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Old 09-02-2012, 11:40 PM
 
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Can anyone recommend a good and honest repair shop? I think my alternator is going bad. My headlights and a/c are going low for a second or two intermittently.
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Old 09-02-2012, 11:50 PM
 
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Can anyone recommend a good and honest repair shop? I think my alternator is going bad. My headlights and a/c are going low for a second or two intermittently.
go to Auto Zone and check it for free. Then you don't pay for the diagnosis right? If it is your alternator, maybe you can change it yourself on a day off. Its not that hard. On my truck, its harder to change the plugs then the alternator.
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Old 09-03-2012, 12:15 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Can anyone recommend a good and honest repair shop? I think my alternator is going bad. My headlights and a/c are going low for a second or two intermittently.
Where are you located, MudPuppy?

Also, what are the specifics of your vehicle (age, mileage as well as make and model)?

If you are not mechanically inclined with access to the proper tools, casually replacing parts such as the alternator is definitely not the best solution.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:01 AM
 
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I'm in South Tucson this week, maybe longer. My car is a 2003 Hyundai Elantra, about 160,000 miles.

I didn't know Auto Zone would check it. That's good to know.
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Old 09-03-2012, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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I'm in South Tucson this week, maybe longer. My car is a 2003 Hyundai Elantra, about 160,000 miles.

I didn't know Auto Zone would check it. That's good to know.
OUCH, TheMudPuppy, not much help for that area.

Over the last few years I have had very good luck with the Brake Max Shop on North Thornydale just off I-10 and Orange Grove near Costco when it comes to maintenance and repairs on my '86 CJ-7. Prior to finding them I must have hit at least a dozen shops that never seemed to make it.

Good Luck
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Old 09-03-2012, 02:15 AM
 
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Thanks, Bummer. I'll give them a try.
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Old 08-30-2014, 02:16 AM
 
Location: Florida
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These reviews are 2 years old now, so I could use an update. I need a good auto repair shop. I'm in NW Tucson just north of the Tucson Mall and W River Rd. I have a 2013 Kia Soul and I took it to Jim Click in that Auto Mall. I found him to be rather expensive, for nothing more than an oil change $45.00. I noticed all his service is rather high in cost. I don't understand why his service is more than I was paying in Massachusetts. Plus the service didn't seem to be as complete as my previous dealer. So I have decided to start going to a good Auto center in the area, and keep my receipts for work done to maintain my warranty. Any suggestions on good mechanics/auto repair shops in my area or nearby. Thanks.
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Old 08-30-2014, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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In spite of the age of my recommendation, JimRob . . . I live in the same general area as you and I am still taking my CJ-7 to Ryan at Brake Max (Orange Grove and Thornydale) and have yet to have any issues / problems.

On the flip side, at least as long as my Chevy SSR is under warranty, I'll continue to take it to Watson Chevrolet (also on the Auto Mall with Jim Click) which is extremely convenient for me. However, knock on wood, other than the premium price of service, I have not had any problems whatsoever with the quality of service or the professionalism of the service employees.

Others may disagree but saving a few bucks here and there may come back to bite you in the butt if there's an issue with warranty coverage down the road.

Good Luck.
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Old 08-30-2014, 11:55 AM
 
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In spite of the age of my recommendation, JimRob . . . I live in the same general area as you and I am still taking my CJ-7 to Ryan at Brake Max (Orange Grove and Thornydale) and have yet to have any issues / problems.

On the flip side, at least as long as my Chevy SSR is under warranty, I'll continue to take it to Watson Chevrolet (also on the Auto Mall with Jim Click) which is extremely convenient for me. However, knock on wood, other than the premium price of service, I have not had any problems whatsoever with the quality of service or the professionalism of the service employees.

Others may disagree but saving a few bucks here and there may come back to bite you in the butt if there's an issue with warranty coverage down the road.

Good Luck.
Thanks for the recommendation on Brake Max. I will keep them in mind. Don't you think pushing $50 for an oil change on a Kia at Click is way overpriced. I never paid more than $35 total in Massachusetts at the Kia Dealer there. Click didn't even top off fluids, which I thought all dealers did during an oil change. I just found it strange dealers change so much, from one region of the country to another. I must have had a good one in Massachusetts, because everytime I went in for service, the car was even washed after they serviced it. I got nothing from Click other than the big bill. Not a nice welcome to Tucson at least on the car end of things.

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Old 08-30-2014, 01:18 PM
 
Location: Southern Arizona
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Thanks for the recommendation on Brake Max. I will keep them in mind. Don't you think pushing $50 for an oil change on a Kia at Click is way overpriced. I never paid more than $35 total in Massachusetts at the Kia Dealer there. Click didn't even top off fluids, which I thought all dealers did during an oil change. I just found it strange dealers change so much, from one region of the country to another. I must have had a good one in Massachusetts, because everytime I went in for service, the car was even washed after they serviced it. I got nothing from Click other than the big bill. Not a nice welcome to Tucson at least on the car end of things.
Just for the record, JimRob . . . after more than 15 years in Tucson, I've yet to hear anything positive about any of the Jim Click dealerships / monopolies.

The 50 bucks would not bother me nearly as much as the poor / unfinished maintenance service. Also, how much could a quick Car Wash as a "Thank You For Your Business" gesture cost a large dealership . . . two bucks?

Maybe not quite as convenient but is there another KIA Dealer in town?
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