Southern Ontario Mechanic Reviews Thread

winks

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Nov 29, 2005
Location
mississauga
Looking for contact info for buzzken. Can anyone pm me his number pls, I tried pm but looks like he hasn't been on here in awhile
 

norbert77

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Joined
Feb 2, 2022
Location
Petrolia
TDI
01 beetle
I just called the local shop in Sarniaa with a lot of Volkswagens up front, willy and karl's, even at 300,000 km they weren't going to change the camshaft and crankshaft seal, I'm a bit turned off.

If anybody knows a good guy between Sarnia and Hamilton area I might just go and make a day out of it and just get everything replaced. The stupid part is I have vcds and I would usually do it myself but my back is killing me
 

P2B

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Jan 11, 2006
Location
Toronto & Muskoka, Canada
TDI
2002 Jetta, 2003 Jetta, 2003 Jetta Wagon
I just called the local shop in Sarniaa with a lot of Volkswagens up front, willy and karl's, even at 300,000 km they weren't going to change the camshaft and crankshaft seal, I'm a bit turned off
That wouldn't turn me off. If a seal isn't leaking I let it be. The chances of a new seal leaking are higher than those of an old seal starting to leak in my experience. Our sedan will be due for it's 4th timing belt soon, it still has both original seals and no leaks.

On the other hand the rear main was leaking when the 6-speed went in, and that was before it's first timing belt - but when we changed the original clutch in my son's Jetta at 600,000km the rear main was dry so we let it be.
 

cdi320

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Joined
Jul 25, 2020
Location
Ontario, Canada
TDI
Cdi
I don't know why I haven't seen anyone mention Strictly European Motors (SEM) here, but I took my 2013 golf tdi to get the timing belt and water pump replaced, and they did the serpentine belt and replaced one of the worn tensioner rollers too. Very good prices, honest and professional. I know they have a very good rep in the gasser audi/vw world, hence why I elected to give them a call and settled on going there. Highly recommended if you're in the greater Toronto area looking for a place to go to
 

Slwburn

Member
Joined
Aug 21, 2022
Location
Ontario
TDI
allroad BHW
Does anyone still recommend AutoBahn in London? I have a head gasket that needs to be done and I'm not certain I want to tackle it myself. I'm also considering Dewey's, anyone had TDI service there? I know he does trucks mostly.

Thanks
 

timoty

New member
Joined
Aug 18, 2021
Location
Toronto
TDI
jetta 2003 wagon
hi guys, I moved from bc to scarborough toronto area (kingston rd) do you guys know any guru guy working on vw on the side ?
thanks a lot
 

Boostlee

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Joined
Jun 24, 2019
Location
Canada
TDI
05 Jetta wagon
I don't know why I haven't seen anyone mention Strictly European Motors (SEM) here, but I took my 2013 golf tdi to get the timing belt and water pump replaced, and they did the serpentine belt and replaced one of the worn tensioner rollers too. Very good prices, honest and professional. I know they have a very good rep in the gasser audi/vw world, hence why I elected to give them a call and settled on going there. Highly recommended if you're in the greater Toronto area looking for a place to go to

I can add to this, they just did my timing belt and camshaft on my BEW. Great guys
 

wolf1389

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Joined
Jul 8, 2015
Location
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
TDI
2014 Jetta sportwagen Comfortline
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Does anyone still recommend AutoBahn in London? I have a head gasket that needs to be done and I'm not certain I want to tackle it myself. I'm also considering Dewey's, anyone had TDI service there? I know he does trucks mostly.

Thanks
top gear import parts in london is fantastic he did my timing belt, dsg, rear brakes, cv boot on my 2014 tdi golf wagon and he was great.
 

Nathan_og

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Joined
Jun 3, 2021
Location
Ontario
TDI
2002 vw jetta 1.9 alh 5 spd
anyone know of trustworthy shops near Toronto or surrounding area for a bsm delete in a 2005 passat?
 
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