We offer a "Home Safety Assessment" to identify the safety concerns that exist within the home. Wish I'd found this site earlier to warn you, these guys are incompent at best and that's being most kind. There are also a couple of short films that highlight our work here: Little Tigers, a Calgary childproofing company, has been making homes safe for 15 years. Ed is very honest, his work is always top notch and considerably cheaper than the other shops here in Vancouver.
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I was stuck with a blown main oil seal on my way North. He towed my van over miles and removed and fixed the engine while I continued in a rented car. Great service, nice guy and very reasonable rates can't say more!
An enormously helpful guy. We were driving through en route to California with a wonky cooling issue with our Vanagon. Axel took time to discuss the problem with us and recommend a solution, all gratis.
On a related note, his shop is exceptionally clan and well organized. What a treat to find a guy who is both warm and professional. Found this site on the web and while traveling with my Westie through BC on a little road trip. My alternator was failing and I called up Alex and just as described above, he was a friendly, wonderful man who had the part in stock. I drove down to Kamloops and was in and out in just over an hour. Very reasonable prices, an honest guy who really know VWs.
I highly recommend Alex and his guys. This is the most amazing mechanic shop I have ever used. I have a somewhat ancient diesel VW that requires a lot of attention, and I won't take it to anyone else. Even when I moved away from Kamloops for a couple of years, I used to wait until I had a business trip in the area to get my car serviced there.
They often use used parts which makes the bill at the end of the day a lot easier on the wallet , and are always ethical about their time charged to fix your car. You will never find any extra charges for anything with these guys.
In addition to amazing service, Axel himself is the most delightful man I've run into. He's funny, and knows absolutely everything there is to know about any Volkswagen. He can make you laugh about whatever's wrong with your car with his high-pitched German accent.
You want to give him a big hug when you get your car back. I highly recommend these guys. I was traveling and I was in a bind, my CV started failing and I'd already driven miles on it.
No one would work on my Van. I finally found this place and he said he would fix it in one day working overtime if neccessary to get me back on the road. He fixed the CV, lubed the other three and had me back on the road in hours. Lost my cluch comming from Banff. Call them in the morning ang I was able to continue my travel by the end of the day.
They change the slave master cylinder of the cluch, I also ask them to change my oil as they had the good type of filter on hands. Used these guys for my TDi Golf - wasn't sure cause of going into a 'limp like mode' on the Coquihalla They also had two Vanagons in their shop while we were there.
I heard them mention they don't work on Air Cooled Their customer service is exemplary! They provided free shuttles if we wanted them too which I found a nice feature and they also squeezed us in on an already fully booked Monday morning early so we could hit the road asap.
Their charges were very fair and they did a complete complimentary scan of the drive ability of the Golf prior to our departure knowing we were going to go elsewhere for repairs. We live on the Sunshine Coast and I will recommend these guys to anyone heading over the Coquihalla or in the Okanagan region.
I was disappointed that they don't work on air-cooled Vanagons. Average Recommended Report Date: Just a quick update from my last post of a year ago Restoring my Syncro i have needed a shop to help me with the items that were beyond my abilities, These guys have always been top notch, both in service and price Guys seem really good, Work done was as per quote although it took them longer than they expected.
So far work is top notch. Upon having a sudden reduction of power through the Okanagan in my '72 Riviera, we made it to Maple Ridge, and stopped by Gordon's, who recommended Duane highly. Great reviews on the web of both the man, and the garage, which has serviced many a vee-dub, buggy, and race car. Duane said he couldn't take on more work until after Canada day, but still we showed up I had no faith in the place I first took the poor van , and thought at the very least, the guy could offer a hint.
He noticed a problem right away, and realized we had run a while with the linkage popped off, only on one carb! Through several attempts, we realized that this was because the left carb was not functioning, because part of the throat was preventing the carb throttle lever from moving.
Duane, being an accommodating guy, and an absolute pro at diagnosing the problem, allowed me to do some work in his garage driveway, on his instructions to take out the carb and fix it while he was taking care of his scheduled work. I can't say enough great things about this easy going guy and his great knowledge of these fun vehicles. He saved our butts!! I WILL be back to pay his shop a visit with more business!! Thanks Duane for your honesty and help with our baja.
