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Old August 16th, 2009, 15:28   #916
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I found a few positive reviews on Whitehead's, including a couple mentions of TDIs. If anyone else uses this shop, report back with your findings.

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1275 Oceana Blvd
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454
Phone: 757.425.1999

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Old August 16th, 2009, 15:32   #917
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In the listings for Arizona:
Eurojet Racing (the same ones who make the TDI FMICs)
1000 N. Hamilton Dr.
Chandler, AZ 85225
(480) 782-1602 <----Number is disconnected "with no further information" per the recording
www.eurojetracing.com Website still active to order parts online, but there is no phone listed on the contact page. I would assume they are no longer acting as TDI mechanics, merely as suppliers, but you know what happens when you AssUMe things.
Removed from the map. By looking at their website, it looks like they no longer do service. Parts sales and fabrication seem to be their main business goals now.
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Old August 16th, 2009, 15:35   #918
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Here's a request for folks outside of the USA... please post your trusted TDI mechanics and some info about your experience with them. I'd like to get some more Canadian and European locations on the map.

Please don't list Volkswagen dealers unless you really really trust them. We're trying to keep this limited to independent shops and individuals.

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Old August 16th, 2009, 15:44   #919
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The Map now has an easier to use link!

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Old August 18th, 2009, 08:32   #920
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Props to Troy Sentz (TNTKNC) in Atlanta, GA.

Changed my TB, auto tranny fluid/filter, and brake fluid in about a day.

Also recalibrated the EGR system for no extra charge.

Thanks Again.

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Old August 18th, 2009, 09:41   #921
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Props to Troy Sentz (TNTKNC) in Atlanta, GA.

Changed my TB, auto tranny fluid/filter, and brake fluid in about a day.

Also recalibrate the EGR system for no extra charge.

Thanks Again.
Troy is a good guy.. He's who I bought my first TDI from back in may 2005..
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Old August 18th, 2009, 19:25   #922
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Thanks for the Whitehead's recommendation. I will give them a call when the big maintenance items are due.
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Old August 20th, 2009, 05:36   #923
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I have not had good luck with repairs at Van-Café (Folks Café, or Volks Café) in Santa Cruz, CA.

I took my car in for a wheel bearing noise and had the bearing and hub replaced. Within a few hundred miles I had wobbly steering, jacked up the car, and found that wheel was floppy. I took it back and they found they had not tightened the nut down correctly. They tightened it and assured me there would be no bearing damage. I was skeptical; that wheel wobbling!

About of year later that bearing and hub failed again. I brought it in and they replaced the bearing and hub again, for free this time. That was nice of them. They also said they found some oil leaks at some sensors. I asked them for a quote on fixing the leaks; the next I heard from them I didn't get a quote, instead they'd done the work and I got what I thought was a largish bill. I was pissed but there was no point in arguing it.

I had also had them replace the injector return lines. I specified I am running B99. Today, about a year later, I find that all the lines have melted, cracked, and leaked fuel. They used regular fuel line! None of the hoses had clamps and they all slid off the nipples with the lightest pressure. Funny thing is that when I had my VW in their shop a couple months ago they noticed the leakage and told me it was from the injection pump.

Each time I get the car back from them there's greasy handprints all over the fenders. It's a white car. You think they'd notice. Not that I am a super neat freak, but a failure to clean up after doesn't make me think that "attention to detail" is a priority.

Just my 2 cents. Your mileage may vary. I'm going back to doing my own car work.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 01:45   #924
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I have not had good luck with repairs at Van-Café (Folks Café, or Volks Café) in Santa Cruz, CA.
I live in Santa Cruz and lately I have been hearing the same thing on some of the work they do. I'm experimenting with a shop in Watsonville 22 miles south that has great prices but aren't VW specialists. They are going to replace a blown engine and timing belt in a 2003 Jetta auto wagon. Waiting to see what happens.

