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Old 10-07-2006, 12:49 AM
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Old 05-07-2007, 11:09 PM
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Thumbs up San Diego, CA...Best shop I've found...

(619) 460-1498

I posted a detailed run-down of my experiences with this shop vs the perception of others who have tried to send me elsewhere in the thread titled: "San Diego,CA".
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:53 PM
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modern specialist in long beach, its on cherry ave. these guys know it all when it comes to bmw, porsche, mbz, vw etc. they were my 944 specialists. highly recommended, honest, respectable shop.
88 300e
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Old 10-30-2008, 02:05 PM
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Thumbs up San Diego, North County, Escondido

I just had a good experience with Bill Barclay, owner of International Auto Repair & Restoration.

He checked and replaced my timing chain and adjusted the valves, no problem.

Small, independent shop (my personal preference).

He prefers the older cars like my 1984 300SD.

He is so old school that he does not even own a computer, so you have to call him for an estimate.

146 N. Vinewood
Escondido, CA 92029
Best Regards,
Jeff L

1984 300SD 247K+ miles - single tank w/ heat exchanger to run WVO - sold
1997 Ford F350 7.3L International turbo diesel crew cab with 100 gal transfer tank to hold B100
1995 E300D 245K+ miles running BioDiesel - my daily driver

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Old 11-08-2015, 02:37 PM
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Just had a great experience with a mobile Mercedes Mechanic in Los Angeles, and wanted to share. I've looked for a shop in LA for quite a while now, and haven't found anything close to where I live - Downtown LA.

I needed the brakes done on the wagon, so checked out "general" brakes specialists which led me to Mobile Brake specialists. I called one which contracted it out to this guy - Daniel @ MBZ Mobile 310-497-0482.

So, Daniel shows up to my place at 8pm on Friday night, because that's when I get home from work. He swapped out the front pads and rotors with the OEM pads and rotors he'd picked up at the MBZ Dealer in Encino earlier that day (using his discount). Mind you, he had to call three dealers to find my parts in stock and took the time to go out of his way to go pick them up before we even met.

All said and done, $525 for front brakes. Very reasonable, especially after I'd been quoted $625 and $750 by the brick-and-mortar shops.

As soon as you start talking to this guy, he spews Mercedes facts and knowledge as he worked for a Mercedes dealer in Van Nuys for 20 years and now only works mobile. Incredible experience that I wasn't expecting from a "mobile mechanic".

He's professional, smart, respectful and very serious about your car. If you ask him, he will tell you everything you want to know about your car and then some. He can handle a lot of repairs out of that well-organized van. You should give him a try.

2011 e350 Wagon < Grey on Grey/Brown. I kind of think I'm cool driving around in this thing, but I know I'm wrong.
2007 e350 4Matic Wagon < Black on Black
2003 e320 Wagon < Black on Oyster. Dog Hauler. Replaced at 170k. Great car!
1990 300SE, Black on Black < Totalled
1991 560SEL, Black on Black < Current, sits around a lot
1972 280SL < Sold, but not forgotten.
1972 280SEL 4.5 < Gorgeous car. Lost to a freak accident.
1985 300TD < "Merzilla". Put 300k on her.
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Old 11-09-2015, 12:48 AM
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A great shop for Mercedes in the LA area is Silver Star Service in Monterey Park. They are on Garvey Avenue. Very competent, fair prices, trustworthy and they go out of their way to ensure that the job is done right - both newer and classic Mercedes. The owner is Robert Wong.
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Old 08-13-2016, 04:05 AM
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AC shop for my W126 San Pedro

Does anyone know a reputable shop that can service the AC system in my W126? I live in San Pedro, CA. It doesnt blow cold intermittently. Apparently the previous owner had part of the system's plumbing converted to R134, but not all of it. That is the story from my current shop. Is it possible to have both R12 and R134 plumbing and still have an operational system? If so, could that be the reason my AC blows cold often but fails to blow cold sometimes? Thanks in advance for any advice
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Old 05-08-2018, 01:38 PM
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Ive got access to my fathers machine shop and auto parts store. Hes in South LA. If you guys ever need any machine work or cant find a specific part just let me know. Im willing to help anyone in need. Hes been in business with my grandpa for over 50 years so theres still quite a bit of NOS parts.
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Old 10-08-2018, 06:02 PM
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I have a friend who is getting the run around from a shop in LA. his daughter just moved there and i was wondering if you know of any decent non-mercedes shops out there that you've had experience with.
vehicle is a 2015 Nissan Sentra and it sounds like a head gasket

Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-16-2019, 01:37 AM
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Circle Star in van nuys
German Motor Car Services in Santa Monica
Pacific Motors in Santa Monica

Circle Star is cheaper generally;

Herbert at German does all the high end older stuff eg gullwings as well as newer, and does it right.

Pacific is very familiar with most any Mercedes and they are nice.

Getting your car serviced in Santa Monica will never be cheap, as a rule.
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Old 01-16-2019, 02:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Hogweed View Post
I have a friend who is getting the run around from a shop in LA. his daughter just moved there and i was wondering if you know of any decent non-mercedes shops out there that you've had experience with.
vehicle is a 2015 Nissan Sentra and it sounds like a head gasket

Thanks in advance.
These guys are good. Grimmett used to be on little Santa Monica in Beverly Hills, which was his dad's shop, but I think the rest of the siblings wanted their cut of the inheritance money, so the building was sold and he relocated to santa monica with Baizer. Very capable and straight shooter.
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Old 01-18-2019, 01:44 PM
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Integrity Motors Mercedes Service in Anaheim has treated me well. Fixed my dads 1997 E300D in less than a week after another shop "diagnosed the issue" for 5 months. Has done a lot of work on my 1979 240D as well. Was recommended to me by a neighbor with a 1980 300D. Very reasonable pricing as well.
Milan Brown 1979 240D, rebuilt OM617.952 turbo diesel, rebuilt 722.315 transmission.

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Old 09-26-2019, 02:26 AM
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For Mercedes work in Northern San Diego County:

Paolo's Auto Service
371 South Rancho Santa Fe Road
San Marcos, CA 92078

Two things impress me about Paolo's Auto Service. First, he is very good at diagnosing problems. He spends some time to really verify a problem before he dives in and orders parts. Second, he knows the older Mercedes cars really well since his father used to service them "in the old country" (Italy). He also does the new stuff really well, including the commercial Sprinter vans. If you want him to service your car, but you want to bring your own parts, he will do that for you as well. This is important because a lot of us vintage Mercedes owners squirrel away parts for future use. Most shops will not use your parts.

Prices are somewhat lower than other independent shops in the area.

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