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    Default Looking for a recommendation for a good/cheap mechanic in Melbourne

    Hey, newbie here, just bought a 205 GTI and am on the look out for a mechanic to do some work for me.

    Just wondered if anyone had any recommendations in and around Melbourne?

    Cheers

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    Here is the list of Pug Mechanics from the Stickies at the top;
    Melbourne Mechanic (s)
    There are some comments and recommendations
    Cars of France has been added http://www.carsoffrance.com.au/home.aspx
    Does anyone have any additions or corrections to this list?
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    However cheap and good may be mutually exclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    However cheap and good may be mutually exclusive.
    I was going to say the same thing ...

    The mechanics I use - who I find honest, technically capable with French cars, and reasonably priced are Cars of France - in Alphington.

    If you go there - happy for you say that I suggested them to you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWS View Post
    I was going to say the same thing ...

    The mechanics I use - who I find honest, technically capable with French cars, and reasonably priced are Cars of France - in Alphington.

    If you go there - happy for you say that I suggested them to you.

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    Yes, you need to reward people for their skill and factor in staffing costs and overheads for a business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by robmac View Post
    However cheap and good may be mutually exclusive.
    Replace 'may' with 'ARE' then it makes more sense with older Pug's. The 205 is now a "special interest" vehicle and as most parts are NLA via the dealer network it, as we all know, can be expensive to get parts without the knowledge and love from Aussie Frogger's and sponsors.
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    ps Hope everyone gets my drift. Number One step son had a work mate quoted $500 to replace a ball joint and fit a second hand drip moulding'. Why, because she is a female.
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    Have had good experience with Evan's Classic Car garage in Box Hill North - Lexton Rd

    He did his time with Bob Watson and has an interest in French cars

    Knowledgable about Peugeots and has provided good support for me with D Speciale and 240Z

    Honest and straightforward, gives balanced advice and have never felt ripped off

    This has not been my experience with some others, especially with the DS

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    Quote Originally Posted by rsg26 View Post
    Hey, newbie here, just bought a 205 GTI and am on the look out for a mechanic to do some work for me.

    Just wondered if anyone had any recommendations in and around Melbourne?

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by IWS View Post
    I was going to say the same thing ...

    The mechanics I use - who I find honest, technically capable with French cars, and reasonably priced are Cars of France - in Alphington.

    If you go there - happy for you say that I suggested them to you.

    Ian.
    And I should qualify my earlier comment by saying that this is just MY experience. I have heard other opinions about these folk ... So whoever you are thinking of using, got and talk to them - ask what they charge, see if they feel right to you.. The list of mechanics (in the link above) is long, so there are many to choose from.

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    "The Garage" in Woodend
    Adrian Matthews
    I won't use anyone else
    $110 per hour
    Always charges me for less time that I would take
    His workshop is spotless
    If I start my D in his workshop he puts down a soot catcher as it starts very rich and soils his floor

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    Hi rsg, pease give us some feed back about the mechanic you chose (when they get back to work) and what you thought about them

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    I am hesitant to reply to persons looking for a cheap mechanic after receiving verbal inanities from an illiterate churl:

    However, genuine Peugeot mechanics, not dealers, are cheap because they have all the factory tools and knowledge. A cretinous grease monkey working for peanuts, will damage your car. Lots of real mechanics in Melbourne.

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    There's very little - if anything - specifically "Peugeot" about the 205's mechanicals. Any competent practitioner can work through one using learned skills, the tool set required for European cars, and a broad range of third party resources.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addo View Post
    There's very little - if anything - specifically "Peugeot" about the 205's mechanicals. Any competent practitioner can work through one using learned skills, the tool set required for European cars, and a broad range of third party resources.
    true. for some years I've been happy to use the services of a non-specialist mechanic,
    Murray Carr, in Barkers Creek, near Castlemaine, central Vic. 5474 3033
    for my late lamented 205 Gti and now my 205 Si.
    he's experienced, honest, conscientious. and, importantly, communicative.
    if he's unsure of something he doesn't fudge or bodge but talks to me,
    and seeks out those who might know.
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