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jonc

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North Vancouver recommended by Katherine Mass

Beetle Spa, 246 East First St., North Vancouver, BC Phone 604-985-0481(Beetle Spa) did a good job fixing an oil leak caused by a bad head gasket job. He also does a great job of sharing information on whatever you want to know when you are in there.
 
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BC_Mike

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Hey folks...another great place in the Vancouver mainland area to get your Westy or any VW engine repaired is Van Wonder Auto Service, 119-West 3rd st. in North Vancouver. The owner John has 25 years experience working on VW engines especially in VW buses and Vanagons. His rates are fair and he does great work.Phone number (604) 985-7211.
 

BruceB

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Another very good mechanic is Continetal Motors, 1706 West 4th Avenue at Pine Street, (604) 732-6112. I have taken many vehicles to them for 20 years and they have always done very good honest work. Joe, the lead mechanic has owned several buses and knows the strenghts and weaknesses.
 
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garyhaupt

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hello all...if I might add another? Ed's Bug Shop in Surrey. They only work on VW's, nothing else. If they can't fix it...it can't be fixed...and they used 'experienced' parts, too! They can be reached at 589-2236, tho you have to be patient.

Gary Haupt
 

rupract

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I have to second the recommendation of Beetle Spa in North Vancouver. I've been looking to buy a Westie and found an '87 that seemed pretty decent, clean interior, almost no rust. I took it there before I bought it and they found that it would need a lot of work to get it running well (low compression in one of the cylinders was the big problem). Since I've been a customer of theirs for a few years (they service my Jetta) they did the inspection for free.

*rupract*
 

Capt. Mike

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It's beyond me why VW dealerships seem to consistently have problems respecting their customers. I'll return the favor to those of you who will be heading north to Alaska through British Columbia. DO NOT even think about stopping at either the Abbotsford or Chilliwack VW dealerships! They ripped myself and my wife off last year when we were interested in buying a 90 westy. The story is in the dealership listings for BC. Since then, I've heard other bad stories from westy owners who have dealt with them.
 

Capt. Mike

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Vancouver BC

willy Junior Member # 2359 posted 04-12-2002 04:42 PM

Has anyone had any experience with 'Adria Import Car Service Ltd.' located at 794 East Broadway in Vancouver? I've got a 1980 Westy that needs some work.
 

mr.maki

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greetings all,

My first post...I am so nervous!

Just to reiterate my esteemed Westie colleague that Van Wonder in North Vancouver is truely a wonderous place for vans. John, the aforementioned owner just completed a fabulous rebuild of my '81 air cooled pancake. I'll keep you posted as to the status of the engine.

A quick thanks to all of the contributors for the excellent information!

mr.maki - life long learner.
 
Hi... Just wanted to mention (my first time at this !), I have found a very good Westfalia mechanic here on Vancouver Island. His name is Klause, he works only on German vehicles. Have had him do a lot of repairs and upkeep on my 1971 Westy and have been very satisfied with his work AND ...he is very reasonable in his rates ! Contact me if you need more info on him . A happy Westy owner.... Ruthie


Ruthie
 
Hi all,

I agree that Beetle Spa & Van Wonder are good shops, very fair. Also on the North Shore, WB Motors is excellent. Call Willi at (604) 987-0009.

He's a van owner, has a good sense of them.

Cheers
 

SpitBug

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I recently needed some work done on my 72 Van, and turned to this site for some recomendations and ended up taking it directly to John at Van Wonders, North Shore. I agree he 'talks alot of vw talk' but when it actually came to fixing it he (or his crew) didn't seem to have a clue. When I had it towed there, he said 3 days and it'll be done. 8 days later I finally called him, and he was very indifferent about speaking with me, other than to tell me they hadn't even started it yet. 2 weeks later its (finally) done. Driving it home the oil drain plug falls out. So I called to tell John someone hadn't put it in properly. He told me they never touched it. (odd since I sent the engine there empty of oil AND they charged me for oil) and then 2 weeks later it breaks down again. I take it to a new mechanic and find out the clutch was installed completely WRONG. So not only did I pay John $700 for exremely long crappy service, I had to pay $300 to fix his mistakes!!!
 

