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316 East Taylor DeKalb, IL
(815) 206-8908
Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:30pm
 |  Saturday & Sunday Closed



Passion Unabated
Hi, I’m Marty Fay, the owner of Motor Works. Serving DeKalb and Northern Illinois, quality maintenance and repair of BMW products is a passion at our facility. They have been a critical part of Motor Works’ business since I first repaired a very sick 1975 Model 2002 over 30 years ago.

Schools and Tools
Our commitment to quality BMW service includes constant training. Ever changing German technology requires no less.

Equally crucial is Motor Works’ major investment in specialized tools and computer scanners. In addition, we stock the factory specific oils, coolants and transmission fluids these cars demand. We also have three ASE Master Certified Specialists on staff. All this is essential to the proper servicing and repair of these state-of-the-art cars. Motor Works is determined to be the Dealership Alternative!

No Service Too Little, No Repair Too Big
We offer everything from light bulbs to transmission overhauls, “check engine lights” to motor replacements. We strive to deliver the service you deserve.

BMW owners in DeKalb and Northern Illinois choose Motor Works because of our reputation for excellence, we hope you’ll choose us too.

Schedule Today!
If you would like to bring your BMW in for maintenance or repair please schedule an appointment online or call us at 815-756-2882 to speak with our friendly staff.

The Beginning: A 1975 Model 2002
My first experience with a sick BMW saw a beautiful 1975 Model 2002 come limping into the shop. The car’s owner had been everywhere, and nobody knew how to work on these cars. We had a reputation for being strong on German imports. “Could we fix his car?” “You Betcha!” I said.

How could I be so confident, never having worked on a BMW before? Well, I has two secret weapons:
1) I had over 20 years of experience on Volkswagen and Mercedes vehicles in DeKalb and Northern Illinois. The 2002 used the same Solex carbuetors and Bosch distributors. The overlap of parts and systems is huge.
2) I had worked at the elbow of Doug, Motor Works’ factory trained VW, Audi, Mercedes and BMW head technician. For years I perfected my craft under his watchful eye. This new model would be a short jump.

To conclude our story, a carburetor overhaul and major tune-up with valve adjust made this sick engine “sing”. Driving it was divine. This was my first tour in a sport sedan. The balance of a tight, light, fast, superb handling car with four doors and plenty of interior room was a revelation. It was practical, exhilarating, and totally different from American cars. I was in love, and still am.

Interesting Note
Revisiting the story of my first “Bimmer” repair was fun for me, so I searched the web to see what these old Model 2002 were worth. Holy Smokes! I found a fully restored Los Angeles car selling for $78,000. I wish I had bought that first Model 2002 instead of fixing it. (Smile!)