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Posted 5/20/2019 4:00 PM
fernweh



Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Calabasas, CA - Centenario, BCS - Luebeck, Germany
Vehicle(s): Few Mercedes-Benz, a Toyota Amphibious and a Vespa
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Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Hello P3 Members,

We are looking for repair/install shop recommendations in your area. Can you provide us with your tips of whom you have used and would use again?

Some of our customers are looking for reliable shops, to have accessories installed and/or repair work done.

Please be so kind, and post the info here.....or just send me an email directly: karl@G-wagenaccessories.com

Thank you,

Edited by fernweh 5/20/2019 4:00 PM
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Posted 5/21/2019 11:59 AM
Aircruiser
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Date registered: Aug 2011
Location: Atlanta GA
Vehicle(s): 2000 G500, 1986 300GD, 2017 Porsche Cayenne Hybrid
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Re: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Hello Karl,

The only shop that I have worked with is OCD in Sante Fe, NM. Mark and Francis are wonderful, honest G people.

Tires, AC, and exhaust shops in my local area, South ATL can do acceptable work if hovered over like a momma bear.

The local Jeep up fitter shops in my area are really sucky at working on G's. I haven't found one yet that did a good job or that I would give more business.

Matt

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Posted 5/21/2019 8:46 PM
otiswesty
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Date registered: Jun 2007
Location: Portland, Oregon
Vehicle(s): G500
Posts: 2699
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RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

In Portland, Oregon

MBI Motors
Hartmann Motors

Mercedes Benz of Portland is quite amazing as well. It was the first MB dealership in the US.
"Don Rasmussen was appointed as the first Mercedes Benz dealer established in the US. Rasmussen was appointed in 1957 and held MB dealer franchise 1."

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Posted 5/21/2019 8:55 PM
Fred V
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Date registered: Apr 2014
Location: Green Mnts
Vehicle(s): 02 G500
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RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Not that you'll have a ton of customers around here but Northeast Foreign Cars, White River Junction, VT. Given their level of skill and service, some of your non-local customers would do well to make the trip.
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Posted 5/22/2019 1:08 AM
namsag
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Date registered: Nov 2014
Location: north Mississippi
Vehicle(s): '11 G-550, '90 Grand Wagoneer, '09 F-250, '97 LC
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Re: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Hi Karl, been a while, hope all is well! I had your coil spacers installed at Midtown Autowerks in Memphis. Mercedes of Colllierville would not do it, but the guys at Midtown were happy to do it and they did a great job. They are great guys and I would happily go back. Recommended.
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Posted 5/22/2019 7:22 AM
spots350sl
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Date registered: Mar 2007
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Vehicle(s): 2003 G500, 1972 350SL
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RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Chicago:

Lakeside International Auto
5407 N Broadway,
Chicago, IL
(Henry is the owner).

I've been servicing my G with Henry since 2005. Most recently, 4 new shocks, springs, and some bushings. Henry also doesn't care that I sometimes bring my own parts. Always pleased.


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Posted 5/22/2019 10:02 AM
paulunm
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Date registered: Jan 2015
Location: Los Angeles
Vehicle(s): 2000 G500
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Re: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Los Angeles:

MBZ Motors
8300 Winnetka Ave
Winnetka, CA

They have done a great job for repairs, and know how to bleed the locker system!
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Posted 5/23/2019 8:59 AM
emoynier
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Date registered: Jul 2014
Location: New York and Montreal
Vehicle(s): W463 1997 300TD
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Re: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Brooklyn NY

Kraft German Auto
1107 E 56th St
Brooklyn, NY 11234
718-451-2500
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Posted 5/24/2019 9:48 AM
hipine



Date registered: Jul 2006
Location: US, CO, Bailey
Vehicle(s): 460 1980 280GE w. 617A
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RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

