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Sorry for the OT, but I wanted to post amongst familiar faces. Plum, Steve, or Boredandstroked, please feel free to move as seen necessary.

My sister's 1995 Volvo 940 Turbo is due for a 90K service, and she wanted to take it to a shop in the Palo Alto area for a tune up. I've never taken a vehicle in for a tuneup, so I honestly don't know if there's any difference between the shops out there.

Now, keeping in mind that value is a priority (sister just started working), do you think that Auto Repair Specialists is a good bet? Any personal experiences with them? Any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance, any input is much appreciated.

-Tim
 

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Dayummm I can't believe I didn't see this sooner!
I think Volvos should be taken to mechanics who specializes in Volvo, Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes vehicles.

Perhaps they tend to charge more but if the car is old and has lots of miles on it I would say it's a good bet to take it to them for a tune-up.
 

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dunno how i missed this either.

I'm not sure what exactly is involved with a 90k maint for a Volvo, but I've had pretty good luck with non-dealer shops like Firestone. I've had them do some little stuff here and there on my Nissan and also my Pontiac a looooong time ago and they tend to do a pretty good job and have reasonable prices too. I assume the car would need a timing belt change, which would not be a problem. But they might have to go to a Volvo dealership and get the parts for you, or you could walk in with it in hand.
 

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sumptimwong said:
Sorry for the OT, but I wanted to post amongst familiar faces. Plum, Steve, or Boredandstroked, please feel free to move as seen necessary.

My sister's 1995 Volvo 940 Turbo is due for a 90K service, and she wanted to take it to a shop in the Palo Alto area for a tune up. I've never taken a vehicle in for a tuneup, so I honestly don't know if there's any difference between the shops out there.

Now, keeping in mind that value is a priority (sister just started working), do you think that Auto Repair Specialists is a good bet? Any personal experiences with them? Any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance, any input is much appreciated.

-Tim
My 2 cents:

As long as its basic maintenance like a tune up then you shouldnt need a specialist...Just a descent mechanic...Now if there is a problem and diagnosing is needed then I would go to the specialist...
 

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Hahah well a little late now, but I appreciate the responses ;D I ended up doing soem phone shopping to pick a mechanic I trusted, and ended up choosing Precision Tune in Palo Alto.
Guy named Bud there was very knowledgable and helpful. The tune-up was done for $200, which included practically everything minus the timing belt. Spent 7 hours doing a full detail on the car last weekend, I think it's just about ready for sale ;D
 
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