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Old April 19th, 2012, 06:21   #1
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I would like to recommend Daniel Grindstaff near Asheville, NC. He has worked on two of the TDI's in our family. Daniel replaced my wife's 06 DSG flywheel. On my son's 03, the timing belt broke and caused damage to the valves but fortunately no cylinder wall damage. Daniel did a rebuild on this engine and it runs great. My son lives in Asheville near ADW shop.

I was a line mechanic at an Atlanta Porsche/Audi dealership when I was younger. At almost 60 I now try to avoid major work in my garage shop. I drive three hours to ADW for major repairs. Daniel is passionate about TDI's and IMO, a trustworthy and skilled mechanic.

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Old April 25th, 2012, 10:20   #2
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I'd like to second that. The Grindstaffs have changed out a timing belt and a head gasket for me now. No issues.
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Old April 25th, 2012, 15:22   #3
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X3 for ADW
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Old April 25th, 2012, 19:12   #4
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Daniel does great work, I would highly recomend using them. Lots of knowledge there with Daniel and Landon, quality people.
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Old April 26th, 2012, 20:57   #5
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Great shop if you're close to the area. Highly recommended for both modified and OEM setups

I submitted them to be included on the "Trusted TDI Mechanics" list (Landon is on there already but not ADW):

http://forums.tdiclub.com/showpost.p...postcount=1958

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1.../edit?hl=en_US
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Old April 27th, 2012, 05:41   #6
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I always highly recommend ADW to folks around here.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 08:32   #7
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bump for same here
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Old April 27th, 2012, 09:02   #8
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The don't want my business. Never called me back, and didn't know how much they charged for a timing belt replacement.
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Old April 27th, 2012, 09:05   #9
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Did Daniel take over for Landon? Or both still wrenching on TDIs?
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Old April 27th, 2012, 09:09   #10
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The don't want my business. Never called me back, and didn't know how much they charged for a timing belt replacement.
Small shops can get overwhelmed by work, calls and emails. Also, some projects blossom in scope and screw up all others on the schedule. Sometimes not every request gets a response. Nature of the business. And the folks try to have a life outside of work, too.
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The don't want my business. Never called me back, and didn't know how much they charged for a timing belt replacement.
I'm sure that was a aberration. Perhaps when Daniel took over for Landon? Please give them another chance.

I can highly recommend ADW. I've wrenched with both mechanics and they are very competent!

ps Landon still pitches in when needed
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Old April 27th, 2012, 21:54   #12
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Did Daniel take over for Landon? Or both still wrenching on TDIs?
Landon helps out on occasion but it's really Daniel's "proprietorship"


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The don't want my business. Never called me back, and didn't know how much they charged for a timing belt replacement.

If you can't get a hold of him the first time keep trying. It's worth it. Honest work at reasonable rates. You can't go wrong with them
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Old April 28th, 2012, 08:32   #13
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I watched the video and have all the tools. I may give it a shot or find someone local.
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Old April 29th, 2012, 09:48   #14
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All is well the tdi land. Got a follow up e-mail from ADW.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 21:40   #15
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All is well the tdi land. Got a follow up e-mail from ADW.
agreed with the above posts...

it may be hard to get thru to them but they are some good, honest, hardworking, and smart mechanics from what i have heard and experienced.

i had them change my TB and did a great job... FAST TOO!
took less than a half day and he was calling me back saying its done!
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