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I'm still looking for a good service center. I contacted Jeevy at ETL Motorsports but it seems he is too busy to take on another customer. I'm open to anywhere in the Southern California area (LA/OC, Ontario, Riverside, Palm Springs, etc.)

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I'm still looking for a good service center. I contacted Jeevy at ETL Motorsports but it seems he is too busy to take on another customer. I'm open to anywhere in the Southern California area (LA/OC, Ontario, Riverside, Palm Springs, etc.)

Thank you!
I've been burned a couple of times (shops that told me that they knew what they were doing, but they didn't). I'm still looking for a good repair center anywhere in the Southern California area (Los Angeles/Orange County, Ontario/Riverside/Inland Empire, Coachella Valley/Palm Springs or even San Diego metro).

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I noticed a recommendation for Marietta Toyota in GA (admittedly from 18 years ago, lol), and I have to counter that in present-day. About a month into the ongoing struggle with this car, back in Feb, I took it over to them, explained the symptoms, opened my big naive mouth and mentioned the clutch, and I guess they just saw "$$$" because they called and assured me I was right! And it would only cost just shy of $3000 for a new clutch!.... I think I got the "young blonde girl" deal... Lol.
Worked them down to $1700 over a few days. Problem was gone for a few weeks and returned. In hindsight, as I've dug into it myself after giving up on shops + running out of spare cash, I don't know how exactly they justified that. It's looking more and more like a clogged cat and/or maybe VVT issues or something, but obviously not clutch-related. Unfortunately I didn't know much at the time and was just ready for a fix after a month of hell.
But the combo of that obscene original quote, the now-blatant misdiagnosis/lack of investigation, disregarding instructions about not messing with the handbrake, and not mentioning a major, obvious bearing/joint noise I was aware of but never mentioned (these last two would have been no biggie to me alone, but in context make me question the thoroughness and attention to detail) just soured me to them. I can't 100% slam them because I didn't bring it back for further investigation, but.. it was a few weeks later and frankly the first go-round hadn't instilled much faith in them for further work.
Now, a couple other shops couldn't pin down the issue either, but at least they were honest about that instead of jumping on the first expensive repair that entered the conversation.
 

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I noticed a recommendation for Marietta Toyota in GA (admittedly from 18 years ago, lol), and I have to counter that in present-day. About a month into the ongoing struggle with this car, back in Feb, I took it over to them, explained the symptoms, opened my big naive mouth and mentioned the clutch, and I guess they just saw "$$$" because they called and assured me I was right! And it would only cost just shy of $3000 for a new clutch!.... I think I got the "young blonde girl" deal... Lol.
Worked them down to $1700 over a few days. Problem was gone for a few weeks and returned. In hindsight, as I've dug into it myself after giving up on shops + running out of spare cash, I don't know how exactly they justified that. It's looking more and more like a clogged cat and/or maybe VVT issues or something, but obviously not clutch-related. Unfortunately I didn't know much at the time and was just ready for a fix after a month of hell.
But the combo of that obscene original quote, the now-blatant misdiagnosis/lack of investigation, disregarding instructions about not messing with the handbrake, and not mentioning a major, obvious bearing/joint noise I was aware of but never mentioned (these last two would have been no biggie to me alone, but in context make me question the thoroughness and attention to detail) just soured me to them. I can't 100% slam them because I didn't bring it back for further investigation, but.. it was a few weeks later and frankly the first go-round hadn't instilled much faith in them for further work.
Now, a couple other shops couldn't pin down the issue either, but at least they were honest about that instead of jumping on the first expensive repair that entered the conversation.
Take your Spyder to see Ken at OTP Automotive in Winder. 90 E Candler St, Winder, GA 30680
(770) 274-4450

He knows his way around the MR2, motor swaps, you name it. And, most importantly, he is honest to a fault.
 

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Take your Spyder to see Ken at OTP Automotive in Winder. 90 E Candler St, Winder, GA 30680
(770) 274-4450

He knows his way around the MR2, motor swaps, you name it. And, most importantly, he is honest to a fault.
Thanks for the recommendation! I've heard a few local folks praise this guy; I wish I lived closer for situations where driving 50-60 miles isn't ideal. My family's out that way, maybe next time I'm out there I'll have him take a look at it. Lord knows there's always something up with this car, lol.
 