It is nice to see there is people out there that are willing to do a great job aswell as provide great customer service at a very fair price. I will definatly be sending my family and friends Shop Rating: I have had my vehicle repaired at Duane's a few times now and each time I am impressed.
He is honest, does good work and his rates are fair and clear to understand. This shop has a great vibe - very laid back yet very serious about cars! I found Duane through this site and was impressed with the reviews, so much so, I wanted to add my own. Got my car right in the next morning after I found a puddle of coolant on my driveway. Diagnosed the problem within minutes and took me in to the shop to show me exactly what was wrong.
Fixed a few smaller problems along the way, including spotting a burnt-out brake light, and replacing a cosmetic part that he just happened to have a spare for. Car back within 24 hours.
Did not try to sell me anything I didn't need! Reasonable rates, and the total bill actually came out to be lower that the original estimate.
I really felt like I had been taken care of, and that me and my car were in excellent hands. My experience at duanes volkswagon shop was awesome, him and his staff were very kind. Diagnosed the problem with my vehicle right away. I definitly feel like i got my moneys worth for the work he did. Have had no problems since! We were traveling from Quebec to Vancouver when trouble hapened. Duane received us the same day. Precise diagnosis, excellent job,reasonable price.
Professional, honest and very nice. Duane and Lou are great guys with lots of knowledge about all VW's and more. Duane is an honest, knowledgable guy that has been working on VW's since he was a kid.
He does it all, even the timing belt on my Subaru this week and the one on my Subaru powered Syncro pretty soon. Duane was not only kind enough to tow my vehicle, but he was also very quick in determining the problem with it, and making the repairs.
His rates are very reasonable in comparison to other shops and the VW Dealship, and this repair shop will continue to be the place I take my VW when an issue arises. Duane was great, he did an inspection on a hopeful new purchase and was completely honest about every problem that was brought up. Walked me through everything, and in the end saved me from buying a pile of junk. They're a great shop! Always good work at very reasonable rates. Very knowledgeable with Syncro vans and other VWs.
They have a flat deck tow truck and can pick-up and drop of vehicles. Super friendly and helpful. They have worked on my fleet of Syncro's and are very good a sourcing used and new parts as well. Found this great family run business. Out in the country but worth the drive. I bought a Eurovan Westfalia imported from Japan.
Being a 20 year old vehicle, I wanted to make sure all maintainence was up to date all invoices in Japanese. I had oil, lube and filter, install of new furnace thermostat, a solar charging system, a new timing belt, and a general check of all systems. I received a phone call that the timing belt had been done and all systems were fine. I was one happy owner!
A very honest and friendly business. This is my new go to mechanic. On our way to Tofino from the San Juans pulling a teardrop trailer with an '88 1. Knocking coming from drive train. Self-diagnosed as CV joint. Found Bavarian Imports via Road Haus website. Made early appt for next morning with Clint. He flew part in that evening.
On the road again within 1 hr 15 minutes. Decided we needed 2nd CV joint replaced. In the shop's defense I said the first issue was the right side and they could only get one CV joint overnighted. Called on the way back from Port Alberni to let them know we were coming. Moved a car off the lift to accommodate us and this time in and out in 45 min.
Very professional, Clint, service manager and Jeff, lead mechanic are the co-owners. Went out of their way to assist a couple of stranded Americans. We are forever grateful. Took our Jetta for a brake job before a long roadtrip. New brakes seemed to perform fine and we were happy with the work per se. However, we picked our car up after hours paid during the day and went to get it in the evening and it had picked up a nail in their gravel lot so our left rear tire was almost flat.
Had to delay our ferry in order to get a tire repair done the next day. They also left their seat protector blanket in the car, covered in grease and dirt, and they don't clean your car for you. Which I know has no bearing on the repair work, but it was kind of dissappointing when compared to some other shops I've been to. Just to need one more happy review to the list. Can't say more than I'm one more happy motorist!
I have been restoring aircooled VWs for over 25 years and for the past 5 years Barvarian Import Auto Repairs has been sending there customers that need rust repair and body work to my shop here in Duncan Islandaircooled Restorations ,when it comes to mechanical work for your beloved Volkswagen of any year and model these are the guys you want,every customer they have sent my way for restoration repairs speak very highly of the workmanship and the honesty at there shop and in return I send anyone looking for mechanical repairs up to them in Nanaimo,in a world where its hard to trust anyone working on your car these guys are the best.
