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We are taking a long weekend and will be back at the workshop on Wednesday 8th June, 2022.

During this period, the workshop phone will be diverted to Marc's mobile. However, please note that calls will only be answered on a best efforts basis between the hours of 11am and 1pm on these days.

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The workshop is closed Friday 13th May until Monday 23rd May. Marc is taking a well deserved break but Ian will be manning the phones, taking booking and performing diagnostics on an appointment only basis during this period.

Thanks for your continued support and apologies for any inconvenien...

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When you choose to have your BMW or MINI serviced at Marc's Independent BMW, we ensure that your electronic service records are updated on BMW/MINI servers. We update your i-Drive and will stamp your service booklet if you choose to keep one in addition to the electronic records or you have an o...

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Take a look at this microsite built by Ian at Blue Meets White.

BMW X1, X3, 2 series, MINI with automatic gearboxes are prone to failure of the gearshift lever. Main dealer charge around £1,000 for this repair but Ian is able to repair the unit, rather than replace the whole thing for a fractio...

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We had a BMW M5 (E39) in the workshop today with brake line issues and two wheel speed sensors faulting.

On these old cars, the diagnostic port is in the engine bay. But the latest version of BMW diagnostic software works perfectly.

So whether you have a classic, a future classic or a brand sp...

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Here is a reminder that Marc's Independent BMW also offers a fully range of BMW and MINI servicing.

Prices start from as little as £145 and all services include the following.

1. Quality OE parts including Mann, Mahle, Bosch or genuine BMW if you prefer.

2. Quality fully synthetic BMW LL04 a...

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The final part of the BMW 318d GT timing chain replacement series.

Marc discusses the turbo he replaced and the other ancillaries which are absolutely essential.

The vehicle was returned to the owner the following day. This BMW N47 Diesel engine was saved from catastrophic failure by Marc’s ...

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Continuing the BMW N47 diesel engine timing chain series, this is the follow up video with a new lower chain. Marc demonstrates how a brand new genuine BMW chain looks once fitted.

Don't forget we're not just here to changed timing chains! We offer a full range of BMW and MINI servicing, maint...

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The BMW N47 diesel engine uses plastic guides, to tension and guide the chain. This is fine when the timing chain components are functioning within normal parameters. When the chain stretches, or a tensioner "backs off" the chain moves too much within the guide. This "slap" results in the plas...

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Testimonials

2 weeks ago
First time using Marc’s Independent BMW and I must say, I was thoroughly impressed with the level of service that I’d received. I booked via email and the responses were swift. I was advised at the time of booking, that the engine service will take 1.5 to 2 hours and, as promised, I was out the door by 9am having arrived at 7am. This is a big deal for me, especially when other garages quote you an approximate timeframe for completion, only to be left hanging and waiting, on occasion for hours past the point the work should’ve concluded! I didn’t get the chance to catch the name of the gentleman who worked on my car, but he was very attentive and took good care of my car. As I entered my car to leave, I was surprised to see that there was no oil/grease stains on my steering wheel or interior panels! This tells me that they’ve looked after my car as if it were their own. My experience in the past, even with some highly rated garages working on performance cars, was that I always found...
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a month ago
I needed my radio buttons and ac control unit module replaced in my bmw 4 series. I went online, and came across Ian and Marc's website with amazing customer reviews. I gave them a call to see if they could help me out. The experience was smooth, I spoke to Marc who gave me a number of options and kept me up-to-date via email. I dropped my car off and they fitted me with a brand new ac control unit, and radio buttons all originally ordered through BMW. Both are genuinely amazing guys and helped me out with further queries related to my vehicle.
- Ravi K
4 weeks ago
Fantastic service, the guys got me in as quick as possible to take a further look into my engine management light. And also a quick adjustment of my hand brake. Really explained every step of the work they were carrying out and also took the time to explain the faults and what was more likely causing said faults. So coming away I’m more then certain we’ve found the issue. Straight away I could tell the experience between them, which put me at ease. Would definitely recommend to anyone!
- Alec B

Midlands Independent BMW Specialist

WHO WE ARE

Marc's Independent BMW (MIB) has fourteen years BMW main dealer experience as a BMW technician and specialises in German vehicle servicing and diagnostic work. If you're looking for top quality vehicle servicing and repairs then get in touch today.

Supported by 20 years experience, our fully equipped workshop can quickly identify and resolve your BMW/MINI queries and repairs.

WHY USE MARC'S INDEPENDENT BMW

  • Our service offers significant savings on typical dealer costs.

  • We only use OE quality and genuine BMW and MINI parts.  All guaranteed for at least 12-months.

  • We update your i-Drive / Dash / Service Booklet as appropriate.

  • We have dealer level BMW/MINI diagnostic equipment which is constantly kept up to date.

  • We offer a mobile BMW/MINI diagnostic service.

  • We are VAT registered and used to dealing with warranty claims.

  • We can organise an MOT for your vehicle - and given sufficient notice, can service your vehicle on the same day.

