stories on shops and mechanics
This is a thread meant to share stories and experiences with repair shops
First off, I sympathize a bit with people that work on cars for a living. It is not an easy occupation day after day. A lot of cars have such small spaces to do the repair work.
On the other hand, it is not easy to trust them. They make plenty of mistakes.
I have not had to take my cars to shops much, but here are the stories I have:
- I took the MX6 for 60k service, timing belt, etc. When it was finished and I drove it for a day, it made such a racket I had to go back. I am pretty sure they did not put in the hydraulic tensioner properly. But they volunteered to redo it at no cost. It turned out fine.
- I took the MX6 to replace the front wheel bearings. After picking it up and driving it, it made an incredibly loud whining sound from both wheels. I had to take it back. They said the bearings were bad. Well, maybe one side could have been bad, but very doubtful two could be. I think they just hammered in the bearings themselves without the right equipment. They didn't offer any correction except a small discount on doing the job over.
- I took a Toyota Supra to a dealer for some basic repair. After I picked it up, two days later a major very expensive electrical component failed. I took it back and they didn't have any suggestion. I am almost 100% sure they switched out this electrical component when the car was at the shop. It had nothing to do with the repair work that was done. The service manager seemed very shady.
- I took the MX6 to a Midas shop for a basic inspection. They advised all the struts, all the brake rotors, and brake pads should be replaced for an estimate of $ 1500. Actually the only thing that is needed was front brake rotors.