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Old Wed, Feb-21-2018, 03:02:37 AM   #61
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10/10. Cant say anything negative about Dan. Hes about as precise as you'll get from a mechanic. Dan not only took 100+ photos of the work but was in touch with me daily about the progress of the car and where he is in the process. He went as far as to source a unbroken vanos hub for me at a 20% savings over market. I will 120% only let Dan touch the e46 moving forward as ive never met anyone so knowledgeable and meticulous with this chasis. I would recommend him to all my friends for any vanos work or anything e46 m3 related
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Old Fri, Apr-27-2018, 09:34:38 PM   #63
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Another excellent experience with Dan. This time I ended up purchasing his old coilovers and installed them for me + corner balanced (cant beat the price for corner balancing). Also ended up refreshing the cooling system while I was there. If you're lazy like me, Dan's a no-brainer.
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I dropped off my car a few weeks ago with Dan for the first time and the experience was 100% excellent. He took the time to make detailed recommendations based on the work I wanted done and was even willing to take me to the Bart station so that I could get home. He changed my control arms, FCABs, RTABs, engine mounts, steering coupler, and diff fluid quickly and kept in constant contact with texts and pictures. He was extremely meticulous and replaced missing fasteners that I would have never noticed! Dan's awesome and I'll be back soon to install Koni yellows with eibachs!
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Heard about Dan from fellow enthusiasts when I was inquiring about Vanos work. Though I do have quite a bit of experience of working on cars, touching the engine is something I'll never attempt to do. Throughout the process, Dan was super professional and prompt in responding to any sort of questions I had. Glad to know my tabs were intact from all the pics he sent me. (Might have to put it in my journal if I ever decide to make one). He even inspected parts of the car and recommended places where I might need to address in the future. Best of all, he, like others said, was willing to drive me to and from the bart stations for those unable to find rides.

Highly recommended for anyone in the Bay who needs their vanos bulletproofed!
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Reached out to Dan to get a bunch of preventative work on my car - rod bearings, suspension refresh, brakes. He comes highly recommended from folks on the forum, and with good reason.

Right from the get you, you know he's the real deal - super patient and prompt with inquiries, and extremely detail oriented. He treats your car like his own, and literally cleans every nut, washer, and screw before it goes back on the car. He is always reaching out to provide updates, and documents the process with pictures (which get sent to you while he's working + in a separate large folder after with even more pics). He sees every single thing that is not factory spec (wrong torque, incorrect washer/screw etc.), remedies all of them and tries to save you as much money as he can. His rates are super competitive, and the work is absolutely top notch. What more could you ask for from a mechanic?

Everything feels as good as new - thank you Dan!
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What can I say that hasn't already been said before?

From the first email / chat to following up after I got the car home, it's been an absolute pleasure having Dan work on the M3. Scheduling was a breeze and the daily updates / photos were more than I could've ever expected.

I have my late-Father's 2003 M3 and intend to keep it until it's given to my kids. He bought a really nice CPO back in 2006 and took amazing care of it until I brought it home in 2016.

It currently has about 68K miles, is bone stock and has been maintained very well. Despite that, this car has always made me nervous. Potential rod bearing, VANOS and subframe issues always made me feel like I'm driving a ticking time bomb (even though I don't drive it much). The rod bearings were replaced during a recall in 2005, so it's really been the VANOS that keeps me up at night. The subframe will have to be another day.

I've had a handful of BMWs over the years and have worked on all of them (except the i3). But the M3's VANOS has me spooked. Dan took all the stress away and put my mind at ease...in ways it's kind of hard to describe.

Turns out my VANOS was is good shape (guide was thinning though). Now it's in even better shape. He was also able to adjust a couple of valves while he was in there.

I had been getting a P0175 code the past year too, so he replaced both pre-cat O2 sensors for me.

He went WAY beyond what was necessary and replaced missing undercarriage bolts / screws and cleaned everything that he touched. You could see your reflection ins some of the underbody panels now! He would point out even the smallest of seeps so you could keep an eye on things. This was huge.

The car was running great before, but it feels even better now. Thanks to Dan!

I drove almost an hour (from Marin to Danville) to see him and would recommend it to anyone.

Huge high fives to Dan.

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