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I need a new muffler (or tail pipe). Or both.

I've gone to A-1 Autoworks for a number of things. I never really felt like they were trying to fish for other things to fix, but I've read lots of reviews where people had terrible experiences. Times are lean and I don't need phantom issues with my car.

Does anyone have a trusted auto repair person in JC? I live in Paulus Hook, so it would be nice if it was downtown (so I could walk home from the drop off and walk to pick up). But I'm willing to go elsewhere if it means I can trust the shop.

Thanks!

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Holy shit this is perfect....my car got the engine light, and so I was looking for a place to have someone look at my ride. This is really helpful, thanks a lot gang!

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Brewster what is it doing? Transmissions almost never go bad anymore. Did you have it pumped out and refilled?

There is also Lucas Transmission -- I know, I know -- but their crazy products often really do work.

http://lucasoil.hodgsoncorp.com/slipping_transmission.htm

I had a 1999 Caravan I used as a work truck (without rear seats) for a number of years -- I foolishly got the transmission rebuilt when it was acting up (it would only do the 3rd gear - safety mode thing) -- my mechanic at the time talked me into rebuilding -- but it was really just the linkage being out of adjustment -- I only found this out after I had the transmission rebuilt -- because the problem continued. Have someone check your linkage - if you can't find anyone else I might ask Danny at Wrench Brothers ( Newark Ave & Brunswick) to take a look at the linkage.

I don't think I would ever rebuild a transmission again -- if it is that -- then maybe just move on!

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Re: B&B Moved - Any Other Downtown Mechanics You'd Recommend?
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We used to use B&B on Bright St but he moved. Does anyone know where? If not, we'd like to get a new mechanic but they need to be walkable from downtown (easily, e.g., not in the Heights, etc.)

A few mentioned Village on 4th and Brunswick and AM on 6th? These would be ideal, but wasn't sure if they were still recommended.

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Yes, A & M is still recommenced... I just had them replace my radiator, entire exhaust system and clean all the injectors. I have an Altima which doesn't do well with generic replacement parts and wanted only top of the lines parts that were a step down from the original factory parts. I bought most of my parts myself from RockAuto and had them install it.

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We used to use B&B on Bright St but he moved. Does anyone know where? If not, we'd like to get a new mechanic but they need to be walkable from downtown (easily, e.g., not in the Heights, etc.)

A few mentioned Village on 4th and Brunswick and AM on 6th? These would be ideal, but wasn't sure if they were still recommended.

Thanks!

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Re: Anyone know a good/honest auto mechanic in JC?
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For the last 20 years I have gone to George's Garage in Linden, and he recently went out of business.

I need a new muffler, engine flushed, shocks, and tire rotation--nothing too big, so any local recommendations would be appreciated.


A M AUTO REPAIR SHOP
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They replaced my entire exhaust and a new radiator. I've been using Al since the late 90's for the type of work you mentioned.

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For the last 20 years I have gone to George's Garage in Linden, and he recently went out of business.

I need a new muffler, engine flushed, shocks, and tire rotation--nothing too big, so any local recommendations would be appreciated.

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American Bodywork is great they were professional and 40% less expensive than other quotes. I recommend them!

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I'm looking for a GOOD auto body to pop out a rear quarter panel and repaint. I don't need a mechanic and no frame damage just a basic pop and paint job. Some numbnuts backed into me while gettign gas outside the Holland Tunnel.
2007 BMW so I need someone that is good at matching the paint.


American Body Work & Collision
487 Tonnele Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07307-4324
(201) 656-9533‎


This guys do all the body works for Hudson Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Metro Honda and a number of other Car Dealerships. I used them number of times as well and I'm satisfied.

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Honest guy who does good work.

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Can anyone recommend a dependable and affordable VW car maintenance/repair shop in Jersey City or Hoboken?

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My 2001 Honda Accord AC does not work, it actually broke on the hottest day of the year.

Does anyone know of a good place to go to get it checked out and fixed. I went to Firestone and they were charging $60 to look at the car but that didnt include fixing anything.

Let me know. It's quite hot sitting on leather seats in the summer without AC.

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I heard some good things from a couple of friends who go to a spot right next to Marciano's Gym 2 blocks away from the Newark Ave Fire Dept. Its like 1 1/2 blocks from the car wash.
A friend of mine had a noise in the engine, had some jerk from hoboken tell him he needed a new fuel pump and it turned out to be something that had just gotten loose in there and needed to be tightened. When the mechanic called him and told him the good news, my friend said he didn't want any money when he picked up the car!
Say what???????????

My friend was shocked and tells me he gave him $25 anyway!

If I had a used car, I would be going to him, LOL!



The name escapes me. I think it's A&J. It's on 6th street right before the exit to the car wash on the left hand side.

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Ray and Tom from NPR's Cartalk have a great website - you can read new care reviews, repair records, on and on. The site also has a MECHANIC area where you can search for a local mechanic and read reviews.

