Alexandria Bavarian Service

  • 4.6 of 5 stars
11 reviews

416 East Raymond Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301, us

(703) 836-2002


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Specializes in Transmission work
Specializes in Air Conditioning work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Mar 05, 1999
loves BMWs and appreciate owners who do - floor of shop is so clean & polished you could eat off it. Looks for most economical way of solving a problem and always responds when you leave a message of help! - for one customer he did extensive work for he gave them a present - had the car detailed so when they picked it up it looked brand new. I have an 83 320 i that should last longer than I will thanks to Grant.
Jul 27, 2000
They performed a pre-purchase check for my BMW 318ti. Grant helped me through my decision process, including assessing the market value of the car. After the stress and lack of information and misinformation I received from the dealer (which I think was a rather typical experience), Grant was a welcome voice of reason. He even had the car state and emission inspected when we decided the car was a "keeper". Grant also prepared me for the type of service/maintenance I needed to provide my new (used) car.
Jan 11, 2002
Grant and his people know pretty much all there is to know about BMWs and generously share their knowledge. This is a no frills, no bull, operation.
Feb 05, 2002
Grant has built the highest skilled BMW team in the Washington Metro area. Everyone on his staff is knowledgeable on all aspects of BMW repair, preventive maintenance and BMW ownership. Buy your car from a dealer but, get it repaired ABS!
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Nov 05, 2004
I know that all the 5's look as if I am the owner's mother disguising myself as a customer, but this is really a fine shop. In fact, I FOUND this shop searching this very 'CAH TAWK' site. The patient is a 2000 BMW 328i which belongs to my Mother -- so naturally, I am the one who gets it fixed. Now, this 328 was bought in Germany, but has always been a 'Monday' car. An EARLY AM Monday car, with half the assembly line workers coming in with a terrible brauhaus hangover, and the other half not making it in at all. The engine panel looked like a pin ball machine with all the various warning and maintenance lights going on so often. Finally, in fact, the proxy dealer in Fairfax ordered the replacement of the entire engine block under warranty -- they were tired of fixing all the problems. And tired of the sign I wore around my neck -- 'BMW Sucketh'. Finally, weary of driving into D.C. to pick up the car, then all the way out to the dealer in Fairfax, then back into D.C. to my mother's -- D.C. traffic has truly become impossible, folks -- I found this place on 'MechanX', 1/3 of a mile away from where I live. A really nice surprise -- run and owned by a guy who discovered BMW motorcycles as a kid, and grew up to become a full-fledged mechanic. Name of Grant Randall. The first time I took it by, the 'engine block warning light' had went on. Again. First thing Grant did was see the light, then walk back to open the fuel tank door, screwed on the cap more tightly, and the warning light went out! "A little quirk in this model", Grant said. No charge. Second time her left low-beam went out and since Grant's is not a big shop, and I doubted whether he kept headlight assemblies for 5-year-old models, I called a dealer and was told the whole assembly had to be replaced. I didn't even want to ask the price. I then called Grant and he said "Sure, I have one, I'll just replace the bulb. Two minutes, just bring it by any time." How much? Parts and Labor? "Oh, about 20 bucks." So, that's why I go to Alexandria Bavarian Motors. They have everything except a good pilsner, and I am trying to talk Grant into taking care of that. "Fraulein? Swei Bier, Bitte...."
Dec 02, 2005
I moved into the Arlington, VA area just over a year ago. When it came time for service I went to the CAR TALK section of to find a BMW mechanic, because I had used the "recommended mechanics" to find a mechanic for another car before. I bought my 1997 328is new, and I have always had all recommended service done on schedule. I needed a scheduled major service and state inspection. My car had about 115,000 miles on it at that point. Grant, after going through all of the service records, recommended several preventative replacements based on the year and mileage, since I intend to keep this car for another couple of years. The total cost in the end, though substantial, was a bit less than he estimated. Grant is very knowledgable, and the shop is professional. He also has a cool collection of BMW posters and toys/models on display in the waiting area. My experience was confidence-inspiring. I definitely plan to have my car serviced there again when the time comes.
Apr 30, 2007
Owner Grant Richardson asked me not to put any more comments on Car Talk extolling the many virtues of his shop -- which include competence, reasonable prices, complete explanations, not charging for something that turns out to be piddling -- because he says too many people are calling as it is, and he has a solid customer base. [Really he said that, and means it!]. So I won't say anything about this excellent and honest fellow (who once even went out to take a look at my Mother's 328, and because it was nothing, didn't charge a sou). I'd LIKE to say good things about him, but he truly asked me not to, so I will have to hold back. Darn!

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