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Old August 21st, 2009, 14:36   #925
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Scott from Biochoppers is not in san diego or tijuana, he's in Whitier. I spoke to him this week. Might be worth updating the Trusted Mechanics list.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 14:48   #926
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I would like to see a mechanic added to this trusted mechanics list and map –Kansas City TDI. Those of us on TDIclub know him by his screen name-CoolAirVw.

He has worked on my car and I could not be more pleased with his work. The first bit of work he did was fixing a problem that I thought was a speedometer related problem. I had my Beetle in and out of a central Kansas VW repair shop for several months. The amount of time it was actually in the shop was over 5 weeks. They were unable to diagnose or fix the problem.
I then took it to CoolAirVW. I dropped it off at about 8:30pm one evening. By 8:30 the next morning, he had the problem diagnosed and fixed a short time later.

The second bit of work that he did involved fixing a surging that was coming from the transmission. In addition, he flushed and replaced my transmission fluid.

And the last bit of work he did was venting my fuel tank.

I have been very pleased with his work. I am impressed with his speed and thoroughness and his diagnostic skills are exceptional. His posts on this forum are usually always packed with applicable information, photos, graphs, etc. For just a sampling of his adeptness, feel free to read threads 01M, 01M part 2, and 01M part 3.

I am having a timing belt changed in a little over a month from now and I am having him do that as well. He has VAG-com and timing tools for ALH, PD, and early TDI's and IDI's.

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Old August 21st, 2009, 20:07   #927
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I would like to see a mechanic added to this trusted mechanics list and map –Kansas City TDI. Those of us on TDIclub know him by his screen name-CoolAirVw.

He has worked on my car and I could not be more pleased with his work. The first bit of work he did was fixing a problem that I thought was a speedometer related problem. I had my Beetle in and out of a central Kansas VW repair shop for several months. The amount of time it was actually in the shop was over 5 weeks. They were unable to diagnose or fix the problem.
I then took it to CoolAirVW. I dropped it off at about 8:30pm one evening. By 8:30 the next morning, he had the problem diagnosed and fixed a short time later.

The second bit of work that he did involved fixing a surging that was coming from the transmission. In addition, he flushed and replaced my transmission fluid.

And the last bit of work he did was venting my fuel tank.

I have been very pleased with his work. I am impressed with his speed and thoroughness and his diagnostic skills are exceptional. His posts on this forum are usually always packed with applicable information, photos, graphs, etc. For just a sampling of his adeptness, feel free to read threads 01M, 01M part 2, and 01M part 3.

I am having a timing belt changed in a little over a month from now and I am having him do that as well. He has VAG-com and timing tools for ALH, PD, and early TDI's and IDI's.

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www.kansascitytdi.com
816-769-7352
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Old August 21st, 2009, 20:07   #928
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Scott from Biochoppers is not in san diego or tijuana, he's in Whitier. I spoke to him this week. Might be worth updating the Trusted Mechanics list.
Updating. I don't know where I got San Diego from.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 20:10   #929
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I live in Santa Cruz and lately I have been hearing the same thing on some of the work they do. I'm experimenting with a shop in Watsonville 22 miles south that has great prices but aren't VW specialists. They are going to replace a blown engine and timing belt in a 2003 Jetta auto wagon. Waiting to see what happens.

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Let us know how it goes. Things aren't sounding very good for these guys right now. If the engine replacement doesn't go well, we might just have to remove them from the list.
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Old August 21st, 2009, 20:11   #930
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I had also had them replace the injector return lines. I specified I am running B99. Today, about a year later, I find that all the lines have melted, cracked, and leaked fuel. They used regular fuel line! None of the hoses had clamps and they all slid off the nipples with the lightest pressure. Funny thing is that when I had my VW in their shop a couple months ago they noticed the leakage and told me it was from the injection pump.
Just so you know, the injector return lines are not supposed to have clamps on them. However, because you're running B99, they should have used Viton lines, which would have prevented the melting/decomposition of the lines.
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