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Date registered: Feb 2011
Vehicle: 99 ML320
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
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Which mechanic do you use?
An interesting question posed in my head after meeting an individual yesterday. The guy was an ex-Mercedes Germany Stuttgart engineer in the 70's and 80's. He's not published in the phone book and came as a recommendation from the indie dealer I bought my car from. He's the mechanic that looks over all of the Mercedes the indie dealer buys from the auctions and gets them suitable for resale.
Initially I thought to myself, "oh, he was a mechanic at the Stuttgart plant" but when I met the guy, he was literally a Mercedes engineer. I don't know the specific models he had his hands in, but he engineered several parts for various models. When talking to the guy, he told me about being the head tech at a Merc dealer when he came here to the states, but couldn't sleep at night with how outrageous the american automotive industry is compared to the german counterparts (long discussion there). So he opened his own shop. It's very low key and aside from the indie dealer, only has a very small clientele base. His shop doesn't even have signage, but if you go to it (in a warehouse facility), there were 2 AMGs in there, a CTS-V getting an engine rebuilt, and an old Chevelle pimped out that he has in the garage.
He cleared some codes I threw with the speed sensors and drove the piss out of my ML trying to see if they would throw a code again and checked a couple things out for free.
So it poses the question, given the situation I just explained, would you go to him or would you look for another indie dealer that's well advertised/known or would you goto an authorized dealer to work on your car? Guy was really nice. We chatted and spoke about German cars and culture for an hour or so and he did stuff to my car free of charge. Really honest guy form what I gathered with tons of experience. A keeper? I guess the extreme low key is what's throwing me.
Last edited by rupintart; 03-01-2011 at 01:36 PM.