Mini Cooper Repair and Service Houston, TX

MINI Cooper repair seems to be a sore topic of conversation among MINI owners. Consumer complaints are rampant with frustrated owners who are going to their dealerships for answers, but instead are still being left in the dark. If you go online and search “MINI Cooper repair”, you will find pages and pages of customer write ups, blogs, and articles that illustrate the incompetency of a good majority of MINI dealerships. There seems to be two parts to this problem. One is that MINI has had a slew of faulty engineering problems, and secondly, a lot of dealership technicians have received sub-par training. As a result, MINI owners are finding that almost 30% of the time their car is locked up at the dealership with everyone scratching their heads.

There have been so many complaints about MINI dealerships guessing as to what the problem is and charging in some cases more than the car is worth for repairs, only to find out shortly after that, the problem still is not fixed, or several other problems have popped up after leaving the shop. Common complaints have been that the brake pads wear out very quickly, within the first 17,000 miles. Also, on models 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010, there seems to be a problem with engine knocking at cold start up. Many customers have reported that some dealerships are saying that this is “normal”. This is not the case. These models have faulty timing chain systems, which tend to fail within the first 10,000. If you wait until the timing chain completely fails, you will have complete engine failure and destruction. Other common complaints have been that MINI’s power steering cooling fans fail often, power window motor fans fail at a pretty high rate, hydraulic motor mounts fail, and transmission failure has been a huge issue.

One has to wonder just how much the dealerships’ know and how much are they are actually willing to admit about BMW’s faulty engineering when it comes to MINI Cooper repair. Questionable dealerships seem to be trying every trick in the book to avoid covering problems which are under warranty and charging customers for costly work and parts that in too many cases were completely unnecessary.

On the flip side, MINI’s are fun to drive, when they are working, and they are arguably the most unique and adorable cars on the road. Happy owners are those who have done their research enough to know the story behind MINI Cooper repair, and how completely necessary it is to buy MINI’s extended warranty plans for one. Secondly, there are MINI dealerships out there that aren’t so bad, and happy customers are ones who have lucked out and found a good one that is close to home. And if you are really fortunate, you have found a local and competent MINI Cooper repair shop that understands your MINI’s eccentricities and complications, with certified technicians who are more than happy to get the kinks out of your car in no time flat.

Today’s European Cars has been serving the Houston area since 1986. We have a professional staff of ASE certified technicians available for your MINI Cooper repair needs. We have the proper tools and diagnostics on hand to assess your MINI’s problems quickly, as well as, years of experience with MINI Cooper owners. Owning a MINI should be a pleasant experience. Avoid dealership nightmares by giving us a call today.

We are conveniently located in Houston TX just west of the Galleria, and service mainly the Memorial, West University, Mid Town, Heights, Downtown, River Oaks, Sugarland and Bellaire areas.

What is Preformed During A Benz Service?

A well maintained Mercedes can run up to a million miles, so as a Mercedes owner, the most important thing you can do for your car is to stay on top of your Benz service schedules. If you want to avoid costly dealership rates, you have the option of finding a Benz service center in Houston  that is independently owned and operated.Local Mercedes-Benz repair shops can be of huge benefit to you by saving you money on costly repairs and maintenance. Independent European repair shops are in competition with one another to earn your respect and your business. This affords competitive pricing that is passed on to the customer to enjoy.

Benz service is not cheap if you choose to use the dealership. Mercedes’ standard A service for example costs around $275.00. You will not lose your warranty if you go elsewhere as long as you keep a log with times and dates and amount of oil you use. Benz service schedules are basically an oil change and topping off fluids with a long list of inspections that, if you like to work on cars, you can even do yourself. But if you have the time to wait and want that free car wash and a chance to talk to the hot chic in the service lounge, by all means use your Mercedes dealership. If they find anything wrong during inspection, expect to pay top dollar for dealership parts and hourly technician rates.

The following is a list of what is included in your Benz A service (the first 10,000 miles or 1 year whichever comes first and determined by Flexible Service System, and every 20,000 miles or two years after that)
Interior
• Function check
• Check warning and indicator lamps, illumination and interior lighting
• Check windshield wiper, windshield washer system, headlamp cleaning system
• Reset maintenance service counter in instrument cluster

Wheels, brakes
• Check lining thickness of front brake pads
• Check the condition of the tires and check for damage
• Correct tire inflation pressure

Engine compartment
• Change engine oil and filter
• Fluid level checks of the following:
• Engine cooling system, antifreeze and corrosion protection
• Windshield washer system
• Brake system
• Check and correct battery fluid level
• Check battery condition
• Check catch, safety catch and hinges on engine hood for proper operation
Trunk
• Correct tire inflation pressure in spare tire
• Check battery condition

