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Re: Shops-by-State - California

We repair, service, and restore, all Mercedes-Benz automobiles which chassis series have been out of production for 15 years. We also provide parts for these models as well.

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Re: Shops-by-State - California - Novato, CA

I hope I correctly understand the purpose of this FORUM & THREADs... and that it is correct and Proper for me to recommend my MB " INDY " friend who is excellent for work on these earlier models.

Karl & I are partners in owning and use of a Kent-Moore diesel timing strobe to quickly check the diesels that have 6mm HP fuel lines. He is at:

Karl's Mercedes Service & Parts
19 Hamilton Dr, Ste " L "
Novato, CA 94949
(415) 883-3937
Tell him "Sam" referred you to him !

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Re: Shops-by-State - California

Excellent Independent!

MB Garage
2165 Palm Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

Phone (650) 349 2744
Fax (650) 349 0337

http://mb-garage.com/

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Re: Shops-by-State - California

Another excellent Southern California independent!

Mr MB Motors

5557 Reseda Blvd, #A,
Tarzana, CA 91356

(818) 708-8086

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Re: Shops-by-State - California-SF Bay area

HIGHLY recommend M B Garage in San Mateo, CA. Outstanding service, fair prices, and work on all Mercedes, especially classics. Janet is the owner and she's great. I have no affiliation with them but have had my car serviced there. I'm very satisfied.

2165 Palm Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
650-349-2744

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Re: Shops-by-State - California

48hp;169880 wrote:
Another excellent Southern California independent!

Mr MB Motors

5557 Reseda Blvd, #A,
Tarzana, CA 91356

(818) 708-8086

I agree with this recommendation!!! He has legions of followers -- some from far away, like me, (500+ miles!!) and at $80 per hour, he is VERY reasonable ! (The San Francisco Mercedes dealer charges $175 per hour and in my opinion, are not even that good).

Even MORE important, not only, having worked on the cars sincde 1961, he knows them inside out, he told me he ONLY fixes what *needs* to be fixed, and anything more, in his opinion, would be cheating the customers.

Example, a couple of months ago, my car was smoking like crazy, and burning a quart of oil every 300-400 miles at about 150,000 miles.

An unscrupulous mechanic could have said, I needed a new engine for $8000 - $12,000, or at least a valve job for $3,000 to $4,000 and took the heads off.
Even the valve guides at least.....

But Enrique, the owner, told me: Let's do the valve guide seals. That could fix it, because I know your car and it runs so good.

So that was all he did, and it fixed the problem and the car ran great!!!

On my next trip to Los Angeles, 1900 miles later, a couple of weeks after that, I went back, and we checked the oil.

It hadn't burned a DROP!!!

Problem totally fixed and for a bargain.

Gladly worth the long trips, even with a hotel stay!!

Enrique Rodriguez is the best!!!

Highest recommendation!!!

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Re: Shops-by-State - California

Windshield / glass work on older cars - most places don't want to replace the rubber windshield gasket on the older cars (1970 and older) because it takes a lot more time and they don't know how to deal with the aluminum / chrome strips that get installed as part of the gasket. I had the front and rear gaskets replaced in my 1971 114 250 C today. Parts (front and rear gaskets) from the Classic Center were about $275. Labor from:

GTO Auto Glass
1001 N. Mission Rd
Los Angeles 90033

was $275. It was WELL WORTH IT. They worked on the car for about 4 hours. Part of the time it was one person, some of the time it was two or three people. The work included soldering part of the rear defroster side rail in hopes that it might start working a bit better.

Most places I spoke with didn't want the job, two said they would call me right back and never did.

Highly recommended.

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Re: Shops-by-State - California

I have been very happy with Jack's Tri-Star Motors in Glendale. They are an independent shop operated by Jack Perchimyan. I was fed up with my local Mercedes Benz dealer and went to see Jack for a free diagnostic check. He was more responsive, friendly and affordable, so I gave him my business. He provided me free shuttle service to/from my office 5 miles away.

Jack's Tri-Star Motors
5832 San Fernando Rd
Glendale, CA 91202
http://www.jackstristarmotors.com
(818) 243-7766

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When I purchase my 300E Sportline used it had 36,000 miles on it my friend an engineer and owner of a 190-E 2.6 helped me do a lot  of the maintenance until it reached

40,000 miles then my vacuum door looks went out and my radio went out do to a short from a none  Mercedes-Benz after market alarm. I new about  MR motors I took my sisters 300E their  for an alternator. After talking with Phil at fast lane parts and dealing with no radio, no vacuum locks and a short . I took the car  in to Enrika.

I found him to be the most honest person and one who new my car so well. I am now a fan of his and a client for life as long as our 300-E will run. In fact I need to bring her in again for a check up on some problems I am having .

he is great 10 stars

Bob & sharon Geco

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Help! Any Recommended Shops on the North Coast?

Moving to Eureka soon. I know that I will have to drive somewhere for competent, reliable service and repairs on my old 124, but where? Where are members on the north coast taking your MBs?

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Mar Vista, CA 90066

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Cal Learner wrote: Moving

Cal Learner wrote:

Moving to Eureka soon. I know that I will have to drive somewhere for competent, reliable service and repairs on my old 124, but where? Where are members on the north coast taking your MBs?

Cal,

Where is Eureka?

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Alex wrote: Cal Learner

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Cal,

Where is Eureka?

Up in the redwoods country on the far north coast of California, about 110 miles south of the Oregon line. It's part of the San Francisco section of MBCA, even though SF is more than 275 miles away. The president of that section, Robert Schilling, tells me that there are no other registered members in Eureka. Looks like I'll be a very elite group. That might also explain why I'm not finding any MB independent shops in the area. What's a MB fanatic to do?

