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Which is Cheaper? Maintaining your BMW or Buying a New One?

At Bavarian Workshop, local to West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, our auto mechanics routinely answer a fundamental question: should I maintain my BMW or take the plunge and buy a new one? We know when you drive a German automobile, you acquaint yourself with every hum and purr of the motor. Washing your vehicle is like an act of adoration. Routine maintenance is like a hymn of devotion. Even a simple gesture such as changing the oil is like an offering made to the altar of the German goddess. However, devotion ain’t cheap. Those maintenance fees add up. Over time, major repairs and servicing become necessary. Slowly but sure, the German goddess requires more and more sacrifices. Thus, the age-old question: “Is it cheaper to keep her?” No one likes breakups, least of all BMW owners. After years of hard work and a shared relationship, who wants to throw in the oil-stained towel and say: “It’s not you, it’s me?” However, there comes a t ... read more

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What’s the Difference Between Major Service and Minor Service on German Automobiles?

The auto mechanics at Bavarian Workshop perform both major and minor services to drivers throughout West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, as we are well-aware of the fact that German automobiles such as BMW, Audi, and Volkswagen require certain auto repairs and service. But what is the difference between a major and minor service? It can be a challenge to get a clear answer, but we are here to explain the difference. At Bavarian Workshop, we know that routine auto maintenance is key to keeping your German automobile in the best condition possible. Regular, minor maintenance such as checking the brakes, inspecting oil filters, and topping up fluids does cost some money, but in the long run, it can save you a bundle.   Each German vehicle we see for auto repair at Bavarian Workshop has a different owner, is driven under different conditions, and develops different issues. But generally speaking, what are the differences between minor and major services? While German cars v ... read more

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Best Day Trips for German Automobile Enthusiasts

Bavarian Workshop is fortunate to be local to the regions of West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, and we are even more lucky to be the go-to auto repair shop for German car drivers throughout the community. Since 1994, our auto mechanics have serviced generations of families and vehicles, and we have picked up a few tidbits of information, regarding their favorite day trips. When you’re an owner of a German Automobile, you know that your car sports superior engineering to make even a trip to the grocery store an adventure, but what about over the weekend when it’s time to unwind? Living in Los Angeles affords German Automobile owners no shortage of great day trips. Below, a few of our customers’ and team’s favorites: Big Bear Lake: Located in nearby San Bernardino, Big Bear Lake offers fun year-round: A summer trip will mean aquatic sports such as boating or jet sailing, whereas, in the winter, visitors can enjoy skiing or find deep relaxation in a spa ... read more

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How Important is Maintenance? Stay Up On Your Fluids

At Bavarian Workshop, our auto mechanics continue to preach the importance of preventative maintenance to our clients reigning from West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills. To keep your German automobile in pristine condition to avoid expensive and even dangerous auto repair, maintenance of your car’s fluids are a complete must. Everyone loves a car that performs well. Whether on the race track or the streets in our communities of West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, BMWs have a reputation for being fabulous cars to drive and own. But what role does maintenance play in the performance of your vehicle? The fact of the matter is that regular maintenance is key to keeping your car in good working order. One essential, but often overlooked way to maintain your vehicle is by keeping up with your fluids. At Bavarian Workshop, there are seven key fluids that we check regularly. Brake fluid is an obvious one, and so is oil. Your car needs to have adequate oil to keep the par ... read more

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Marc Norris and the Local Track Day Scene

Marc Norris and his team of auto mechanics live and breathe BMWs. At Bavarian Workshop in West Hills, near both Calabasas and Woodland Hills, Marc and his team set the industry standard for BMW auto repair. As a testament to his love for BMW and other German vehicles, Marc Norris and his team can be found at the local track day scene on most weekends. Marc’s passion for “The Ultimate Driving Machine” often propels him to the local Track Days, where he goes racing twice a month. Marc loves to race and finds ways to carry over principles of race car driving into street driving. As a passionate evangelist for factory-maintained vehicles as well as a meticulous mechanic who loves custom builds, Marc takes his knowledge of race driving and carries it over to street driving. Marc, the owner of Bavarian Workshop, says that many of the principles of race car driving can improve your street driving in the regions of West Hills, Calabasas, and Woodland Hills, as well. For e ... read more

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