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Old 11-16-2001, 12:14 AM
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THANK YOU steve brotherton!

i want to thank steve, walter, and richard at contiental imports.

i had my stem seals replaced in my '92 300e.

i had been adding sometimes as much as 1 quart every 500 miles! my local m.b. dealer wanted me to get the head redone, only $ 1600.00. NFW am i going to do that.

i contacted steve, we spoke a few times, and set up a time to do this. he's not exactly in my backyard, but i wanted him to do it.

they have a GREAT FACILITY! very clean, very friendly, very PROFESSIONAL everything you want,need, and expect in a service center.

steve showed me around, told me about the place and introduced me to the man working on my car. steve even made sure i got to look in the engine before everything was put back together!

i had just changed headlight bulbs in my euro lights and needed to make a few minor adjustments, so i asked him if i could borrow a "wall". he said he had a bosch euro light aiming machine! i was thrilled.
now FINALLY "properly" aimed euros! just in time for a nice long drive home, mostly at night! i was looking forward to it.

no oil consumption on the way home. hooray.

if anyone needs a place to get their car serviced in florida, i HIGHLY recommend them.

thanks again steve.


*92 400e 124.034, SOLD

*92 300e 124.030, SOLD
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Old 11-16-2001, 05:56 AM
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I live about a hour away and I had the pleasure to meet Steve last year. I was on my way to Tampa and, without an appointment, he did fit me in his VERY busy schedule to fix my instrument cluster. Try that in a MB dealership!!!
I also had a very good impression of his shop and all his people, including his brother. I do have a local mechanic but for major stuff, Steve is the man.
I have a few things that I am just waiting to have some free time so hopefully I can see him in the near future.
I highly recommend Steve and his shop to anybody within driving distance...
NO, Steve did not pay me to say this
'86 300E
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Old 11-16-2001, 07:57 AM
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Thanks for posting your impressions and experiences. None of it surprises me. I wish Steve were closer.

Have a great day,
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Old 11-16-2001, 10:50 AM
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Lightbulb Cloning at its best

Can we clone Steve (and his mates), and have them here too?

... Kerry

126 tailed by a 203, 129 leading the pack.
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Old 11-16-2001, 11:58 AM
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Wish I could have a Mercedes relationship with a trusted tech...

Lucky for you, you could meet Steve!
2009 ML350 (106K) - Family vehicle
2001 CLK430 Cabriolet (80K) - Wife's car
2005 BMW 645CI (138K) - My daily driver
2016 Mustang (32K) - Daughter's car
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Old 11-16-2001, 12:39 PM
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Does Amtrak transport cars cheaply? If I could I would send my car to him.

Come ON'll be closer for me
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Old 11-16-2001, 01:42 PM
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I am fortunate enough to be relatively close to Gainesville (just under 2 hours), and had to oppurtunity to have him work on my car. He is a great person to do business with and would take my car to anything that it beyond my scope of repair ability.
Ali Al-Chalabi

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1999 Dodge Ram 2500 Cummins Diesel
2002 Harley-Davidson Fatboy
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Old 11-16-2001, 08:28 PM
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Hehehehee ... this testimonial thread to Steve is very heart-warming. I sure hope that everyone in his industry - worldwide - would take heed of his ability and passion for what he does.

I remembered looking for a dyno handheld set once, and was quite impressed with his reponse and follow-up, Even though I didn't get what I wanted, but the fact that Steve was interested and actually did some following-up impressed me. Never doubted his ability from thereon and knew that whichever car he works on, and who ever he meets whether as a client or a friend, you'd definitely know you're in good hands.

Bravo, Steve!

... Kerry

126 tailed by a 203, 129 leading the pack.
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Old 11-17-2001, 10:31 AM
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Gosh, I really don't know what to say.

Probably the best thing about this trade is the ability to see a problem through to its conclusion AND have that conclusion help someone else. This often feels better than money. I know it is the reason many top techs stay instead of doing other more lucrative endeavors.

I really appreciate the warm comments. I feel that I need to reply so that you know I read them. Believe me I read them! I printed Peter's post and gave it to Walter and Hannelore; his wife (our office manager). Richard had Friday off so I will pass it to him on Monday. He is one of the top techs I was refering to above, it will make his Monday, I'm sure.
Steve Brotherton
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Gainesville FL
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Old 11-17-2001, 12:51 PM
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Hi hope there's a Steve brotherton here in Jersey Do you know one Steve?

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