Daniel, Peter and all at PMW, Where do I start? I guess I’ll tell the whole story! At 31 years old and on my fifth BMW I can’t believe it has taken me so long to find you! Having been messed around previously by a major BMW dealership I knew it was time to consider other options. I was introduced to your firm by a friend that owns an E90 M3 and was impressed by your service. In the same week, another friend recommended you. Two recommendations in one week, it had to be a sign. Both could not speak highly enough of your attitude, professionalism and end product. Time to call!…………… I originally spoke to Jayne who was warm, friendly and personable. I was passed to Peter and immediately knew that my car was going to PMW and nowhere else. Car rental was arranged and so when I dropped the car off, I had a car to drive away with and with minimum fuss. Having been dealing with main dealerships for so long, I predicted a call either at the end of the first day it was in the garage or the next morning. So, it came as a surprise to hear from Peter whilst I was driving home, some 30 minutes to an hour after I had dropped the car off. Peter knew there were things I personally wanted to do to the car, but suggested we prioritise works in order to mitigate the total costs. Hang on a second… A car garage worrying about MY money? This was getting too good to be true, surely. By the end of the first day, Peter had pointed out issues which he felt needed attention and we agreed to start works, costs were made clear before a spanner had been picked up. Whilst in the garage, I never had to call to find out what stage the repairs were at, I was always called and kept updated. Again, in stark contrast to my usual dealings with BMW dealerships. I picked my car up a few days later and Peter asked if I wanted to drive the car with him. I was just amazed that he was willing to take 5 minutes out of his day to make sure I was satisfied. Every garage should do it, but it really made it clear to me that PMW care about their clients. They care about their reputation and it shows in everything they do. The car was a dream, it just drove beautifully. A few days after the service, I booked the car into a BMW dealership to get the alloys re-furbed and a dent taken out. Having just been serviced by PWM, I only wanted aesthetic work done. So it came as a surprise when they called me (a day later!) to say the diff seals and gearbox seals needed replacing. Alarm bells ringing. Firstly, why are they checking mechanics when I didn’t ask for this, and secondly did PMW not do this work? I called Peter and he confirmed the seals were changed so back on the phone to BMW. I asked the BMW dealership what gave them the impression this work needed doing and they pointed to oil residue. I asked them if they had actually checked the seals and they hadn’t. After inspecting again, they (BMW) admitted the work had already been done and that they would have charged me for work that already been carried out. What a f******g liberty. I asked BMW not to look at my car anymore and to carry out the works I originally asked them to do. I have lost all faith in them, they really should be taking a leaf out of PMW’s book. The car was in the garage for three days for this work and I was called twice. Owning a business myself, my feelings are that any business shows it true colours when things go wrong, not when they are going smoothly. This leads to chapter two!………. Two weeks later, the car came up with a transmission fault whilst my wife was driving home. Straight on the phone to Daniel. Daniel agreed a tow would be best so as not to cause anymore issues and said he would arrange this immediately. He called me back within 15 minutes and the car was collected within the hour. Unbelievably efficient.The fault was found that day; a faulty pin in the transmission electrical plug. No bullshit, no messing around. An apology and the problem fixed within 24 hours. The entire situation was dealt with perfectly.I really cannot sing your praises enough PMW. I can only try to put into words how impressed I am and have been with your service, communication and the overall experience. Even my wife smiles like a Cheshire cat now and has asked me not to change cars as I usually do every 12 months. My Wife! Someone who just does not care about cars. So, not only have you made my car drive like a dream and made me the happiest car owner in London but you’ve also managed to make the wife happy as well, that deserves a bonus point.All my staff are bringing their cars to you (as you know). If I meet anyone in the street that owns a BMW, will be sending them you way, PMW are just on a different level. You are in a league of your own.Genuinely, keep up the amazing work Guys & thank you very , very much for everything. My car will not be going anywhere else in future, even if I moved abroad!Though I guess that’ll be a good excuse for a long drive?
Hi just wanted to leave some feedback to say thanks for dealing with my request
for swirl flap blanks so quickly. I ordered these at 12pm and they were with me
in the Western Isles before 11am the next morning! I needed to ask for some
advice when putting everything back together which I was given immediately over
the phone. All in all, a fantastic company which offered a customer service
level that was second to none!
After a bodged repair by a local London garage to my swirl flaps and deep concerns about my 2001 BMW 530D Touring I consulted Peter from pmwltd about the condition of my car. My regular mechanic whom I have known for 20 years simply took out my swirl flaps and replaced the shafts with bolts. This at some time later, only (900 miles) caused an ingestion into the chamber and ruined my piston and valves and looked like a very time consuming and costly repair. After completion I took my car to peter at pmw and discussed the works. He had his guys strip out the existing bolts that were very unprofessional and replaced with his swirl flap blanking plates. Now I have heard a lot about these plates and swirl flap damage and I can tell you as an ex AA Patrol man that if not done correctly as Peter has done you will cause serious damage to your beloved engine. This is a guy with a great team and a wealth of knowledge behind them who know their stuff, not your usual bit mechanic who ”
knows a bit about engines”. I drove down from Lewisham London to his workshops in Chelmsford and it only took an hour and was easy to get to. If I was you I would call them for your piece of mind because you know like I do that you don’t want just anyone tinkering with your pride and joy. Its worth the drive knowing your car is in safe and knowledgeable hands at pmw. He,s not a rip off either, he is a very reasonable honest mechanic and cheaper than the main dealers out there. Thanks peter.
