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Old April 6th, 2012, 17:49   #1
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Thumbs up Thread for Runonbeer (Robby in Austin)

Hey folks, if you get a chance please post here your experience with Robby in Austin, TX. He deserves it in my view.

Thanks Robby with being patient with me in getting my 04 Passat chainless and with a new PD cam (from Mr. Frank Irving) and a bunch of other important repairs. I know I spent a good chunk of money but I know that the car will be safer, more reliable and performs better for the long run. The car drives really nice now, very smooth with lots of power (think of a Cadillac getting 35 MPG on the highway).

I trust Robby's work and I know that he cares for his customers and the TDI community.

ps also if you are in the Austin area you might be able to connect with Jim Danklefs to get some of that good Schaeffer Supreme 9000™ Full Synthetic 5W-40 oil at a competitive price.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 18:35   #2
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I have in fact heard nothing but great praise for this man. I have been a member for only a short time and his name comes up quite alot and as I said above...always in very high regard from grateful clients. He is obviously as good with customer relations as he is with these machines.
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Old April 6th, 2012, 19:02   #3
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Fuel Economy: 41-44 at 75 mph w/ no a/c

I was pulling my 1985 aluminum "bass boat" out of Canyon Lake this morning, and another TDI Jetta was launching an almost identical boat (though much newer).

I gave him Robby's card. nuff said.
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Old April 20th, 2012, 18:10   #4
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Default Robby is the best

I happily travel from Houston to Austin to have Robby work on my car attention to detail and works on it like it is his own car. He did my timing belt and a few misc. repairs to my 2003 TDI wagon and does it at a fair price. Hopefully I don't need anything else for a while but when I do he's the man.
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Old April 23rd, 2012, 10:16   #5
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He is doing some work on the 2001 Jetta I am going to resell, now. New timing belt kit and services for fluids/filters and an AC clutch replacement. He does excellent work and at a nice price as well. I figure the buyer will have confidence in a known good mechanic doing the work in order for their drive back home to be worry free.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 12:54   #6
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Knocked out the BS upgrade on my 05 Passat Wagon at a great price, and was very thorough and transparent with his pricing documentation.

When I first got this car I thought you could take it to any VW mechanic; experiences with two trusted independent shops that I've used for gassers showed me that was a mistake. A VW TDI needs to go to a VW TDI guru, period. Undocumented design flaws, one-way alternator pulley clutches, lifetime transmission fluid that needs be changed every 80k or so, rare oil specifications and picky camshafts . . . I am glad to have Robby in town.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 13:49   #7
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Originally Posted by Rxfire View Post
I gave him Robby's card. nuff said.
I need to get some of those. I've talked him up to a few TDI drivers I've come across.

I really wish I had known about Robby sooner. I had a 98 beetle TDI that I'd owned since 99. I only discovered Robby about 4 months before I sold it. I ran it on B100. In October, the weather started cooling off and I knew I shouldn't have done that last fillup on B100. But I did it anyway... A couple of weeks later, the temp drops overnight and I try to drive to work. I get about a mile down the road before the B100 flakes clog up the fuel filter and strand the car. I walk home and start searching tdiclub (which I had only recently discovered). I find Robby and call him up. I'd never done any business with him before. An hour later, he's at my door. Drives me to the car, swaps the fuel filter on the side of the road (not a trivial job) and says I should bring the car in so he can do a free change of the original fuel lines in case my B100 use has caused them to decay.

All that money I spent at some other local vw shops I could have been supporting a skilled local craftsman instead, and getting a ton better service. I bought an 03 wagon tdi last year. There's no way in hell I would have bought that car if Robby wasn't nearby.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 08:31   #8
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I have talked to Robby on the phone several times, and he has been a big help. If I have any problem too big for me, that is where I am going for sure. Great customer service even though I have never been a customer.
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Old June 29th, 2012, 19:23   #9
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Fuel Economy: 44-46 mpg

Robby did a timing belt change, replaced all vac hoses, replaced a leaking seal, etc. on my 2000 Golf TDI with 180k miles. Very fair price and he had it done when he promised. I'll be back. His excellent reputation is well deserved. This was my first experience with him.

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Old June 29th, 2012, 19:42   #10
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I just noticed this thread.

This was an epic save that gives an example of Robbie's knowledge of these cars:http://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread...&highlight=8mm

Robbie is the go-to guy in Central TX!
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Old June 30th, 2012, 16:33   #11
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I will also chime in on this subject...

Robbie is always willing to share knowledge, time, and talk on short notice. He will be my mechanic when the 09 JSW TDI need more service. He will also be the man to take on the coolant loss issue on my 97 Jetta TDI when time/funds allow.

Last, he had some wheels for my 97 Jetta sitting around. He let me have them for a VERY fair price, and I will give him some more $ when I get back from vacation.

Plus, he's close to my house!
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Old June 30th, 2012, 18:09   #12
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I've driven from central OK to Austin to have Robbie replace the timing belt on two different cars - once in the old shop, once in the new. Robbie is honest, helpful, down-to-earth and does very good work. It's also a plus to get to visit Austin. Thanks Robbie.
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Old August 16th, 2012, 14:45   #13
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I would also like to contribute to this forgotten thread. I just had my 200,000 mile service by Roby. I originally came in for a Timing Belt, Crankshaft seal, and intake manifold swap. Soon after I got there, he discovered the vacuum booster pipe to be cracked at both fittings, repaired that, all new vac lines, crankshaft seal, timing belt service, and camshaft seal. Unfortunately, for reasons that nobody is really sure, the camshaft seal started leaking oil, worse than before. Robby was prompt at getting the car back in to change it out. He definitely deserves praise, he did a great job and had no problem offering suggestions to other issues that I have with the car. Definitely my go to mechanic from now on.
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Old August 17th, 2012, 10:19   #14
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Location: Austin, TX/Chapel Hill, NC
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Thanks guys!

Chandler, that seal must have gotten rolled on the keyway. There is no other explanation.
I'm glad you're leak free now.
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Old September 2nd, 2012, 13:12   #15
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Best TDI mechanic out there. What a guy!
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