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  1. how to find a great VW independent mechanic

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My mechanic directed me to the dealerships since he can't figure out why all the codes come up, more than 6. Initially I took it in for misfiring codes. Anyone know a good independent VW mechanic in the Baltimore/DC area? Thanks,
  2. Looking for good independent mechanic in Albany or Troy NY area

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I'm looking for personal recommendations for one or more good independent VW Passat mechanic in the Albany and/or Troy NY area. Someone who has worked on these cars for years and knows the nuisances of the car. Thanks
  3. need a vw independent shop...tampa bay/St.petersburg,florida

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Ok.. i have tried and tried to get my fuel schrader valve off to remove my hpfp and replace my cam follower.. it will not come out!! see "what a pita" thread.. i have purchased the cam follower a spare banjo bolt (yes i know i am lucky , i have one of those!!) i have even at great lengths...
  4. Air leak? Dealership v. independent mechanic

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hello all, Issue is with VW Passat 2005 1.8 engine w/turbo (forgive language, I'm still a car noob). It was having troubles, shaking in idle, engine light on and flashed for a few seconds then has been on steadily. It also sputtered and was making a hissing noise under the hood like air...
  5. Excellent Independent VW/Audi Mechanic in Greater Portland, Maine Area

    Dealerships and Service
    I am lucky enough to have found a good independent VW mechanic close to home. John Pastore runs European Engineering Automotives (E2A) in South Windham, Maine. John is an ASE Certified Technician, and has worked many years in the service department of a VW dealership. As well as replacing a...
  6. Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio

    Dealerships and Service
    Does anyone have experience with shops in this area? I am not local. Especially looking for solid independent where I can build a relationship. Thanks.
  7. Hartford, CT Independent Shop Recommendations?

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    My 2000 Passat wagon 2.8L V-6 has a leaky water pump and also due for a timing belt. I don't care to tackle this challenge myself as I've run out of patience with this car. I've got a couple local independent shops near Hartford, Connecticut, in mind for doing the repairs (Bill's Automotive...
  8. Good independent mechanic - Norwood, MA

    Dealerships and Service
    I am new to VW having just purchased a CPO 2008 Passat. I am looking for a good independent mechanic / shop in the Norwood, MA area. Would like to avoid the dealer if possible.
  9. Any VW independent mechanics in Rochester NY

    USA - East
    Hello I am trying to pass inspection this year with my 2000 Passat v6, stick, 106000 miles. The check engine light was on, I reset it by unplugging the battery and drove it for 25 miles to see if it reappears, it did not. I will keep doing laps of the parking lot in the coming days to see if...
  10. Independent Repair Shops? - Northeast (MA)

    Volkswagen Passat B6 Discussion
    Any body from the Central Massachusetts area recommend a repair shop for their B6? I'm located in northern Worcester County. I'm just looking for a garage that can do work on my 2006 2.0T - general maint & other work (timing belt, etc) when the time comes. Any suggestions? Thanks!
  11. Fine Tuning Seattle (Independent Repairs)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I just thought that I would share my experiences with a reputable independent shop in Seattle, so that users would have an idea of the costs and times involved with some repairs that they might need. My car is a 2003 Passat 1.8T Wagon. It has 137,000 miles on it. It is stock and my wife puts...
  12. Independent on Long Island?

    Dealerships and Service
    Hi all, Looking for an independent on LI who can work on a W8. Thanks in advance.
  13. Des Moines - Central Iowa Independent Shops?

    Dealerships and Service
    My Passat is just over 70K miles now, so I'm starting to look around for where to get my timing belt replaced (including the usual misc items: rollers, idler, tensioner, waterpump, thermostat, timing belt, and accessory belts) For reference, I have a 2003 Passat (GL I think? The "base" model w/...
  14. Oil leak:looking for an independent vw mechanic around Norther IL

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I have an oil leak on 2001 V30 and live in Rockford and will drive to get if fix right.
  15. Good Independent Mechanic in Chicago? (Lakeview/Roscoe Village)

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    Hi, Any recommendations for a good independent VW shop in Chicago's North Side? We're new to the area (move from Philly) and are now in the Roscoe Village area. Our 99 Passat is with European American Motors at the moment to fix a massive oil leak from the oil cooler, but I'm being charged...
  16. Good independent mechanic in Seattle area?

    B5 Garage
    Carter VW quoted me just over $850 to replace the timing belt and related components (not water pump, however). I'm wondering if anyone has had a good experience with a local indy mechanic who is knowledgable and can tackle the t-belt job. Any input is more than welcome!
  17. Good Independent Shops in Savannah, GA?

    Dealerships and Service
    Can anyone recommend a good independent garage in the Savannah, GA area? I have absolutely no faith in the lone dealership here (Vaden VW). As recently as a few months ago, they tried to convince me that synthetic blend 5w-30 was just fine for my 1.8t :icon_eek:. Thanks.
  18. I am now an independent woman..lol

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    So I had a low light out on my car (drivers side) and was waiting patiently for someone to change it for me (ie Dad, Boyfriend), two weeks later it was still out and annoying the crap out of me, so I did a search, got directions...and yes...I changed it myself. Now you all may not think that it...
  19. Independent Mechanic Recommendation

    Volkswagen Passat B5 Discussion
    I want to put in another plug for Jose at Euro-Tech Motors (he just moved his shop from W. Los Angeles to Culver City.) I've been taking my 2000 B5 there for several years now, and have found Jose to be extremely competent, honest, and concientious. Euro-Tech Motors 14407 W. Washington Blvd...
  20. Need Independent Mechanic, Yardley Pa

    Dealerships and Service
    I am looking for a good independent VW mechanic near Yardley Pa, I am selling my Jetta and buying a 2003 w8 wagon and I need to get some prices on items for both cars.
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