  • Our quality approach to our work is reflected in our many 5* reviews by our loyal customers.

  • We are open and honest.

  • We don't fix things that aren't broken.  We treat your car as if it were our own.

  • We are BMW/MINI experts but there are limits to our knowledge, capacity and tooling for certain repairs.  If we cannot fix it, we'll be straight and tell you - not take your money and leave you in trouble.

MAKING AN APPOINTMENT OR OBTAINING AN ESTIMATE


  • Include as much detail as possible including the registration number of your vehicle.

  • We can't always quote without first seeing the vehicle.

SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS

We can often see you at short notice, however please telephone on 01922 279099 and leave a message if we are unable to answer.

Typical services available at short notice include:

  • Vehicle checks / vehicle inspections
  • Brake fluid service
  • Oil and pollen filter services
  • BMW diagnostic (plug in)
  • Basic BMW coding (not programming)
  • Changing of bulbs (subject to type)

REBOOKING OR CANCELLING APPOINTMENTS

We do not charge to rebook or cancel appointments.  We understand that your circumstances may change, and when they do, we kindly ask that you please inform us at the earliest opportunity so that we may offer the appointment to another customer.  Thank you for your understanding.

VISITING WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT

We are always delighted to meet existing and new customers, and you're always welcome to call in.  However, please note the following:

  • If we have time to help you we will, without question, but there are times we are flat-out busy and will be unable to assist or will have to ask you to wait.  We'll always find a place in the diary for you!

  • Our opening hours vary.  We are usually on-site 07:30 Monday to Saturday.  Because we start early, once the booked work is done we go home.  If you plan on visiting us after 14:00 (or 11:00 on Saturday), we advise calling first to make sure we'll still be on site when you arrive.

FINDING US

Marc's Independent BMW are based in Aldridge, near Walsall in the West Midlands.  Our full contact details are shown below and the flag on the map (Google Maps) is exactly where our unit is located.  Entering our postcode into your satnav (WS9 8RL)  will get you close but please refer to the map for the final stage of your journey!  Look for the sign "Lion Industrial Park Units 8-11" and we're through the large metal gates to the left of the sign.

BREAKDOWN AND RECOVERY

We don't provide recovery services, but we often receive vehicles that have been recovered.  If your vehicle has broken down and you plan on having the vehicle recovered to us, please call us on one of the numbers shown below first.  DO NOT HAVE YOUR VEHICLE RECOVERED WITHOUT FIRST HAVING SPOKEN WITH US.  Vehicles arriving on recovery without first speaking with us will be refused.  

A growing number of people are not adhering to this reasonable request and unfortunately this growing trend of unauthorised recovery is accompanied by some individuals leaving their vehicles with us for prolonged periods  - we are not a storage company!  Expect to pay at least £50+VAT for initial diagnosis of the issue affecting your vehicle.  If we quote, and you do not wish to proceed with repairs, we fully understand.  Equally if you proceed with the repair, we're only too happy to add you to our family of delighted customers.

Once we contact you and inform you the vehicle is ready for collection, we expect the vehicle to be collected within 48 hours (unless we agree otherwise).  Vehicles not collected in this time will incur storage fees of £25+VAT per day.  Unfortunately the actions of the few, mean we are forced to introduce this policy.

BMW/MINI DIAGNOSTIC SERVICE

We offer a BMW/MINI diagnostic service, using dealer level diagnostic software at a fraction of dealer costs.  We combine this software with our experience which usually means we can find the issue affecting your vehicle quickly.

The intial diagnostic session costs £50+VAT and can be completed whilst you wait, usually in 20-30 minutes.

Approximately 75% of all issues can be accurately diagnosed in this time, and those which cannot will require further workshop time to accurately diagnose.  In some cases, we may be unable to perform the required repair, but have a network of trusted colleagues who we will refer you to for the final repair.  it doesnt happen often, but it is impossible to offer every repair on a vehicle.

If your vehicle is modified, mapped, or has been incorrectly assembled before it is presented to us, we cannot guarantee finding the problem quickly.  We are not tuners or remappers and the software we use is designed to perform optimally on vehicles in standard trim.

A diagnostic by definition is finding the problem or possible problems affecting the vehicle.  It is not a workshop repair - though on some occasions we've actually managed to repair the issue at the same time as correctly diagnosing the issue and without charging the customer any more than the initial diagnostic!

BLUE MEETS WHITE

Marc's Independent BMW recommends Ian at bluemeetswhite.com who provides BMW & MINI mobile diagnostics, coding and programming services.  When he's not out and about performing mobile diagnostics, you'll often find Ian at our workshop!

Contact Us

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  • 01922 279099

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9
Lion Industrial Park
Northgate Way
Aldridge
Walsall
WS9 8RL
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Mon:7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Tue:7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Wed:7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Thu:7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Fri:7:30 am – 3:30 pm
Sat:7:30 – 10:30 am
Sun:Closed
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