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Dave P
04-09-2009, 11:00 AM
Has anyone used this company, they are a m power specialists based in Bredbury, there is a write up about them in this months BMWcc magazine.

Jon
04-09-2009, 06:42 PM
Not heard any feedback about these guys. Would also be very interested however to find out if anyone has any experience. A good M specialist up north would be an invaluable find.

Dave P
05-09-2009, 01:21 PM
Not heard any feedback about these guys. Would also be very interested however to find out if anyone has any experience. A good M specialist up north would be an invaluable find.

As you say it would be great to find someone in the north who know's about these car's, there are several coupe's in or around manchester, so it might be a good option to use this garage.

Dave P
06-09-2009, 06:49 PM
Darren Wood bmw specialists had a display stand at today's nothern bmw festival, they only started in june this year so unlikely any forum member has used them yet.

Jon
17-01-2010, 10:37 AM
Anybody been to these guys yet??

Got a bit of work needs doing.

Cheers

Dave P
17-01-2010, 04:53 PM
I have spoken to them but havent had any work done yet.

Jon
17-01-2010, 11:08 PM
I have spoken to them but havent had any work done yet.

What contact details do you have for them Dave?

Do they have a website?

Do they sound like they know a thing or two or not??

Jon

Dave P
18-01-2010, 11:27 AM
DARREN WOOD, BMW SPECIALISTS, unit 3 bredbury court ind. estate, ashton road, stockport sk6 2qb. www, darrenwoodmechanics.yolasite.com
07767 394316 / 07796 895836
fixed price servicing for all bmw models, inspection 1& 2 amd mot's
I got the impression they were ex bmw technicians who have started up by themselves and when I spoke to Darren about a problem with my coupe he seemed to know whats what!

Jon
18-01-2010, 06:40 PM
Cheers Dave,

Will look them up.

Jon

Dave P
06-02-2010, 05:26 PM
had a exhaust fitted today by Darren and co and enjoyed service that you dont get at my local BMW dealers(i.e he knows what he's talking about) also there price per hour is very reasonable, will be using again :thumbsup: both ex Blue Bell technicians.

Jon
06-02-2010, 06:55 PM
Like Dave, I too had some work done by Darren and Mike today.

Two very nice chaps.

Certainly seem to know their onions.

Enthusiastic about BMWs and the work that they do.

Will certainly be going back.

Incidentally - had KW V1 setup fitted (courtesy of Ever88).
First impressions - a different animal - drives the way it should have done from the box.

ian
06-02-2010, 07:33 PM
Jon,

As you may have seen on a different thread, I am having difficulty assessing options for a damper upgrade - "I used to be indecisive but now am not so sure"!

How did you settle on KW V1s? Think they are essentially the same as V3s but non adjustable and 2/3rd of the price? Do they lower the car at all?

cheers,
ian

Jon
07-02-2010, 12:57 AM
Hi Ian,

They settled upon me really.

Ever88 was getting rid of some bits and pieces from his former coupe and put them up on the forum.
Was after a set of coilovers and took a punt at a price which didn't break the bank.
It's early days I suppose but car felt more planted today, and I don't think I was just imagining it.

The V3 kit I am sure would be superior but am not sure I would get the most out of the adjustability.

I already had H&R ARBs on the car which may also be helping.

Hope this helps.

Jon

Jon
07-02-2010, 12:59 AM
They do lower the car. 15mm minimum I think. Adjustable to lower should you desire.

ian
07-02-2010, 07:29 AM
Thanks Jon

retrokid
24-03-2010, 11:35 AM
I have just got my MC back from having some work done at Darren Wood. I had an ABS pump replaced (I supplied the part they did the work), MOT and new throttle cable fitted.

I have to say it was a real pleasure dealing with Darren and Mike both are very nice blokes and friendly, they both clearly like and understand their BMW's and especially like the M Coupes.
As has been said before, they are experienced BMW Technicians and clearly know their business.

Their labour prices seem very reasonable and their work standard very high.

All in it was a much more pleasurable experience than dealing with a main dealer, when you phone the garage up Mike or Derren are the ones that answer the phone, you can pick their brains and get impartial advice. . A further example, whilst my car was with them I accidentally phoned Mike on his work mobile from my mobile on a Sunday afternoon (they are closed on a Sunday); he didn’t answer but did ring me back within 3 minutes to ask how he could help me.

