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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.
Couldn't have said it better!!!
 

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Love Hoehn Mercedes-Benz, great people and service.

I'll also recommend an independent shop in Carlsbad, right down the street from Hoehn called Carlsbad Exclusive Auto. Great people and service there too, and less expensive than dealer.
 

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Love Hoehn Mercedes-Benz, great people and service.

I'll also recommend an independent shop in Carlsbad, right down the street from Hoehn called Carlsbad Exclusive Auto. Great people and service there too, and less expensive than dealer.
You know their hourly rate by any chance?
 

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It's really a questions of hourly rate X actual hours for the job... Franz, Escondido, Silver Star.. if you want a shop to give you great service at a great rate you need to develop a relationship ... you stick with them then they stick with you..
 

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It's really a questions of hourly rate X actual hours for the job... Franz, Escondido, Silver Star.. if you want a shop to give you great service at a great rate you need to develop a relationship ... you stick with them then they stick with you..
Couldn't have said it better. They do more for less or the same price and/or a better job for you the longer to work with them.
 

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I moved from Downtown SD to Northern SD and have been trying to find a reasonable and good mechanic with in a 10 mile radius. After reading the reviews here I called Franz at Silver Star,Escondido, three times and asked for a quote. But he never got back to me. This was about 2 weeks ago. I ended up going to Exclusive Motors on Miramar Road. They replaced the neutral safety switch for a reasonable price, $180, but tried to charge me $350 on the front brakes, pads only, or $550 - $600 with the rotors. I went to my regular shop, Snappy Auto in North Park, and got the brakes and the rotors done for $330. Almost half of what Exclusive asked.
 

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Does anyone know why Heinz Geitz has closed their doors? Will they re-open as a non-MB franchise?
I really have a lot of respect for the quality and fairness of this shop, and was truly saddened by their closure. I will keep my fingers crossed that they will re-open soon!
 

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San Diego / Escondido Air conditioning recommendation

Any recommendations for A/C work in either San Diego or Escondido? --the AC in my 99 CLK430 is not cold and starts to blow stinky air after a while. I just moved to southern cali from the NW so i'll be needing my AC working.
Right now, just looking for something cheap without having to attempt this fix myself.
 

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Stinky air means you haven't turned on your A/C at least 5 minutes once or twice a month and most likely mold has developed in the pipes and/or filter. This is a general rule for A/C owners to prevent costly repairs.

I would ask Michele at Exclusive Motors Inc. on Miramar Road.
 

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I'm another customer of Michel Miro's, Exclusive Motors, off Miramar Road in San Diego. He's taken good care of my MBz for about 15 years. He takes great care in explaining your options, then does the work and takes care to show you old parts and explain how the repair went. Of course people will do the work cheaper, but I trust Michel.
As to fixing that a/c, I'm afraid it sounds like a leaky condenser… do you see a red drip under the car? Michel would know better, but if it is you probably want his 4/60 repair. Roll down four windows and drive sixty. The repair is not only too expensive for the value of the car, but involves taking the car apart from the inside and all those little plastic parts around your dashboard will never fit right again, no matter who does it.
 

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Popov MB, 5841 Mission Gorge Rd. # A
83 MB 300 CDT and up to current.
Master MB mech.
Did lower ball joints. In 0925, out 1330. Fair price.
Does diesel work also.


Tranny this car was overhauled by Goodshift Transmission SD.
Shifts like it belongs in an MB.
 

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As far as I know, a/c shops are only allowed to repair R12 systems, not service.
If the under dash evaporator has gone bad, it could take thousands to fix.
There are too many unscrupulous shops out there.
 

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Hans Gietz has been around for years I am pretty sure they are a authorized Mecedez Benz dealer. ON another note I went by Barons to have him work on my 2012 CLS 4 Matic and he did nice work on my brakes with upgraded ceramic pads and no charge but when I got the car back the white Ivory seats had grease on it. THe lady that was there tried to clean it and smeared it all over with some cleaner. Im having my detail guy come clean it I hope he can.
 

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For older Mercedes (pre-1995) I cannot recommend anyone more highly than the folks at Onager Corporation in Chula Vista. Owner Bob Gunthorp is a former Mercedes dealer service manager, who has a personal collection of over a dozen rare cars (including coachbuilt wagons, a 6.3, and an ambulance and a hearse). Mechanic Pete Brown has 40 years experience with a broad range of cars. I would not be using my '69 280S and '60 190Db wagon as regular drivers if it weren't for these guys. In addition to everything else, they have a bunch of parts cars out back and an attic full of used parts, and experienced and knowledgeable parts man Dennis Reamer knows what will fit what. They also have good prices on new mechanical parts and there are always a few cars for sale.

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Hey guys, long time lurker, first time poster (first time car owner as well).

I was recently Craigslist bamboozled into a '95 C220 that needs a lot of work I didn't expect to (and don't reallllly want to) pay for. A MB stealership estimated close to $4k worth, not including various interior issues (dash lights and speakers). I'm still not sure how I want to handle everything but would at least like to start with the engine/trans mounts and wiring harne$$ and hopefully get the Check Engine light to go away (it didn't pop up until after the purchase, of course).

Would it be best to call around with my list of repair estimates to see who's more "affordable"? From what I've read in these forums, it looks to be between Minksy (which is five minutes from work) and South Bay (a few minutes from home) for me.

Does anyone know, of hand, which place would be best for my situation?

EDIT: Oh, I forgot a question. I've read in other threads about buying wiring harnesses (and other parts) and taking them to shops, rather than paying for the shops to get them?
 

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Hey guys, long time lurker, first time poster (first time car owner as well).

I was recently Craigslist bamboozled into a '95 C220 that needs a lot of work I didn't expect to (and don't reallllly want to) pay for. A MB stealership estimated close to $4k worth, not including various interior issues (dash lights and speakers). I'm still not sure how I want to handle everything but would at least like to start with the engine/trans mounts and wiring harne$$ and hopefully get the Check Engine light to go away (it didn't pop up until after the purchase, of course).

Would it be best to call around with my list of repair estimates to see who's more "affordable"? From what I've read in these forums, it looks to be between Minksy (which is five minutes from work) and South Bay (a few minutes from home) for me.

Does anyone know, of hand, which place would be best for my situation?

EDIT: Oh, I forgot a question. I've read in other threads about buying wiring harnesses (and other parts) and taking them to shops, rather than paying for the shops to get them?
Welcome to the forum. You should post in W202, the correct forum for your car.
http://www.benzworld.org/forums/w202-c-class/
 

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Southbay will be able to diagnose the problems and not charge dealer rates. Not pushy either.
 
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