West Valley BMW Repair

8335 W. Sherman St Suite 200 Tolleson, AZ 85353

At Ultimate European Repair, we truly are passionate about BMW vehicles and believe they are indeed the best driving machines. Part of our unique culture includes hours of specialized training to learn and understand all the latest technologies that are built into your BMW. There are many features that you may not know exist on your BMW. Read our blogs HERE to learn more about these features or sign up for our monthly e-newsletter at the bottom of the page.

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Company Re-Branding

Ultimate Auto Repair Service, LLC has officially re-branded to Ultimate European Repair, LLC. The official new website, starting Janurary 1st 2018 will be at www.UltimateEuropeanAZ.com and the current website and e-mail addresses will continue to exist, however they will all forward to new domain name and e-mails. While we will continue to service ALL vehicles and nothing else outside of the company name itself is changing within the company, it is after much thought that we have concluded this name change more accurately reflects the focus of our long term vision to offer specialized service in BMW as well as Mini Cooper, Land Rover, Volkswagen, Audi, and Mercedez-Benz. Moreover, we hope to eliminate any confusion of who we are in the Phoenix valley and the services we offer. We would like to thank each and every one of you for trusting Ultimate European Repair, LLC with your vehicles this year and hope to conti ... read more

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BMW Lighting Engineering

BMW Lighting Engineering

BMWs have many subtle features that are part of the design of the vehicle lighting systems that many owners are unaware of. The approach to subtly integrate purpose into the very nature of the vehicle’s design and engineering, without feeling the need to make every feat a selling point, is truly what makes a BMW the ultimate driving machine. Did you know, historically all BMWs have red/orange backlighting in the interior because it is the easiest color for your eyes to see at night? BMWs also have a headlight aiming level sensor on the front control arm so the headlight automatically adjusts up and down over bumps to avoid blinding oncoming traffic. BMWs used daytime running lights years before they were mandated as standard equipment, and have used rain/light sensors to automatically turn the headlights and wipers ON or OFF since as early as 1996! Other manufactuers are currently advertising this feature on new cars on some commercials as if it is new technology! While halogen ... read more

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BMW Valvet Mode

BMW Valvet Mode

This month we will be discussing BMW’s valet mode / key feature. This is a feature on all BMWs that has stayed consistent but evolved over time. What is Valet mode? Valet mode allows you to keep the glove box, trunk, and center console (if console is lock equipped) completely locked out from anyone, ideally while allowing someone else to drive your vehicle. While not all of us are visiting upscale hotels and restaurants where we valet our vehicle constantly, many of us have valuables or may want to keep valuables in our vehicle if we were confident we could secure them in the vehicle. We may also allow someone else frequent use of our vehicle but do not want them to access our personal items. Originally conceptualized for a “valet” situation, where you allow someone to valet your car without allowing them access to your valuable compartments, you can use this feature with other family and friends that just exude confidence in your ability to trust them! How is this accomplishe ... read more

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Monsoon Season

Monsoon Season

Monsoon season is here! In this month’s blog we’ll give you some safety tips to use during the storm season. Monsoon season is officially from mid June to the end of September, and each season ranges on the frequency, locations, and intensity of the storms. Therefore, it’s important to be informed so you can not only keep yourself safe, but prevent damage to your vehicle! Monsoon storms often bring sudden and lengthy periods of heavy rain, wind, lightning, and blowing dust – a variety of hazards for drivers who spend most of the year cruising under sunny skies. Here are some things you could face during monsoon season: Increased Stopping Distance Braking relies on friction generated between your tires and the roadway to stop your vehicle’s momentum. Wet roads increase the distance required to bring the vehicle to a stop, and worn tires will take ev ... read more

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What is BMW Sports Mode?

What is BMW Sports Mode?