I've used Baja Vega in Hoboken and was very impressed with their honesty, service level, price, etc. You could do us all a favor and rate your mechanic after service.

A quick search of JC, 2 mile radius, no particular car make specified - listed the following results, good luck!

http://www.cartalk.com/ct/mechx/find.jsp

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Need A/C repair on 2004 Volvo. Any shop recommendations downtown JC? We already tried Avel and Pep boys before and they were NOT good.
Looking forward to recommendations!


Joe's Auto Electric
(201) 435-7035
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Jersey City, NJ 07302

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Need A/C repair on 2004 Volvo. Any shop recommendations downtown JC?

We already tried Avel and Pep boys before and they were NOT good.

Looking forward to recommendations!

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Hey,

Thanks for the tip, Howie helped me out, cleaned out my sunroof drains for $165 which seemed fair. Showed me what was wrong as well so I know what to look for if it happens again.

Thanks for the help!

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Hi Isaac Seals on windshields and auto glass might be a rather cheap fix -- you should talk to a glass guy first before you talk to an auto body shop -- maybe let Howie (owner of Central Auto glass) look at it and give you a price. Central Auto Seat Cover & Glass Company Inc. 3592 JFK Blvd. Jersey City NJ 07307 Phone(201) 656-9839
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I mostly only like places where I am talking to the mechanic -- I hate when there is a manager guy and the workers are hidden -- but it is funny, I only go to Sears Auto center for tires because they will rotate them for free for life and repair them/plug them for only $3-- if you ever get a nail. They also have locations open late and weekends in all states - so they are good if traveling -- they ave some good brands as well . I like the free parking at the mall here too.

Though next time I might try www.tirerack.com better and cheaper tires - they do some sort of drop-ship to a place on Communipaw.

In the same vain -- I also only go to Pepboys for batteries - again because they are everywhere and open late and on weekends - but I sometimes even put the batteries in myself so I don't have to wait.

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My regular mechanic doesn't do alignments. Anybody have experience with the Firestone on 139, or any other recommendations? I've very leery of Sears or Pepboys.

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146 Sterling Avenue
Jersey City, NJ 07305
(201) 332-2049

Small one man shop. Incredibly honest and capable.
He's been taking care of my car now for 7 years with no problems.

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not sure what area you're looking for, but these guys are great:

Summit Automotive Corporation
475 Pavonia Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07306-1309

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Planning on going and a 2-3 week road trip over the summer and want to get my car checked out thoroughly prior to. Anyone have experience with a good reliable mechanic in the area for this sort of thing?

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Firestone is ok; not great.

This place does a good job:

West Side Tire & Automotive‎

236 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305-1443

(201) 433-5123‎


Thanks. Naturally it's way down there! I used to use a mechanic on Culver, what a PITA getting back from there after dropping the car and then getting back there. I sometimes would take the bike and bike to the light rail and take it back downtown if I didn't feel like biking the whole way.

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Firestone is ok; not great.

This place does a good job:

West Side Tire & Automotive‎

236 West Side Avenue, Jersey City, NJ 07305-1443

(201) 433-5123‎

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My regular mechanic doesn't do alignments. Anybody have experience with the Firestone on 139, or any other recommendations? I've very leery of Sears or Pepboys.

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Any recommendations for a car mechanic for a BMW. Its 7+ years old.. so I don't want to go for the annual / 6 monthly checks to a dealer which ends up being too expensive.

Would prefer a trustworthy mechanic nearby who checks out the car, does the oil change, tune up.. and only recommends part changes when necessary rather than trying to build a higher bill...


Summit Auto... (Corner Chestnut and Pavonia)
475 Pavonia Ave
Jersey City, NJ 07306
(201) 659-5872

First rate mechanics, fair pricing, and the cleanest garage that I have ever seen.

Years ago, my Toyota Avalon was stolen and parts removed. The rear brakes and axle were damaged (idiots were doing donuts and hit a curb). In three days, my car was as good as new and it cost less than a 1000 dollars. The dealer quoted me 2800 for the same work.

Another poster mentioned Tune and Tire. My brother uses Tune and Tire on Communipaw and swears by them.

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I've used Tune & Tire on Communipaw, they have been honest and fair. If you are getting an oil change and want the on-board computer reset you may have to go back to the dealer, not many repair shops have the reset equipment to reset the on-board computer.

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Any recommendations for a car mechanic for a BMW. Its 7+ years old.. so I don't want to go for the annual / 6 monthly checks to a dealer which ends up being too expensive.

Would prefer a trustworthy mechanic nearby who checks out the car, does the oil change, tune up.. and only recommends part changes when necessary rather than trying to build a higher bill...

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Me and my father own a auto body shop. Dzauto 975 Garfield ave Jersey city. http://dzautosale.com/. He have been there for 14 years. I am sure he will give you great price and I guarantee his quality of work.

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How about Joseph Cabala at 70 Central Avenue?

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