www.tdiclub.com

Economy - Longevity - Performance
The #1 Source of TDI Information on the Web!
Forums Articles Links Meets
Orders TDI Club Cards TDIFest 2016 Gone, but not forgotten VAG-Com List Unit Conversions TDIClub Chat Thank You




Go Back   TDIClub Forums > Meetings/ GTG/ Regional Discussions > Mid-west USA

Mid-west USA Local discussions for those on the Mid-West US. ( Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Kansas, Missouri)

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old February 20th, 2006, 10:52   #1
JSlatton
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: St. Louis, MO
Fuel Economy: enough
Default Oilhammer (Brian) in St. Louis (mucho kudos)

I recently developed a coolant leak for which I needed some advice on. I was referred to oilhammer (aka Brian) who gladly offered to come out to my place to take a look at it. Now, he lives in union but came out to southern St. Louis county to look at my car. On valentine's day no less! Needless to say, he is a cool guy.

He gave me some suggestions and explained what I needed to do to fix it. All of his suggestions and instructions were spot on and I really couldn't have done it without his help. Suffice to say, he probably saved me hundreds of dollars. The job I did myself ended up being about 25 bucks.

He absolutely KNOWS his stuff. If you have ANYTHING that needs to be done to your TDI and you live in the St. Louis and surrounding area, this is the man to go to. Don't even consider a stealership. Please...don't.

Luckily, he is opening up a new shop in Eureka in March out here which makes him that much closer to me. My 2000 jetta is getting up in years so he will be utilized by me anyway.

For now, go to oilhammer.com and email or call him. He is easy to get ahold of and easier to talk to.

Maybe he'll post specifics about where/when the shop will be open for us.

Thanks, Brian.

- Jeremy

For searching purposes: Missouri, Illinois, St. Louis, Saint, mechanic, technician, work, Eureka, Union

Last edited by JSlatton; February 20th, 2006 at 11:02.
JSlatton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 04:52   #2
oilhammer
Certified Volkswagen Nut Vendor
 
oilhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: St Louis
Fuel Economy: fantastic
Default

Thanks for the kind words, Jeremy!

Our shop will be open in early March, shooting for the 6th. It will be called Rising Sun Automotive and will be located at 18601 Hwy 66, near Six Flags.

Phone number is 636-271-7770, my partner's name is Charlie.
__________________
oilhammer
www.cardocautomotive.com
oilhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 05:20   #3
Doug Huffman
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Washington Island, on the other side of Death's Door, Wisconsin
Fuel Economy: 50+(Jetta)
Default

I see it now, a chain of independent VW gurus with Fred's logo licensed. Best wishes!
__________________
Jetta Wagon TDI 2K3 Silver has gone to a new home, replaced by Behemoth 2012 BMW X5 35diesel. Jason T. Daniels Is my 55 mpg guru.
Doug Huffman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 05:23   #4
gbillman
RIP, Gone But Not Forgotten
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Troy, MO 63379
Default Brian is MR VW in STL

I've known Brian for probably 6 years, ever since I bought my two 96 Passat TDIs in 1999 and 2000. I also have a 01 Jetta TDI he has layed hands on. The guy knows VWs and TDIs in particular like no one else I know of. I already emailed him and told him my green Passat will be one of his first projects. It hasn't run right in over a year, and I just haven't had the time to work on it.

I encourage ANYONE from the GREATER STL area (including western Illinois!) to take their car to Brian. You won't be sorry. The guy is as honest as they come.
__________________
Garry
(2) 96 Passat TDI's
(1) 01 Jetta TDI
gbillman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 06:38   #5
rhodostoma
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Eastern MO
Default

I second that notion! Brian has helped us service both of our TDI's over the last 5 years, and is a great guy who knows his VW's. I'd highly recommend him to anyone.

Congrats on the new shop Brian!

-Michael
rhodostoma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 22nd, 2006, 16:04   #6
frugality
Veteran Member
 
frugality's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Spring Lake, Michigan
Fuel Economy: 33mpg
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by oilhammer
It will be called Rising Sun Automotive and...
"There is, a house, in Saint Louiee
Called The Rising Sun.
It's been the ruin of many a poor boy,
And God, I know, I'm one...."

__________________
2016 GTI SE 6M with lighting package, runs on RUG, has spark plugs? AVERAGING 33mpg!
2010 Jetta Sportwagen TDI, 197,089 miles, Silver, manual, 17" Goals, original brakes -- GONE; REPURCHASED BY THE MANUFACTURER.
frugality is offline   Reply With Quote
Old February 23rd, 2006, 16:04   #7
Larry Larson
Veteran Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2000
Location: Champaign-Urbana Illinois
Default

I agree with all the positive stuff said about Brian. I drive all the way from Central Illinois to have this guy work on my cars. He just finished a major job on my Passat, and he's very competant, thorough and charges a fair price. Good luck with the new shop Brian, your new location will save me some driving time! Larry Larson
__________________
1995 Pontiac Bonneville SSEi
Larry Larson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 5th, 2006, 21:14   #8
gbillman
RIP, Gone But Not Forgotten
 
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Troy, MO 63379
Thumbs up Tomorrow's The Day!!!

Grand opening of Rising Sun Automotive in Pacific, MO, just west of Eureka and Six Flags. http://www.risingsunautomotive.com/ Dropped my green 96 Passat TDI off with Brian this afternoon. One of his first jobs. Great feeling to be able to drop my car off and KNOW the problems will be investigated fully and fixed, and at a fair and honest price. Hell, I don't even know what his rate is, yet I feel just fine with that. And, folks, I drove my car 50 miles to have Brian service it. I know others will drive even farther.
__________________
Garry
(2) 96 Passat TDI's
(1) 01 Jetta TDI
gbillman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old March 6th, 2006, 03:56   #9
oilhammer
Certified Volkswagen Nut Vendor
 
oilhammer's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: St Louis
Fuel Economy: fantastic
Default

Thanks for all the kind words everyone. We're finally open, although we are still waiting on some equipment and state inspection station permit.

Nice that our first customers are Volkswagens! We've already scheduled enough TDIs to deplete our modest supply of parts, and we haven't even been through the first week

In the Spring after the outside of the building is painted I'm going to host a little Volkswagen event here so folks can check us out and show off their rides.
__________________
oilhammer
www.cardocautomotive.com
oilhammer is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 02:35.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright - TDIClub Online LTD - 2017
Contact Us | Privacy Statement | Forum Rules | Disclaimer
TDIClub Online Ltd (TDIClub.com) is not affiliated with the VWoA or VWAG and is supported by contributions from viewers like you.
1996 - 2017, All Rights Reserved
Page generated in 0.17201 seconds with 10 queries
[Output: 87.97 Kb. compressed to 74.63 Kb. by saving 13.33 Kb. (15.16%)]