Punahou Repair Shop Incorporated

  • 3.8 of 5 stars
11 reviews

1558 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96826, us

(808) 941-7060


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Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
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)
Nov 06, 2011
Aug 24, 1997
Malcomb is sharp and efficient. He's seond generation; his dad was a terrrific mechanic too. He's retired now. Malcomb will let you know what is wrong and will talk about whether its worth it to fix it, or better to limp along a few more miles and then fix it, or if you had darn well better take care of this now. I have a woman friend who was told by her neighborhood mechaninc that she had this and that wrong and gave her a $1200 estimate for it all. She went in to Malcomb, sorted things out on the above basis and got just what she needed for about $375. They don't make appoiintments. Its first come first serve. So early morning is best. Usually you'll have your car back by the afternoon. It's a handy location, right nest to the Cinerama theater
Jul 22, 2008
I was referred to the Punahou Repair Shop by an office colleague much more experienced with cars and car mechanics than myself. Although he had never gone to the Punahou Repair Shop himself, friends had said good things about it. I have tried few other repair shops but this one, and only then due to an emergency or because of dealer warranty. Malcolm at Punahou has always been honest and thoughtful and his repair costs the lowest and fairest in town. He won't take advantage of customers' technical ignorance and try to add unnecessary repairs and costs not absolutely required.
Feb 09, 2007
A friend of mine recommended Malcom to me, saying that he 1) always did quality, fair-priced work, and 2) treated my friend's wife the same as he treated my friend (who is male). As I am a single female, I was really impressed with the latter accolade, and I have found my friend's words to be true. Malcom does a wonderful job on my car, and is never condescending or short with me. He is honest and priced fairly. He even once told me where I could get a part cheaper than at his shop! I recommend him to all of my friends.
Sep 04, 2003
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We were referred to Punahou Repair by this website, and have found all the comments to be true. They're honest, reliable and affordable! Even though we're on the other side of the island, it's well worth the inconvenience for the peace of mind.
Apr 17, 2006
Malcomb is one of the best and most honest mechanics I've ever known! I brought a Subaru in that had a radiator I had just replaced myself but seemed to be leaking. Smoke was also coming out of the engine. Malcomb fixed both problems (one problem was the drain plug and the other was oil that had leaked on the exhaust pipes) within 5 minutes and did not charge me a penny. He also treats my wife with respect and gave her the best wave of her life while surfing in Waikiki. A truly good, honest mechanic!
Mar 12, 2007
Malcolm and the guys at Punaho are just terrific. They take care of my wife's car as well as mine, my friend's etc. All because they have always done a great job at a great price. Malcolm is the kind of mechanic who will tell you what's wrong, what needs to be fixed, and what is just minor and isn't worth the money. My wife went there by herself and he recommended she go somewhere else for tires because it's cheaper. You don't get that type of honesty anywhere. I brought my car in and didn't even mention a chronic alignment problem. When I got the car back Malcolm had noticed it on his test drive and repaired it, no charge; I hadn't mentioned it because I had been told by two mechanics that it was not fixable. Everyone I know now goes there for car problems. Thanks Malcolm!!
Jul 12, 2008
Malcolm is very honest. My clutch was totally not working and I had to have it towed to his shop. I thought for sure he would have to replace the clutch and I would have believed him if he told me so. Instead he said he just needed to tighten this and that... $60 and i was out of there the next day. VERY HONEST. I've been bringing the Suzuki to him for the past 5 years. I wish he fixed BMW's. He could save me a lot of money.
Mar 30, 2010
The power steering on our 2002 Subaru Outback was making a horrible noise, and, in turn, it was extremely tough to turn the wheel at slow speeds. Searching the internet, I found a mechanic who had posted an explanation that this was a common problem for 2000 - 2004 Subaru, and that most likely it was not the power steering pump, but rather the alternator and timing belts were causing the problem. I started calling around to mechanics explaining the situation, and what I found on the internet. You can imagine the responses I got as they were pretty similar to walking into a doctor's office and telling the doctor you knew what was wrong because you did a little research on the internet. After calling over 10 places, I finally called Punahou Repair, and, to my utter surprise, they actually listened to me. When I brought the car in, I talked with Lance, explained the problem and told him about my research. He didn't laugh at me, told me he had never heard of this problem, but that before they started looking at the power steering pump they would check these belts. In the end, something that I thought was going to cost me over a grand cost only $114. My wife and I just moved back to Honolulu, and we have found our mechanics. These guys are the BEST!
Sep 06, 2011
Good work, and good advice for long-term care of the vehicle.

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