No matter what the make, all work was done with care and attention to detail and cost. Have not changed shops since first visit. My daughter was driving her VW at night and the engine suddenly died! Thankfully she was not on a busy road. I had it towed to Bavarian as I had previously had my Jetta serviced there for many years with excellent service outcomes.
Well, they came through again, making time in their busy day to look at and repair her car. They even give discounts to seniors and students! Thank you Harry and all the guys at Bavarian! My throttle cable snapped on the way to the ferry and was towed here. I was very greatful to all the great guys here, they didn't have the right cable but were able to find one that worked and got my family home safely.
These guys are amazing. They have excellent customer service. Do a great job and are very reasonably priced. As a woman it is so important to have a mechanic that you can trust, like the guys at Bavarian! I would recommend them to any VW owner and, for that matter, any car make. They are trustworthy, reliable, affordable as much as VWs can be!
I've been taking my vehicles to their shop for over a decade and it's always been a good experience. I have had my westfalia worked on by the guys for the past years. Great Serivce Shop Rating: Good knowledge and good service, ex. Very knowledgeable, and went out of their way to accommodate me with a failing Eurovan clutch.
They fit me in quickly did excellent work at a good price. Bill helped us when we were "down. Well Bill explained to us why due to the bus issues, and it revealed the owners character In the long run it was a "gong show' and obvious the guy just wanted to get rid of it, all the while talking it up a little too much in my opinion while making the sale.
Also raised the price last minute and let on his wife put it online for too cheap. Whatever, that's past so onto the good news Bill helped get it back on track. He picked us up at greyhound when we came over from the mainland to get our van, oh not to mention he arranged the tow and new motor payments as well, without even meeting us except via phone conversations.
He hooked us up with everyone in Parksville we needed to get the van registered, etc. Serious structural problems with the frame, this guy got the van passed illegally somehow as he brought it in from out of province. Unfortunately we did not know the history of the van, however, we have rescued it and now it is running and wiring is great.
Also recommended good contacts on the mainland, since we weren't from the island. All we can say is thank goodness for Bill! Changed a clutch for me, good work, great price bucks Shop Rating: Excellent folks, excellent service. Have been looking after my VW Van since I put it on the road, and have managed to make it a daily driver for me on my very limited budget.
Thanks Bill, John you guys know your stuff. I met with the owner and explained that although I was on a very lean budget, we needed transportation we could depend on to do our daily errands. Bill traded us for our older vehicle which needed a lot of work for a 89 Jetta diesel. Apart from some minor fixes that came up and were attended to, this car is serving us very well. We just drove it to Saskatoon and back and only needed to replace the wiper motor. I consider the trade a good solution to our needs and I have no hesitation to take it to Bill and his very knowledgeable main mechanic, John, for fair and reliable service.
My wife and I had a break down and after a crazy tow to get there bill fixed our simple vacume hose problem on my 79 van, and charged us nothin. He also gave me a few tips on things i should look out for. Bill was really great I would go there anytime. I do not recommend!!!!! I asked them to have a look and diagnose a problem. I'd rather go up island to Courtenay where I know a couple solid mechanics. I was travelling on Vancouver Island with my wife and had a break down with my van. I know my v.
The owner was really busy and allowed me to work on my van to speed things up with his tools something that I don't see or hear of often and as I wasn't trying to be in his way. He took the time to help us out in so many ways that I still what to say thank you! This shop has a heart, he could of charged a good deal and I would of had to pay it. BUT he let us off as if it was pennies for the help and the repairs that he did. Thank you for the excellent service and work done. Good shop Shop Rating: After a phone call to check and make sure this shop seems alright, I had my 75 show bus towed on a flat deck to this shop.
Thought I would hear back from this guy in a day or two. After 1 week, I had to call to see if my baby was ready. To my amazement, they didn't even get started. I needed a clutch installed, and a provincial insepection. All Bill would say is another two days, and in two days, he'd say again, oh it'll be good to go in a couple days.
