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Old January 19th, 2020, 00:26   #1
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Default Trusted TDI mechanics within 2-3hrs of Sacramento?

My husband and I own a 2003 Jetta TDI with over 400K. We bought it new... and it’s older than our oldest kid. We don’t trust mechanics at a dealership to work on it, because we’ve always relied on TDI gurus in Michigan and Wisconsin.
We now live just north of Sacramento and need to find a trusted TDI mechanic because the car needs some TLC or it’ll get put out to pasture. While my kids would be pleased at this (search youtube for “beige Betty State Farm commercial”), my husband might be heartbroken.
With folks talking about a Bay Area GTG and a NorCal GTG, I’m really hoping there’s some options either in the Sacramento area or within a 2-3 hour drive (in good traffic!).

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Old January 19th, 2020, 05:36   #2
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Absolutely contact Matt Phelan https://forums.tdiclub.com/showthread.php?t=444867

He's one of the best TDI experts out there, and not too too far from you. Worth the trip.

I have an '02 with 400K on it, also bought it new. And without my east coast guru I'd be lost. Give Matt a call.
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Old January 19th, 2020, 11:08   #3
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Second the recommendation for Matt. He's the best and we're very lucky to have him in Norcal. He'll make your car right and ready for another 400k miles....
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Old January 21st, 2020, 11:46   #4
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Not to step on anyones toes, im not a "trusted mechanic" on here but im located in yuba city if you need any help or work done
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