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Foreign Motorcars, Inc. was established in Quincy, Massachusetts on July 28, 2005 by long time friends and enthusiasts David Bluestein and Kyle Chadwick. David and Kyle have always had a passion for meticulous workmanship and German engineering making the automobile business the obvious choice. With the opportunity to exclusively service and sell pre-owned BMW vehicles they set out to create a unique experience by eliminating commission-based service advisors and salespeople in order to focus on individual needs.

We have an obsession with perfection that's displayed throughout every vehicle we touch. We are extremely knowledgeable, ultra professional and surprisingly reasonable. Please give us a chance to impress you.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

New Hours !

Need an EARLY AM APPOINTMENT?  Foreign Motorcars has new extended hours. Starting Monday we're open 7 AM to 6 PM Monday thru Thursday and 7 AM to 5 PM Friday. Now you can get your oil changed with genuine BMW fluids and filters and still make it to work on  time. www.foreignmotorcars.com or 617-996-2277

Friday, February 12, 2016

Coldest day of the year

What does the coldest day of the year mean for your BMW? Pretty much the same thing it means for you. When you get in your car on a day that's so cold your ambient temperature gauge reads single digits (and that's without the wind chill factor) give it an extra minute or so to before throwing it into gear and driving off. That extra minute is just enough time to build up oil pressure, get the coolant flowing through the motor, get your exhaust warmed up and really gives your BMW a chance to "compose" itself prior to performing as you would expect it too. The most common issues on super cold days are coolant related and misfire related. Although your coolant shouldn't technically freeze if it's properly mixed until negative 36 degrees, it does thicken up causing the flow to slow down putting extra pressure on the system. Extra pressure leads to cracked expansion tanks, radiator failures, water pump and thermostat issues, etc. Misfires usually occur from faulty ignition coils. BMW uses an integrated ignition coil with it's own spark plug wire for each engine cylinder. So a typical 6 cylinder engine has 6 ignition coils which have a tendency to go bad in super cold weather. The good news with ignition coils is that they usually only fault out one at a time and they are relatively inexpensive to replace with a quick turnaround time. One sure way to tell if you have an issue with one of these ignition coils is when you start to drive off, your BMW will usually hesitate and buck as though it were trying to stall out. Visit us online at www.foreignmotorcars.com or call us at 617-996-CARS. We're here to help.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ready to roll

All plowed out and ready to roll here at FMCI. This morning we had a phone call from a customer who had 2008 E90 with no blower function and therefor no heat.  Given that it's 27 degrees out, we of course told her to bring it right in so we could hopefully fix it and get her back on the road by the end of the day. People always think that when the blower (aka heater & a/c fan) stops working that it's a fuse. In fact, very rarely does the fuse actually go on that it's usually the blower resistor or regulator as BMW refers to it. The purpose of this resistor/regulator is allow the blower to operate at lower speeds without burning out the internal motor. When this resistor goes bad usually the blower will either not operate at all or only operate on full speed. Today's case was this resistor but with a bit of a twist to it. The resistor had gotten so hot that both the ground, hot and signal wires burnt their sheathing off and melted the connector permanently to the resistor. Fortunately the fuse worked the way it was supposed to and killed the power before anything else got ruined but we still had to replace the wiring, harness, connectors and resistor. www.foreignmotorcars.com

Monday, February 8, 2016

Another snow day...

Here we are again, another snow day at Foreign Motorcars, Inc. Good day for us to catch up on all our housekeeping and make sure all our BMW's are online properly with correct descriptions, pictures and pricing. We do have some service to do today as well but the weather makes it a bit difficult to get parts on time and perform test drives as needed. Tomorrow we come in extra early to clean the snow off all the cars, start each one up to defrost the windshields then pull out the snow blower and get to work moving all the snow.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Too lean? Or is it?

One of the most common service engine soon fault codes we see is for bank 1 and bank 2 system running too lean. This code usually means the system has an air leak somewhere between the mass air meter and the oxygen sensors. Finding it is the tricky part. We had for the first time ever today an X5 with an air leak that was actually coming from the front crankshaft seal. We used a smoke machine to pressurize all the vacuum lines, intake boots, valve cover, intake manifold, etc and could not come up with any substantial issues. Just by chance, Brad happened to look up from beneath this X5 and saw a tiny bit of smoke puffing from around the crank seal. Low and behold, this was enough of an air leak to cause chaos. Three hours later, the seal was replaced and the X5 was back up and running like a top.