Aldo's Performance Motors

  • 4.6 of 5 stars
4 reviews

1101 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109, us

(415) 543-2536

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They are always honest
4.5/5
They are competent
5.0/5
Their repair price is reasonable
4.8/5
They complete the work in a timely manner
4.5/5
They respond well when they screw something up
4.5/5
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
4.8/5
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
4.0/5
They are always honest
4.5/5
I would use this mechanic again
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I would recommend this mechanic to others
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They fix the problem the first time
4.5/5
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
4.3/5
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
5.0/5
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
5.0/5
May 25, 2000
Aldo, actually there are two Aldos. Little Aldo specializes in Porsches. He loves them and he loves his work! He (re)built me a 911 ground up! So, I know this character, and boy is he a character! He will crack you up with his coarse confabulations. Anyway, he knows older Porsches! Recently, one weekend, my starter was leaving me stranded intermittently. I called Aldo on a Friday from LA, he said come; I roll started the 911 and dashed to LA. Aldo replaced the battery telling me it was looking so-so. It had 11 months left on the sticker. The car started! I visited a friend and I left for LA the next day. In Hayward I stopped for gas, it was Sunday. And, you guessed it – the car would not start – dead at the pump. I called Aldo – he was in – it was Sunday. He agonized over the problem. At 5:30pm Sunday I rolled into his garage after roll starting the '78 SC. Aldo told me that he'd fix it and to return Monday morning first thing. I walked into the shop at 8am and he was working on it! He said he knew the problem. In front of me he pulled the starter and called a DC motor rebuilder, Aldo has a great network of subs, and in 20 minutes – I kid you not – the motor guy popped into the shop to pickup the starter. He told the guy to rebuild it ASAP. The starter was back in 1.5 hours. I could not believe it! Aldo put the starter into the car in 20 minutes. …200 starts later and still going!!! The only thing you have to do with Aldo is keep on him a bit and if it's in your nature – bargain a bit. He does treat woman a bit nicer than men, but that's because he is single….
Jun 22, 2001
When I moved to San Francisco my car was relatively new and unencumbered by the repair process. After a year of city driving the brakes gave out and knowing nothing except that my car was making a terrible skreeching noise I needed to find a mechanic--quick. My dad suggested that I ask my friend the Doctor who he used. He figured the Doctor would have a nice car and thereby a good mechanic. He was only partly right, my friend had a clunker of a car, but great mechanics! Unlike the first reviewer the Aldo that works on my car is the Big Aldo (you will understand when you go there). He worked for over 15 years at a shop that specialized in Japanese cars and even had my car for a number of years (a Nissan Sentra). The first time I pulled into Aldo Performance Motor I was intimidated by the Porsches and BMWs that are all over the shop, but both Aldos are so sincere, honest, and kind that I immediately felt comfortable. I never get the sense that they are trying to fool me or do something unnecessary to my car. One time after a brake job (get used to it if you live in SF--at least every two years some brake parts need to be replaced) a pad was put on wrong. I went back the next day and they fully admitted the problem, fixed it right away, and apologized. I agree with the first reviewer that they do treat women very well. They explain things without talking down to me and I really appreciate that. Besides it's worth it to call and hear, "This is Aldo." "Hi, Aldo. I have the Nissan Sentra in for the CV boot replacement." "Oh, just a second. You need to talk to the other Aldo. Aldo . . ."
Nov 30, 2005
Aldo - the owner of the shop is one h_ll of a mechanic. For the last six years he has worked on my 911. I see him all too often, but that is not his fault, my Porsche is very old. He knows the old stuff – I constantly see him rebuilding motors, tyrannies and almost all parts of Porsches. All Aldo works on are Porsches. His prices are reasonable! He'll let you bring your own parts – even your own oil if you're as shamelessly cheap as I am. A few years ago I had him rebuild my engine – no one can believe that I have 242,000 miles on my baby. I love the power, but it was the sound that amazed me the most. Last year he did a competition clutch including parts for $1600 – that was a deal! But, I think it is the fact that he will go out of his way to accommodate good customers: once he took my car in on a Sunday – AAA towed it into his shop. And, more than a few times he has stayed late into the evening to get my car going so I could be back to San Jose before the next business day. The guy cares. Sure he's a bit hard of hearing and a bit gruff acting - but, don't let it put you off – he is the best Bay Area mechanic I know (I'm an engineer and truly do know) who works exclusively on Porsches.
Mar 08, 2010
I have been going to Aldo for many years. When I have tried another shop that claimed to know how to work on Porsches, I had to take it to Aldo to redo the repair and it was less expensive! He even helped me on a Sunday when I needed to tow my car in! I learned my lesson and now I have peace of mind.

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