By: Matthew H.
German Dreams
Fantastic air-cooled VW spot! Traveling west in my '69 Beetle from ABQ to San Francisco I started to have some mysterious sputtering engine issues somewhere West of Kingman, AZ, but managed to get to Mojave, CA for an overnight stay at the also fantastic Mojave Desert Inn (see a separate review elsewhere/somewhere!). Initially I thought I got ahold of some bad gas back in Kingman, but after fueling up with 91 octane 20 miles down the road in Tehachapi, the problem was persisting and worsening. By the time I hit stop and go traffic in Bakersfield it was obvious I was going to need some help. So I Googled "air cooled vw" on my phone and German Dreams became my dream come true. I hobbled up and was warmly greeted by George and asked what was up. Explaining that I was long distance traveling and "in a bit of a pickle", I explained my issues, noting that I had done a mini-tune on the motor that very morning in Mojave (I typically do all of my own basic maintenance on the car but once in awhile I come across a problem that I just can't seem to nail down). I knew I had an intake/vacuum leak somewhere but was unable to figure out where exactly. George listened intently, wrote up a quick work order, and assured me they'd get to it ASAP and get me back on the road THAT DAY. Granted, one can't expect to just pull up and be tended to immediately, and after all, I'd just landed right at lunchtime. But George and the others were gracious hosts and we traded VW & dog stories for the odd hour or so that it took to take care of the business ahead of me and for "reinforcements" to return from lunch. Once George pulled the car in he *immediately* honed in on the offending part -> a loose electronic idle cut-off jet on the carburetor. I thought, "duh! why didnt I think to check that?!?!" (VW nerds will know what I mean). And beyond that -> he gladly tutored me on the basics of tuning my particular carburetor (the relatively obscure, single model year/US only Solex 30 PICT-3, for which I have found NO decent reference material online - and aside from simple, one-screw idle adjustments I have done zero work on that carb for 20 odd years). So not only did I receive same-day, timely service - I also got a great lesson in some basic maintenance that was heretofore missing from my mechanical vocabulary. Furthermore, I was not handed a laundry list of parts that I didn't need - just a carb/intake manifold gasket). I was back on the road and eating In 'N Out for lunch within 2 hours and only 50 odd dollars poorer for the experience. The car ran GREAT and with GUSTO all the way back to San Francisco. So here is my shout of praise far and wide for all to hear that German Dreams is THE place to go if you own a VW. I will most definitely return even if only to say hello if I'm passing through (a Westfalia Vanagon w/ Subaru conversion is in the works as we speak.) FOREVER thankful that a VW/Porsche centric shop of this caliber and kindness exists in the world!!! THANK YOU!
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By: meulemangirga
I would never go back to this particular store because of the treatment I received from the manager when I needed to return/replace a defective article. I had all of the paperwork and yet he would not come out and look at the defective mdse on my car, nor would he agree to replacing it., He and the girl working with him seemed very unhappy, and I thought maybe because it was July 4th and they were upset that they had to work. Regardless, he said I waited too long and when I explained I was in the hospital he said that was no excuse and gave a personal tale of woe of his own. I felt humiliated, and left the store. As I pulled out of the lot he came chasing after me; for what, I don't know, but his attitude was so frightening to me I did not ever want to go there again. His two young male coworkers who sold me the items were exceptional, helping me buy what I needed. Sadly, the manager needs better skills to work with the public.. I only wanted what I paid for..nothing more, nothing less. Instead, I got insulted.The district manager has called me and apologized, saying this was not normal behavior for this manager. Perhaps a bad day for him,but I don't expect that from any store I patronize.
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By: Rudy E.
G.G. Mobile Mechanic
Realest mobile mechanic IN TOWN they stick to what they say as in time and place and good people BTW. Willing to work with you on prices and doesn't matter time or day Unlike Jesse mobile repair telling me 800 dollars to fix something and he didn't even take the chance to look at, threw a high expensive price for nothing. Told me he would be here wed never showed told me Thursday he would be here in the morning never showed or answered my call very unprofessional he text me he was out of town I dnt recommend him and dnt recommend to go off his reviews they sound good tho but my experience there not true.... I highly recommend G-G AUTOMOTIVE MOBILE REPAIR HONEST HUMBLE GUYS THAT GET THAT JOB DONE RIGHT AND FIXED MY CAR WITH ALL BRAND NEW SPARK PLUGS AND GROMETS AND VALVE COVER GASKETS AND NEW FILTERS FOR 260 PARTS AND LABOR INCLUDED CAR RUNS A-1. JESSE MOBILE REPAIR ESTIMATED ME AT 800 AND NEVER SHOWS UP OR DOES WHAT HE TELLS YOU WHAT HES GONNA DO THANKYOU G-G 24 HOUR MOBILE REPAIR.
By: Cam L.
Tony's Auto Repair
We passed through Bakersfield on Saturday, 12-24-2011. About 10 miles outside of town, our battery light came on and the car died shortly after. After calling multiple repair shops, Tony was the only one still working, or at least the only one who agreed to help. He was working on his brother in-laws brakes, and was actually closed. Based on the description of our problem, he ordered a battery and alternator from the parts store. They dropped them off and were leaving just as we arrived in the tow truck. We were traveling from Oregon to see family in Palmdale. If he had not fixed our car, we would have spent Christmas Eve and Christmas day in a hotel in Bakersfield. He charged a normal fair price, and got us back on the road quickly. He even gave our 3 children a gift of chocolate covered cherries.I was reminded of this event because we are selling our Suburban. I found the receipt when I was cleaning out the glove box. I appreciate his honesty, integrity, and Christian good will.
