Honda Mazda Repair Specialist Service Auto in Miami, Florida with Reviews -

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By: Bill C.
Longlife Automotive
SUMMARY: 18 months ago, the owner promised something he couldn’t do for the price he quoted. Then the mechanic tried to replace a perfectly good transmission. I left, but it ended up costing me a $150 freight charge for returning transmission, $75 for a tow to Transmission Express, several hours of work doing research and dealing with parts vendors, 5 extra day being without a truck, and a lot of worry. DETAILS:The owner believed my Silverado probably had a bad transmission and said that he could rebuild it, but he didn’t ask if was a diesel Silverado, something he could only replace. He had phenomenal online ratings, and it appeared to be was an honest mistake, so I told him to go ahead and replace it. His mechanic then made a second big mistake, misdiagnosing it as a bad differential because of an error code without noticing that all the fluid drained from a hole in the bottom of the differential. He said the error code meant that the transmission was bad. I looked it up and it only said, “unable to shift”, and I easily found a discussion online with someone saying a bad differential could cause that.While discussing this with the mechanic, he said that I also had a bad lower oil gasket, which was expensive to replace, but because the transmission would be replaced, he would do it for something like $500 rather than several hundred more. I wanted to see how far he would go with this so I asked what he thought I should do. He began to argue in favor of replacing it, and I reminded him it was a high millage truck and said that I parked on gravel, and he got a little angry and said, “You just go ahead and tell me what you want me to do!” I said I wanted him to not accept deliver of the transmission coming in and let me tow it away. He seemed happy to be rid of it (and me), but to his credit he said he wouldn’t charge anything. I paid his standard diagnostic charge anyway. I understand why people like these guys. They’re personable, mostly honest, and they’ll tell you so. But this was something out of their league, and when the mechanic made a big mistake, he didn’t recognize or own it. Under other circumstances, I might use them for less complex problems if I lived closer, but not for something big that I couldn’t monitor.
By: Luis J.
Rack and Pinions - CV Joints Auto Mechanic
I moved from Queens N.Y. To Miami back in 2002. At the time I had a 1995 Honda Civic that was built for performance. I needed to have the axles replaced so I went to Rack And Axles which at the time I also wanted to convert my power steering rack to a manual one. They did all the work and it turned out great!! Like if the car came that way from the factory!! I was so impressed with their work and customer service provided that I continued to go to them whenever I needed any type of drive line, suspension or brake work done. They have always been very courteous and professional. Above all they have always been very considerate in treating my care with extreme care! Their rates are very reasonable especially for the high quality of work that is provided. In my most recent visit I brought my 2002 Civic to them because of some serious vibration that would occur when in higher engine loads at 30-40 mph and again around 80 mph. I checked my wheels and axles which did not show any signs of damage or wear so I was thinking that it may be something in the suspension. They were able to diagnose the problem to the axle which they built and installed a superior unit in comparison to the High Tier Discount Auto axle that was in the car. Needless to say the vibration was eliminated up to speeds I rather not say in a public forum! Now, I love my Honda and will not let just anyone work on my car, however I have become a lifetime loyal customer to Rack And Axles because of their professionalism, respect for my property and work performed these past 10 years+! I have recommended all of my friends and family who have all thanked my for telling them about this shop! The owner Soto and his brother are one of the best pair of mechanics I have known in the past 20 years I have been in the Honda motor sports scene! I highly recommend this shop to anyone who needs any type of automotive mechanic work needed! As they specialize in Rack And Axles, they also do all types of automotive work!!