I've been working with Mark Yoakum, owner of:
https://www.germanmotors.net
for 17 years. I do most all my own work, so he gets the worst of the worst jobs from me, is always happy to help, and always comes through. Even when I drove in one morning with a blown clutch flex line and he found one in his spares that he could adapt to have me back on the road in the afternoon. I was just in yesterday to buy filters for both G's as I always do, just to stay in touch and throw him as much actual $ as I can. He did a front axle rebuild on the baby G a year ago when I didn't have time to do my own, and he did the parts cleaning for me on the axle job I did on the 280 last month. He once called me to consult on a front axle rebuild on a 463 that he diagnosed as having been jumped or somehow got the axle tube bent. On that one he didn't want to charge the customer for a new axle casing and so managed to supervise the straightening of the original to his satisfaction by a local differential shop. He knows everything from the most old-fashioned common sense approaches to sophisticated use of the modern electronic aids and diagnostic tools. I've recommended him to many people with MB's old and new and everyone comes away happy.

All of that said, I sum up by saying that I've never asked him to install aftermarket accessories and I've never seen trucks in there having accessories installed. Knowing Mark, I would expect him to be very leery of getting into aftermarket accessory installation, simply due to the large potential variation in the raw materials. The quality of the materials can come between him and his ability to satisfy the person that he sees as his direct customer, the one who comes through his door, and he's very protective of those relationships. When I was first considering my 280GE I took it to Mark for a look-over. He recommended I NOT buy the truck, but some years later told me that the reason he didn't want me to buy the truck then was because he thought I'd want him to work on it and he would be concerned about putting Europa Motors in Santa Fe, NM (at that time the only source of factory parts) between him and his ability to take care of me because he had years of experience with Europa's way of doing business (did all their transmission rebuilds for them for years on a ship-out-and-back basis) and didn't like it.

So, if you need a shop to repair or care for your G in Denver, Mark and the staff at German Motors is the best you'll find anywhere. I just can't send you there for what I expect is the main interest of this post, accessories installation.

Good luck!
-Dave G.
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Posted 5/24/2019 10:12 AM
fernweh



Date registered: Apr 2006
Location: Calabasas, CA - Centenario, BCS - Luebeck, Germany
Vehicle(s): Few Mercedes-Benz, a Toyota Amphibious and a Vespa
2000
RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Thank you guys,

amazing responses

It is nice to hear from you all

Best regards,

Karl
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Posted 5/26/2019 10:21 AM
hipine



Date registered: Jul 2006
Location: US, CO, Bailey
Vehicle(s): 460 1980 280GE w. 617A
5000
RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Hey Karl,
For what it's worth, in the interest of helping folks in the community, I'd be willing to reach out to Mark on the question of whether he'd consider doing accessories installation, or had done so in the past. My assumption that he doesn't is only that (an assumption), and I'd hate to lead anyone astray if he's in fact willing to give it a go. Give me a shout off-list if you'd like help with the investigation.

All the best,

-Dave G.
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Posted 6/2/2019 8:18 AM
Rich
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Date registered: May 2006
Location: Elkins Park, PA USA
Vehicle(s): 2005 G500; 1985 280GE cabrio
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RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Philadelphia Area

Rich D'Ambrosio
Rich's Auto Repair
521 East Main Street
Norristown, PA 19401
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Posted 6/2/2019 1:09 PM
bazsa81
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Date registered: Nov 2007
Location: Hungary
Vehicle(s): W211, W461, W463
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RE: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Bill Rader Motorpsorts G-WAGEN Parts & CUSTOMIZATION

Las Vegas, Nevada

Speedway Blvd (direct by the LV Speedway)

http://www.billradermotorsports.net/g-wagen.html

 Some pictures about the service:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 6/3/2019 11:45 AM
po-porsche
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Date registered: Jan 2011
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Vehicle(s): 2003 Mercedes G500, 1984 Porsche 911
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Re: Independent Repair Shop Recommendations

Los Angeles:

Tech Automotive
4000 Fountain Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90029
(323) 661-2788

I've had great experience and fantastic service here. The owner, Koko, is very knowledgeable and has several G customers with both Pre-MBUSA and MBUSA models.

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