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Old 05-02-2012, 12:42 AM   #11
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Default Re: Looking for info on good NW Washington Dealer Repair or independent mechanic

So did you give Kollmar Craft any opportunity to repair your Sprinter?
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Old 05-03-2012, 12:23 AM   #12
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I scheduled an appointment for next week. They are going to change the glow plugs and leaking injector. Two straight forward jobs with a lot of room for error, I'm hoping for the best.
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Old 05-31-2012, 09:27 PM   #13
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I scheduled an appointment for next week. They are going to change the glow plugs and leaking injector. Two straight forward jobs with a lot of room for error, I'm hoping for the best.
I definitely remember that rig. I hope your experience with us was positive. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to help!

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Old 05-31-2012, 10:11 PM   #14
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Default Re: Looking for info on good NW Washington Dealer Repair or independent mechanic

Any of you guys up north in the Seattle area heard of this guy? http://drdansbiodiesel.wordpress.com...y-crd-service/

I have no personal experience with Dr. Dan. Came across his website while doing some research on biodiesel.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:28 AM   #15
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It's almost been a year now since I had Kollmar Craft repair the leaky injector and replace the glow plugs. I recently inspected the injector and see no sign of the black death coming back to haunt me. I would say they did an excellent job and appreciate that they took the time to go thru everything with me assuring me they knew what they were doing. I felt like they went out of there way to offer a top quality service. That said, one of the glow plugs broke while being removed. I don't blame them because I know they made every effort to not have it happen, including getting the engine hot. They suggested the dealer take care of it while doing the intake recall. Now a year later I took it to Town and Country Dodge and they say the head needs to come out at a tune of $3000. I get on the phone w/ Kollmar to see if this is really the case and they inform me that they have since invested in the tooling to extract the broken glow plug and can do it with the head on and no removal of the intake. Two or three hour job they say and it leaves the original threads intact.
I'm done with greedy Dodge and Mercedes dealers for good. What I can't repair myself I will take to Kollmar because at least they make an effort to do as best job as possible in order to get that word of mouth and repeat business.
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Default Re: Looking for info on good NW Washington Dealer Repair or independent mechanic

I've heard of a recommendation of an independent MB trained Sprinter mechanic near Seattle area , Mike @ (206) 227-7870 who owns a Westy, anybody use him ?
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Old 03-30-2015, 07:54 PM   #17
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Just called Mike to talk about my sprinter randomly going into Limp Home Mode with no codes being thrown. He thinks it is the transmission conductor plate. Having him replace tomorrow. I will update after the job.
Thanks for the number. I'd much rather work with an independent mechanic than the dealer.
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Old 06-12-2016, 05:59 AM   #18
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Hi guys,
I live on the Olympic peninsula and just bought a 2004 2500 SHC with 95k miles. It seems to be running really good but has no maintenance history and it has a some RSN. Also every now and then the radio doesn't turn off when the ignition turns off (if I turn ignition on then off again it seems to shut off like it's supposed to). Anyway, I'm looking for suggestions on a mechanic in case any major work needs done. I'm thinking about calling DoctorA to see if I'm a good canadate for buying his RSN fix. Another thing would be to pick someone's brain on what fluids and filters to buy. I've read the forum, but would do my brain best if someone just told me what I should run for fluids and filters. Since the van has no maintenance history (was a trade in as a dealer) I want to change all fluids out etc.
Any thoughts, suggestions, opinions as much appreciated.
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Default Re: Looking for info on good NW Washington Dealer Repair or independent mechanic

Hi all
I am new to the Sprinter world with a PW with a 2015 chassis. Any thoughts or updates to good service shops in the greater Seattle area?

Also, how often to you change your oil and with what kind of oil? Every 20k seems a bit much to me.
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:34 PM   #20
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Default Re: Looking for info on good NW Washington Dealer Repair or independent mechanic

Hay gang. I relocated to Ballard about a year ago with my 2008 2500. I'm looking to get in with an independent specialist for a handful of nags and general status check after it only rolled 800 miles this year. I'll be setting out on 3000mi in a few weeks.

Whats the latest and greatest on this topic? My instincts tell me to drop 'er off at Kollmar. My range for service is about an hour due to time restraints. Thanks in advance!
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