AB Automotive

  • 4.9 of 5 stars
5 reviews

3209 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362, us

(805) 495-9797

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Hours
 
Specialties
Has ASE certified mechanics
Happily gives binding estimates
Guarantees all work for at least 1 month or 1000 miles
Loaners
No
Notes
 
They are always honest
4.8/5
They are competent
5.0/5
Their repair price is reasonable
4.8/5
They complete the work in a timely manner
4.6/5
They respond well when they screw something up
5.0/5
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
5.0/5
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
5.0/5
They are always honest
4.8/5
I would use this mechanic again
N/A
I would recommend this mechanic to others
N/A
They fix the problem the first time
4.6/5
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
4.8/5
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
4.2/5
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
1.5/5
Dec 26, 1999
Alex is the first mechanic without any gray hair that I have ever trusted to fix my 1960 Edsel. He's younger than the car but somehow he keeps it running better than the fellas who knew these cars when they were new. He also fixes our modern Taurus and Camaro extroirdinarily well. (Prefers to repair your modern cars, but is good enough to do our classics). He's overworked and understaffed so repairs can take a month (if you're unlucky) but I have enough cars not to care about that. I won't give out his phone number and help you compete for what little time he has left. But if you really need a good mechanic after the last monkey screwed up your car but good, call information in the 805 area code, under the city of Thousand Oaks CA. Ask for AB Automotive. His address is on Thousand Oaks Blvd, hidden behind a tire store. But only if you need a GOOD mechanic. Otherwise, you keep going to Iffy Lube so my car doesn't start taking 5 weeks instead of 4 to be fixed. (PS: He won't actually take 4 weeks with your modern cars. I let people who need their cars for transportation go ahead of me which is why my car stays so long. If you need a daily driver back the next day, he will do that too).
Feb 27, 2001
Pretty simple deal this time. Computer readout identified a busted temperature sensor that causes the car (saturn 92') to stall on cold mornings. The sensor was pegging and kept the engine too lean on the cold start. Cost was $120 total which seemed high but I'm a cheap bugger and that is probably reasonable considering the local. Anyway... real friendly service and he didn't even charge me for a computer screen a week later when I brought it back in. Seems the idle can be high 1500-2000 sometimes just after starting. Alex pulled the battery off to reset the computer (in the car). He checked the idle but it was dead on... probably cause I brought it in warm. Alex asked me to bring it in again if that didn't make a difference. It's hard to tell if it's better but I think it doesn't go above 1500RPM anymore even though I suspect something is still awry. My impression of Alex was low hype and high content. Thumbs up. later, _ Justin
Jun 07, 2004
Had a stalling problem with a '97 Bonneville that began at 70k miles while still under warranty with the dealership. The car would lose power while driving in stop and go traffic or turning and would die on a warm restart if the car was left for 3-5 minutes (7-11, Starbucks coffee run). Cold engine and leaving the car longer than 5 minutes would result in a normal start (although the Tach would dip as if it was going to stall). The dealership tried unsuccessfully until the 100k warranty expired. AB Automotive was a referral from Tire Pros in the same area of town. Tire Pros uses AB when it has something they don't repair. Determined it was a faulty ignition (cam)sensor that did not show up on the computer. Found out that this issue will not show up on the computer. Additional suggestions from AB has my car now at 117k, running like new. I did go back to the dealership to tell them and the mechanic assigned to my case how it was resolved so it might help others.
May 10, 2012
Aug 06, 2004
I own a 1965 Ford Mustang convertible which they have repaired several times. I plan on the shop replacing the rearend, and the clutch assembly on the Mustang. They are AAA certified also. We have also had them repair previous vehicles, a 1995 Dodge Dakota, and a Ford of which I don't remember the model.

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