Four Common Mercedes Problems to Watch Out For

Mercedes problemsThe Mercedes brand has a long history as a reliable luxury vehicle. However, this doesn’t mean the brand isn’t prone to certain issues. We’ll highlight some common Mercedes problems that our customers have reported over the years.

1. Engine Misfires

With most Mercedes models, the manufacturer recommends changing the spark plugs and ignition coil every 100,000 miles. However, some owners have reported problems with these components well before then. Driving with a misfiring engine can result in damage to the oxygen sensor or catalytic converter.

2. Worn Window Regulators

The window regulators make it possible to lower and close the windows with the press and hold of a button. We have noticed the regulator failing prematurely on Mercedes-Benz C-class and ML-class models. This problem is also fairly common in Audi and BMW models. Continue Reading →

Five Common BMW Problems to Watch Out For

common BMW problemsCertain car models are prone to unique problems; BMW vehicles are no exception. For all its durability, German automotive engineering does have a few recurring problems. We outline these common BMW problems so you can watch for them in your vehicle.

1. Engine Troubles

BMW cars may experience failure due to a specific faulty part. This includes a faulty clutch, fuel pump, injector, and ignition module. If you notice engine stalling or if the check engine light comes on, bring the car to a German auto repair service.

2. Tire Puncture

Several people have reported a flat tire despite relatively new tires. The problem lies in the alloy wheels, which can crack and puncture the tire. Regularly check the alloy wheel for cracks and corrosion. Continue Reading →

Five Popular European Cars in North America

popular European carsMany motorists favor European car models; the reasons range from robust performance to their sleek appearance. We’ll identify the most popular European cars in the North American market today.

1. Mini Cooper

Owners cite the go-kart-like feel of Mini vehicles as a primary reason for gravitating towards this British brand. The current Mini Cooper is now available in four-door and is more spacious than ever. Yet, it still feels compact enough to remind owners why they bought the car in the first place.

2. Audi A4

This car has been available in the U.S market since 1994. The model is renowned for its reliable handling and sporty look. Present-day models offer the latest in entertainment and safety technology. This is an ideal set of wheels for motorists who prefer a balance between sportiness and luxury. Continue Reading →

Northwest Imports Is Now Hiring

Northwest Imports hiringDo you relish in a little grease or oil on your hands? Can you spot a transmission problem or recognize the signs of a faulty radiator fan? If you emphatically answered “yes,” then we want to hear from you. Northwest Imports is hiring and wants someone who knows his/her way around a wrench.

Northwest Imports Is Hiring a Full-Time Mechanic

Previous employment at an auto repair service is highly preferred. However, we will consider anyone that can demonstrate a high degree of competency and proficiency. We will also provide some training to show you how we do repairs the Northwest Imports way.

If you feel more at home working with tools than sitting in an office, then schedule an appointment with us.

Qualifications

Our ideal candidate has experience working with various car models and years. This includes domestic and foreign brands. Are you familiar diagnosing, say, a turbocharged diesel engine from a German brand such as VW and Audi? How about working under the hood of a Mercedes or Porsche?

Furthermore, applicants should also have experience:

  • Working on off-road, muscle, and pony cars
  • Working on classic models with retrofitted parts
  • Working on cars with aftermarket enhancements

In other words, your skills need to go beyond the basic oil or filter change. You need to be able to perform repairs beyond the capability of an average DIYer.

Skills aside, we are looking for people who know how to interact with customers in a professional and courteous manner. A career at Northwest Imports is about more than just using your mechanical know-how. It’s also about providing satisfactory customer experience.

Become a Member of Our Team

If you reside in Austin, TX, and believe you have the skillset and enthusiasm, then give us a call. Northwest Imports is hiring this summer. We are looking for someone to become a long-term member of our dedicated team.

Come Work with Us

Serving Customers in Austin, Pflugerville, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Wells Branch, Liberty Hill, Jollyville and Anderson Mill

Five Commonly Reported Mini Car Problems

Mini car problemsA Mini car is such a joy to own and drive. The car is renowned for its go-kart-like feel and handling. Nevertheless, owners have reported some common Mini car problems as their vehicle racks up the miles. We’ll go over the five most common issues.

1. Noisy Timing Chain

Owners have reported a rattling noise in the timing chain. The noise is especially apparent when the engine is idling. This issue often occurs when owners fail to regularly change the transmission fluid.

2. Transmission Problems

Mini has stated that its car transmissions are “sealed for life,” meaning they don’t require fluid changes ever. To prolong transmission life, we still believe transmission fluid replacement is necessary. This is especially true of Mini model years from 2008 and before. Fluid change intervals of about every 30,000 to 40,000 miles sounds about right. Continue Reading →

Keep Up With Minor and Major Scheduled Service on Your European Car

Minor Scheduled Services, Major Scheduled Services To keep your European car working at peak performance levels, you need to keep up with its regular maintenance schedule. The manufacturer will advise you to have work performed in two categories: minor scheduled services and major scheduled services. As a responsible owner, you’ll want to keep up with both levels of service.

Minor Scheduled Services for your European Car

When you buy a car, the owner’s manual will tell you how often you need to have the minor scheduled services performed, such as oil and filter changes. You will want to stick to this schedule; otherwise you run the risk of voiding your warranty.

Skipping your oil change can lead to other problems, too. For example, if the oil is unable to lubricate the engine and cool it properly, the engine will start running too hot. The engine will run less efficiently and its components will wear out more quickly than usual due to lack of lubrication. Continue Reading →