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Maintenance Advice to Ensure Your BMW Car Stays in Great Shape

bmw maintenance
10/6/2015

When you invest in a nice car, it's important to stick to a regular maintenance routine to keep its performance levels up and to prolong its life. As a BMW owner, you should be very familiar with the manufacturer's recommendations: when to get your oil changed, when to check the brakes, when to add fluids and so forth. Thankfully, BMW maintenance schedules are well documented and simple to adhere to, especially when you visit a specialized service center like Atlantic Autowerks. To help you better understand what your BMW needs and how we can help, let's take a closer look at what the manufacturer recommends...

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2015 Mini Cooper: Fuel Efficient and Feisty

2015 mini cooper
9/10/2015

With their unique design, compact size and overall cool factor, Mini Coopers are instantly recognizable. From contrasting roof panels and a distinctive profile to seventeen-inch wheels and bonnet stripes, a host of factory options allow Mini Cooper owners to customize their vehicle into a polished, truly one-of-a-kind phenomenon. However, the Mini Cooper isn't just another pretty face: they are loaded with premium technologies that promise their drivers more than a stylish ride.

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BMW to Celebrate 100th Birthday at 2016 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

BMW 100 Year Anniversary
8/21/2015

Around this time next year, BMW will be celebrating its 100th birthday. And what better place to celebrate than the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion? With the BMW car brand built upon being considered the "Ultimate Driving Machine," racing circuits across the globe have helped the company forge that identity for the last century.

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A Look at the Upcoming MINI Superleggera

Superleggera
8/3/2015

The MINI Superleggera, which stunned visitors at the 2015 Villa d'Este concours d'elegance, has been greenlighted for production. The car will be part of BMW's efforts to concentrate the MINI line on fewer, better vehicles. With two seats, a soft-top and the MINI's standard all-wheel drive, the Superleggera is positioned to deliver the classic MINI experience in an agile, elegant package. But, what should we expect from the upcoming "super hero" car?

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The Joy of Driving

6/25/2015

Atlantic Autowerks Ltd. specializes in BMWs and MINIs because we love the passion the manufacturers of those cars put into their engineering, and the joy you get when driving them. You can see on our Specials page that we reward those drivers who share our passion with discounts for parts and labor if you are a member of either the BMW or Mini Car Club of America. We thought we'd take this opportunity to explain why we do that.

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Attention BMW Owners with a Car 2002 and Later with the 4.4L V8 Engine

4/9/2015

Any motor that is running low on oil is a candidate for some major repairs. Some motors, like the 4.4 Liter V8 that is in a lot of BMW models, can sustain some damage but still continue to run--maybe not well, but nevertheless, still run. In a motor that is run low on oil, aerated oil may be flowing through all of the major engine oiling passages. Like the Mini Cooper, the BMW N62 (the 4.4 Liter V8) will suffer some major and expensive damage if not caught in time.

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Attention 2007 and Later Mini Cooper Owners!

4/9/2015

If you have a Mini Cooper that is a 2007 model or newer: listen up. The motors in these automobiles have the designation N12 and N14 with the N14 being the turbo motor.  These engines come equipped with oil level dip sticks. A lot of Mini Cooper owners do not realize that these motors use oil and that the level should be checked every other tank of fuel.

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Get the Best from your BMW i3’s Preconditioning

BMW i3
3/16/2015

During extreme weathers, having the option to precondition your car is ideal. In the winter, you can step into your warm, ice-free car, and in the extreme heats, cool down the cabin and avoid burning yourself on the seats. In conventional, gas-powered vehicles, this is just a luxury.

However, in electric cars, including the BMW i3, preconditioning is both a luxury and a necessity in increasing your range and promoting a longer life for your battery.

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Notice to all BMW owners that drive 3 & 5 series cars from 2006 that have the N52 and the N54 motors; OR the 3.5 liter turbo and the 3.0 non turbo motors

2/2/2015

It has recently come to our attention that the 3.5 liter Twin Turbo motors or N54 have an issue that should not be over-looked or it could cost you the MOTOR.

What is happening is the drive belt is getting saturated with oil from the oil filter adapter housing seals and causing the drive belt to fail.  

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Mini Cooper Outperforms Competition in Recent Crash Test

Mini Cooper Crash Test
8/11/2014

For Virginia Beach and Portsmouth families looking to purchase a new car, safety is almost certainly somewhere on the list of must-haves. Whether you're looking for a compact, medium-sized, or large vehicle, you'll be happy to learn there are safe and stylish options in each category. Most recently, the sleek Mini Cooper Countryman joined the elite group of safe compact cars by passing a crash test with flying colors.

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