Fuji Auto

  • 4.8 of 5 stars
9 reviews

2155 E Colorado Blvd #4, Pasadena, CA 91107, us

(626) 405-1818


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Happily gives binding estimates
They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Jan 17, 1999
My Lexus speedometer failed and Lexus said it would require getting into the transmission to fix - a $2500-3500 problem. After seven months without a speedometer I took it to Fuji Auto who fixed it for $50.
Jul 15, 2007
I have always hated taking my car to get repaired. Because I always feel like I am paying way too much or paying for repairs that are not really necessary. Until Now! I have finally found a place that is fair and honest. I have taken my car to Fuji Auto three times now and generally this is what happens: 1) He takes a look at the work and gives me a very competitive quote. 2) He does the work and when he sees additional minor repairs/adjustments he goes ahead and does that too. 3) He gives me the final bill and after sales tax it is less than the original quote. And the guy knows what he is doing. After talking to him, I learned that he worked for Toyota over in Japan for many years before coming to the states. Then he worked as the manager for this garage for several more years and recently he has purchased the shop from the owner in the spring of '07. He has a bit of a Japanese accent and so sometimes it is a little challenging to understand all of what he says. But I don't even care anymore because I know that he will fix only what is needed at a very fair price and he will get it done right.
Jan 28, 2009
I own a 1997 Acura 3.5RL and a 1995 Lexus LS400. These guys (Haji) specialize in repair of Japanese autos and are terrific. They are reasonably priced and know their cars. I initially drove in and expressed aggravation with the quality of the radio in the Lexus and they popped the trunk, fixed the problem and when I offered to pay, Haji wouldn't hear of it. I had he go through the Lexus and tell me what needed to be done and I liked his approach regarding what absolutely needed to be repaired and what was not urgent. Good group of mechanics and based upon what I paid for servicing at two other mechanics, these guys are very reasonable.
Jan 28, 2009
He was nice, upfront, quick, professional, and got the job done with factory parts at honest prices (This was after quotes from different places. A AAA shop even quoted me different prices for a timing belt and a drive belt, which is the same thing in my car). So this is our family mechanic from now on!
Feb 28, 2009
One principle I learned about car service is it's easier to find a reputable indie shop for more unique vehicles like BMW and Subaru's just by hopping onto enthusiast forums. But when it comes to commodity vehicles such as many Toyota, Honda, and Nissan models out there, it's difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff. I serviced my 96 Camry at Toyota dealer with mixed results. Some questionable diagnosis and service include: engine oil flushes along with the boring ol' oil change, headlamp bulbs continually replaced every 2 months, ICV replacement every 3-6 months (this is a $300-$500 job on a Camry!!), persistent thumping against underbody / chassis over bumps, and just a general sense of flagrant overcharging and unnecessary service. This was all during the dark & dreary pre-yelp days of the interweb. And back then, after I moved to Pasadena and the odo rolled over 100K miles, I was desperate to find *anyone* in LA who was reputable to service my import daily drivers. Let's see here-- Caltech is in Pasadena-- and legend is that Caltech is full of freakishly smart people. And because they're smart, they're probably shrewd as well, especially with the limited budgets they live off of. So, the search was on-- who would reign champ as the indie import car service shop among Caltech students?? Fuji Auto won by a landslide with 4 total testimonials! All this was before Fuji Auto of Pasadena back in 2004. Fuji Auto has completely changed my life since then. Sure, the first few times @ Fuji, I was just as suspicious of them as I was of any other shop. But after I realized they weren't recommending unnecessary service and found myself saving anywhere from 30-90% on *every job* compared to any authorized dealer, I was sold. Here's some of the examples of where they've helped: - No more engine oil flushes with my oil changes. An oil change is just an oil change is just an oil change. $20 saved ea. time. - Headlamp socket changed out-- $30. No more headlamp bulbs burning out, costing $30 each time. - ICV replacement reduced by 25-50%. Meanwhile, if the ICV acted up, Fuji simply tried cleaning it out and wanted to be kept in the loop. Cleaning ICV costs ~$70 vs. $300-$500 to replace. - Persistent thumping against bottom of chassis over bumps-- Although unfortunately never completely eliminated, Fuji actually took the time to repeatedly re-bend my exhaust piping before we got it to a tolerable level. You can't imagine how much valuable time this took from Fuji. And then there were others like: - When I bought my '01 Accord in 12/2007, the "H" emblems were missing. Another shop wanted to charge more than $200 for parts and labor because they insisted the front bumper needed to be taken off in order to insert the front "H" emblem. Fuji Auto-- $50 for both front and back. On top of it all, Hajime spent many years servicing Toyotas in Japan while, along the way, acquiring the highest-level Toyota technician certification where, not only was there a written exam, but also a lab portion with a few random parts, a list of reported symptoms, and a Toyota adjudicator present at all times-- with a stopwatch. Who better to trust your car with? FYI, his shop is spare, there are no displays of extravagance like fancy HDTV's and leather couches, and he provides no rentals. Appts highly recommended.
Jun 14, 2009
I found this place through the mechanics files and absolutely love him. Everything they say is true, simple, to the point. I don't have to worry about anything, he just takes care of things at a reasonable price. I go to him for EVERYTHING.
Nov 26, 2009
I had taken my car to a body shop, because it did not drive straight after I hit a curb. They told me $2000 to change the entire suspension, because everything was bent. I went to Fuji Auto. When I made the appointment, he told me that if everything needs to be changed, it's going to be close to $1000. I went to the appointment, and there was nothing wrong with the car. I already suspected that, after doing my own inspection at home. The mechanic checked the car thoroughly. Nothing damaged. I asked him to change my oil, so his time would not be wasted. I saw him checking the tire pressure, too. This is my mechanic from now on.
Mar 06, 2010
I've taken my '95 Civic to Fuji Auto for 6 years (2003 - 2009) I have been really happy with them throughout this time. The shop specializes in Japanese cars. I was a student in Pasadena so I didn't always have a lot of cash to pour into the car, but Hajime was always willing to explain what REALLY needed to be replaced and what could wait. Through all these years, they have not failed me once! This is quite a small shop; if you are used to the going to the dealership, this probably would not be for you. Also, I always called up first before taking my car there, which worked well for me. I just moved from Pasadena, CA to Madison, WI last week, and I hope I can find a place to replace Fuji Auto over here... :(
May 26, 2010
Discovered them kinda at random years ago with my previous Honda and have never gone anywhere else! Completely honest (like when you take your car in thinking the clutch is going, and they call you that its just the cable that needs adjustment: $20.00) Or when you need new brakes, they call you "The front are almost done, but back still have 45% left, so maybe we don't change them yet?". I would trust them with any car they will work on (only Japanese models)

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