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Thanks for the recommendation! I've heard a few local folks praise this guy; I wish I lived closer for situations where driving 50-60 miles isn't ideal. My family's out that way, maybe next time I'm out there I'll have him take a look at it. Lord knows there's always something up with this car, lol.
I got steered to Ken a couple of years ago by another local Spyder owner I met here on Spyderchat who actually races his Spyder in both drift and grip configurations. Now, I bring him all my work vans and other personal vehicles. He is trustworthy and prices are fair.
 

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ETL Motorsports
1365 Brooks St
Unit 6
Ontario, CA 91762
(909) 236-5573

They are MR2 specialist. Owner Jeevy is very detailed and knowledgeable. Price is very reasonable too. Place is a little small so better call beforehand to make sure they have the space for what you want to do. Highly recommend.
This dude's is THE MAN!!! It's just a matter of him finding time though. If I had a choice I wouldn't take it to anyone else and I'm out in palm springs. He's super nice, knowledgeable, and honest. I think he just got an apprentice so there might be more of a chance to get seen. If you see him tell him the yellow spyder days hello haha!
 

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Hi everyone.

Been a while but is there any recommendation for a good service tech to look at a 2zz swap up in the SF Bay Area?
I am looking to bring my car out of long storage and possibly part ways with it soon after.

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-Kiny
 

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I just moved to Dallas, TX area. Can anyone recommend a good shop for our car?
 

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No such thing. It's always a crap shoot. Much depends on tech's mood and level of contentment at the moment even if they have the skill set. Ever heard of monday morning repairs? Well a friday afternoon repair can be just as bad or even worse. If your going to own something like a Spyder you should learn to a work on it yourself. You have a selfish intetest and these are high maintenance vehicles in my opinion and experience.
But maybe someone can point you to a shop that's not run by outright crooks and at least are trying to do the right thing.
 

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I've pretty good luck since I rebuilt the third engine. It was the two replacement (jdm and the second put of a usa 05 celica) that nearly led me to a warm bath and a rusty razor.
This one runs great. Everything but the front right wheel sensor and thus the power steering work. But i still think its high maintance for a Toyota.
For a couple things
These engines are hard on oil. I only go about 2k miles between.
You pretty much need to drop the engine to change the timing chain.
Same for valve adjust.
And how about getting to the front or firewall side coolant hose.
Getting to the air filter us a job in itself.
Little things like that. Maybe not high maintenance but difficult for big old hands at times.
But it us a Toyota treat it well and it will treat you well.
 

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I've pretty good luck since I rebuilt the third engine. It was the two replacement (jdm and the second put of a usa 05 celica) that nearly led me to a warm bath and a rusty razor.
This one runs great. Everything but the front right wheel sensor and thus the power steering work. But i still think its high maintance for a Toyota.
For a couple things
These engines are hard on oil. I only go about 2k miles between.
You pretty much need to drop the engine to change the timing chain.
Same for valve adjust.
And how about getting to the front or firewall side coolant hose.
Getting to the air filter us a job in itself.
Little things like that. Maybe not high maintenance but difficult for big old hands at times.
But it us a Toyota treat it well and it will treat you well.
Getting to the air filter us a job in itself.
I once watched a mechanic at the dealer absolutely not follow the manual. He just held everything in the way aside and replaced it in a total of 3 minutes.
 

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The two that have been recommended to me are Auto Science in Lewisville and ATS Racing in Denton (more engine swap/tuning/MR2 specialty stuff). I haven't been to either but only hear good things.
I try to make this short as possible. Back in my working days I ran a small fleet of delivery vehicles. Subarus, given where I was located, were the small bad weather vehicle. Due to high milage and tax cosiderations I averaged at one trade per year.
Well I had a neighbor a very good man I might say. Does excellent work. Well I had him do an
oil change, the first on a brand new Subbie. Later that evening I arrived home parked my car in the garage and went in to the house through an interior door. Leashed up fido and took him for a walk. Outside in my drive there was a trail of oil leading into my garage. The drain plug was within two turns of dropping out.
We remained friends. He had difficulty believing it. I asked him if he happened to recieve a phone call or something while he was getting ready to tighen it. Yes.
I told him it could happen to anyone. And it can. I told him it was unlikely to happen to thevsame guy twice. His shop grew, because as I said he was a good guy, and he since found someone to answer his phone while he turned wrenches.
Anyone can have a bad day or brain fart.
 
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