Needless to say, I was getting worried about what was going on. I got nothing but the runaround from this guy, and will never be back!! In the end, a job that would take 1 day to replace a clutch was over 40 days!!!! After flipping out on the phone to this guy, on the last day, I said I'm coming to get my bus and I'm not waiting 1 solitary more day!!
Absolute gong show this place was!! If you have all the time in the world, and don't care about quality, well then this place is for you!! Oh yeah, I'm having to adjust everything!
Was told by another shop that I needed my gas tank dropped not cheap as there was a gasoline leak. I have 85 Vanagon Wesffalia. Phoned these guys and they said they would lower tank it to inspect and then full tank up to inspect further.
They charged a very reasonable charge for this. This is a family business and these guys are straight up and honest as the day is long. They are getting all my work now. I highly recommend them. Been dealing there for years and wouldn't go anywhere else. Never once had to go back 'cause it wasn't done right the first time.
Fine work for a fair price always. I took my 92 Westy camper in to Beetle Spa last summer and have been back twice because I appreciated the straight up way the dealt with me and thorough repairs. Their estimates are also very accurate. The one time I had a complaint, the oversight was acknowledged and the charge was dropped by them on their own initiative. So honest, good service and accountable -- three stars for me. When we arrived in North Vancouver in we asked around for recommendations for a trustworthy VW mechanic for our 2 Jettas.
Our neighbour's son couldn't say enough good things about the Beetle Spa, so we bit the bullet I cannot recommend them enough to anyone who asks I had the Bettle Spa do a tune up on a Eurovan, Good customer service, dedicated to the issues, went an extra mile to solve the problems. The bill for the tune up was more like what you would expect for a Mercedes but the service was quite okay. I blew a coil pack on my jetta and even though they were busy they took me in right away and had me out the door in no time.
Thanks again for the great service guys Shop Rating: Just bought a used Jetta, engine light came on, they tested it fully, fixed a few minor issues, explained everything thoroughly. Didn't try to throw parts at me or anything, they know VW's and actually seem to care about their customers. I'm not from Canada but I have to say I've never quite experienced service like that from a mechanic.
I own a Westy. Our family has taken our VWs and vehicles to Beetle Spa for over ten years. Excellent service, consistency and quality work that is guaranteed. They certainly know their stuff and I wouldn't take my Westy anywhere else. This is a family-owned business. They do good work and are honest. Went today to see Willie , and sorry to say, He has retired. Thank you Willie, for keeping my Vanagon running for many years.
You are loved and appreciated. Fixed my Vanagon coolant leaking problem. Over the winter I developed another leak, drove in, fixed immediately , no charge. What a refreshing change to find, an honest reliable repair shop. One of the BEST you will find in Vancouver, needed a service during a holiday and he was kind enough to open just for me, Services all kinds of cars and very good with VW's!
Excellent mechanic - reliable, timely, and he is fair in his pricing - I always know where I stand with my car - and I feel completely confident in the options I am given - have been offered used parts where advisable I have an old car, but WB Motors has kept it running beyond its years.
I'm surprised there are not more reviews for this shop. I have taken my syncro to them many times and have always felt their service was great. With other shops I have had major issues with the work they did, but in the case of VanWonder I have not had even a minor complaint. I brought my beloved 86 vanagon to see John, and he found my problem right away, and got me back on the road.
I will be back to get all my servicing in the future. Ive taken my van and A6 to these guys for years. They have always done great work at a fair price and would recommend these guys to anyone. I was taking my vehicles to the dealer for years and had enough of paying high prices for the same work,Plus i can talk to the mechanics which is a huge plus, the dealer was always giving me the run around.
Phoned them last week and Steve told me he got rid off the tools to work on my Westfalia He did'nt know my problem before telling me. I'm sure, my problem did'nt required special tool.
Better go see Sundance Auto in Kolowna. I was recently in Penticton when one of my CV joints started clacking chaos. I desperately started researching who to see in the area for a repair.
I was directed to a VW repair shop in town who didn't have the manpower to help me but recommended Steve's shop as an alternative. Upon visiting Steve he gladly helped me out by ordering the part for overnight delivery from Vancouver.
The very next morning I dropped off my Vanagon and by noon was back on the road with a new axle unit. You'll get friendly and very knowledgeable service from Steve. Absolutely Best mechanic in Vancouver! Always good work at very reasonable rates And always too busy so you must be patience!!