This month we’re discussing “Sport” mode on a typical BMW. With the exception of M cars, all automatic BMWs have Sport mode. Sport mode is achieved by moving the automatic shift knob over to the left into what most know simply as “manual” mode. The catch is if you just move it over to the left and DO NOT shift gears manually, you’ll notice in the middle of your instrument cluster it will say instead of “D” for drive, “DS” or “SD” for Sport Drive. You can switch in and out of sport mode on the fly by simply moving the shifter back to “center” and then back to the left again. So What About The Throttle Response? Sport Mode has a quicker throttle response on the fly by wire throttle, as well as shift points in the transmission that occur sooner and faster, while staying in a lower gear longer, instead of a higher gear as would typically occur. This trades a small amount of fuel economy for more readily available power instead of having to press the gas all the way to ... read more

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Engine Oils

Engine Oils

The topic of what engine oil to use is a loaded subject of truthfully unnecessary confusion. We’re going to talk about some engine oil basics and principles you can operate by when you need to add oil or if you are intending to take on your own oil changes. Let’s start with the basics: There are 3 primary types of oil – conventional, synthetic blend, and full synthetic. Conventional Oil is thicker and breaks down easier. Synthetic oil is thinner and is scientifically engineered to withstand harsher conditions for longer periods of time. Synthetic blend is just that – a blend of conventional and synthetic. The idea here was to save cost while gaining some of the benefits of synthetic oil. Next is Viscosity, or Weight. This ranges significantly from 0W all the way to 140w for gear oil. Most all engine oils are in the 0W-40W range with a complicated exact specification in between dependent upon manufacturer. The lower the weight – the thinner the oil, the higher the weig ... read more

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BMW M Motorsport Technology: E9x M3 with S65 engine

This month – We are discussing some of the incredible technology & performance features on BMW’s 2008-2013 M3. The M3 introduced in 2008 was the first V8 M3. Also, the first double clutch SMG transmission. The M DCT (double clutch transmission) The M DCT (double clutch transmission) is incredible to drive. It is actually two separate “sub-transmissions” within 1 transmission housing. It is split up every other gear 1-3-5-7 and R-2-4-6 each on its own mainshaft and clutch of the double clutch system. This allows 2nd gear to already be selected and ready to go while driving in first as soon as the clutch engages and disengages. This is all electronically controlled & hydraulically actuated. The DCT electronics combine inputs from DSC & DME control units such as engine speed (RPM) & vehicle speed to create for lightning quick shifting. Most noticeable when driving is the downshifting – the electronics automatically raise the engine RPM to match the exact road speed required t ... read more

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BMW Double Locking Doors

BMW Double Locking Doors

This month – We are discussing a little known feature standard on every BMW – Double Lock Door Actuators. Generally speaking, a power door lock will have a combination of linkages, gears, and an electric motor. We will summarize this combination of parts as the door lock actuator. The picture to the right is a BMW door lock actuator. A conventional door lock actuator only physically locks the door latch on the vehicle from the outside door handle cable. While there are varying disengagement methods for the inside handle, the actuator never physically locks the door latch on the vehicle from the inside handle cable. All BMW door lock actuators double lock. That is, the actuator physically locks the latch from both the outside and inside door handle cables. From a technical standpoint, this plays out in several different designs that have been improved over the years. A common one is like the door lock picture to the right – there are actually two separate motors and gears for inside ... read more

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Cooling System Electrolysis

Cooling System Electrolysis

Electrolysis process. On passing electric current the cations move towards the cathode and get deposited. Simultaneously the anions move towards the anode. galvanic cell element. Experimental set up for electrolysis This month – We are discussing an important issue – Electrolysis in vehicle cooling systems. Over 70% of all vehicles we see at Ultimate Auto Repair Service have electrolysis in the cooling system…as low as 50,000 miles! First, Let’s Define Electrolysis. Looking at the above picture gives a simplified visual of how a basic 12 volt lead acid chemical automotive battery works. Two dissimilar lead plates (positive / negative) are connected in series (cells) and submerged in water & sulfuric acid, AKA “electrolyte”. The chemical reaction between the dissimilar plates and electrolyte creates voltage AKA EMF. Connecting a circuit creates current flow. Voltage is electric pote ... read more

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BMW Active Steering

BMW Active Steering

This month – I’m explaining BMW’s active steering technology. While you will see many current car commercials from other manufacturers advertising “new” technology like blind spot detection, automatic emergency braking, and rear view cameras in 2017, the truth is BMW was often the originator of most of these technologies 10-15 years ago! BMW came out with Blind Spot Detection in 2009, Active Cruise Control (with emergency braking) around 2005, and rain/light sensors for automatic wipers in 1996. Yet BMW rarely advertises their innovative technology as much as they advertise the complete experience of driving a BMW. One such technology BMW has had since 2004 that makes for such an incredible driving experience is Active Steering. Active Steering was standard on all 6 series and an option available on 3, 5 and X5 series in the mid 2000’s up. There are several main components of the system: Electrical ... read more

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