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Old 09-22-2003, 03:35 PM
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Need Tampa Bay - Clearwater/St. Petersburg Shop

I have a 1985 380SL and and 1991 350SDL. I need to locate a good MB shop in my area. Can anyone here direct me?

Thank you.
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Old 10-14-2003, 03:35 PM
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D J Foreign Automotive

1460 Missouri Ave

Clearwater, Fl


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Old 10-14-2003, 05:04 PM
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I used to go to DJ when Ralph owned it and Tommy was the head wrench. Ralph left and it became a used car place and I wasn't treated the same. Have not been there for 3+ years. Have you been there recently and were happy? I need to find a good independent MB shop in Pinellas county, I live in Clearwater Beach.
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Old 10-22-2003, 04:16 PM
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Unfortunately, I could only tell you about bad shops. Just posting so I can monitor this thread.

Edit: you might try contacting Gus Singh. He sells used parts in Seminole. Maybe he knows of a good shop.
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:22 AM
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I use an excellent shop in downtown St. Pete called Whispell's. It's a family-owned business. Work only on RRs and MBs; seen a Volvo in there occasionally. Only problem is he is hard to schedule -- doesn't take appointments. One job at a time. But exercise patience -- you'll get him eventually.
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Old 10-23-2003, 10:42 AM
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go to see steve brotherton in gainesville.

'stevebfl' as he is known here is owner of continental imports.

it's not too far of a drive.

they did my valve guide stem seals.

he sure contributes a lot here.

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Old 11-19-2003, 06:05 AM
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my car has had the same mechanic since it was bought new...hes from Ocala,and this guy is good,and most of all honest....heres some info if anyones interested

Prestige Imports
guys name is Sani Cayci (hes german and has a thick accent)
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Old 11-20-2003, 11:23 AM
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I am relocating back to the Tampa area, in the summer, and will be needing a good MB tech as well. I have been fortunate here in Atlanta, and have used Donnie, from MB Autowerks for a few repairs. Nobody has a local shop they can recommend? I will put my ear out with some friends in the area.


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Old 03-16-2006, 04:01 AM
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tampa mb wrench

german motor car dale mabry and linebaugh

also lois north of mlk. both are family owned and run with high integrity.

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Old 03-16-2006, 01:38 PM
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Try Auto Sports and Imports, There off of Hillsborough Ave in Oldsmar. Very cool guy, I took my Mercs there for years. Theres another good shop of of Alt. 19 in Palm Harbor but I forgot the name of the shop.
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Old 04-15-2006, 10:24 PM
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A second vote for German Motor Car at Dale Mabry and Linebaugh.
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Old 04-16-2006, 08:04 AM
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I have been pleased lately with German Imports on Walsingham Rd. in Largo Florida (Pinellas county), they are Bosch certified too.
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Old 06-08-2006, 04:31 PM
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great mechanic and nice people Tampa area

I ended up there by accident as my buddy was servicing his Bimmer. The garage is called:

C&R European Auto Tech
110 Commerce Dr N
Largo, Fl 33770
727 581 9811
(up near Missouri on West Bay)

Speak to Ralph or Caruso...very nice guys,. fair and responsible
The place is not much to look at..little shop, off the main road.... but personal service and they always are looking to save you money on big bill stuff...tell em Vincenzo and Jimmy from Miami sent you
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Old 07-17-2007, 08:29 AM
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Shop in St. Pete

You might look at European Performance..930 4th Ave N. 894-6124. Da man is Mickey. I am in my third childhood with my new/old toy an '87 560 SL. They had done much work on this little car and it seems to be good work. A bit expensive ( A BIT!!!). But good. A new rag-top, installed would be $1300.00. Sure I could do better..advise and direction if you please....Jambo17
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Old 11-12-2007, 11:34 PM
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German Motor Car

Originally Posted by GRCBoca View Post
A second vote for German Motor Car at Dale Mabry and Linebaugh.
Have used them in the past myself and was treated fairly
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