Essentially they have that old fashioned sense of delivering good quality and reliable customer service and really want to take the time to ensure the right job is done properly, even if that means a smaller bill for them.

Their opening hours seem really flexible (they both work long hours) but that means it is really convenient to drop off and pick up your car around your work hours, something that I think a lot of garages really need to learn and understand what a pain this can be.

I fully recommend them and will be having my next stage 2 service done by them. I am sure I have found the right garage to look after my MC for the future and all work on my car will be going their way from now on.

Dave P
24-03-2010, 11:40 AM
I have just got my MC back from having some work done at Darren Wood. I had an ABS pump replaced (I supplied the part they did the work), MOT and new throttle cable fitted.

I have to say it was a real pleasure dealing with Darren and Mike, they both clearly like and understand their BMW's and especially like the M Coupes.
As has been said before, they are experienced BMW Technicians and clearly know their business.

Their labour prices seem very reasonable and their work standard very high.

All in it was a much more pleasurable experience than dealing with a main dealer, when you phone the garage up Mike or Derek are the ones that answer the phone, you can pick their brains and get impartial advice. . A further example, whilst my car was with them I accidentally phoned Mike on his work mobile from my mobile on a Sunday afternoon (they are closed on a Sunday); he didn’t answer but did ring me back within 3 minutes to ask how he could help me.

Essentially they have that old fashioned sense of delivering good quality and reliable customer service and really want to take the time to ensure the right job is done properly, even if that means a smaller bill for them.

Their opening hours seem really flexible (they both work long hours) but that means it is really convenient to drop off and pick up your car around your work hours, something that I think a lot of garages really need to learn and understand what a pain this can be.

I fully recommend them and will be having my next stage 2 service done by them. I am sure I have found the right garage to look after my MC for the future and all work on my car will be going their way from now on.

:iagree:and right on my doorstep! :lol:, top service :thumbsup:

retrokid
24-03-2010, 12:13 PM
:iagree:and right on my doorstep! :lol:, top service :thumbsup:

Lucky you Dave, they're only about 3 miles away from me, though traffic on the M60 can make that feel like a long journey at rush hour.

If I lived as close as you I would be there every free minute getting them to look at every aspect of my car to see what could be improved!

As it was, I left my car with them for over a week to give it a general all over health check and asking them to advise what work needed doing (I was determined to spend money heh heh). They gave it a clean bill of health beyond the three jobs I sepcifically booked it in for.

That is trust and that is great customer service. A sure fire way to win repeat custom in my book.

Shunt
27-03-2010, 06:39 PM
DARREN WOOD, BMW SPECIALISTS, unit 3 bredbury court ind. estate, ashton road, stockport sk6 2qb. www, darrenwoodmechanics.yolasite.com
07767 394316 / 07796 895836
fixed price servicing for all bmw models, inspection 1& 2 amd mot's
I got the impression they were ex bmw technicians who have started up by themselves and when I spoke to Darren about a problem with my coupe he seemed to know whats what!

Website doesn't work, even if you remove the ,

no sign of them on scoot or yell.

Could do with an oil service and now the warranty has gone, no real point in taking it to the numpties at Halliwell Jones.

Got a website for them Dave?

Dave P
27-03-2010, 06:45 PM
Website doesn't work, even if you remove the ,

no sign of them on scoot or yell.

Could do with an oil service and now the warranty has gone, no real point in taking it to the numpties at Halliwell Jones.

Got a website for them Dave?
doesnt seem to have a web site, his mobile number is 07767 394316 , mention the forum and you might get a better price! :thumbsup:

Jon
28-03-2010, 04:39 PM
Website doesn't work, even if you remove the ,

no sign of them on scoot or yell.

Could do with an oil service and now the warranty has gone, no real point in taking it to the numpties at Halliwell Jones.

Got a website for them Dave?

Website used to work. Not quite sure what happened to it.
Next time I'm in I'll ask them. Perhaps the address has changed?

Jon
19-05-2010, 11:23 PM
Well just returned from honeymoon.
Picked up the car from Darren and Mike about 4 weeks ago. They'd had it for around 10 days. They lads stripped the back end down before it was taken to sapphire body shop in Manchester and a new improved bracket fabricated and welded into place.

