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Zbylut Motor Works on Route 9 in Amherst, MA is a good shop. The owner listened to my problem with a SRS code light and grabbed the scan tool and said lets see whats up. In a couple of minutes he reset the code and retested the system. All came up good. It is still okay. My son had set the code by disconnecting the seat grid wire while getting something from under the seat with the car running.
So the owner goes back into the shop and mentions while we are chatting "oh I gotta charge you for that" and my response was "I gotta pay you to make sure you stay around". He is a good guy just starting out at this location.
 

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Would definitely recommend Zbylut's. The owner, Luke, is a no nonsense, direct and to the point kind of guy who likes to do things the right way (preventive maintenance vs. wait for breakage/repair). Spend $50 to save $200 kind of thing, which with older MB's can add up quickly. And for $150 for 'A Service' is a relative bargain compared to some of the other shops I have inquired with.
 

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I 2nd that recommendation for Zbylut!

As of September 2011, Zbylut Motor Works seems to be doing a booming business, while remaining what everyone else has already said; knowledgeable, patient, friendly, and reasonable.

The only thing I would add, is that Luke Zbylut is very knowledgeable about vintage Mercedes, such as my 1974, as well as newer models. He also has good connections for obtaining parts for older cars. That being said, he is human and older cars are going to be more difficult to find parts for and to service, but he always does the best he can and will be very honest about preventive maintenance on such older cars.

When I first brought him my car, he gave me an inventory of what was mandatory, what could wait, and nice to have, as well as an honest assessment of whether or not to invest in the car at all. He just tuned it up this month (one of those could wait items), and it runs like a new car. Very pleased.
 

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Advice

I will be going there in the upcoming weeks, do you have any advice or tips?
 

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I towed my car there based of a pleasant call w/owner Luke

I had no idea who to trust, seems like most wanna get rich!.. So I am pumped to see Luke's shop is on benzworld!! I randomly opened the yellow pages n saw they specialized in imports.
I called, I could hear the person was on the other line so I hung up figuring I'd call later. Shockingly received a call back with in minutes! This was the 1st sigh of a shop that actually cares n wants to help people. Like many others said Luke is awesome he listens, no one Ive ever worked with completely listened, most end up saying; ok, k ill call u if I have questions. Luke's personable n seems to b genuinely a nice person.
I'm pumped that his shop is listed on here, because before I read this, I made my own judgement as he was a real nice, n seemed to b a respectful person, I had my car towed to his shop which is an hour from my house.

I'm waiting for him to check it out, n he's supposed to call with the list...

Ill post an update once I hear
 

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Heard back! Real honest

So, ya I def neglected repairs for a couple years:
Now I'm replacing:
Sperpentine belt, tensioner, & pulley; $450
All valve cover gaskets, spark plug wires, & ingnition wires
$1300.
Oil cooler o rings: $400
Power steering o rings: $150
2 engine mounts, & 1 trans mount: $550.
Altogether $2850.
I figure this is reasonable because I had 3 damn oil leaks.
Please let me kno if anyone has an opinion on this. Thanks
 
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