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Post by shinny » 07/05/08 13:15

Given we have no specialist garage (such as Rogue or 3S) nearby, Jem (Honey) and I both figured it would be good to have some form of knowledge base of local garages used by members, so we could easily get recommendations and know who to avoid.

Please post additional information on this thread; one of the Regional Reps or I will consolidate the information down into a single list. (Once the information has been included in the list, your reply may be removed). No need for long stories - just a quick one liner explaining why they're good or bad - we can link to normal recommended / shamed threads if you want to say more. Contact details for good businesses are handy too :th:

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This section is for members who know their MR2 inside out, have helped out when needed etc.
Members listed in this section do not run MR2 related businesses and thus may not be able to take on work or reply rapidly to PMs.

Nath - Nath517, Swindon
Contact: via PM
Helped: Honey, SIFU
Did a full clutch change for Honey, at very short notice! Also has done a few V6 swaps.

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Official Toyota Group - Recommended:

Platinum Toyota, Bath
Contact: 01225 486200
Used by: Honey (and half of the OC)
Our very own local girl LisaC6317 is in the Service dept.

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Garages - Recommended:

Five Stokes Garage, Stoke Gifford, Bristol
Contact: 01179315684
Used by: Shinny
Owner used to have a mkII, and he rallys his own mkI Escort and Celica GT4.

Cheltenham Street Garage, Bath
Contact: 01225 427021
Used by: MR2Jay
Fast and reasonable - replaced clutch on mkII within 24hrs of first enquiry.

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Wheels and Tyres - Recommended:

Highview Service Station, Radstock
Contact: 01761 432 500 (Neil)
Used by: Honey
Great tyre fitters - very quick & cheap - Also Toyo dealer!!! Fitted me in with in 10mins of calling

Protyre, 27-31 Church Road, Lawrence Hill, Bristol, BS5 9JJ
Alloy wheels, tyres and laser alignment
Contact: 01179 540123 / http://www.protyre.co.uk/outletsdesc.aspx?id=11051
Used by: SIFU, Shinny
Helpful, knowledgable and genuinely nice guys. Cheaper than most companies.

Wheels and Tyres - Shamed:

Cabot Tyres, 25, Henry St, Totterdown, Bristol, Avon BS3 4UD
Contact: 0117 977 5793
Used by: Shinny
No torque wrench so over tightened my lugs. Didn't clean wheel before applying balancing weights so they fell off within 5 miles!

Bathwick Tyres, Radstock
Used by: Honey
Very rude - stupidly expensive - spoke down to me as I was female

Wheel Styles, Iron Acton, South Glos
Alloy wheel refurbishment
Used by: Shinny
Very slow, didn't answer phone or return answerphone messages.

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Exhausts - Recommended:

Infinity Exhausts, Unit 61 Beeches Ind Estate, Waverley Road, Yate, BS37 5QR
Custom Exhausts
Contact: 01454 273123 / http://www.infinity-exhausts.co.uk/
Used by: SIFU
Professional manner and good quality work.


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Air Conditioning - Recommended:

PAB Services, Shirehampton, Bristol
Contact: 0117 9823370 / 07967393830
Used by: Shinny
Best price on parts and labour I could find, picked up and returned car from my work

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Recommendations should be made based on work done to your MR2
Just because a garage can service a Ford Focus doesn't mean they'll do a good job on a two...
BUT, if they destroyed your run-about then we wanna know, so they don't get the chance to kill an MR2!
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Post by shinny » 14/08/08 13:32

Moved Cabot Tyres from recommended to shamed. Good price, but over tightened my lugs and my front wheels went out of balance within 5 miles of driving! :no:

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Post by dave5526 » 14/08/08 14:57

Great idea... all regions should have one of these threads :th: no specialists that I know of in the west midlands either.

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Post by lisac6317 » 08/10/08 9:19

Mr Shinn, can you move this up into the correct section please.

Recommended - Windscreens

National Mobile Windscreens in Bath.

Used by Lisac6317 & MattRoss1313. We use them at work for all our windscreen repairs/replacements, & they did a cracking deal on replacing Matt's windscreen for me. please note - the windscreen trim used is not a Toyota one, it's universal, but it actually looks loads better.

Speak to Brad Pace, the branch manager. He said that he's more than welcome to give OC discounts etc.

Tel - 01225 335335
4 Stable Yard, Windsor Bridge Road, Bath, BA2 3AY
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Post by MR2Jay » 08/10/08 9:26

Mr Shin.....

Another one for you

SWT (South West Tyres) in Clevedon. Supplied my alloy wheels at a great price fully fitted. Also, when it came to replacing tyres were the cheapest around by far. Also re set up the rear geometry free of charge as a favour.

Also do a mail order service through their website.

Contact Tel. 01275 337800

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Post by madmr2man » 08/10/08 10:07

Shinny,

Powerstation in Tewkesbury are great for pretty much everything.
They did a full fast road suspension setup on my car for what I thought was a bargain at £80. They always have time to talk through problems with customers and are very honest, if you don't need something doing, they will tell you.

http://www.powerstation.org.uk/
Contact 01684 296675

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Post by shinny » 08/10/08 10:24

Ooooh - looks like I've got a bit of editing to do! :yh:

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Post by lisac6317 » 15/10/08 10:39

Shinny can you move this up also, thanks :th:

Right, i have a couple of things to add about my workplace (Platinum Toyota in Bath).

1) Don't even bother coming here anymore for any work - over the last few months i have had a lot of staff changes in the workshop & now i don't have anyone decent on my team - believe me.

2) The parts dept however can still do their jobs & have offered to give any OC member discount of parts. Just mention your an OC member when you ring up & they will sort you out a good deal.

That is all :D
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Post by shinny » 15/10/08 11:05

Coolio - need to rmember once I get back to the hotel later this evening :th:


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Post by MR2Hassop » 11/02/09 12:03

just came across this post, touch wood i havent had to take my car for any repairs yet, but i do have a passenger front wing that needs replacing (i have one in my garage) so needs spraying/fitting. Can anyone recommend anywhere in the Bristol area. i notice above that five stokes garage is recommended, thats only down the road from me. but not sure if they do bodywork?

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Post by shinny » 11/02/09 22:11

I doubt they do bodywork, but you can always give them a ring and see. They might well have someone to recommend if they won't do it themselves - they put me onto the aircon people :th:

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Post by pd39 » 06/06/09 16:13

How about this place they done a FAB job on my 2

STAFFORD GARAGE
WoodLand Road
Clevedon
BS21 7QD

Tell 01275 872684 or Fax 01275 341121
his name is PJ.Moore
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