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post #51 of 91 (permalink) Old 05-20-2011, 04:27 PM
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I've taken my cars to Michel at Exclusive Motors off Miramar Road for over 15 years. He's an independent, only does MBz, honest and extremely competent. I've never had a problem with his work and it's a pleasure doing business with him. In fact, he has loyal following. The cars are meant to be safe and reliable, above all else, and he doesn't treat them or his customers with pretense and excess that marks the dealerships' attitude.
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im over at northpark, i took my clk over to MBSD and they charged an arm and leg for just a service b. I was wondering what is a good place thats close by cause there is other work I need done, due to the previous owner's lack of upkeep maintenance.
Try Lusti / Rudi's Autohaus. Haven't taken my cars there in a long time, but they do good work. Price/value somewhere between cheap indy and expensive dealer.
MBSD is the worst. I use their parts department but that's it; no more.

Hein Geitz in La Jolla is a fair factory service center, but the hourly rate is high like MBSD. I think they'll give you a free loaner though...

You might also try the euro car service place on Adams in Normal Heights, near Oregon St. They'll do the minimum to get you back on the road and won't go looking for things to fix.

+1 on Southbay Autohaus as well. I've used them before while working in the area.

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im over at northpark, i took my clk over to MBSD and they charged an arm and leg for just a service b. I was wondering what is a good place thats close by cause there is other work I need done, due to the previous owner's lack of upkeep maintenance.
Try ACG. Both mechanics are MBZ certified.

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What is the hourly rate at Exclusive Motors on Miramar Road and Rudi's? I'm open to try them if they are cheaper than Southbay Autohaus in Chula Vista.

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What is the hourly rate at Exclusive Motors on Miramar Road and Rudi's? I'm open to try them if they are cheaper than Southbay Autohaus in Chula Vista.

Thank you.
Haven't been to Rudi's in a year or two, but it was $90/hr back then....probably more now.

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I just called around last night and all MB certified shops charge the same as the dealership for a Service C. That means I can ignore them for at least the Service C and even get a free loaner from them.

Thanks sd300td though.

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Dont know if anyone else is in my situation but I am looking at buying a 1981 240D and I just called a couple mechanics to see if they worked on that year/model and what they charged for a PRE-PURCHASE INSPECTION. Here is what I found

Hans Foreign Car Service
619-298-6575
$98 for a basic visual, Add $100 for a compression test.
Seemed like a nice guy, I spoke to Michael

Nick's Auto Repair
619-231-0405
Don't work on "those cars." I dont know if that is older MB or just diesel.

Rudi's Autohaus Stuttgart
(858) 560-5068
$196 for the inspection. I am calling back in about an hour to find out if that includes a compression test.
They seem VERY nice and friendly. Just based on a 45 second conversation, I would bring the car to them just based on that.

Minsky Auto Services
858-467-1304
$120 for Basic visual and "about $300 for a compression test"
They did not seem all that friendly, or confident with these cars.

Hope this helps!
Anyone else have any advice on a good mechanic for an older diesel near Clairemont?
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Xavier, you may want to try Dieter Fischer in La Mesa? I don't know about this shop but I've walked by there before and noticed that there were a bunch of Mercedes there and none of them looked newer than 20 years old.
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Thumbs up Southbay Autohaus, Chula Vista, CA

Found them 12 years ago when I moved to CV; polled owners in a shopping center who were driving older, "well loved MBZs", stopped polling at 10 of 10 for Rick and Gary at Southbay. Honest, straight shooters who have kept my 560SL, my daughte'rs 320CLK and wife's ML500 on the road and running super. All MBZ trained mechanics, no extra work without discussion; great at telling you what can be deferred and what needs to be done now. I've found pricing to be reasonable and every person I've recommended them to has come back with extremely positive inputs. They are locals, know all the local shops and can steer you to other experts for work they don't perform - upholstery, conv tops, alignments, etc.
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Found them 12 years ago when I moved to CV; polled owners in a shopping center who were driving older, "well loved MBZs", stopped polling at 10 of 10 for Rick and Gary at Southbay. Honest, straight shooters who have kept my 560SL, my daughte'rs 320CLK and wife's ML500 on the road and running super. All MBZ trained mechanics, no extra work without discussion; great at telling you what can be deferred and what needs to be done now. I've found pricing to be reasonable and every person I've recommended them to has come back with extremely positive inputs. They are locals, know all the local shops and can steer you to other experts for work they don't perform - upholstery, conv tops, alignments, etc.
Yeah, they're pretty good with my w123's. Going to drop off the 05 c230 tomorrow for typical 05 c230 nonsense. I hope they figure it out; will post results here later.

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