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I need a diesel mechanic in SF Bay Area

the 1976 300D i drive daily is in need of some help. while my regular mechanic is friendly, inexpensive, and trustworthy, whenever i take the car in (which up to now has always been for things not engine-related) he always asks, a little puzzled and afraid, "is this a DIESEL?" and then looks relieved when i say, yes, but the trouble i'm having is with the left tie rod...

but now i need to get some work done on the engine. fuel filters need changing, some fuel lines are old and leaky, the fuel return might be clogged, i even suspect one of the cylinders is out. and maybe in the process of working on all this, i'd convert to bio, though it's not a priority. so i need a friendly, inexpensive, trustworthy DIESEL EXPERT--especially one who's knowledgeable with older models and sympathetic to their poor, poor owners. and if the shop is in the east bay, all the better--though i'd go anywhere from san jose to marin for good help. any suggestions?

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When I had my 300CD I used Rene at Burlingame Motors in the Peninsula. He is very good and handles older Mercedes. Google Maps

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Fritz and Peter's

in Oakland. 510-444-3224.

Originally a VW shop founded by the current owner's father, Fritz Klaus.

Joe, the son, took his apprenticeship and worked at European Motors, now Mercedes Benz of Oakland; he took over the shop when his father retired.

They know diesels. Not cheap, but much more cost effective than the dealer, and very trustworthy/reliable.

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THANK YOU BOTH!

really appreciate it.
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You should convert your diesel into an ash tray and get a gas powered one instead. (my humble opinion)
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Why would I need an ash tray...

...when the car does the smoking for both of us?

Oh wait. I get it now. I didn't see it at first, but you're right. Were there an ashtray, you could butt out!
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<laugh> Good comeback!
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