It was with a heavy heart that we had to close our business after 23 years in operation. We simply could not find any mechanics that lived up to our expectations and had to fold up a successful business. Many Many thanks to our fabulous customers and the friends that we met who made coming to work very rewarding. I will miss you all and wish you the best. Gary Kuster, Montreal Quebec.
It is with extreme sadness that I post this report of the closing of German Motor Car. Gary Kuster, the mechanic end of the duo of Doug and Gary retired in June. Doug's intention was to keep the shop operating but he lost his only other factory trained mechanic and was unable to replace him. I have been taking my VWs here from Tsawwassen since I am so sad to lose such a trusted, honest, expert shop.
Best wishes Doug and Gary. We will miss you. Been taking my Eurovan Camper here since it ran out of warranty many years ago ,they have done all my needed services and repairs,all excelent! Its been really helpful to know that while Im traveling in the US and Mexico if I have a problem I can call them and get advice from Gary the mechanic or Doug. I cant reccomend these guys highly enough.
Thanks for the many years of great service German Motor Car. German M C is a great shop. They do excellent work; offer loaner cars; explain all options and don't push work that is not required. I've taken my TDI Jetta there for 5 years now and have always been very satisfied.
Have yet to have any service done - But I have received lot's of free advice and purchased parts from these guy's - On my second Vw a mk3 jetta and am looking at my next VW a Passat.. These good folks were THE main reason why my 79 Westy stayed running perfectly over the 13 years I owned it it's still running great, but with someone else. German Motor Car are simply the most honest, straight forward mechanics I have ever met, and extremely helpful not just at fixing things but at looking ahead -- realistically, and not just to create business -- in order to advise how to prioritize maintenance jobs on an older vehicle.
These guys are great. Went there for airfare tuning and they helped me out till it passed. They were very patient and helpful. I will defaintly go to these guys again. Excellent shop quality service,excellent mechanics,courtesy car, what more can you ask for. Gary and Doug are amazing! These guys are the most honest mechanics around.
They have helped me out countless times with my '67 Beetle. They are always patient, thorough, and accurate. Work is usually done in less time than estimated and the final bill is as quoted. Gary always takes care of the little details and doesn't overlook anything. I trust them completely and highly recommend this shop to any Beetle owner. Been coming to GMC for over 17years with my Westy.
Excellent service, reasonably prices and most of all, you are NOT banned to sit in a waiting area but allowed to watch every move the mechanic does on you car.
I have been bringing my van to this place for a number of years and have nothing but high praise for these guys. Their estimates are routinely way below quotes I have received at other garages. These guys are a dream come true. They are honest, fair and very reliable. They know VW Busses inside and out. They charge actual time not book time. This has resulted in huge savings.
I haven't brought my Porsche A Speeester replica to the shop, yet - but I definitely will very soon. After 25 years of off and on working on it, I took it for it's maiden voyage to get a wheel alignment. The idle was very high at around 2, RPM and heating up a bit on this rather hot day in the border line up back into Point Roberts, WA. Well, Jaun was behind me in the line up and followed to the gas station were I stopped to check it out and get some gas.
He came over and offered to adjust the idle on the spot! I'll update my experience after I have him sync the carbs and do a valve adjustment etc.
Our family owns a VW cabriolet and a Porsche turbo. After many years dealing with local dealerships someone recommended Juan's Auto Service. We were blown away by the integrity, knowledge and fair pricing of this people.
Ever since you get in the door you have a great feeling about this place. Can't recommend it enough. They work on all European cars and have a clean shop and the latest tools for diagnostics. Juan is a very honest and knowledgeable mechanic, prices are very fair and he's quick with service. He will go the extra mile to help you out if needed. He's very knowledgeable about classic Porsches. I had my Porsche cayenne turbo and they fixed in 6 hours, the parts available and they new exactly what the problem was.
Dealer give us a quote for almost double. I took my Porsche to get some service done and it was a great experience, very knowledgeble staff, very proffesional and fair priced. I was very impressed with the shops equipment.
I left very happy and my car has never run so beautifully. Excellent service Shop Rating: Juan is one of the most honest mechanics I've dealt with. Very knowledgable on aircooled engines. Let's you know every thing he is doing or going to do and will not proceed without your approval.
