European Autospecialist Blog
Learn more about your car, get important tips on preventive maintenance, and find helpful advice that will improve your automotive experience.
After graduating from OSU, I moved to Tulsa and purchased my first BMW. I did not realize then that car would have life-long significance.
My first jobs, starting with working at an independent BMW repair shop, would encompass different elements of a business, for example; production and inventory control clerk, quality control inspector and manager, and shipping clerk at other companies.
While I enjoyed my jobs, I always asked myself, “How are these jobs contributing to my long-term professional destiny?” All this while enjoying my BMW.
In 1977, I was hired as an industrial engineer and eventually section manager at McDonnell-Douglas. After taking my position, liking aircraft as much as BMWs, I felt I had achieved my destiny and childhood dream to work for an aircraft manufacturer. But I also was diagnosed with an aggressive melanoma skin cancer, and dealing with it led me to many life realizations. Since we spend most of our lives at work, we should do something we enjoy and are passionate about.
So, I asked myself some important questions. I realized all the jobs I had held were individual job functions of a good business, and that daily job satisfaction and the joy of doing a job that you really enjoy is critical to physical and mental health.
My answer was my BMWs and the pleasure they gave me. At that point I determined the local BMW import repair and service market was woefully underserved. In 1982 I went into business to fulfill the market void that existed. I formed my business on the same principle that I always live by, the Golden Rule.
Driven by our dedication to our customer’s satisfaction, one job at a time, has proven to be good for us and our customers. Staying focused and doing what I really enjoy each day has made 35 years fly by. I am truly the one of the luckiest men in the world to have had this successful business life. I will always be grateful to our customers for trusting EAS with their automobiles.
Fifteen years ago I established a goal for myself. By the time I celebrate my 65th birthday, I should sell my business to someone who would continue the European Autospecialist dedication to customer satisfaction.
I have achieved my objective. My very long-time friend and Operations Manager, Jerry Boysel will be assuming the ownership and operation of the business. Our crew will remain the same. Nothing will really change. The transition will be seamless, as Jerry has been the person that everyone has been dealing with for 7 years at the front counter.
Finally, if you see me, just honk and wave. I will be the old guy, driving around town in my silver ’72 BMW 3.0cs or the orange 2002Tii, in full retirement.
It doesn’t matter how fast your car is if you can’t stop it. German cars have excellent braking systems, but they require regular maintenance and upkeep. The best person to do this for you is a well-trained and experienced technician for BMW, Mercedes and Mini Cooper vehicles. That’s why EAS should be your first choice for brake maintenance.
We have the expertise in brake repairs for BMW, Mercedes and Mini Coopers. We have been trained and keep up with new technologies in ceramic brake pads, noise suppression, special rotors, and brake dust control. There are high-tech specs to be followed when working on the brake system for German cars that are critical in making sure they are maintained properly. Never trust your BMW, Mercedes or Mini Cooper to anyone that isn’t trained and experienced to work on it.
Modern materials, design, manufacturing process and engineering today provide a beautiful, comfortable, impressive ride. But it can also make it hard to “hear” if your car’s engine is telling you something, like misfiring, or difficult to hear brakes squealing or the suspension system rattling.
Oftentimes, when a car is having a problem, it will make specific sounds and those are sounds a mechanic needs to know when you take your car to the shop. From time to time, turn everything off in your BMW, Mercedes or Mini Cooper and drive with the windows down, and listen to your car. And always keep your regular check-up appointments with us here at EAS. We may be able to spot a potential problem and get it fixed before you get stranded.
Today’s cars have numerous computer-controlled systems to alert owners when service is required. Sometimes a warning light indicates something that is a simple, quick fix or it may be a more complex problem.
When those warning lights come on in your BMW, Mercedes or Mini Cooper, never depend on just any auto service center. Use only an authorized Bosch service center like EAS to assure you are getting the proper factory diagnostics with equipment and tools that analyze those warning lights.
Our team of technicians has experience and authorized training in properly diagnosing the problems, and then getting your BMW, Mercedes, or Mini Cooper repaired correctly and you back on the road.
One of the most important aspects of your German import car’s handling is the tires. The tires are how your car communicates the handling and steering function of your car so that you get that special handling that you love.
This is why it is so important to get the proper size and types of tires for your BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Mini Cooper. Here at EAS, we recommend you call us or come by to learn more and discuss tire options for your specific vehicle. We have a long-standing reputation for tire service and sales, and can assist you in selecting the right tires while saving you money, too. No matter your driving style, from the conservative daily driver to the spirited fun-on-the-run driver, we’ll make sure you get the proper tires.
We can’t stress enough the importance of keeping your German import car properly aligned. Proper alignment is important for good drivability, safe handling, keeping the tires in good condition, and overall reliability.
The alignment to a German import is complex and the team at EAS understands those complexities. Our team of technicians are trained on BMW, Mercedes and Mini Cooper cars. We have long-standing relationships with multiple leading suppliers of German import parts to assure your car is getting factory authorized parts.
Servicing the alignment of a BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Mini Cooper is a mechanical “art” using specific technical skills. Never trust your German import to just any auto shop. That’s why you should turn to a service center like EAS where you know you’ll get comprehensive knowledge and experienced technicians on the suspension dynamics of your car.
Most German import car owners do not realize that jump starting your car yourself, or using an inexperienced service provider, could cost thousands in electronic repairs. The black box (aka computer controls), the Navcom/GPS system, stereo, even the security system can be damaged from an unexpected power surge.
If you find yourself with a dead battery in your German import, don’t just ask a neighboring car owner for a jump. Call EAS, an experienced, reliable Bosch authorized service center if your car won’t start. Your car may need a new battery or further diagnosis.
EAS is a highly qualified independent repair center for BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Mini Coopers. We know how to check a German import car battery and how to jump start it if needed without causing thousands of dollars damage to the electrical system. So call EAS first.
(Reprinted from Road & Track online magazine)
BMW put everything it knew in the early 1970s into the 3-liter coupe. With its twin-carb 170 horsepower straight-six engine and independent suspension with MacPherson struts, the 3.0 CS could accelerate to 60 in under eight seconds. Yet it came even more alive at highway speeds, taking care of the curves as well in true sports car fashion.
Its stunning body was built by Karmann, and that’s what made Tom McComas of Indiana fall in love with his ’72 four-speed in the first place. After getting hooked on BMWs thanks to a friend’s motorbike, he had to delay his purchase by a few hours due to his wife going into labor on their way to the dealership. They eventually returned to buy this blue 3.0 CS, which has been with the family ever since, sharing the garage with a 1985 M6, a 1992 325i convertible and two BMW motorcycles. He says it’s pointless to describe the driving experience.
Check out the video at www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/classic-cars/videos/a32126/this-1972-bmw-30-cs-coupe-is-timeless/?zoomable
EAS president/owner Kurt Krans also owns ’72 3,0 coupe, which he purchased in 1986 and recently had restored. You can see Kurt’s 3.0 Coupe up close and personal, as it’s displayed inside EAS near the newly remodeled EAS customer lounge.
The history of Mercedes Benz is all about making history with innovativeness that comes from reliable engineering. What starts as a breakthrough for Mercedes, is quick to become the standard for every vehicle on the roadway.
There is a lot said about the Germans, but when it comes to automotive engineering, it is hard to dispute that they know how to build a car. At European Autospecialist (EAS), we know this firsthand. We’ve been servicing BMWs for more than 34 years. The BMW is the best example of that engineering. They have an attention to detail that surpasses all others. They work hard at designing and manufacturing, and with their single-minded determination, turn out a great car every time.