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Old November 24th, 2018, 11:14   #1
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Default Decent Independent VW mechanic in the Orange County area?

Looking at getting my 120k service done, and a few other things. Haven't heard of a trusted independent in my area and am looking for references. Thinking that the dealer will be a $$$ job, and the quality?

Anybody know of one?


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Old December 27th, 2018, 18:45   #2
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Wow... nothing....

Guess I'm off to the Stealership.... cause I'm overdue now.....
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Old December 31st, 2018, 14:49   #3
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Old January 8th, 2019, 13:16   #4
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The one time I took my TDI to a "trusted guru" in OC it ended in catastrophe. I want to be clear, though, at the time Wild Rose Motors was up in LA and not OC and I am not referring to that shop.

I have read/heard nothing but positive things about Wild Rose Motors and he appears to be in OC now:

Wild Rose Motors
c/o 3901 East La Palma Avenue
Anaheim, California
(310) 721-4867
(800) 341-1012
(562) 946-9002 Fax

I have all the tools to do the oil and DSG service if you're comfortable doing those jobs yourself.
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Old January 9th, 2019, 06:21   #5
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AFAIK Wild rose refuses to work on Common Rail TDIs. I've despaired of finding a good TDI mechanic anywhere in greater LA. My daughter live there and drives a Civic as a consequence.
2002 Jetta wagon, 384K, RC3+; 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300D 2.5, 197K; 1997 Passat, 286K; '99.5 Golf, 260K; 2011 335d, 60K; 2015 Golf Sportwagen, 13K. Principal, http://www.idparts.com
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Old January 9th, 2019, 09:21   #6
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Jon, can you call and verify that and let us know what you find? When I had my 2012 he quoted me for a TB but dieselgate happened so I just drove it until turn in. That was a little over 2 years ago, though, so maybe things are different now or maybe they were different back when IBW checked.
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Old January 9th, 2019, 16:37   #7
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I live North West of LA in Ventura County. We have 2 reliable shops in the area that can do a good job repairing TDIs.
Import Auto Clinic in Thousand Oaks in Thousand oaks and AG Auto Werks in Ventura do good work. Each shop has its own advantages. Import Auto Clinic is a test only smog station that can repair and test. Something to think about when you need to get a car smogged. AG autowerks is the place to go to modify a car. They race their daily drivers at the track.
Both shops charge around $ 130 an hour for labor and get it. Both are busy but worth it for the no drama services they offer.
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Old January 13th, 2019, 10:28   #8
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Old March 6th, 2019, 21:06   #9
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DDK Motors
3975 Birch St # H, Newport Beach, CA 92660

I know them personally, family business. They do other Euro cars too.
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