?

Oh, not about want, I have one. Just moved and wanted to get connected.

To what, I don't work on those 320's.

Ok, I see, anybody around do bench work?

What do you want to do?I guess I can do brakes and maybe change out a radiator.

Hmmmm. Thats ok I'm pretty good down to the crank and bore, but if I need some machine work I might need a reference.

Oh, yeah, no.

Car runs, would have brought it over, but I still need to get it transported here.

Cost more to ship than its worth I say, I can do work on your Honda though.

Yeaaaah, not exactly about worth is it? Have a nice day.

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Chances are that local dealerships (really) outsource the rebuilding of the older engines as their techs either can't do it or the manager has decided it's more cost efficient to have someone else do it and mark it up.  Look for an OLD guy who works the parts counter--he'll know what an '02 is and a pleasant chat will yield the identity of their favorite machinist.  Bring your car and visit the machinist in person, probably at lunch time or close to closing.  Skilled machinists will often value a chance to work directly with an involved owner of a classic car, and you'll get a chance to scope out the shop.  Find out about their warranty policy and get a basic idea on prices. 

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I'm pretty sure he (I stereotype 'he' here)  didn't know what an M10 was...




Consider he said "I don't work on 320s" I would say he does.



He just probably doesn't have any interest and that is probably not the focus of his business. He is in the business to make money, and it is a lot easier to make money fixing Hondas and new BMWs. It does not mean he is a bad person, so maybe give him the benefit of the doubt.


Rant over

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