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2021/03/05 13:55:18 (permalink)

Which local Indie is best

I am looking to have a major service plus gearbox oil change plus IMS bearing replaced on 996.2 tip with 100k miles. My choices are:
 
- OPC Hatfield
- RPM Technik
- Autofarm
- Portiacraft
- Jaz Porsche
 
I want a good job done, but at a reasonable price and am interested to hear members’ opinions on each of these. Do any of these stand out, for good or not so good reasons ?


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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/05 14:43:19 (permalink)
Not particularly local to our area but as we moved to Aylesbury from Suffolk, we still go back to Autostrasse in Coggeshall. They have always been good on price and if something doesn't need doing, they will always suggest in a nice way that I keep my money!

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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/05 16:43:23 (permalink)
My independent of choice is Jaz Porsche. Steve and Claire Winter to a great job looking after three cars for me. Also, they are keen to tell me if work is not necessary.
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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/05 22:58:43 (permalink)
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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/05 23:43:25 (permalink)
Thanks chaps for your recommendations. 
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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/08 00:30:54 (permalink)
Hi, 
My 964 is with Portiacraft as we speak. I've found them excellent - very pragmatic about what needs to be done and what is nice to get done. Mat is the guy to speak to.  The only down side is that they are busy so there is probably a waiting list, but that in itself is a recommendation. I believe that they are moving to larger premises any day now, so that may help.
 
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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/08 09:03:19 (permalink)
I have previously found Autofarm very friendly and professional to deal with. Their new facilities are also very confidence inspiring if you are new to them.
 
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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/16 07:17:09 (permalink)
Thanks for the feedback. I have my car booked in with RPM Technik next week. I’ll let you know how I get on. 
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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/21 08:15:59 (permalink)
A little late to this but for future reference try Porschacare in Stevenage.
 
 ive used Matt (absolutely lovely guy, incredibly knowledgeable about Porkers and truly passionate about them) since 2019 for: past 3 services, a rear pads & discs change, front coolant crossover pipes replacement, fast road geo set up, air con service & regas, GT3 master brake cylinder and SS braided hoses fitting, sorting out a rev hesitation (that £500 of diagnostics time at RPM Technik couldn’t fix).

Former JZM and Porschacraft tech I believe. 

£65/hr + VAT (though this might increase this year as its been the same rate for the past 4yrs). 
 
He is just moving into a newly built larger unit next door to his existing one as his business is growing, most likely due to his excellent service. 

it’s a 90 mile round trip for me to get to him from Bucks, but we’ll worth the effort in my experience of using him to date. 👍🏻

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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/21 08:25:26 (permalink)
NickCWebb
Not particularly local to our area but as we moved to Aylesbury from Suffolk, we still go back to Autostrasse in Coggeshall. They have always been good on price and if something doesn't need doing, they will always suggest in a nice way that I keep my money!




Hi Nick,
 
I live close to Aylesbury too - although I use Porschacare for most servicing, if there’s anything ‘urgent’ I need doing that I can’t risk a drive to get done then I can recommend David at DS Automotive on Edison Rd at the bottom of Rabans Lane industrial area. 


He is a former Porsche privateer race team mechanic. He has replaced my water pump and clutch and DMF previously. Good quality workmanship and only uses OE parts, or will fit your own supplied if good quality. 


When my water pump needed replacing I took in what I thought was a good quality after market part and Dave ‘declined’ to fit it and suggested I just go OE, which I did 😉👍🏻
 
Welcome to Bucks too 😀




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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/21 18:03:34 (permalink)
Thanks, 
 
I live in Berkhamsted, but years ago I used to work in Aylesbury and I'm sure there was a guy around Rabans Lane who did Porsche service but also Porsche 911 specific driver training. No sure if it's the same guy. 
 
My 964 is with Matt at the moment. I've also decided to put it into Daytona opposite him to have some bubbling around the scuttle fixed, but they are so busy it will be a month or two before they can start, and possibly a month or two to finish depending on how bad it is.  These things always take longer than you expect so  I'm currently quite tempted to buy a 996 as a stop gap non-essential transport while it's being finished
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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/03/23 07:53:40 (permalink)
NickW1000
 
My 964 is with Matt at the moment. I've also decided to put it into Daytona opposite him to have some bubbling around the scuttle fixed, but they are so busy it will be a month or two before they can start, and possibly a month or two to finish depending on how bad it is.  These things always take longer than you expect so  I'm currently quite tempted to buy a 996 as a stop gap non-essential transport while it's being finished




i used Daytona last year to refurb my wheels (there was some bubbling corrosion on the inner barrels, and I wanted the inners basalt black like the faces as they were factory ‘grey’ internally) and to address early signs of leading edge of lower sills becoming exposed / paint-bare from ‘gravel rash‘. 


They did a lovely job on both counts, very good quality work. 👍🏻

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Re: Which local Indie is best 2021/04/09 23:37:29 (permalink)
Thanks for all the advice. I picked up my car from RPM Technik this afternoon.
 
As I have only had the car for 9 months and it has now covered 100,000 miles, the primary reason was to have a full boroscope check done - just to make sure that it was worth spending money on. The cylinders all looked good, so I went ahead and had a new IMS bearing fitted and a major service. Whilst the engine was out, it made sense to replace various corroded brake and oil pipes at the same time. I also had the transmission and front diff oil changed, as I couldn't see that this had ever been done. I had a low temp thermostat and a new water pump fitted - as a preventative measure. Two new rear tyres and a few other bits and pieces. The car was with RPM  for two weeks, so as you can imagine this was a major investment in its future longevity. This car is definitely a keeper for me now.
 
I'm planning to put a few miles on the clock this weekend - whatever the weather. Even starting to plan a trip to Scotland for the NC500 later this year - Covid permitting.
 
The guys at RPM are great and kept me informed all along the way, so a big thank you to them.
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