By: andrew.nathanson.92
Honda Mazda Repair Specialist Service Auto
The best in town hands down. Intelligent analysis, the most reasonable rates you’ll find in Miami, quick turnaround, and spot on professionalism is the order of the day. You bring in your car and they figure out your issue. They fix it efficiently time-wise. They do it the most cost effective path possible (saving you big $$$ sometimes). They don’t hose you for work that doesn’t need to be done. It’s pro work at the highest level, no games involved.I was turned on to them about 15 years ago driving a prelude and have gone to them since with an integra, then a prelude and now Infiniti. Knowing they have my back when issues come up is the best peace of mind one may have when it comes to car maintenance and repair. I trust them so much I’ve got my 90 year-old grandmother taking her car to them; seriously!If you have an issue which can slide some, whether for financial or time issues, they’ll tell you roughly how long, so you aren’t making unnecessary repairs or aren’t crunched for time. If you are really busy like I am, they’ll work with you to schedule so you aren’t wasting time to deal with your car relative to whatever other issues you may have at the moment.Professionally I work with difficult logistics for the top creative talent in the world, which is why I completely respect the extremely high level of service, knowledge, quality, pricing and scheduling. It is so tough to find this in Miami, but with Lynn running the show and Phillip executing, combined with the warm/welcoming atmosphere, your day is made going in there. Service Auto is your answer to your difficult question of where can I go with my car, where will they not try to take advantage, and who will do it right, and not charge me ridiculously to solve my problem. Car issues always crop up at the wrong time, but by going so Service Auto, you will have the right experience dealing with your car issue. As I said, hands down, best in town!
By: Livia S.
R-I Auto Care & Repair
Excellent service, professional staff. Very sincere. Specially the representative Odalys, that she advice me and give also tips for my car. She did the "extra mile" when she realized that the piece for my car " the alternator" will take more time that expected the delivery she goes to the shop and buy and put it, in order give a service for me today because otherwise will take one day for delivery. Not so expensive. The Best service in Miami. I recommend for everybody. -\\\\\\Recomiendo mucho este taller, excelente mecánicos y en especial la Sra. Odalys que ella misma me reviso el carro y me dio consejos de cuidado de mi carro porque en otro lugar me habían dicho que tenía que poner aceite sintético y la Sra me dijo y me mostró hasta donde podía ver que aceite llevaba mi carro. Vine para cambiar el alternador de mi carro, servicio excelente, no muy caro. Cuando la Sra. Odalys vio que el delivery de la pieza iría a demorar contar de realizar el servicio en el mismo día ella fue a buscarla. Excelentes mecánicos. Me voy súper feliz y con mi carro en excelentes condiciones Nota 12 para este taller.
By: Katerine S.
Roly's Auto Service Mobile Mechanic
I have been a customer of Rolando for almost two years, and I think he has been excellent. He is very punctual and very professional. The first time he checked my car, he figured my car had an ignition related problem, for which he referred me to his mentor's (Benny) repair shop. Benny was able to fix the problem promptly, and the price was appropriate. The second time he checked it, it was for an AC problem. I had tried to solve this problem on a dealer repair shop. They charged me around $500 to try to repair it, and their repair only worked for a few weeks. The dealer shop thought the problem was a lack of Frion, and a bad arrangement with the connections behind the AC electrical box. However, Rolando figured that AC electrical box was damaged, and helped me to get a new one, for an appropriate price. He installed it and I have never had problem with my AC ever since. He also successfully helped me solving a problem that required changing my on-board diagnostic computer, and he helped me find one for an appropriate price. I strongly recommend having Rolando check your car!
By: p.escobar
Japanese Car Care
OMG! I made it home! Thank you so much Japanese Car Care and Carlos! I live in Orlando, Florida and I was in Miami a few weeks ago visiting family and my car died on me. As you can imagine, I was scared what is was going to cost me to get my car repaired and get me and my car back home. Well, I called JCC and spoke to Denise and told her my situation - she told me no problem, they would be happy to help. She told me to ask for Carlos and he would help me. I arrived at JCC with my car on a tow truck and to my surprise a few hours later my car was in perfect running condition!!! Wooohooo! I even got a great deal! Whew, what a relief, especially since I didn't have much money to spend. I don't get down to Miami often, but I think I'll need to go down every few thousand miles to get my service done there - it's hard to find a a place you can trust and that is why I took the time to write this review. THANKS JCC!
By: Vigakkord A.
Honda Mazda Repair Specialist Service Auto
Went to Lynn's shop and for an intermittent a/c problem with my Honda CRV 2007 and within 15 min. he had done the job and the price was the lowest that others had charged for not fixing the problem at all. I had been to Midas that had claim the a/c had a leak, they put dye in with nothing to show after 4 hours. Charged me for the gas, the dye, the diagnostics and told me to come back in a week. The problem re-appeared. Went to Braman Honda which kept the suv from 7am till 2pm which after the diagnostics they found nothing wrong and theorized that it may be a relay. Pay for diagnostics and relay and the problem re-appear; by the way according to them the compressor was not low on gas and no dye had ever been added. Two months later after "Honda Mazda Repair Specialist" - it is still working like a champ; thanks Lynn for your honesty and great job and price.