He hates to bandaid things so if you are looking for a quick Mickey Mouse fix then don't waste his time. Calm and courteous, I was in a jam when my van broke down on the way back from Tofino.
Nathan replaced the fuel tank and fuel pump in my westy and I was on my way again Shop Rating: Excellent work, knowledgeable guy, very reasonable rates. Traveling south thru the Okanagan and the battery light was coming on intermittently in our 88 Vanagon Westfalia. Tried to get help at a VW shop in Penticton to no avail "way to busy to even look" he did recommend Valley West so I have to thank him for that. It was just a worn out power regulator and he was able to find a good used one to pop in.
On our way again in about an hour. Thanks Dave and Valley West very much for your help. We own a Vanagon GL 89 that we bought in As another customer said, "we've got to find a way to clone Dave" mechanic as he is super competent, friendly, completely trustworthy and a joy to deal with. That goes with the rest of the staff working there.
If you live around the Okanagan or if you need some work done while passing through, it is the place to go to. Ditto to all the above. Great place and great service. Klaus and Dave have looked after our 90 Syncro Westy for over 2 years now with great service. They even helped out with some misc parts out of the wrecking yard for odds and ends that I want to do myself.
Klaus and all at Valley West have kept myself and both my children on the road competently and reasonably for 20 years. Everything here is what anybody would want in a repair shop. Anybody travelling in the Okanagan should have their contact information in the car. They have customers that travel hundreds of kilometres to get their work done here. We are now unfortunately living on the Island but would not hesitate to save any serious work for an excuse to go for a road trip.
My daughter who now lives in Victoria has discovered Lou's and is pretty happy to have found a shop that has the same scruples as ValleyWest. I just wanted to recommend these guys again because they did amazing work on "Bill" my '86 Bostig westy.
I was visiting my parents down south and was having clutch slippage. I had a clutched installed improperly elsewhere, but called these guys up and they said they could squeeze me in between appt's.
Van guy hugely knowledgeable checks it out, has a spare clutch sitting there so get it installed and notices my van is misfiring changes coil too. Bill is purring like a kitten. Thanks for all your help. Read other comment also. I was worried that it would be difficult to find someone that actually knew and love to work on it.
I phoned and was told they would fit me in around other appointments. I got the van towed to the shop, and within 10 mins, Dave the van guy was all over it. What a great guy. He check a few things, and decided my problem was probably a temp. They had one in stock and I was on my way within a couple of hours. The shop had many vans in for repair and lots in their bone yard. What a great place for VW owners. I highly reccomend Valley West if you are ever in the Okanagan.
I agree with Jake on this one. They've done great work keeping my 92 Eurovan camper roadworthy. I appreciate the straight talk that I didn't always get with my other shops. Not cheap, but you can be confident you'll get your money's worth.
They're not happy until you're happy. This is a great shop. They are a widely skilled bunch, like their boss, a German Diesel Mechanic. Their transmission guy is really experienced, their fuel injection guy teaches tradesmen in the evenings using a pegboard with a VW Digijet setup! I've seen 40 foot motor homes on their alignment rack and Early 's on the hoist, a Syncro Panel Van and a completely slammed 59 Chevy Station Wagon. I sent my Mom there to have her brakes done and Dan noticed the headlight bulb on the dash that I hadn't installed yet.
So he took off the bra and replaced the bulb, no charge! These people like cars a lot, and it shows. I recommend them without reservation. I have been very happy with Nutech Auto. They've looked after my van for some time and have always been fair.
They seem to have considerable experience with VW vans. A solid positive recommendation. Frankie has retired and shop is closed Shop Rating: Disappointed and mildly embarrassed since two other mechanics have seen the wiring work done at Autobahn and thought that I was responsible for the mess left behind after Autobahn.
Frankie obviously knows a lot however he did not perform or properly supervise the work done on my vehicle. The apprentices are not encouraged and morale was obviously poor. Being in the waiting area was awkward. Not a pleasant experience and it's cost me time and money to correct the results. Would be nice to see Frankie on a good day. If he was doing the work and chose to do it properly, I'd expect better value. It's simple, if you want to get your VW serviced or repaired by solid, honest guys who know what they're doing, go to Frankie at Autobahn.
