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I didn’t carry around my camera this weekend, so no pictures 🙂 Here is a photo booth shot for your entertainment. Feel free to download, cut, crop, photoshop, whatever 🙂

We went to the Gilroy Garlic Festival this weekend!

We washed the Audi and the Benz!

The house is a teenie weenie bit cleaner!

I’ve been playing around a lot on Google+!

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Service at dealerships

I’ve had the opportunity to bring our cars to several dealerships for service, repair, and maintenance. I brought our C300 in for its 3000-mile courtesy inspection this morning. I figure I have enough info about all my experiences with all these different dealerships to finally comment on them.

Mercedes Benz of Pleasanton

My first impression was bitter-sweet. Their facility is very old – my garage looks more high tech than their service department. Their service advisors are very friendly, however, they do not do Mercedes Benz loaner cars. If you need a loaner, you are driving an Enterprise rental. They have homemade treats and coffee in their ultra-low tech waiting room. Although I brought my car in for its 3k inspection, they did not offer me a loaner/rental car. It seems that it’s only for those who bought their cars there AND they need to perform a major service or repair. Lame. I ended up taking their shuttle back home and picking up the Audi. There is just something weird about buying an expensive car and getting treated like you are part of a herd. They always wash your car for you.

Cars serviced: 2008 C300

Facility: C+
Advisors: A
Work Quality: A
Price: N/A as of yet.
Overall: B

EastBay BMW

We get red carpet treatment from this shop because we have so many cars on the books with them. We always get offered loaner cars every time and we can get in and out of their facility fairly quickly. When they run out of loaners, they have Enterprise rentals available on their nickel. We never had to pay a dime for service since all of our cars were on free maintenance. (I would never own a BMW without maintenance!) They always seem to stand by their work – although their techs seem to be a little on the green side. You need to really know who to talk to otherwise you will be treated like a chump since their advisors tend to be a bit cocky. They have a nice lobby with HDTV, internet access and a Starbucks coffee machine! They always return your car washed.

Cars serviced: 2001 525i, 2004 M3, 2005 525i

Facility: A-
Advisors: B
Work Quality: A-
Price: N/A for me, but I hear it’s very expensive at this shop!
Overall A-

Livermore Audi

Wow – great people and great facility! Even though we didn’t buy our A4 from them, they still offer us loaner cars when we service our car there. Our service advisor was even thoughtful enough to ask if it was ok to wash our car, knowing that some people don’t like their car washed by dealerships. Their facility makes you feel good that you bought an Audi – very clean and professional. Porsche is right next door, so it’s nice to take a little stroll after dropping off your car.

Cars serviced: 2007 A4

Facility: A
Advisors: A
Work Quality: A
Price: N/A, we are on a maintenance contract.
Overall: A

Dublin Toyota

Always top notch service! Although their hourly rate is no different than European garages! The only problem with this shop is that they have so much volume that you feel like you are part of a herd of people trying to get in line for tickets to a concert. Good luck waiting for your car – I waited for an oil change and it took about 1.5 hours to complete since there are so many people waiting. They have a huge parts department and a “pod” coffee machine for their patrons. They don’t wash your car.

Cars serviced: 2001 4Runner, 2005 Sienna

Facility: C+
Advisors: A
Work Quality: A
Price: B-
Overall: B+

Dublin Honda

I have nothing bad to say and nothing stellar either. I haven’t been to their new facility, but I’m sure it looks very nice. So most of my comments would be irrelevant at this point, but here is what I thought about their old location. No free car wash at this facility either.

Cars serviced: 1997 Civic

Facility: C
Advisors: B
Work Quality: A
Price: B-
Overall: B

There goes another hour of productivity at work! hahaha!

Monday

I recieved my plates for the Benz today. The auto market must be tanking big time (well, obviously) for registration to take only 2 weeks! When I got my M3 and Audi, it took a good 6 weeks before the plates arrived!

SheryAnne stopped by the dealership to pickup a Mercedes-Benz plate frame for me. While she was there she noticed a cool McLaren F1 poster and asked about it…they ended up giving her a few copies of it! They also put the plate frame in a snazzy Mercedes-Benz bag…pretty cool. One of those bags you kinda want to keep if you are into swag. (I love swag!)

I put headlight and foglight protection on the Benz over the weekend…best $60 I ever spent on any car. I had them on the M3 and also on the Audi…it’s a must-buy if you have projectors with clear lenses. When the lenses start getting pits in them, they look like crap. This will keep the lenses looking like new.

Work has been very difficult – I’ve been performing a to 2-3 person job all by myself. It’s wearing me thin.

Eye surgery is still on schedule the end of this month.

Disappointing stretch for the Warriors.

I don’t want to talk about the Warriors right now. A winning team not making the playoffs? David Stern needs to fix something!

I’ll focus on DTM racing. It looks like Audi dominated the opening race in Hockenheim. It’s good to see Ralf Schumacher finish the race. The two “gals” of each Team finished in the back. It will be great if Toyota joins DTM with their IS, and there are talks of BMW getting back into it as well.

Here are the results:

Pos Driver Car Time
1. Mattias Ekstrom Audi 59:17.726
2. Timo Scheider Audi +0.824
3. Tom Kristensen Audi +19.604
4. Bruno Spengler Mercedes +20.872
5. Martin Tomczyk Audi +21.269
6. Jamie Green Mercedes +33.019
7. Gary Paffett Mercedes +33.956
8. Bernd Schneider Mercedes +34.726
9. Oliver Jarvis Audi +40.270
10. Mike Rockenfeller Audi +41.798
11. Alexandre Premat Audi +46.339
12. Markus Winkelhock Audi +46.950
13. Paul Di Resta Mercedes +47.867
14. Ralf Schumacher Mercedes +49.873
15. Mathias Lauda Mercedes +56.308
16. Susie Stoddart Mercedes +1:03.824
17. Maro Engel Mercedes +1:05.161
18. Katherine Legge Audi +1:33.669

Not classified

Driver Car Laps
Christijan Albers Audi 3

Fastest lap: Di Resta, 1:34.104 on lap 15

Another set of pics

It’s like we have a little DTM garage LOL. I snapped a few more photos of some of the other features on the car after I washed them both this morning…








I’ve got to hang my Mercedes Banz flag, now that we are official owners hahaha. The only mods I have planned are clear headlight/foglight shields (the Audi already has them) and 6000K xenon bulbs (on both the Audi and the Benz.) Not really a mod, but I will probably buy a trunk tray for the C300. We have bought trunk trays on the last 4 cars we’ve owned and it’s the best $100 we spend on each car!