The boot floor was also checked and given a clean bill of health.

Darren and Mike then rebuilt the back end and did a few other jobs in the meantime.

The usual very high level of service in abundance.
Car drives fantastically again now!

Within a day of picking up the car she was on a Ferry to Ireland and, after being driven across to Tipperary, she made a fantastic wedding car. Certainly turned some heads.

Not yet got any photos of the repair unfortunately as didn't have a camera to hand when she was up on the ramps.

Incidentally Darren tells me their website is presently being redesigned.

Dave P
20-05-2010, 03:21 PM
glad you got it sorted in time for your wedding Jon :thumbsup:

Jon
20-05-2010, 04:23 PM
glad you got it sorted in time for your wedding Jon :thumbsup:

Cheers Dave, so was I. Darren and Mike pulled out all the stops to get it done in time.

When I have gone through all the photos, will post some pics of her dressed up as the wedding car - looks quite special!

Dave P
20-07-2010, 08:20 PM
web site now working,

http://www.darren-wood.com/

http://www.darren-wood.com/images/cars/002.jpg

swamper
20-05-2012, 05:20 PM
the MR is due inspection II soon and im going to use Darren's place....what would i expect for my money for the inspection?
iv never had one done before so im unsure what to expect
engine oil
shims/spark plugs/air filter?
brake fluid
gear box oil?
diff oil?
boot floor checked?
vanos filter?

Jonttt
21-05-2012, 09:10 AM
the MR is due inspection II soon and im going to use Darren's place....what would i expect for my money for the inspection?
iv never had one done before so im unsure what to expect
engine oil
shims/spark plugs/air filter?
brake fluid
gear box oil?
diff oil?
boot floor checked?
vanos filter?

From memory it's basically an inspection I but with the shims checked which is the extra cost.

It would not include brake fluid as that is time not mileage dependant (every 2 years) or gear/diff oil as they were filled for life lol so you will need to ask for these.

The boot floor you can check the spot welds yourself but get them to check the diff bracket for even small cracks whilst on the ramp.

I don't think vanos or fuel filters are a service item either so you would have to ask for these.

Spooks
21-05-2012, 11:22 AM
Whilst Jontt is correct the back of your service manual details what is done at each service, I believe anyway.

swamper
21-05-2012, 04:23 PM
thanks for you reply's chaps :thumbsup:

just had a look and yep its in the back of the service book.

swamper
15-05-2015, 09:55 PM
For your info..had the vanos seals done ..£361 excluding vat with the oil service £110 and anti rattle shim kit fitted £80.

All in all it came in at £662 Inc vat.

Spooks
16-05-2015, 06:55 AM
For your info..had the vanos seals done ..£361 excluding vat with the oil service £110 and anti rattle shim kit fitted £80.

All in all it came in at £662 Inc vat.

Anti rattle shim kit?

swamper
16-05-2015, 09:38 AM
I'm not sure what it is spooks.
Aceman did mention it to me on the other forum to get it done while he was doing the vanos seals.

c_w
16-05-2015, 05:59 PM
For your info..had the vanos seals done ..£361 excluding vat with the oil service £110 and anti rattle shim kit fitted £80.

All in all it came in at £662 Inc vat.

Was the vanos leaking or did you just have them replaced due to age?

Have you notice any difference in how the car drives?

swamper
16-05-2015, 06:22 PM
It was leaking from the inlet side Chris.
only very slightly.
and yep the power is back but not that I'd really noticed it lacking but it now feels very lively and strong with much more of the vanos kick .
money well spent when I feel the difference.

Edit...the one thing that I did notice is the engine seems to drop its revs quicker (more engine braking) but that may be a placebo effect..!!

Jam Rock
08-06-2015, 06:46 PM
Just wanted to add my thoughts to the thread....

Darren Woods BMW is the best garage I have ever used in over 10 years of M ownership. They looked after my heavily modified M3 Evo and now look after my Mcoupe. They used to look after my friends Evo saloon, and look after a bunch of other M3s belonging to other friends (e36/e46/e90/e92). I have known them for a long long time and have always had a first class service, as have every other person I've known use them. I really would not take my Car anywhere else. :cornut::cornut: