This thread is awesome.
AZ: This is a community of BMW enthusiasts -- all of us "car guys" -- who variously choose either to self-maintain OR patronize local shops. How are the intentions and outcomes of my ownership scheme any different from someone who works on the car themself?
You say that you don't expect "non car guys" to understand your views, but what you really mean is "people like me." And to a lot of folks here, you're coming off as closed-minded. Walls keep people apart, they keep ideas separate. Open your mind! Superiority complexes are never cool.
Some old BMWs