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Finding an indie in Eureka

Perhaps you could flag down the driver of a clean-looking old M-B car and ask him where he gets it fixed?

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Alex wrote: Perhaps you

Alex wrote:

Perhaps you could flag down the driver of a clean-looking old M-B car and ask him where he gets it fixed?

 

Yes, if I can find one to flag down. That's lumberjack country. I may have to settle for flagging down a Ford F250 Crewcab.

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Service By Wilhelm Los Angeles,CA

A few years ago I had the pleasure of speaking to an extremely knowledgeable factory trained technician named Wilhelm.  I had just purchased my '73 450SL @ the time & Wilhelm was quite familiar with the car & he shared his wealth of knowledge with me regarding the vehicle.

When we last spoke Wilhelm  had just began to offer a mobile service for his clients. Unfortunately I have misplaced Wilhelm's contact information & I have been unable to locate him using Google. I was wondering if any MBCA members had Wilhelm's contact information.

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Menrad Motors

If you want your MB serviced with honest technicians and only service MERCEDES BENZ.  Check out the following:

MENRAD MOTORS
380 E. San Bernardino Rd
Covina, Ca 91723
(626) 915-2858

http://www.menradmotors.com

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INDY In Conejo Valley

Looking for recommendations in the Conejo Valley.  Westlake Village, Agoura Hills, Thousand Oaks.
 

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Recommendation for mechanic for '91 350 SDL

I just purchased a 1991 350 SDL and am looking for a shop/mechanic that has experience with the OM603 engines that were used in 1991. A shop close to Mountain View, CA would be ideal. Thanks!

 

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Richard Law wrote:I just

Richard Law wrote:
I just purchased a 1991 350 SDL and am looking for a shop/mechanic that has experience with the OM603 engines that were used in 1991. A shop close to Mountain View, CA would be ideal. Thanks!

 

Marty Tiihonen, head tech of MB Garage knows diesel like no other. He's been at it for over 50+ years and is now semi-retired but available by appointment.

All the best.

48hp wrote:
Excellent Independent! MB Garage 2165 Palm Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 Phone (650) 349 2744 Fax (650) 349 0337 http://mb-garage.com/

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Marty Tiihonen, head tech of

Marty Tiihonen, head tech of MB Garage knows diesel like no other. He's been at it for over 50+ years and is now semi-retired but available by appointment. All the best.

48hp wrote:
Excellent Independent! MB Garage 2165 Palm Avenue San Mateo, CA 94403 Phone (650) 349 2744 Fax (650) 349 0337 http://mb-garage.com/

THANKS! :D

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Bremen Motor Works AG
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916-989-4973

This business has been around for a while, under its original name of Ernie's Independent MBz Repair. Name recently changed to Bremen Motor Works. Same location, same Ernie. Gave Ernie a try after recently moving to the area and needing a capable, conscientious mechanic to work on an older Mercedes. I'm looking for someone who will sweat the details servicing the car as much as I do keeping it looking new, even after 25 years. So far so good. I heard about Ernie from several other MBCA members who all had favorable things to say about him. I'm very pleased with the work he did. So, even though I have to drive an hour each way, I'll be going back.

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Was hit from behind in my Silver 1981 300sd.  I have secured the purchase of the rear bumper cover from Mercedes Benz Classic Center in Irvine but they do not do small paint jobs. As a result, I am looking for a good paint and body shop in Los Angeles area who will use quality European paint system. Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks. 

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Dear Mr Larsh,When I lived

Dear Mr Larsh,

When I lived in Los Angeles my family always used:

Johnnie's Auto Body Shop Inc.

Address: 12231 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 Phone:(310) 397-2962 Hours:

 Saturday hours 9:00 am–12:00 pm

They are located in Culver City on the north side of Washington Boulevard not far east of Lincoln Boulevard and the Marina. They have been in the same location since 1945. They have worked on my cars more than once, and my personal experience is they always provided high quality, flawless work for me and my family, at what I consider fair pricing.

Johnnie's is truly a famous West Los Angeles staple in terms of auto body and paint. It is the only firm in Los Angeles I know of personally and would recommend.

Sincerely,
Nic

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I have had excellent work (body & paint) done by Montebello Auto Center located at 1112 W. Whittier Blvd, Montebello, Ca 90640 (323) 890-0045.  The owner is Joe Ortega.  Over the past twenty years Joe has done at least 10 cars for me (W123, 111 coupe, hot rods, etc.).  Joe is a dead on matcher of paint color and very detailed.

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w113 Mechanic near Oakland/Berkeley

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I have recently joined the MBCA and am excited to be part of the community. Can anyone recommend a trustworthy mechanic near Oakland or  Berkeley that has good knowledge of W113s (mine is a 1968 250sl). Thanks

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Welcome, Mr Pessutti.

Welcome, Mr Pessutti.

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Fletcher Jones in Fremont has good reputation

Actually, the Fletcher Jones dealership in Fremont has a good reputation and the car is new enough that you should probably just continue to follow the MB-recommended routine to maintain it.

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Hi, I just re-joined the fold (Mercedes) after a long absence  and due to incompetence on a grand scale by my local dealer. I recently moved to Redding and bought a 2005 CL55 AMG Designo and wondered if anyone had an opinion on North Star Motors as a service and repair facility. I am an retired A&P mechanic and pilot but also believe in leaving some repairs to the specialists just as we do with aircraft! Any opinions would be greatly appreciated and also any tips on any other top notch repair centers in N Ca.thanks in advance!

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