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As a new 300d owner, I'm in search of good, honest and reasonable MB mechanic to do the valve adjustment/ any repairs on my new baby. The previous owner had the car serviced by a MB specialist and the trans was serviced by a MB trans specialist. But these shops were in San Diego and I'm in Orange County. Anyone who has some strong recommendations or good history with a shop or mechanic, please let me know. Any help is greatly appreciated![:)]
 

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Where in OC are you? I know a great mechanic in the Garden Grove area if you're nearby, and bring my car to him when needed.
 

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It's my first time on this forum. I've owned a 280 TE wagon for about a year now, and I've taken my car to Coast MBZ in Costa Mesa. John (the owner) is great and easy to work with. I love how he'll give me the option for refurbished parts or rebuild the broken part rather than just quoting me for a new one. He's also been great at giving out connections for inexpensive contacts for stuff that he doesn't do. He's saved my ignorant a$$ alot of money. It's on the corner of Paularino and Bristol, near Mitsua, the Japanese supermarket. Here's the website: http://www.coastmbzbmwservice.com/ If he asks tell him Elijah sent you. :)
 

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Thanks for the tips, i'm still looking for more than one shop. the previous owner took very good care of this car, he had an MB trans specialist for the trany, and a MB general for everything else. I was wondering if any one can recomend a few more places? also, what about a good place for oil changes in our babies? thanks!
 

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xtraag - 6/2/2005 1:09 AM
also, what about a good place for oil changes in our babies? thanks!
The driveway works pretty well.
 

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xtraag - 6/1/2005 10:09 PM

Thanks for the tips, i'm still looking for more than one shop. the previous owner took very good care of this car, he had an MB trans specialist for the trany, and a MB general for everything else. I was wondering if any one can recomend a few more places? also, what about a good place for oil changes in our babies? thanks!
We live in an apartment so DIY oil changes might catch too much attention and might make a mess. I go to a regular mechanic who charges me $10 for an oil change, while I bring my filter and oil (1 gallon and 2 quarts is enough). I just had one yesterday. Just be watchful and keep an eye on what they're doing (right or wrong). But if you don't want that hassle, Enrique of LA (search for his name on Mercedes Shop dot com, his address will pop up) should be your best man.
 

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I guess apartment living could put a crimp in some maintenance tasks and $10 isn't so bad. But, I will say that I wouldn't be taking it to one of these quick change places. Chances of them having anyone that knows how to change oil on a 123 is slim to none.

I once took my Saturn to one of these to have the cooling system flushed (was out of town and didn't have a place to do it). They pretty much botched it when putting the upper radiator hose back on. They tossed the original clamp on the engine side, which there was nothing wrong with. Then they used a new clamp that was too big, so it ended up with a tail on it sticking out about 4 inches. On top of this, they crushed the hose because they had the clamp so tight. Morons!

Here's the worst part. The service manager admitted it was a sloppy job, but was still trying to justify it by saying it wouldn't leak and wanted me to take it like that! In the end I got a new hose and clamps (the correct ones) out of the deal, but it shouldn't have happened in the first place.
 
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