Trusted TDI Mechanics - By State

jettafool

Active member
Joined
May 11, 2020
Location
quebec, canada
TDI
2001 jetta
Atelier mecanique GSL
360 rue Bernard
Waterloo, Quebec
J0E 2M0
450-539-0730
877-539-0009 (toll free)
website www.ateliergsl.com

These guys only do german cars and really know their stuff, they have lots of parts in stock. They installed my rebuilt injectors on thursday, put on vag com, adjusted IQ with road test and checked timing. Mechanic really knew my old baby, explained everything and liked my wuzetem nozzles, asking where I got em (cascade german only place in NA). Reasonable price ($70 hr) and you can bring your own parts!! My car goes great even without a chip and I have to be careful to not blow up my engine the RPMs climb so fast lol. Cost me $80.00 :) (1 hour with tax)

The wall in the garage is covered with letters from happy customers, I do recommend these guys for high tech stuff like timing belt ect., Only bad point is that an appointment takes 5 weeks right now. Another client was having a rear wheel bearing changed and I couldn't believe how fast the car was out of the garage. Family business that's been around for decades with 5 lifts. Cheers
 

ghohouston

Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 2, 2013
Location
Lewisville, Texas
TDI
2001 Jetta Sedan TDI 5 Speed
It should be noted that Digi Sport Performance in Denton, Tx. Is no longer around, and has since become Pierce Family Auto. They are still a Tdi shop, but different owner ( I believe a previous mechanic of the original owner).
 

n-heptane

Member
Joined
Feb 20, 2017
Location
Michigan
TDI
2011 Golf TDI
Not sure when the "Member Recommended TDI Mechanics - By State List" document was last updated, but can anyone recommend a trusted TDI mechanic in or near southeast Michigan? Heck, for good service, I'd probably even be willing to drive a ways. Thank you.
 

TDI4evah

Veteran Member
Joined
May 10, 2012
Location
Maine
TDI
2002 Jetta
Where does this fabled document exist? (Member Recommended TDI Mechanics - By State List)

Looking for a mechanic in the San Diego CA area

TIA
 

TDI4evah

Veteran Member
Joined
May 10, 2012
Location
Maine
TDI
2002 Jetta
<sigh>

Thanks for the pointer. Sorry for the reading comprehension issues.....

Closest to San Diego is LA, a couple hours away. Anyone know of anyone near San Diego?
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
Speaking of Arizona, anyone know of any (if the list is out of date) in the Phoenix area? Just bought a 2003 Wagon TDi manual.

James
Yeah, I'm trying to figure out who's left too. Used to use Derek at Exklusive, he moved away, then moved back and was working for Autobahn. Did my timing belt a couple years ago and he was hands down the least expensive and I knew he knew what he was doing (that was my 2nd TB done by him, and I know several others that used him). Not sure if he's still there. He went through a bunch of crap on this board a while back, which was unfortunate that one incident (he was maybe partially to blame? Not sure...) undid more than a decade of awesome service. If I was him, I would have left the industry but for all I know he's still working there.

Someone else mentioned AZ Euros in Mesa, but I don't know much about them. Looks like the specialize more in selling expensive European cars but they do service them too. They got their name as one of the only shops that can import non-US cars in AZ. I've thought about trying them if I needed someone good with TDI's but not sure a VW Diesel would be high on their priority list looking at their website. Lately I've just been doing work myself (so when it's screwed up I at least know why and what I did).

Independent Auto in Phoenix used to be a shop several people on here took their cars to, but last I heard of someone using them was over 10 years ago. In my experience, mechanics roll over at shops like that so I'd do some investigating.

Wish someone could offer some feedback on other shops. I know the owner of Dana Bros Diesel and Auto repair in Mesa, and they have stellar reviews. They specialize in diesel, but more the big trucks. No idea if they are familiar with the intricacies of TDI's...
 

Vwkaferman

Well-known member
Joined
Jun 26, 2021
Location
Mesa, AZ
TDI
2003 Jetta Wagon
Yeah, I'm trying to figure out who's left too. Used to use Derek at Exklusive, he moved away, then moved back and was working for Autobahn. Did my timing belt a couple years ago and he was hands down the least expensive and I knew he knew what he was doing (that was my 2nd TB done by him, and I know several others that used him). Not sure if he's still there. He went through a bunch of crap on this board a while back, which was unfortunate that one incident (he was maybe partially to blame? Not sure...) undid more than a decade of awesome service. If I was him, I would have left the industry but for all I know he's still working there.

Someone else mentioned AZ Euros in Mesa, but I don't know much about them. Looks like the specialize more in selling expensive European cars but they do service them too. They got their name as one of the only shops that can import non-US cars in AZ. I've thought about trying them if I needed someone good with TDI's but not sure a VW Diesel would be high on their priority list looking at their website. Lately I've just been doing work myself (so when it's screwed up I at least know why and what I did).

Independent Auto in Phoenix used to be a shop several people on here took their cars to, but last I heard of someone using them was over 10 years ago. In my experience, mechanics roll over at shops like that so I'd do some investigating.

Wish someone could offer some feedback on other shops. I know the owner of Dana Bros Diesel and Auto repair in Mesa, and they have stellar reviews. They specialize in diesel, but more the big trucks. No idea if they are familiar with the intricacies of TDI's...

Wow thanks so much, really appreciate the leads. Would be awesome if there was someone in Mesa. Thanks for the big truck comments too, although not a big truck, I do have a ‘93 Cummins 5speed. It’s turned up a bit (competition pump, waiting to install injectors and turbo and a F250 fmic.

Thanks again!
 