I've brought my car here twice now for separate issues and both times were the best experiences I've ever had dealing with mechanics in 26 years of driving. Frankie takes the time to go over everything with you and will actually go out of his way to stop you spending money you don't need to spend. He gets the work done on time, is flexible and there are no surprises. Both times I went, it cost exactly what he said it would or less. I cannot recommend these guys highly enough. They are my "go to" from now on.
Frankie's service at Autobahn was excellent. He helped us chosing the right Eurovan, provided us with a lot of free advice, did some inspection on the Eurovan we brought him and helped us avoid bad the bad ones.
When asked to make a repair, he always takes a lot of time to review the case, explain everything and show us all the parts he is going to work on. He is looking for the best cost-effective repair we can have.
His son works with him, and it's a good team. I also called him several times along my cross-canada trip, and he offered me again some good -free- advice. Frankie has been taking excellent care of our '81 VW Vanagon. He always takes time to explain things, and goes the extra mile in making sure it it fixed right.
We had our AirCare repairs done there, and he even got his son who works in the shop with him to get it re-tested for us at no extra charge just to make sure it passed!
Note that the shop recently moved Sept 08 to Kingsway near King Edward. Just called to get a quote on a specific repair based on this site's reviews. I could not even get him to offer prices based on guesses on the month, like "if it was made in Jan, what would the price be? Frank was fantastic I took in my Cabrio that I brought up with me from the states. Being female I think we are always leary around mechanics.
The services was great and they were much cheaper than the estimate I recieved from the dealer - I won't be going any place else and highly recommend them. Taken our Golf there a few times.
Frank always takes the trouble to offer us the most cost-effective repair - he'll rebuild something rather than replace it when it makes sense to - and has saved us hundreds of dollars. Very thorough and professional. After unspeakably gruelling service unpleasantness at the dealer Clarkdale , Autobahn is like Volkswagen Heaven.
They were able to fix both the problems I was having for a great price. Also took care of a couple other little things for basically nothing. Frankie has been in the business for over 30 years. He consistently provides excellent service at fair prices. Frankie is the owner and head mechanic. He knows VW buses inside and out. His pricing is fair and he will move heaven and earth to get you on the road quickly.
Last year heading out to Buses by the Bridge we had a major problem and he had us on road in a few hours. He is close to centre of the city. He does all of my work and I am very happy. I like a man who loves his work! I have been bringing my Volkswagens to Blenheim Imports for years and years, even when they were located on West 4th. They have earned my trust and loyalty by keeping my cars in good repair and not charging exhorbitant prices.
Whatever car I have, I will continue to bring to Blenheim for as long as they are in business. It is reassuring to have a place to go that won't take advantage of a woman who doesn't know much about cars.
I took my VW Golf to this shop and was really ripped off. And he called me after he finished working on it. Then, inside the car was dirty from the dirt in the back of the shop. He did the same for more!!! I have been going to this shop for over 25 years. My Volvos and a Passat over the years have always been well looked after.
They are honest about what needs to be done, do it in a timely manner, and for a reasonable price. I have never had a cause to complain. Very pleased with the work.
The shop had been recommended to me by a fellow Volvo owner. This shop is excellent. Honest, trustworthy and reliable. We have been taking our Westy with km to Adria for 3 years now and I have been very satisfied with their work, the van is running very good. They know Vanagons and I have total confidence in bringing our camper van to them. Mark has no time to actually discuss the job that needs to be done. He rushes through conversations, is dimissive, he even gave me someone else's key, after I insisted it was not mine.
Avoid this shop, even if you brake down in front of it! I'm the original owner of a california born vw bus I brought to Mark for repairs. Brought in my '99 Golf due to engine light on. When I picked it up, the light was off and the car ran fine.
However, the engine light came back on a few days later. As soon as I had time, I brought the car back. I was charged again for another service. Shortly after, the light again came on. I went to Aircare and failed, not knowing that the light on alone would make you fail. I brought the car back again. They turned the light off and told me to go straight back to Aircare. I did, the car passed, and then the light came back on.
I never went back. Well this is a little hard to explain, I had broken off the threads to my passenger side wiper motor the bolt had rusted through and did not want to rip out my dash to replace. After going to shop they explained they could bore out and replace thread without going through trouble of removing everything which would save me a lot of money.
