I second that! I took Frank Z's recommendation and visited John & Holger. Holger is a great guy (not much for conversation though..) and will quote you great prices on only the work you absolutely need. I looked up some of the parts prices and he is basically charging the same price as what I can get the parts for via mail order! He quoted me a couple of things that just aren't worth doing myself by the time I order the parts, pay shipping, then screw around for 1.5 hours under the car..
Neal Bhatt - firstname.lastname@example.org
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