Since 1982 Ress Motor Works has been in the business of providing both service and repair options for both late model and new BMW automobiles from our central location in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana.

Our success is derived from the trust and loyalty of our repeat customers, and the experience and training of our BMW mechanics. We are able to measure our performance by the comments and feedback our loyal customers have provided us over the years. We have been able to develop a reputation for our knowledge and expertise while providing high quality work and integrity. That is why we provide our customers with personalized attention and do everything in our power to make the ownership of your BMW our top priority.

We take great pride in our ability to service and repair most BMW automobiles on the same day and we carry a large inventory of OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) quality parts to help enable both quick and professional service.

All work is done by appointment only.


At Ress Motor Works we are prepared to repair and service all makes and models of BMW including the both current and vintage BMW’s including the BMW M-Car Series. Our factory trained BMW technicians provide exceptional services that include but are not limited to:

  • Factory Scheduled Maintenance
  • ABS Service
  • Audio Systems
  • Battery Service
  • Brake Service
  • Clutch Maintenance
  • Convertible Top
  • Electrical Systems
  • Exhaust Systems
  • Fuel Injection Cleaning
  • Full Diagnostics
  • Glass Replacement
  • Lighting
  • Moonroof
  • Performance Upgrades
  • Road Test
  • Suspension & Steering
  • Transmission Maintenance
  • Winterizing
  • Service Indicator Lights
  • Air Conditioning
  • Auto Electric Repair
  • Belts & Hoses
  • Check Engine Lights
  • Cooling Systems (Including Radiator)
  • Diagnostics
  • Exhaust Repairs
  • Exterior Lights
  • Fuel Systems
  • Full Programming
  • Heating System
  • Lubrication Service
  • Oil Changes (Including Lube & Filter)
  • Pre-Purchase Inspection
  • Software Download & Update
  • Tire Rotation
  • Tune Ups
  • Just Ask Us

In 1973, while stationed in Germany on military deployment, Fred Ress, the founder and owner of Ress Motor Works was introduced to BMW and purchased his very first BMW, a 1968 4-door 2000 in 1973. With only minutes behind the wheel, he realized it was the finest automobile he had ever driven to date.

Following his military service and graduation from the University of Cincinnati, he married the true love of his life, Leisa Upchurch. Shortly after they were relocated to Indianapolis. Fred then worked at two different automotive repair garages, but had issues with the integrity of their operations, and therefore began Ress Motor Works in 1982. Realizing that if he was going to earn a living as an auto mechanic, he would have to specialize on the car he loved – it would have to be BMW.

Over the years Fred has seen a great number of changes in the auto repair maintenance business, both in the product technology and the market; however, he has never lost direction to his commitment to providing the best service and value for his customers. His 4 service technicians are equally committed to delivering excellent quality workmanship. They rely on that personal relationship with and service to their customers to sustain and grow their business. Ress Motor Works does not advertise, and attributes their success to the loyalty of their customers. They are proud of the fact that a great many of their clients have been with them since the beginning of the business over 30 years ago, and are grateful for their frequent referrals of their friends and relatives to Ress Motor Works.


Ress Motor Works has the technology and expertise to work on all M-Series vehicles. Call us today if you have any questions regarding your BMW and our BMW trained mechanics will try to assist you as much as possible. We service and repair all M-class BMW’s new and old. Ress Motor Works provides all BMW auto services such as oil changes or scheduled vehicle maintenance at a fraction of the cost of what your local dealer would charge. If you are looking for mechanics that solely focus on BMW, you have found them.

Service and Repair All BMW M-Car series including but not limited to:

  • Sub-frame Inspection
  • M3 Camshaft Bolt Repair
  • VANOS & Gear Repair

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BMW’s factory scheduled maintenance is vital to keeping your BMW reliable for years to come and as you reach the higher mileage of your BMW engine. As independent BMW mechanic RESS Motor Works is able to perform all of these maintenance services to factory specifications while saving you money and time.

BMW scheduled maintenance services are fall into three categories: Oil & Safety Service, Inspection I, and Inspection II.

BMW Intermediate Oil Service: Typical interval on a modern BMW will be between 5,000 – 10,000 miles, and is simply an oil change and oil filter replacement for your BMW.

BMW Oil & Safety Service: This service includes an oil and filter change along with a safety inspection of your vehicle that includes items: front, rear, and parking brakes, headlights, taillights, indicator and warning lights, rubber belts, any hoses, engine coolant, steering linkage, and suspension components. Technicians also check for any fluid leaks, fluids that need filled, check your windshield wiper blades and wiper fluid, along with tire pressure and tire wear.

BMW Inspection 1: also known as the Minor Service, is the smaller service recommended by BMW. For 1986 – 1998 models, it is recommended at 20,000, 60,000, and 100,000 miles. For 1999 and later models, it is recommended at 30,000, 90,000, and 150,000 miles.

BMW Inspection 2: The BMW Inspection 2, also known as the Major Service, is the larger service recommended by BMW. For 1986 – 1998 models, it is recommended at 40,000, 80,000, and 120,000 miles. On 1999 and later models, it is recommended at 60,000 and 120,000 miles.