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MilanBrown79

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Any shop recommendations in Seattle?
« on: 06 March 2019, 03:58 PM »
Hi all, long time reader first time poster–hopefully this is the correct place to post this question.

I recently moved to Seattle from Portland and I'm having a hard time finding a shop that I trust as much as the one I had (shout out to MBI!). With as many old Mercs I see rolling around this town I figured there must be a shop or two in the area that specializes in them–or at least that works on them regularly. Oddly, "Strictly Mercedes", which happens to be about a mile from me, refused to even hear what I wanted to get done. Apparently business is booming for that a-hole.

Anyway, I like to do small things myself but I have a couple items on my to-do list that I'd rather the pros handle. I'm in NE Seattle and it's a '79 300SD. Thanks in advance for any recs!

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Re: Any shop recommendations in Seattle?
« Reply #1 on: 06 March 2019, 05:52 PM »
Welcome to the "House of fun":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GJ2X9SANsME

Or is that "House of Pain"...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhzpxjuwZy0

OK I'll stop now and show myself out...

See if you can PM member "Mattr" I think he is in Seattle.
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Re: Any shop recommendations in Seattle?
« Reply #2 on: 08 March 2019, 11:17 AM »
I am up here, but I don't have any shop recommendations... I haven't had anything major enough to warrant a shop, and since I'm getting a lift installed before the month's out, I'm hoping to not require one again for my 6.9.
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Re: Any shop recommendations in Seattle?
« Reply #3 on: 08 March 2019, 11:41 AM »
20 years ago I used Wim Goverde's that was in Renton, I see the business in now in Everett. May not be the same company.  Wim is dead now so who knows.
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Re: Any shop recommendations in Seattle?
« Reply #4 on: 08 March 2019, 01:00 PM »
Benzworld has a section for Benz shop recommendations, but the WA chapter seems very dead.  Other than the shop you mentioned, there is another called "Benz Friendz" but they might have closed down since.

I have found that most shops, even older indy shops are very hesitant to get anything older than 10 - 15 years into their shop.  In a way I can understand it, they want to turn around jobs quick and keep their techs busy.  If you have to spend 4 hours to get a stripped bolt off due to rust, then that is time cutting into their other quick jobs like oil changes and such.  Not defending crappy attitudes of course, and I feel your pain, as up here in Canada support is VERY limited, thus I have had to do all jobs myself for the most part.  Learnt a ton, but also really hate spending hours on rusted fast components >:(

Maybe reach out to Kent @ Mercedessource.  He does not work on customer cars as far as I know, as he mostly focuses on his youtube gig seems like, but they might give you a good lead on an indy shop, seeing as he is in Bellingham.
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Re: Any shop recommendations in Seattle?
« Reply #5 on: 08 March 2019, 10:31 PM »
Wow, I used to live in the Seattle area and drove a Milan Brown 1979 300SD! I heard good things about Benz Friends in Burien--164 SW 153rd St, Burien, WA 98166 (206) 762-7691 (I actually bought my fintail station wagon from them). Mercedes Auto Service in Lakewood has a good reputation as well--11115 34th Ave S, Lakewood, WA 98499 (253) 584-7370. Also, the last I heard, Phil Smart Mercedes-Benz of Seattle likes to work on the old cars--2025 Airport Way S, Seattle, WA 98134 (206) 467-9999.
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