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Old 02-01-2013, 12:21 PM   #1
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Ford Mechanic or Your Mechanic

I am going to be taking my mustang in for a check up and one small fix, but I wanna know from all you guys if you take your mustangs to a ford mechanic or to your neighborhood friendly mechanic. Thanks
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:25 PM   #2
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Man every mechanic shop always rips you off lol. But I work for a dealership and whenever I need a hook up they give me discount
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Ya sometimes ford dealers will have specials but then mechanic shops will remember you and your car right
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Good luck with picking a shop man I got screwed over going to local shops cause they are not experts and charge a lot I am bringing mine to a mustang specialty shop for work that I can't do myself of course
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Not all shops rip you off. You have to find the right one. The shop I use is part of our local forum and are great people. They are a husband,wife and son team that love and race mustangs. ****........her sn95 is a 1400whp beast. Just do your research when looking for a shop,
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I remember I used the ford dealership services once only because I kept failing inspection. Tech I didn't fail but my "all readiness test" kept denying me. My car would always reset its mileage on it because the "battery was weak" and wouldn't remember how many miles I put on. And a ground wire to the PCU was broken off and was tryna charge me $350. Spend more money then I could. I luckily knew what I was talking about and charged me $150. Plus I bought a battery for $60 and ford installed it for free lol
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That is the worst part 50/50 good and bad for both. It is all about being lucky and finding the perfect fit for your mustang.
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Best thing to do is go by recommendations from other mustang owners or search through some forums for a honest one in your area.
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I don't use mechanics, do it yourself. What better time to learn than now?
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I don't use mechanics, do it yourself. What better time to learn than now?
Yea sorry, I don't learn on MY 35,000 dollar car. On topic, I use LaMotta performance exclusively for major upgrades. The small stuff like oil changes I just go to ford. They're Using genuine OE parts (obviously) for a good price near me.
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Price shouldn't matter working on cars unless its like an LFA or lambo and cars like that lol. For even a new mustang working on parts like oil changes, suspension, exhaust and other bolt ons is fairly easy even one with little knowledge. When going into engine work then I would reccomend a shop.
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Yea sorry, I don't learn on MY 35,000 dollar car. On topic, I use LaMotta performance exclusively for major upgrades. The small stuff like oil changes I just go to ford. They're Using genuine OE parts (obviously) for a good price near me.
Then deal with getting screwed...simple as that.
Anyone that pays for someone to change their oil obviously doesn't mind...

A car is all nuts and bolts, it's just about learning which ones go where. Really not that difficult.

By the way...I learned alot on MY 20k mile 03 Cobra
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Just like putting together a entertainment center with directions at home. Like Brad said, "A car is all nuts and bolts".
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I pick choice B. Me Mechanic!.. Lol But really between the two, I would say a Ford mechanic would be better. They are supposed to be trained to work on mostly Ford vehicles.
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Then deal with getting screwed...simple as that.
Anyone that pays for someone to change their oil obviously doesn't mind...

A car is all nuts and bolts, it's just about learning which ones go where. Really not that difficult.

By the way...I learned alot on MY 20k mile 03 Cobra
Well I live in an apartment complex that won't allow working on the car. So there goes that. I would change my own oil if it wasn't for that. Not to mention the cost of doing it yourself isn't much cheaper than my dealer. A few bucks.
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Well I live in an apartment complex that won't allow working on the car. So there goes that. I would change my own oil if it wasn't for that. Not to mention the cost of doing it yourself isn't much cheaper than my dealer. A few bucks.
That makes sense then. I used to fight with the mgr at apartments all the time for that.

Ask some local guys who they recommend, probably your best bet
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I just had $6,500.00 done on my Mustang after an MVA.

I went OEM, straight to Ford. Dealership styles. I think, for that kind of work, you want to go to a Ford mechanic/body shop.

For minor stuff, etc, I'd suggest doing like this; get a mechanic and take your time about it... take all the care and concern you'd take looking for a wife or husband, because your mechanic is almost as important!

If you have a reliable shop, trusted mechanic, and a reputation with that buisness, I'd totally go that route as Stealerships love to screw you!
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