Frenz Brake & Automotive Service

  • 4.8 of 5 stars
12 reviews

2749 Nicollet Avenue (corner of 28th & Nicollet Avenue(, Minneapolis, MN 55408, us

(612) 871-5953

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Has ASE certified mechanics
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Radiator 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)
Dec 29, 1997
This is a third generation family garage. I find attention there that I don't at other garages. They always laugh when they hear the word "Midas." They say it is their best providor of customers.
Mar 05, 1999
These guys have consistently been honest and reasonable. They do what's necessary - without "piling on". This has been a family business (they've got some great pictures on the wall) since the 20s or 30s. Location is not that great (28th and Nicollet), but they'll drop you off (usually in your car) downtown. Last time in, I had an usual problem with a Toyota: the transmission reverse light would go on when the brake was pressed. The Toyota dealer did not have any explanation. At Frenz, he remembered a small circuit board in the trunk that controls the lights. While an outrageously expensive part (from Toyota), it fixed the problems with a low labor cost.
Jan 08, 2000
Experiences: 1) The first time the mechanic got in to listen to the car noise while I drove, although then, of course, the car refused to make the noise. I was impressed by their willingness to take the time to do this as soon as I arrived and without my having to leave the car, because it saved me a lot of time in needless bus rides. 2) The second time I already knew the problem, and after getting several cost estimates from other places I usually consider reasonable, I took the car there because their estimate was much less ($70 vs. $130), and the final cost came under estimate. 3) My car needs a new muffler, but I already have one sent to me by the company that carries the lifetime warranty. Unlike some national chains, they are willing to install a muffler I didn't buy there. 4) This place was recommended to me by a friend.
May 17, 2000
These guys have been in business since the 20's, third generation now, basically at the same location. Good old germans (I can say that...I'm latino.) Honest like hell. One day I lost my check book at their shop and as soon as I got to work, there was a message from them. Have used them for over 10 years. Toom bad than don't do motors and transmissions. Thanks for your service. JDM
Jan 11, 2005
I've been going to Frenz for years. They've always been honest, helpful, and just fun folks. One time my truck quit running on the highway and I had it towed to their shop. Turns out it was out of gas! Even though they could have, they didn't treat me like I was dumb. They laughed with me and said it happens to the best of us.
Dec 11, 2008
These folks are amazing! I damaged my vehicle after the first snowstorm by sliding on some ice into a curb, after which it made very funny sounds. I brought it to these folks and they looked at it for over an hour--put it on the lift and everything--and charged me NOTHING for diagnosis! They couldn't fix the problem because the car is foreign, so they sent me to another (wonderful) shop that could. I will forever go to these guys. They are fabulous!!
Dec 11, 2003
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Thank you for all the kind words about us. 2003 has been a very difficult year for us and all the auto repair industry. Car talk has sent us more than a few customers over the years. I've been employed there for 8+ years and look forward to serving more of your visitors in the future. Thanks again, you do a great service! p.s I do remember that van.. can't believe nobody else could fix it! respectfully, Barry
Nov 07, 2011
Sep 23, 2005
We've been going here five years, and are now moving away so we thought we should recommend them as a way of thanks. They've been great at explaining what needs to be done when, and what the implications are for not getting something done. They've always been very quick except when waiting for a part. They also made excellent recommendations for tire service (Theis Bros.) and body work (Paramount)--with Frenz' recommendation we didn't even bother shopping around. The student discount is especially nice since they aren't even located close to the University.
Jul 19, 2007
This is where I take my car when Dave from the Powderhorn Garage isn't available. I recently took my car to them for a second opinion after being told my air conditioner needed a new compressor. They could have convinced it was true and charged me a lot, instead they told me the truth and only charged me for a recharge. They're honest and easy to work with.

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