After going to pick up my ride, I was impressed with work done and I am real picking with who I let touch my westy. So I would recommend just be sure when quoted a price it is for everything not just labor. I don't know about the current crop of mechanics Adria has working for them now, but for my almost 20 years of service from them they were pretty good. All my repairs have been sound and haven't needed subsequent "correction". I'm pretty sure anway - it's possible I might have forgotten the odd slip up.
At any rate, I haven't gone to any other mechanics except on 1 or 2 occasions. But, over all these 25 years, I have felt very safe and happy that I found a repair shop that was honest - they have always explained things in detail to me and showed me the old parts so I could understand what was broken on the old part.
They haven't overcharged as far as I can tell , they haven't done stuff that didn't need doing I would probably have noticed this as they have been the only repair shop I'd been going to every single year , and everything they have done has stayed fixed. Mostly I have just gone every year for a tune-up, and nothing else has needed to be done. But when my van has needed major repairs, these guys at Adria have been pretty good. I have had my engine rebuilt by them a couple of times due to the water-cooled jacket leaking into the cylinders, and then later due to, I think the rings wearing out I forget exactly why, but I know the engine definitely wasn't working.
Both times I'm pretty sure nothing needed going back to have "corrected", and everything worked fine. I have also had my clutch replaced by them, and brake cylinders and lines, and other major components - I can't remember all the details, but it seems like everything worked properly for years afterward.
For many years, Adria had an autobody guy working for them, but I don't know if they still do. They have done a pretty good job on various body work on my VW van, and some of it was very extensive. I have had all my body work done by them. Most people think my VW van is newer than it is, because it looks in such great shape, and it is only Adria that has been repairing the inevitable rust.
My van had rusted 1 foot 30 cm into the middle of the drivers side, and Adria welded on a replacement piece of metal strut, as well as repairing the external siding panel. This was 10 or more years ago, and it still looks good. I have talked occasionally to Mark Rosa, and his father Toni Rosa, the owners of Adria Automotive, and they have said how they search diligently to find quality mechanics who can do good work and still meet customer's demands to have their cars ready very quickly.
Some mechanics are very good "detectives" at tracing down problems on older models of vehicles that have a lot of old parts that need repair. I'm not sure about Adria's mechanics, but they seemed to find most or all of things that needed repair on my VW van. For some stubborn problems, it may require going back a 2nd time, but this has only happened to me once, when I got married in I had just bought my 10 yr old VW van, I had only had it 2 months, and probably the previous owner had not maintained it very well, and I guess I was catching up on all the repairs that needed doing.
The engine kept hesitating, and I'd had it in to Adria the week before and I think they replaced a part not too expensive , but that still hadn't fixed it. So, on my way driving to my wedding! Can you fix it by tonight so we can leave for our honeymoon the next day? And after my wedding ceremony, I phoned Adria, and they had ordered a replacement part I think it was a circuit board for the computer controlled fuel injection couriered in by helicopter from Victoria!
No one is perfect, but Mark and his father Toni, and their mechanics are very earnest and they try very hard. The only reason I haven't gone to them the past year was I have had an illness, and I live in Kitsilano and I wasn't up to driving all the way to Fraser Street and East Broadway, where Adria is located.
So because of my illness, I had to chose another VW mechanic somewhere in Kitsilano, 4 blocks away. This is my local VW shop. Close by, open late and Saturday am, family run. Just what I want. But I can't recommend them. I had a dead motor inline4 motor in my Vanagon. I asked them to replace it with a used motor, like the one in it. First time I went to get it it didn't run.
When I took it home it simply wouldn't start the following day. OK so they replaced stuff, but I was a out a whole pile of time, worry and a lot more cash than the initial estimate. Not to mention the thumbprints on the engine lid, back door, drivers door I may just have had a bad experience.
Others may have way better experience I hope so. I called to bring in my VW Jetta for a timing belt water pump replacement they said would cost plus tax. Brought it in and when i came to pick it up the price was much higher and a couple weeks down the road a bearing started making noises. I was near another shop and they told me it was my tensioner bearing for my timing belt. Called Adria and asked if it was covered under warranty they said it wasn't because it wasn't changed.
Charged me for a timing belt kit but never changed the bearing. Avoid Recommended Report Date:
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