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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 12:04 am    Post subject: Bristol/Gloucester Indies? Reply with quote

My Indie of choice has retired and the business has now closed (Brian Woodward).
Can anyone personally recommend any other respectable indies in the North Bristol area? I would travel further afield if a loan car is on offer.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cameron cars at Chippenham seems to have a good reputation ( not used them personally as I always used OPC)
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I also use OPC (Swindon), as I’ve found no one else around that I’m comfortable with. I drive over to RPM for the stuff the OPC won’t do, but they’re not any better value in my experience.
 
  
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks chaps, I appreciate the comments.

Does anyone have any experience of OPC Bristol? I only intend for them to carry out a regular service (Millers Nano supplied by myself - which I believe they will agree to?) I also am due a brake fluid refresh and will ask them if they will fit my HEL brake lines whilst they are at it but not sure what their stance will be on that.....
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scholester wrote:
Thanks chaps, I appreciate the comments.

Does anyone have any experience of OPC Bristol? I only intend for them to carry out a regular service (Millers Nano supplied by myself - which I believe they will agree to?) I also am due a brake fluid refresh and will ask them if they will fit my HEL brake lines whilst they are at it but not sure what their stance will be on that.....


I have used Bristol couple of times for my Turbo in the past, had no issues.
Regarding your requests I would suggest ringing the service dept before hand to avoid disappointment 👍
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 01, 2019 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Scholester wrote:

Does anyone have any experience of OPC Bristol?


I use Bristol to service and MOT mine and they have been really good with me. They do fixed priced servicing so dare I say pretty affordable as well IMO. If you join Tipec you get reduced labour rates as well £85+VAT for a 997.1 (£90 for a 997.2) and 12.5% off parts.

Mine was in there for it's 8yr service end of last week and they were top, had a Cayman for two days which was a grower (hated it for the first 20 miles and then grew to quite like it).

As said give them a bell and see if they will use your oil/ fit your brake lines.

For other work I use SCS in Honiton, again really good, great value and know their stuff and well worth the 60 mil trip.

Cameron have a good rep, however when I contated them they were rubbish at getting back to me and quoted higher rates than OPC Bristol so I drew a line through them.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2019 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

maph wrote:
Scholester wrote:

Does anyone have any experience of OPC Bristol?


I use Bristol to service and MOT mine and they have been really good with me. They do fixed priced servicing so dare I say pretty affordable as well IMO. If you join Tipec you get reduced labour rates as well £85+VAT for a 997.1 (£90 for a 997.2) and 12.5% off parts.

Mine was in there for it's 8yr service end of last week and they were top, had a Cayman for two days which was a grower (hated it for the first 20 miles and then grew to quite like it).

As said give them a bell and see if they will use your oil/ fit your brake lines.


For other work I use SCS in Honiton, again really good, great value and know their stuff and well worth the 60 mil trip.

Cameron have a good rep, however when I contated them they were rubbish at getting back to me and quoted higher rates than OPC Bristol so I drew a line through them.

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Thanks Maph and Slayer - really very useful comments which I have considered.
After ringing OPC Bristol a couple of times (had to chase them) it was a case of 'computer says no' so I tried Cameron Sports Cars. Whilst I had to chase them a little also, I was happy with what I was hearing and booked my car in.
My experience with them was absolutely excellent. They are a relatively recently established firm (around six years) but they have a couple of ex-Bristol OPC mechanics (Tim & Dean) with many years experience who were very happy to show me around the very impressive facilities and talk all things Porsche and more (they had some fantastic machinery in).
They had no issues with me supplying the Millers Nano oil and Mahle filter - which I had obtained from Opie - whilst carrying out a small service incl. Brake fluid change.
Tom was at hand to ferry me to and from the local eatery whilst the work was carried out and had a diligent approach to ensuring everything was right for me.
I have left a very positive Google Review of my experience and would happily recommend them to anyone needing an alternative Independant in the future. Yes, they are busy so be sure to book a number of weeks in advance, but the modern, clean facilities, enthusiastic approach and fair pricing means a huge thumbs-up from me.
Thanks again for the recommendations - it's what helps make this forum great.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 22, 2019 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad all went well! 👍
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2002 Porsche 996 Carrera 4

PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been using Neil Garner, now renamed Kudu Automotive, in Kemble to service my 996 C4. They do lot of Porsche work i think.

https://kudu-automotive.co.uk/car-services
 
  
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 03, 2020 4:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry m8 - only just seen this.

I use Martin Doughty at Porschemode - he's based just outside the City center; he's a good spanners guy and doesn't take the piss.

I highly recommend him:
07946 013921
Martin@porschemode.com
www.porschemode.com


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