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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2009, 9:22 pm Thread Starter
 
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Texas Dealer Recommendations?

I am plotting and scheming to finally bite the bullet and buy either a GT or an RT. Will drive both before deciding, but I am still probably 4 months out before purchase.

There is no dealer close by, so I have the advantage of being able to choose where I go for service. The most convenient is Alamo BMW in Boerne (San Antonio). It is the shortest drive, but Lone Star in Austin is possible, as is Ft. Worth, and if going to Ft. Worth, Dallas isn't THAT much further...

I don't know a soul that has a BMW, so I am asking if any of you have a preference based upon their integrity and service records.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Jul 24th, 2009, 9:36 pm
 
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I faced this same situation 3 weeks ago!

To be honest, Alamo BMW, Lonestar BMW, and Wild West BMW (Houston) were all very easy to talk with. The real situation will be finding who has a bike that you WANT!

I wound up going to Wild West BMW because they had a bike I wanted - they make me a real good deal and gave me a very acceptable trade-in for my 2006 FJR1300 AE!

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You'll be wanting to go to Lonestar. Buy the bike wherever you want, but Lonestar, hands down, has the best service department.

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If you're going to wait that long, you are probably going to get a 2010 model which no dealers have yet. My dealer (North Dallas - Plano) is nearly out of bikes for 2009. I haven't been there in two weeks, but they only had one of each of the main models left in stock on the floor plus the red K1300GT demo unit that they can't sell until they put a certain number of miles on it (or so I was told).

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Do not go to Oklahoma City BMW

My limited buying of anything from the oklahoma city BMW dealer was very bad , and I will never buy anything from that dealer again, I will go back to a jap bike before buying anything from that one.IF YOU GIVE HIM A CHANCE HE WILL SCREW YOU ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. joesflashdog

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You'll be wanting to go to Lonestar. Buy the bike wherever you want, but Lonestar, hands down, has the best service department.
Well that ain't saying much for the competition then......

Sorry...got to cry BS here. Lonestar has now TWICE been too busy with anywhere from a week to two weeks notice to do tires and an oil change while I've been on the road 2500 miles from home. And no I didn't buy the bike from them. But it shouldn't matter.

Call it a pet peeve but when I purchase a BMW I expect at least a minimum amount of service for tires and oil while traveling. Especially with a bit of planning and notice. Used to be that a guy could ride across the country and pull into a dealership and have no problem getting tires and lube. No more. Way too many dealers over the last decade or so have gotten away from what used to be routine with a BMW dealership. And I'm more than happy to cry foul from these less than adequately preforming dealers.

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OK, so no Oklahoma! it is too far anyway for this west Texas boy.

Thanks for the recommendations. As much as I hate driving in Austin, I can manage if it is good service...

Yes, I think I might be able to hold out for a 2010 model, but a candy red GT left over from 2009 is still in my sights...

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You'll be wanting to go to Lonestar. Buy the bike wherever you want, but Lonestar, hands down, has the best service department.
If that's so then (given my experiences) it's also scary.
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....Call it a pet peeve but when I purchase a BMW I expect at least a minimum amount of service for tires and oil while traveling. Especially with a bit of planning and notice. Used to be that a guy could ride across the country and pull into a dealership and have no problem getting tires and lube. No more. Way too many dealers over the last decade or so have gotten away from what used to be routine with a BMW dealership. And I'm more than happy to cry foul from these less than adequately preforming dealers.
Don't stop in Bakersfield, CA. The dealer there will put a CA CHP bike ahead of yours for a month. Some silly never-ending priority thing of theirs.

Seems they were punished for their transgressions last week. Somehow the bushes along the freeway behind their place caught fire mid-day (cigarette?) and did $1 million in damages to their roof and inner stuff for sale. Don't know if they are going to have a "fire sale." Might be worth looking into as in "This Santiago BMW suit smells funny. I'll give you $10 for it."

If my bike had been in their fenced storage area that also caught fire, I might be looking at a new bike. Too bad it escaped 3 weeks ago after a month of being there. Nuts! Missed it by only that much.

Link to news article.

I drove by there this AM to see the mess and they have all the stuff out in the parking lot - and a lot of it! It's all guarded by some fat security lady in a blue suit. If you can outrun her.... The CA CHP office is across the street though.


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Don't stop in Bakersfield, CA. The dealer there will put a CA CHP bike ahead of yours for a month. Some silly never-ending priority thing of theirs.

Seems they were punished for their transgressions last week. Somehow the bushes along the freeway behind their place caught fire mid-day (cigarette?) and did $1 million in damages to their roof and inner stuff for sale. Don't know if they are going to have a "fire sale." Might be worth looking into as in "This Santiago BMW suit smells funny. I'll give you $10 for it."

If my bike had been in their fenced storage area that also caught fire, I might be looking at a new bike. Too bad it escaped 3 weeks ago after a month of being there. Nuts! Missed it by only that much.

Link to news article.

I drove by there this AM to see the mess and they have all the stuff out in the parking lot - and a lot of it! It's all guarded by some fat security lady in a blue suit. If you can outrun her.... The CA CHP office is across the street though.


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I'll definitely stay away from them! ...Although they might have a Fire Red GT? :

See 'ya,
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