A 90hp power-hike over the 911 GT2 combined with a 70kgs weight-saving makes the new 911 GT2 RS the fastest ’street-legal’ Porsche has ever built.
We showed you a sneaky preview of the car yesterday, but today Porsche has released official details and images of its new machine which will be unveiled in the metal at the Moscow motorshow on August 25th. (And not the later Paris show as all the pundits were suggesting.)
Read more at Pistonheads online
Porsche AG’s new version of the Cayenne sports-utility vehicle, which will arrive at European showrooms May 8, attracted orders that beat expectations, according to Chief Executive Officer Michael Macht.
“We’re looking at an incredibly high order intake from almost all markets,” Macht said late yesterday at the German manufacturer’s factory in Leipzig, where the next generation of Porsche’s best-selling model was presented. “Orders are clearly exceeding our expectations.” He didn’t give figures.
Porsche, based in Stuttgart, plans to add models with a goal of doubling yearly sales to as many as 150,000 vehicles over the medium term, and benefit from savings from a merger with Volkswagen AG, Macht said. Deliveries in the six months ended Jan. 31 fell no more than 1.7 percent to 33,670 units, compared with a decline of 40 percent in the first quarter.
Article continues over at San Francisco Chronicle online
We had a unique circumstance at the Edmunds.com offices recently. Our schedule of press vehicle loans resulted in both a 2010 Porsche 911 Turbo and a 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 lurking in the area for over a week. That meant we could experience two of Porsche’s most potent models back-to-back, and as you might expect about the only thing they had in common were their base model names.
The Turbo has become one of the quickest-yet-luxurious street-legal cars available, and the GT3 continues to engage willing drivers better than those idiotic Carl’s Jr/Paris Hilton commercials (you know, the ones you keep watching every time they’re on).
We tested both 911 models while they were here to confirm how they stack up in the spec box. Behind the scenes, though, we had different opinions on which one’s the better car. In one corner, with a barely-used helmet under is right arm and wearing Pilotis that make his wide feet ache, is Editor-in-Chief Karl Brauer defending the GT3. In the other corner, sporting ’80s-era Ray Bans and saying “Porsche — There is no substitute” for the umpteenth time, is Executive Editor Paul Seredynski defending the Turbo.
Article continues over at Edmunds Carpool - http://tinyurl.com/y54njml
I want a Porsche, you want a Porsche! Who in the automotive world does not want one?
Although the entry level Porsche Boxster is the least expensive Porsche, it remains out of reach for many drivers.
However, in 2014, Porsche will offer a ‘baby’ Boxster. The car is likely in re-sponse to sports cars such as the upcoming Toyota/Subaru all-wheel drive sports car due to be released soon. As the Japanese car will have a base price of about $20,000 and it will provide Boxster matching or beating performance, Porsche needs to counter with the smaller less expensive Boxster.
Article continues over at Examiner.com
A lightweight version of the mid-engined Porsche Boxster roadster, the Spyder represents the true, purist form of the Porsche sports car - light, powerful, open-roofed, and very efficient.
This is precisely the formula already applied in creating the most successful road-going sports and racing cars throughout the history of Porsche, ranging from the legendary 550 Spyder of the 1950s to the RS Spyder Le Mans Prototype race car so successful in motorsport today.
Weighing 1,275 kg, the Porsche Boxster Spyder is the lightest model in the Porsche line-up, and continues this clear-cut philosophy in a package offering full homologation for the road, and fulfilling a popular wish expressed by Porsche customers.
Read more at Carpages online
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s Patent Office ’scoop’ on the new Mercedes SLS AMG Roadster, comes a possibly more controversial set of images - this time showing a four door Porsche Panamera Cabrio.
A Panamera ‘Cab’ has been the subject of speculation long before these images escaped onto the internet, but the most recent reports quoting Porsche company insiders have strongly implied the project was not going to get the green light.
Now, a new Autocar article reckons a series of ‘fresh patent applications in the US’ indicate the programme is still alive and well.
Full story continues with photos over at Pistonheads
Porsche has revealed two new entry-level Porsche Panameras, both fitted with an all-new V6 powerplant.
Labelled simply Panamera and Panamera 4 (no prizes for guessing which one comes with four-wheel drive), the two new entries into Porsche’s super-saloon range will be in showrooms from May, although UK customers won’t be able to get their hands on the cars until June.
Read the full story over at Pistonheads online
Porsche plays the heritage card with a pair of dribble-inducing TV ads
Porsche’s latest US TV ad for its new Panamera is quite a sight, featuring 50 models from its undoubtedly glorious past. The idea is to prove to doubters that the new super-saloon is indeed a thoroughbred Porsche - and you’ve got to say that the result is effective.
Head over to Pistonheads for the full story and the video itself
Yes, it costs a steep 279,000 euros (before taxes) and no, you can’t drive it on the road. But the Porsche 911 GT3 R is, we reckon, 100 per cent gorgeous.
We all feasted our eyes on the new racer at the Autosport/PistonHeads show yesterday, so we thought that today we would spread the joy via POTW.
Stuttgart, received the coveted “Auto Trophy” award yesterday from the leading German car magazine Auto Zeitung – the Porsche Panamera in the luxury segment and the Porsche 911 Carrera in the sports car segment.
Having only entered the market in September 2009, the Panamera has immediately moved up right to the top of the winners’ podium, just as the 911
Carrera is now defending its top position in the sports car segment for the 16th time.
Full story with photos over at PR-inside online