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probably just best to stick with enrique
Or you can check Aram out. You won't be sorry, as likable as he is, you may leave as friends, haha.
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Well I'm in orange now. Been using Tony's mercedes restoration off dyer and Halliday in Santa ana

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Cool. If I am ever in The OC, I will check him out.
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MR MB in Tarzana charged me for work he didn't do, and then charged me again when I brought it back. He asked me if I had done anything to the injectors because they were loose. I had to remind him that the original complaint was teh smell of fuel and that now it was running bad AFTER he "fixed" it.

Make car worse - and charged me for each visit. Very sloppy and aloof. Sure, he is personable and has been doing it a long time, but he doesn't care and it shows in his work. I went to this place because of all the positive reviews online.
I consider this an unfair remark.

I have been with Enrique for several years, and he would never act the way you describe.

Enrique has a good way of analyzing problems before a repair is being made. Once a repair is on its way it's an economic and well planned action, and his bills are always fair.

I found him through this thread, and I'm glad I did.

The mechanic I had before Enrique with intention maladjusted the injector pump of my old diesel Mercedes so it looked like it was going to die, and tried to get the car from me for little and sell me one of his own used ones. For weeks I went from one mechanic to the next, and nobody knew what was going on. Enrique took just five minutes to find the problem, adjusted the injector, and the car ran better than ever before.

He also keeps a good balance on what to fix right away and what can wait (very good for keeping older cars running without paying constantly for repairs).

He has run his own dealership in South Africa and knows Mercedes inside out. So I can really recommend him to the members of this forum.

A reputation is built slowly over years of hard work, but it doesn't need any qualification to damage it.
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I'm not the first or last to state the facts about Enrique. I have a mechanical/engineering background and took it to him as most mechanical/engineering people do - they take it to a specialist. I know indifference and a lack of effort when I see it.

I'm glad you're a fan and he has the experience and background he does. But when it comes to my cars, and paying for services, I'm 100% serious. Look at post #39 in this thread. Wrong head gasket? Really? I kept my criticism short n sweet and I'll leave it at that, but you dont need to spout your OPINION when we are here talking about FACTS. I dont need someone who sells himself as a specialist to make me feel good with several visits (that is also his 'reputation'). Do you know the difference between a mechanic and technician? He's a mechanic and a fine one I'm sure. He's certainly not a technician.

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The W126 in question had a 6.0 DOHC AMG engine. Head gaskets for those are just about unobtainable. I have been told that Barry Taylor wanted $3000, but Kash's old colleague Hartmut of Renntech fame got him the gaskets for 1300 or so, and he was able to fix the car.
The car is supposed to be in Encino.
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Like I said, there's a difference between a mechanic and technician. If you think head gaskets for any engine are 'unobtainable', you will not understand the difference. Simply put, you don't always go OEM.

If I'm going to praise a shop, I'll do so because they are either very honest or very knowledgeable. Some of you guys are just recommending people because they made you happy, without the technical knowledge that justifies any recommendation. You might as well go to the dealership or Classic Car Center in Irvine (which I honestly respect as one of the best places for classic Mercedes repairs).

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Like I said, there's a difference between a mechanic and technician. If you think head gaskets for any engine are 'unobtainable', you will not understand the difference. Simply put, you don't always go OEM.

If I'm going to praise a shop, I'll do so because they are either very honest or very knowledgeable. Some of you guys are just recommending people because they made you happy, without the technical knowledge that justifies any recommendation. You might as well go to the dealership or Classic Car Center in Irvine (which I honestly respect as one of the best places for classic Mercedes repairs).
Thanks for giving us a more realistic view on Enrique ( in Tarzana ). Well, I was positive that I would let him service my car, but now I'm skeptical.Where do you take your car for service?
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Thanks for giving us a more realistic view on Enrique ( in Tarzana ). Well, I was positive that I would let him service my car, but now I'm skeptical.Where do you take your car for service?
What kind of service, and which part of L.A.?
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I do most of the work on all my cars, trucks, and motorcycles (high tech supersports, like my s1000rr) myself. It depends on what I need but if I'm in a crunch for time or complicated jobs the shop ill go to will depend. For a 280sel specific, I can only think of the guy in Huntington Beach. His shop moved when a cvs popped up on his spot but I can dig up his number from an invoice if it matters.

All I can say is, listen to why people like a shop...if that's what you want...a "friend" or a knowledgable guy, then seek that. Another shop comes to mind, in pasadena...very high reviews on yelp. My first two times there, the owner was very short with me, but honest and specific. I brought my ladies japanese car there and was even more impressed with his honesty and service. Hrant auto service.. turned out to be a very respectable guy, and friendly also.
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