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Old 04-10-2008, 01:16 AM
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Any good Nashville Shops?

Hi all,

Just recently moved to Music City with some brothers of mine and we have some older diesels that will be needing service in the future. Can anyone update on some good shops in the area? Specifically, shops that are good on the older ones (W123 and W124, W201). We're closer to West Nashville but don't mind a mild commute as we've done them before where we previously lived. We may actually be relocating to the Antioch area in a few months if finances permit.

Tell us what you know of and your experience(s) at the specific shop(s) you mention. Give us their shop rate if possible as well.

Many thanks.
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Old 12-23-2009, 07:24 AM
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The only guys I will allow to work on my BMW (other than me) is ******** downtown. Will (who owns the shop) is a BMW trained mechanic. I had them install a new valve body in the tranny of my 540i over the summer and Will was the only person (including the BMW forum) who knew the updated valve body also required a new EEPROM to match the modifications. The EEPROM has to be matched to the serial number of the trans and he passed through the $25 for the programmed EEPROM from the dealer which is less than the meter of fuel line I last bought from those buzzards at BMW of Nashville. My tranny has performed perfectly since.

I almost always see a few MBs, Volvos, and Porches in there (sometimes some REALLY interesting ones) and would have no hesitation taking my Benz there; in fact, I plan to take it there next Monday for some final touches I will not have time to finish before I give it to Mom.

I would most certainly stay away from Earol on Charlotte. I had one of his guys change the trans fluid and filter in my 300E when I first got it and saw his guy use a power driver (OK, it was cordless) to re-install my trans pan. The verdict when I got it back from the trans guy (after the tranny dumped fluid all over the exhaust and I fumigated East Tennessee) was 'the pan was warped'.

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Old 12-26-2009, 01:04 AM
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Wow, I forgot about this post I made. Needless to say it's been almost two years and we've been around. We did end up relocating to Antioch and now that we're out of that dump we actually went South a little bit to Smyrna.

We had been taking our cars to Erol's because he was all we could find and he seemed reasonable and experienced in what he was doing. We were somewhat satisified with him but during the summer I took my '87 300D there 2-3 times to diagnose several noises I had coming from the front end during braking (sounded like something was rubbing somewhere). Another time I was certain my motor mounts were bad because the car shook awful when being turned off. He could never diagnose these problems. Also during the summer when my A/C was kaput I was told it would need a blower motor and resistor (quoted ~$500 with used parts/labor). A month later when I couldn't put up with it anymore I took it in to have him take care of it. I went to pick it up a couple days later to see a $900 bill. Turns out it needed a new CCU along with the resistor. I wasn't even called to "okay" the go ahead of the work. He put in a used resistor and used CCU (charged me $200 for the resistor and $400 for the CCU). He gave me a break on the labor but, needless to say I knew I was going to have to shop around.

Well I've been blessed to find someone less than 5 miles from my apartment in LaVergne. He has over 20 years experience as a Mercedes technician and actually trained with someone else my father took his car to when we lived in Georgia. He works out of his house so prices are very fair ($30-60/hr depending on the job). I found him on CL and called him to see if he could check out the noises I was experiencing. First of all he told me the motor mounts were shot and that may take care of some of the noises which it did but I was still hearing something rub on something. He told me he had one other idea of what it could be and crawled under the car to look at the trans mount. And what he saw was a severly worn out trans mount that wasn't even working anymore. It was causing contact against my floorboard causing it to "rub" against. Voila! I ordered a new trans mount and he put it in and to my amazement NO MORE NOISE!! I was very happy with him and I've used him ever since to work on my car including front calipers, oil changes, new return lines, LR door check, and minor odds and ends. He's going to put a new monovalve in my car next along with Front DS wheel bearings (inner and outer). My heat stopped working as soon as it got cold so he disconnected the monovalve and it starting working again. I'm just waiting for the part to come in. I've found a great supplier for parts too. Mostly OE parts, almost always in stock, great prices and very reasonable shipping (and fast!)

We've got 3 cars and he's done work on all of them. Always happy with his work since we found him back in August.

If anybody in the area needs his contact info don't hesitate to PM me.

*1985 300CD, 214K miles, Pearl Black/Palomino MB Tex-Stuck in FL
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Old 12-26-2009, 08:47 AM
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here's some good advice: don't trust a BMW tech with an MB. Trained BMW tech, trained Honda tech, trained Ford tech- none of them are MB techs...
Pierre Hedary 1985 280SEL, 1970 111.026 in progress
Mercedes technical advice hotline: 407 765 2867
[servicing older Mercedes in the state of Florida with competence and passion].

From the standpoint of an honest MB technician, Vegetable oil is a threat to your diesel engine's mechanical integrity.
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