New to the forums, and new to MB.
I've looked up info on benzshops.com, and I'm curious about the recommendations that you all might have directly. To add one of my own, I actually live not too far away from Bill Dovell's shop (walking-distance), and dealing with him is an absolute pleasure--he's super helpful too (he helped me out in the process of eventually finding my '84 230E just for the sake of doing so). His mechanic seems like a pretty straight-up kind of guy, but keep in mind he can be snarky sometimes (after all, the MBs he works on are always broken when they come in)
Anyway, I figured I would bump this thread and see what people had to say about experiences taking gray-market
vehicles to mechanics around town, just to specify the search parameters a little more.
The reason why I ask is that gray-markets sometimes scare mechanics (maybe because they can't get parts???
I am not sure why, to be honest, but I've been warned, so better safe than sorry I guess.....). I'm not terribly keen about taking it to a dealer unless it's a last resort (my girlfriend drives a VW Jetta and her dealership charged her $150/hr for labour, let alone parts/etc)...I am a MBCA member, but even with a discount on parts and such, it may end up being way pricier, even if I order parts straight from Tom Hanson at MB Classic Centre (which I don't mind doing...Tom's super-nice too).
Anyway, any recommendations/thoughts about gray-market service is appreciated!