Drewser

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 19, 2002
Location
Mesa, AZ USA
TDI
'04 Jetta TDI Wagon, '04 Passat TDI, several in past
Wow thanks so much, really appreciate the leads. Would be awesome if there was someone in Mesa. Thanks for the big truck comments too, although not a big truck, I do have a ‘93 Cummins 5speed. It’s turned up a bit (competition pump, waiting to install injectors and turbo and a F250 fmic.

Thanks again!
Yeah, for your truck, I've heard nothing but good things about Dana Bros. They are, however, a full-size shop with full size shop rates (~$140/hr? Maybe less...). So not the cheapest, but their reputation is stellar.

If you use one of those mentioned or try somewhere new, post here or over in the Southwest sub-forum with your experience.
 

Tirefriar

Active member
Joined
Jul 15, 2021
Location
WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CA
TDI
2003
Wanted to see if Wild Rose Motors in Whittier is still the place to go to, or if there is anything closer to San Fernando Valley/Conejo Valley/Ventura offering similar quality.
 

timoty

New member
Joined
Aug 18, 2021
Location
Toronto
TDI
jetta 2003 wagon
Any trusted TDi experts in scarbrough (toronto area) canada, I just moved here and Im in hunt for new expert. I contacted Wingnut but no reply yet so Im not sure if he still working on VW. thanks
 

tikal

Veteran Member
Joined
Apr 18, 2001
Location
Southeast Texas
TDI
2004 Passat Wagon (chainless + 5 MT + GDE tune)
It should be noted that Digi Sport Performance in Denton, Tx. Is no longer around, and has since become Pierce Family Auto. They are still a Tdi shop, but different owner ( I believe a previous mechanic of the original owner).
This is correct. I still go since Robbie left Austin around 2017 time frame and he gave me the referral to Brian's shop in Denton, TX. I am a very satisfied customer with Digi Sport Performance and now Pierce Family Auto.
 

jokila

Vendor
Joined
Dec 3, 2004
Location
Houston, Texas
TDI
2003 Jetta GLS, Manual
This is correct. I still go since Robbie left Austin around 2017 time frame and he gave me the referral to Brian's shop in Denton, TX. I am a very satisfied customer with Digi Sport Performance and now Pierce Family Auto.
I am in the Houston area for timing belt service. I have traveled to San Antonio and Austin a couple of times for that.
 
Joined
Feb 4, 2020
Location
NYC
TDI
2014 Beetle TDI w/ Premium Package
Hey guys -- any first hand recommendations for New Jersey, close to Jersey City/NYC? I know there are a couple of recommendations in the shared document still, but I'd like to hear of some actual first hand experiences or recommendations for places that are not on the list. Thanks!
 

TornadoRed

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 3, 2003
Location
Saint Paul (ex-San Diego)
TDI
2003 Golf GL 5-spd, red; 2003 Golf GLS 5-spd, indigo blue; 2003 Jetta TDI wagon, Candy White
Hey guys -- any first hand recommendations for New Jersey, close to Jersey City/NYC? I know there are a couple of recommendations in the shared document still, but I'd like to hear of some actual first hand experiences or recommendations for places that are not on the list. Thanks!
I haven't heard anything recently from or about the names on the list, but they were all well-regarded in the past.

The guy running this shop is a TDI Club member and a registered vendor. He seems okay but of course I don't know him personally.
https://www.fourringsrepair.com/new-jersey/ja-autowerks-shrewsbury-nj

https://forums.tdiclub.com/index.ph...little-shop-in-central-nj.270633/post-5557365
 

SnowFarmer

New member
Joined
May 27, 2019
Location
Corona CA
TDI
MK6
VAG Mobile Mechanic (TDI specialist)
Artesia, CA 90701 (60 miles radius work zone)
(562) 922-5247
Yelp Page - https://www.yelp.com/biz/vag-mobile-mechanic-artesia

VW Dealership mechanic in Europe , and i have done a lot of swaps too ,one of them its mine MK2 Golf with BLT swap and DRW 6 speed transmission swap
Hi, I would like to vouch for Fred. I know I only have a couple posts here, but I got hosed by the Dealer (Ontario VW) and spent a bunch of money there and still needed to replace the Timing Belt. I was looking around for a Tech that was local to me and I came across this thread. I spoke with Fred, he made time to come to my house and got the Timing Belt replaced in no time at all. He even cleaned any mess that was caused. Took the car out for a test drive, shook my hand an was gone. It was affordable and solid work. For the LA Area and even Riverside (where I am located) I will use him for more work on the car and the wifes BMW.

Additionally, ECS Tuning https://www.ecstuning.com/ Had much nicer parts than I had found locally.

Overall. I started out frustrated, now I am happy that my little car is better again.
 
Joined
Feb 4, 2020
Location
NYC
TDI
2014 Beetle TDI w/ Premium Package
I haven't heard anything recently from or about the names on the list, but they were all well-regarded in the past.

The guy running this shop is a TDI Club member and a registered vendor. He seems okay but of course I don't know him personally.
https://www.fourringsrepair.com/new-jersey/ja-autowerks-shrewsbury-nj

https://forums.tdiclub.com/index.ph...little-shop-in-central-nj.270633/post-5557365
I like that recommendation -- that shop is about an hour away from me, but since they say they provide free loaner cars, I am hooked. I'll book my next appointment with them -- thank you for the response!
 

TornadoRed

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Aug 3, 2003
Location
Saint Paul (ex-San Diego)
TDI
2003 Golf GL 5-spd, red; 2003 Golf GLS 5-spd, indigo blue; 2003 Jetta TDI wagon, Candy White
I like that recommendation -- that shop is about an hour away from me, but since they say they provide free loaner cars, I am hooked. I'll book my next appointment with them -- thank you for the response!
Provide a review afterward, please.
 
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