By: chad.chuck.5
Honda Mazda Repair Specialist Service Auto
Honda Mazda Repair Specialist Service Auto is very reliable, reasonable and trutworthy shop to go to for all your mechanical needs. I have sent several friends to this particular shop and i have always got positive feedback of their experience when taking their vehicles there. I also have taken 3 of my personal cars there for over 6 years and the problems with my cars are always fixed in a few days if not less. Lynn (Owner) is very nice and friendly and is always there at her desk waiting on the next customer who is to call. Unlike other shops who are never around to answer the phone allowing you to leave a message, not knowing if your car is ready or not. I have zero complaints and will continue to go to this shop and send friends and family to Honda Mazda Repair Specialist Service Auto for all mechanical needs.
By: Lakeesha P.
Longlife Automotive
Someone recommended this shop to me, which was a co-worker of my mom. I took my car to dealer and paid to put it on the machine only for them not to tell me everything that was wrong with the car. I came here and Mitch put my car on the machine only to discover that it had an electrical issue on top of what the dealer told me. The service as well as the staff was very fanominal. I Love the experience I received here as well as the service and the knowledge they have about cars. I also had my daughter to bring her car as well for them to look at and the advice he gave for her car, I am very greatful the service and advice he provide I am very happy with. I have not found a mechanic shop like this. I would recommend anyone to come here.
By: gretellrod
Bomnin Chevrolet
My husband and I bought a New Traverse at Lorenzo Bomnin. Juan provided excellent customer service. My husband and I were somewhat nervous after experiences at other dealerships. However, Juan made us very comfortable. We felt absolutely no pressure to buy a vehicle. The manager and the salesman were very knowledgeable and helpful. We will recommend Lorenzo Bomnin Chevy to all our friends and family, and we will definitely ask for The Manager Juan Miguel when its time to purchase our next vehicle! Also, I would like to mention the service in the finance department, Fausto Perez worked with us. He was friendly and informative. He made signing lots of paperwork very painless and he has a great sense of humor!THANKS GUYS!!!!!
Tips & Advices
Among the common scams pulled are needless repairs, where a garage charges you for work that isn't necessary. Another popular one is attracting customers through a cheap oil change or tire pressure check. Then, when you your car is being repaired, they give you a long list of other corrections they'd like to make, therefore boosting the total cost of your bill. The best way to combat these types of problems is getting a written estimate before work is done so you can see how much repairs are expected to cost. If the final bill is higher than the estimate projected, ask to specifically see the work. Make sure information is put in writing as well. If a problem remains, you can have proof that work was not done to your satisfaction.
For winter driving, features such as the defroster, heater and exhaust system are paramount. Look in your owner's manual for specific directions on how features should be checked and repaired. Many newer cars have a cabin air filter that can be replaced when needed, allowing warm air to continue to flow in. Also, check tires before winter driving, as they need to be at the proper pressure to perform well on snow and ice.
In the spring and summer, you want to be sure your air conditioner and cooling systems work correctly. Given the high temperatures, overheating is a common problem. Look over the system by ensuring there is enough coolant available. If it needs to be refilled, it is best to open the hood and add more to the car before it gets too warm out. Also, clean out fan ducts and other ventilation sources necessary for summertime driving.
Some fixes to your car can be done without paying a specialist. Issues like replacing oil and air filters are relatively simple, with instructions provided in the owner's manual on how to make these changes. The same goes for replacing broken windshield wipers or burnt-out headlights. Such issues should be repaired quickly to guarantee safety, but don't require a visit to a garage.
Yes. Not every type of auto repair work needs to be done by a certified mechanic. You can fix some of a vehicle's issues just by paying attention to how the automobile is running and having a basic understanding of auto repair. Look over the ways weather may impact your car and what preventative measures you can take to avoid having to take it into the shop.

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