The following is a list of what is included in the Mercedes B Service (First service at 20,000 miles or 1 year after previous service and determined by Flexible Service System, and every 20,000 miles or 2 years)

Interior
• Function check
• Check warning and indicator lamps, illumination and interior lighting
• Check windshield wiper, windshield washer system, headlamp cleaning system
• Reset maintenance service counter in instrument cluster
• Replace dust filter (not applicable to SL-Class)
• Replace combination filter (SL-Class)
• Check parking brake (function test only)

Wheels, brakes
• Check condition/thickness of front and rear brake discs
• Check front and rear brake pads for lining thickness
• Check tires for damage and condition
• Measure tread depth, record in mm
• Correct tire inflation pressure

Underside of Vehicle
• Check for major components leakage
• Check for chafe marks, line routing, damaged components
• Check condition of front axle ball joints and rubber boots
• Check condition of mechanical steering components and rubber boots

Engine Compartment
• Check for major components leakage
• Check for chafe marks, line routing, damaged components
• Check and replenish all fluid levels
• Change engine oil and filter
• Check engine cooling system, antifreeze and corrosion protection
• Check brake system
• Check power steering
• Check Active Body Control
• Check windshield washer system
• Check and correct battery fluid level
• Check battery condition
• Check catch, safety catch and hinges on engine hood for proper operation
• Check condition of poly V-belt

Trunk
• Check battery condition
• Correct tire inflation pressure in spare tire

Local repair and service centers that specialize in Benz service and repair will have qualified technicians trained and licensed specifically for Mercedes. They should also carry OEM parts which are the original parts designed from the manufacturer of your vehicle so the dealerships are not your only option.

We are conveniently located in Houston TX just west of the Galleria, and service mainly the Memorial, West University, Mid Town, Heights, Downtown, River Oaks, Sugarland and Bellaire areas.

Mercedes Repairs Southwest Houston Memorial Galleria Midtown

Today’s European Cars specializes in Mercedes repairs and servicing, as well as, BMW Service, Audi Maintenance, Volkswagen Repair,Volvo Service, and Mini Cooper Service  in the Southwest Houston area. We are located at 6261 Richmond Ave. in Houston, TX and have been specializing in BMW and Mercedes repairs and services since 1986 at the same location. Mercedes-Benz has engineered their cars to last with some lasting up to a million miles! But even the most sophisticated machinery needs periodic repair. Mercedes is notorious for expensive repairs and maintenance, and requires highly skilled technicians trained specifically for Mercedes to properly care for this type of vehicle. As with any automobile on the road, a shoddy repair job can lead to spectacularly expensive consequences, and potentially dangerous situations.

If you have a problem with your Mercedes you should either take it to the dealership or bring it to a local shop that has the proper tools and updated diagnostic equipment that your Mercedes needs. Everyone knows trekking all the way to the dealership can be time consuming, and expensive. However, their Mercedes technicians are highly trained and knowledgeable on Mercedes repairs, specifically toward the newer models. Dealerships tend to hold on to the codes for their new cars, so the scanners at the independent shops may not pick right up on exactly where there could be a problem. Also, if your car is still under warranty, then taking it in to your Mercedes dealership is recommended. If you are still not convinced the dealers will treat you and your pocketbook right, you have to choose an authorized repair facility for your repairs in order to keep your warranty.

If you have an older model Mercedes, finding a competent local shop for your Mercedes repairs can be extremely beneficial. These shops are often less expensive than dealers and they are capable of doing excellent work. When shopping around, there are a few characteristics to look for in a foreign repair shop. Make sure that the head Mechanic is ASE (American Service Excellence) certified. He must also have Mercedes-Benz training credentials if you are using them as an authorized repair place to keep your warranty. Mercedes-Benz mechanics undergo the most comprehensive and rigorous training program of any other mechanic out there.

Local shops who specialize in Mercedes repairs should keep the most up-to-date diagnostic equipment in order to be able to do the work right the first time. They should have access to the latest Mercedes computer software downloads since software runs and monitors most every system in a modern Mercedes and is updated regularly. If you have an older model, then the local shops are a really great place to go. They have more experience working on older models than the dealers do since most of their traffic is from used Mercedes owners.

The final thing to check for in a local Mercedes repair shop is for original parts (OEM). Mercedes parts are manufactured to strict tolerances. They are expensive, but are designed to provide a long service life for your Mercedes and should be used in all your repair work if possible. Aftermarket parts are less expensive and used for older cars. While there are many great aftermarket manufacturers, there are also inferior ones as well. Always insist on OEM parts if your budget allows, but if you go with an aftermarket manufacturer, make sure they have a warranty because not all of the parts come with one.

We are conveniently located in Houston TX just west of the Galleria, and service mainly the Memorial, West University, Mid Town, Heights, Downtown, River Oaks, Sugarland and Bellaire areas.

