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Old 08-31-2008, 11:23 AM
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What's a good tire alignment shop in Los Angeles...

...where they know what they are doing and how to handle an old MB, have the appropriate machinery, provide before and after specs, and do not charge an arm and a leg?

Suggestions based on your memorable experiences?
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Old 09-01-2008, 02:57 PM
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Anyone from LA who feels like sharing their experience here?
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:38 PM
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When I lived there, Mr. MB motors in Tarzana always did me right. Reasonable, and they know their old Mercedes.
I don't know if they do alignments, but they're worth a shot. At least you could call them and they'd be straight about who they recommend.
Otherwise, shouldn't most any alignment shop do an alright job, provided there's nothing that needs replacing?
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Old 09-01-2008, 03:59 PM
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Mr. MB does not do alignments (otherwise I would have chimed in and recommended him) he takes the cars somewhere else... the tire store across from his shop, I think.
He took my car there for an alignment, but it didn't stay true for too long; I had uneven tire wear soon after.
I don't know anything about this shop, but, besides mechanical work, they do frame straightening and body work etc, etc - you may want to give them a call and see if they do alignments: http://www.blvdautorepair.com/testimonials.asp

How 'bouts this one (I don't know anything about them either, give them a call):
http://www.beachmercedes.com/Our_Shop.htm
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:07 PM
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Well, I have a long list of local alignment shops myself that I know nothing about... So I really wanted to hear from someone with a recommendation based on personal experience in this area.

One thing, for a W123 should I align just the front, or all four wheels? I recall reading somewhere that there's very little to align when it comes to rear wheels. Anything else I should know about before walking into a local alignment shop?
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Old 09-02-2008, 01:20 PM
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I Use Johnsons Alignment in The South Bay

They do Alignments the old school way....Unlike todays hi Tech if its close its in the green

Johnsons have done all of my Porsches as well as set up cars for the track..corner balance etc

Before you have the car alignment done inspect the front end ball joints/tie rods/strut bushings BEFORE getting the work done..
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Old 10-14-2008, 03:38 PM
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Stokes Tire Pro's in Santa Monica is great..
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Old 10-25-2008, 03:49 PM
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rino - so...did you find a good alignment shop?
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Old 06-11-2009, 02:00 AM
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Anyone find a decent alignment shop?
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:01 AM
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After searching and asking in this and other forums, I found out that the best place to go to get our cars aligned is...the dealer.
That is where I finally had to do and I'm very happy with the results.
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Old 06-18-2009, 05:07 AM
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Thanks for the heads up, does the price vary by dealer? Which dealer did you go to?
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Old 06-19-2009, 02:31 PM
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I really didn't want to go to my local dealer because of a prior bad experience - but, they're close by and way too convenient.
I went to the Valencia Mercedes dealer. However, it did take them a couple of tries. After the first try the car was pulling to the right. I took it back and they found out that their Hunter machine was out of calibration. They asked me to come back in a couple of days to allow them to get their equipment calibrated - they also promised a loaner car to not inconvinience me anymore. I returned in a couple of days, got my loaner car for a day (spanking brand new C300) and got my car aligned - was done correctly this time around.
It's been about 6 monhs now since they aligned my car and I've not had any issues. The car has even thread wear and it drives straight and true...I'm happy

ps - paid $120.00 -ouch! But worth it...
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:11 PM
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I've been using Western Tire in Burbank for 10+ years. I highly recommend them.
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Old 09-14-2011, 04:04 PM
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A second for Johnsons Alignment on Hawthorne Blvd.
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Old 11-10-2011, 12:04 AM
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george at burbank brake and alignment knows w126's
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