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BMW Repair and Maintenance

CarHavn's mechanics are BMW specialists, enthusiasts, and long time owners. We love the brand for what it represents - performance, beauty, and luxury, in that order. 

Whether you have a classic Z3 (like the 1998 2.8L manual the shop owner drives) or a late model G-series sedan or SUV, we have you covered. We have worked on dozens of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Series sedans and convertibles, and X5, X6 and X7s of all generations. Or like we prefer to call them - E, F, and G -Series. Yes, we know the chassis codes for all the cars we service - E30, E46, E90, F30 and so on...

Our talented mechanics have extensive experience and training in the complexities of BMW maintenance and repair. However puzzling the issue you have may be, we have probably fixed it before. 

BMW Diagnostics by CarHavn

The Service Engine Soon light is triggered by a huge number of possible issues, or a combination of them. BMW diagnostics is part art and part science. The science part is solved with technology. A regular scan reader is not enough. BMW has its own propiertary codes, that can only be read and decoded by a specialized diagnostics platform like BMW's own ISTA platform or a high-end scanner like an Autologic or iScan platform. We operate them all. The 'art' part is interpreting those codes and investingating the specific conditions in your car that need to be corrected for the code to go away. Here's where our expertise comes in - afer diagnosing hundreds of issues over decades, we have developed organziational knowledge of the most effective repairs.

BMW Timing Chain Replacement by CarHavn

Many of the newer BMW engines, especially the 4-cylinder ones like the N20 and N26s found in X1, X3 SAVs and 328, 428, 528 sedans need their timing chains replaced as early as 70K miles. It's critical to also replace the oil pump and the corresponding chain and guides. We have replaced hundreds of these timing chain systems with no issues. It's a great time to address oil and coolant leaks as well, and save a ton in labor!

BMW Transmission Service and Repair by CarHavn

BMW's scheduled maintenance contains a major mistake - its does not include transmission service. ZF, the German company that makes the sophisticated transmission for BMW, recommends service every 50K miles, including filter, fluids, and sleeves. We also service the transfer case, and the front and rear differentials, which have fluids that wear with time. Extend the life of your transmission and xDrive system with this vital preventive service!

BMW Engine Replacement By CarHavn

Sometimes it's better to replace an engine than to repair it. If the engine issue is severe, it may have compromised internal components like bearings, camshafts, crankshafts, or piston sleeves. An engine replacement is then a more cost-effective and longer-lasting solution. CarHavn has access to many trusted suppliers of recycled engines, which we then rebuild and refresh to our standards. We generally replace oil and coolant gaskets, accessories like pulley tensioners, water and oil pumps, and consumables like spark plugs, coils and of course all fluids. We have seen insane quotes from overpriced franchised dealers. Choose CarHavn for savings in the big jobs!

BMW Oil Leak Repair by CarHavn

We call then them the trifecta of leaks: Valve Cover Gasket, Oil Filter Housing Gasket, and Oil Pan Gasket. Most BMWs 5 years or older will need oil gasket repair of some type. With time, rubber loses its flexibility and sealant properties, leading to loss of oil. We use original and high quality gaskets for this repair. Ask for our package deal!

BMW Maintenance by CarHavn

BMW's CBS (Condition Based Service) recommended maintenance schedule is terrible. The car will turn on the Service indicator for oil service 10,000 miles approximately - which is a recipe for disaster. Most specialists like CarHavn recommend service every 5,000 miles or 6 months. That includes a high-quality oil (LiquiMoly is our choice) and filter (MANN is our go-to) and a full inspection. Don't be penny-wise and dollar foolish - protect your engine with regular LiquiMoly oil service.

BMW Brake Service by CarHavn

BMW does not make brake pads, rotors, or sensors. They buy from their supplier (Textar, ATE, or Pagid) and re-brand them. CarHavn's brake service is superior, as we use Zimmerman rotors and Akebono pads and a high-quality sensor (or equivalents). All at a fraction of the overpriced franchised dealer. Upgrade for less!

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1031 State Street

New Haven, CT 06511

244 Foxon Rd 

North Branford, CT 06471

(203) 836-5440

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