Mercedes Benz Shop In Houston Since 1986

Todays European Cars has been offering Mercedes Service since 1986 at our current location on Richmond in Houston  Texas. Our Mercedes Shop is currently servicing a variety of foreign cars. We are close to the galleria area and have been an established shop in the Houston area since 1986. Benz maintenance is one of our specialties. We are well equipped to handle any MB that you might be driving, this includes older models as well as new ones. When service is required you can count on one of our expert mechanics to service or repair your car with the outmost care. We have all the diagnostics equipment as well as the tools in our Mercedes shop that are required to work on these luxury cars. Our mechanics are experts in foreign car repair and specialize in european imports. Because of our specialization in this area we have encountered many problems and are familiar with any and all quirky things these cars can develop.

If you are looking for a qualified Mercedes Shop and are serious about maintaining your vehicle and keeping it in top operating conditions look no further. We will let our reputation speak for itself atTtoday’s European Cars we have many clients that have had their Benz maintenance done buy us for the life of the car. if you would like some references we can certainly provide them for you. Just contact us and one of our friendly staff will be happy to assist you, Also if you have questions about a problem that your car seems to be experiencing please give us a call and let us help you in determining what might be the3 cause of the problem. Most problems however will require a visit so we can actually use our diagnostic tools to determine the nature of the problem. Our expert team of mechanics will be happy to diagnose the problem and give you an approximate cost for the repair.

If you decide you need to find a Mercedes Shop that is closer to you please keep a few things in mind when determining who to use. We recommend that you find a well established place in your local area that has a solid reputation. Ask a friend that also has had maintenance done on there car and see who they recommend. just make sure its someone that specializes in foreign car repair and not just any import but german or european imports. This will ensure that they have the necessary skills to analyze, repair or just service your german car. An import card does vastly differ from domestic automobiles so you want someone equipped to handle your automobile properly.

If you have any questions about a service or repair issue please contact us and let one of our expert mechanics assist you.

We are conveniently located in Houston TX just west of the Galleria, and service mainly the Memorial, West University, Mid Town, Heights, Sugarland and Bellaire areas.

Mercedes Mechanic Houston Galleria West University Heights

Mercedes- Benz is a company that prides itself on luxury class automobiles held to the highest standard in appearance, comfort, and performance, so it’s no surprise that every trained Mercedes mechanic is held to a higher standard as well.Job expectations and quality standards for a Mercedes mechanic are much higher than with any other automotive company. In fact, Mercedes-Benz is the only manufacturer to have a Master Mercedes-Benz Technician program that truly delivers a luxury class education. So what exactly does this mean?

In general, when a person trains for certification in the auto-mechanic field, they will usually acquire their skills and certification through a reputable automotive repair school. This allows them to get licensed in various areas of car repair and maintenance. For example, within a certain auto shop you may find a technician that is ASE certified as a diagnostics specialist, while another mechanic may only have certification as an automotive service consultant. Only Master Mechanics have passed every field of study within the ASE curriculum. Only 33% of all mechanics are Master Mechanics. After acquiring ASE certification, the mechanics that work specifically on certain makes of cars will continue their training in a manufacturer-specific program, however, Mercedes is the only company that offers a Masters specific to Mercedes-Benz Repair as well as maintenance.

>Because of the level of training a Mercedes mechanic undergoes, their salary is higher than all other mechanics out there. The typical certified mechanic’s salary is roughly $36,000 annually in the United States, with an hourly pay of $16 to $20. A Mercedes mechanic can expect to make around $67,000, making up to $40 an hour depending on a variety of circumstances such as cost of living adjustment rates, product demand and employer policy.

It is not un-common to find an independent Mercedes shop that has specialties in other imports as well as Mercedes-Benz. A Mercedes mechanic is required to get regular ASE certifications as a mechanic before mastering in Mercedes which affords the skills they need to repair and service other types of cars as well.

Mercedes-Benz also requires proficiency in administration skills and sales within its elite training program. Opening your own repair shop that is professional and runs smoothly on top of servicing and repair work is not an easy endeavor. Mercedes trains their technicians for this type of challenge giving them even more of a leg up when it comes to training them for a successful future as a certified Mercedes mechanic.

At Today’s European Cars, we have 26 years of experience repairing import cars while specializing in Mercedes-Benz service and repair. Our technicians are also trained and equipped to work on BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, and Mini Cooper. We are located in Houston, TX at 6261 Richmond Avenue just west of the Galleria. Whether you are in need of a maintenance check, a minor part replacement, or major engine repair, we can do it all. Our friendly staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have and assist you with determining the best course of for servicing your vehicle.

We are conveniently located in Houston TX just west of the Galleria, and service mainly the Memorial, West University, Mid Town, Heights, Downtown, River Oaks, Sugarland and Bellaire areas.

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