SpitBug

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Rudy & Peter Motors Limited
225 East 2nd ave 879-0491
Import Specialist.

The best parts??

$10 /hour LESS than van wonders, and SAME DAY SERVICE!!
 

BC VW fan

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Just a second opinion on Van Wonder on N. Van. I've been a customer there since 2000. John's very friendly and will help VW owners with lots of info. But I did also have a complaint about his service. I took my 89 camper in for oil change earlier this year and had him check couple other things too. The work was done but one month later I found myself going back to him again. The CV boot was broken and it was leaking oil. Along with one other thing that should have been brought to my attention when I took the van in a month before. As I mentioned that I would not have been impressed with his shop if I had to visit him every month or two, he took the vehicle out for a spin and checked more thoroughly. I was then informed some other things that might need done in the near future. I wish he would have been more proactive when servicing my van the first time this year.

By the way, I'm changing to another mechanic others recommend on this list and see if I indeed get better service.
 

SpitBug

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A thought crossed my mind as I read about Van Wonders, North Shore not mentioning other problems with the vehicles. He put the engine in, and should have noticed that the gas tank was a giant wad of rust. (I know its possible to 'bend' things to get the tank out without taking the engine out, but that freaks me out a little) If he would have said something, I could have probably gotten one to install right then, now im stuck with a filthy carb!
 

Capt. Mike

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BC VW fan Member posted September 14, 2002 03:17 PM

Just finished a trip from Vancouver to Quebec City. Covering more than 11,000 Kms in two weeks. My '89 Westy did very well till I got back near Calgary (Alberta). Cher Auto fixed some obvious problem for me (like broken water tank sensor and tightening some clamps) but failed to spot the leakage on my water pump. The van didn't go far the next day and the water pump gave up near Golden, BC. Brian at the Petro-Canada garage learned all the water-cooled stuff from the previous owner of that shop and is very knowledgable in Vanagons. He does things the right way, such as bleeding the cooling system from the radiator. Whereas Cher Auto in Calgary just bled from the water tank.

I highly recommend Brian if you ever need service in the Rockies. But be prepared to wait at least a day from some parts to arrive from either Calgary or Kelowna, BC.
 

kilby

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Valley West Auto in Summerland BC is run by Klaus Kahl who used to own Rudy and Peters in Vancouver before relocating to the Okanagan. He has two shops in the small industrial park, has a huge inventory of wrecked Westfalias. Five mechanics and a toll free number for parts. Very honest and helpful, biggest problem is too many customers.
A really good resouce if you are travelling in the interior.
Several years ago we had mechanical trouble in Chilliwack, went to Buny's N Bug's. nice,competent people who know a LOT, very impressed
 

boonez

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Okay. So My engine blew up, I need a new clutch and exhaust. I go to get a quote and sure enough it's around $7000. WOW. I paid $8000 for this van. There must be some alternatives... I go to the local VancouverAuto.com website and see a link to a mechanic named Brian for $40/bucks an hour. Basically for $4500 I have a complete rebuilt engine, New Exhaust, New Waterpump, New Fuel Pump, New Clutch installed and working perfectly. Labour was about $1000. Great guy and very recommended. Also did my paint job for $1500 complete and for an extra 200 he would have done flakes on it. He's good. Try him. 604.842.0960.

Mark Rainer
Email:rainmakersolutions@hotmail.com
 
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westcan

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My first post as well. I'm new on the site through neccesity. One of the finest VW mechanics in Vancouver has recently retired. Helmutt who owned GB Auto on Marine Drive has always been excellent. Always honest, very knowledgable. Good luck to him in the future, the new owners of GB have a really tough act to follow!
 

Rob Aird

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John at Diamond Auto on Braid St in New West east of the Briad skytrain station has done some good work on my 87 Westy. I don't know if he's familiar with syncros, but he's worth a try from my experience.
Rob
 

skye

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Hi, I have to agree with Rob, John from Diamond Auto in New West just recently fixed a black smoke stalling problem by replacing the oxygen sensor. John has worked at many dealerships and has 30 years experience with VW's. He even came across some problems that have been bugging me but other machanics ( non-specialists ) told me to ignore or where something else !
Skye
 
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