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By: Pj B.
G.G. Mobile Mechanic
Total Pros! LADIES. If you need car work done, and you don't know who to trust, CALL THESE GUYS! Honest, trustworthy, knowledgeable and pleasant indeed. They arrived when they said they would. Their service was right on the money. And they were very affordable. This is a family run business and they have a lot to lose. I asked if they could find the reason my "Check Engine" light was on after they had finished my original work. He dug in and in five minutes, without the computer, he had the problem diagnosed and was off to get the necessary parts. He returned shortly thereafter and fixed the problem easy peasy. These guys are that GOOD. This comment is totally unsolicited. I've wrenched cars and trucks and farm equipment my whole life and I'm just that impressed. These are your guys!They are going to be doing a lot more work on my vehicles! P.S. If you've got a problem with these guys, I might suggest you check yourself. It's probably you who has the problem.
By: tjformayor
Big O Tires
At this location, they really do treat you like family. They go the extra mile and I'm so impressed that I just have to leave some positive reviews. They are not crooks I know this because I went in for a minor service & tire leak repair, it took a little longer than I expected but then they blew my mind and didn't even charge me!!! I'm starting to wonder if it was a mistake (if so sorry Big O you have my info, but now you've earned my loyalty and a positive review here and on yelp, I will never go anywhere else) A family member recommended that I go to the Big O on coffee because they had also have had great experiences there. Thank you so much :) I hope I don't get anyone in trouble from the big bosses in corporate. Just know that the family treatment I've received at this location, has made me a hardcore repeat customer that will recommend this place to everyone I know!
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By: Emilio E.
G.G. Mobile Mechanic
Gg mobile is very reliable and a all round aunest good person he came to my home and checked the compression on my car for a very good price. He only charged me $45 when other mobile mechanics we're charging me $200. He was very quick and finished the job with perfection. Turned out I needed a new motor. He got me a good price for a Corvette motor with low miles for only $700 and he towed my vehicle from my home to the shop. He also did the labor in less then a week. I was very happy and stress free after the job was done it felt good to know my car was back up and running Thanks GG!.I have now recommended GG mobile to all my friends and family.Best Most Reliable Mechanic In Bakersfield BY Far!!. That is why I give the guy 5 stars.Thanks once agian GG!!,
By: Jon B.
Cimental Mobile Auto & Truck Repair Inc
Huge shout out to Randy and his technician Mike! I came up from San Diego to another diesel performance shop, to have some specialty work done (which they did well). However, a nagging (4 years), abs, brake and airbag lights and codes could not be removed or reprogramed in the computer (other shops have tried + a dealership). The other shop recommended Cimental's. Although booked, Randy squeezed me in. Mike worked hours and ultimately solved all the issues. Randy charged substantially below their hourly rate. Their professionalism and fairness was outstanding! If I have any major issues with my Dodge 2500, I would feel most comfortable to again drive the 3+ hours to have them work on my truck
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By: Clay K.
Jesse Mobile Auto Repair
Jesse saved the day. My radiator went out about 20 miles from the 166 on Soda Lake Road in the middle of nowhere. Jesse literally drove over a mountain to find me. After we realized I needed a whole new radiator Jesse drove us to Bakersfield to get a new radiator then drove us all the way back out there. He finished up at 10:00 pm and followed me out to the road just to make sure everything was running well. He also gave me a phone call the next day to double check. He's a great guy that did an excellent job and all for a more than reasonable price especially considering that he drove about 350 miles total to help me out. I highly recommend Jesse for all your auto repair needs.
By: Gilbert G.
G.G. Mobile Mechanic
Hello people this is gilbert g AKA G G MOBILE MECHANIC. I have a mechanic making fake accounts trying to harass my business by making fake accounts and commenting unreal story's about me. I am the cheapest in town. I spend average $2000 a week in parts at Panama autozone. Yes I do got 5 major business accounts and 2 dealerships I work for as there mechanic. So sorry if you have nothing better to do kris and Alex for harassing my business. The good comments about me are all real happy customers. So if your looking for a honest and reliable mechanic I'm the one. 661-932-1044. Thank you and apologies if this guy is making u have second thoughts of me. Thank you.
Tips & Advices
Yes. New tires purchased online can often be priced lower than ones at a tire dealership. Buyers can often avoid state sales taxes and locate hard-to-find tire styles and sizes, but will still have to locate a local tire installer and pay sometimes high shipping costs.
The average cost of a set of new tires is $637, with a range of between $525-$725. In addition, installation includes mounting and balancing, alignment, and disposal of old tires.
The vehicle is raised and the old wheels are removed, then the old tires are removed from the wheels. The lug nuts, wheels, and valve stems are inspected and replaced as needed. The new tires are mounted and sealed, then inflated and balanced. The wheels are then replaced on the car. The average installation takes approximately 45 minutes.
Agencies such as the Tire Industry Association promotes tire safety through advocacy and education to the industry including: manufacture, sales, repair, service and recycling. Seek a full-service tire dealer who carries a wide variety of tire types and brands and asks about the type of driving you normally do.
  • Move your car to a safe location.
  • Turn on your car’s safety lights, apply the parking brakes and remove the hubcap if there is one.
  • Loosen the lug nuts with a lug wrench (but do not remove them), raise the vehicle with a jack and then fully remove the lugnuts.
  • Remove the flat tire and replace it with the spare tire.
  • Tighten the lug nuts by hand, lower the car and then tighten them fully with the lug wrench.

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