Oaklyn Gulf

  • 4.5 of 5 stars
3 reviews

315 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn, NJ 08107, us

(856) 854-3185

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Specializes in Air Conditioning work
Has ASE certified mechanics
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Guarantees all work for at least 1 month or 1000 miles
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
Reminds you when routine maintenance is needed
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)
Oct 30, 2003
Dave and crew always provide honest, competent, and fast service at a reasonable price. He always takes time to explain the problem, and doesn't make you feel obligated to fix it. I have a car with several recalls, Dave always has me check with the dealer in case i can get the problem fixed for free!
Aug 11, 2006
I've ben visiting Dave and his crew at Oaklyn Gulf since I had my first car (a 79 Chevy Monza, which I purchased from him for $250, and ran for years!) He has since worked on all my cars (A VW, a Saab, a Suzuki), he is honest, if there is a problem with his work he fixes it right away, and in the meantime will chat about any topic you wish (not unlike the Car Talk guys). Sure his place looks a little gritty, what with the old cars and tires, and he's fighting an eminant domain suit, but to be honest just as the cliche of a thin chef, I wouldn;t trust a clean mechanic's shop...
Apr 18, 2012
  • Ganesh
Oaklyn Gulf review for cartalk.com Talking to Dave, the owner, is like talking to Click (or Clack, you know, the smarter one). He knows cars very well, especially the older ones such as mine ('89 Chevy 3/4 ton Van). I know old cars pretty well and can do most work myself. When I choose not to, I go to Dave. He will answer, or get the answer to my questions. There's no BS. What he knows, he knows, what he doesn't, he tells you he doesn't know. I've had one vehicle serviced there off and on for almost 15 years. He replaced an alternator with a lifetime warranty. It failed after 10 years. I showed him the receipt, no questions asked, he replaced it, charging me a fair rate only for labor. In another instance an EIM (Electronic Ignition Module) failed within the one year warranty period. Free replacement once again. He's earned my respect as an honest shop owner. The one down side. Perhaps he's as easy going with his crew as he is with his customers. Although the replacement parts get installed properly, almost every job has required some follow up. You know those left over bolts Tommy and Ray joke about? They're in Dave's Oaklyn Gulf. My experience with a variety of jobs- here's what I noticed. Engine cover left unbolted (they took care of it), Air intake hose- one bolt in, one bolt out. Fan shroud over radiator fan, original OEM black plastic pins replaced with flimsy (but perhaps sufficient) white zip ties. If they had been black and trimmed off at the ends, I probably would not have noticed. After replacing a radiator there were several bolts missing that should have held metal transmission cooler tubing to the frame. After the first missing bolt experience (air intake hose) I asked him what happened. He shrugged his shoulders. I asked him if he would replace it. He said he didn't know where the bolt was. I had to find my own replacement. After this, I didn't insist he replace the other missing fixtures. I figured I would be met with the same response. Either I accept the inattention of his workers to these details, or look for another shop. Because of the vehicles age, and the likelihood I will be replacing it before too much longer, I decided to continue using Oaklyn Gulf. I hope to replace the Van before any critical parts are left off after a repair. Because of the inattention to details, I doubt I would trust major engine/transmission work to this shop. Missing bolts meant to attach a cooling line running along a frame rail are one thing. Head bolts, crank shaft bolts and so on, all of which should be properly torqued are in a very different league. I will miss Dave when I get a newer vehicle. The van is basically an around town work vehicle. It doesn’t have to look great, it doesn’t have to go far from Oaklyn Gulf, where its been towed many times after an engine failure that Dave was supposed to have fixed. (I don’t blame him for this. Some sporadic problems are very difficult to diagnose.) If it’s out of service for a few days I can get by without it. If I get a newer nicer vehicle, I will be looking for a more modern and better equipped shop to take care of it. Due to the van’s age, there are fewer shops capable of dealing with the problems of this almost pre-computer vintage vehicle. It likes Dave’s shop and often tries to turn into his parking lot as I’m driving by. I keep intending to get a box of donuts to drop off for Dave & the crew but can’t coordinate the drop off time with the donut pickup. The donuts always disappear before I can get them to Dave’s shop. After several dedicated attempts to get the heart of an electrical problem, Dave was out of answers. I then took it to the shop across the street. They couldn't help, their mechanic was not trained to work on a 22 year old vehicle. Dave got the van (which wasn't running) back to his shop (probably pushed it across the street), replaced the EIM and it was running once again. For many repairs I think you can rely on Oaklyn Gulf to do the job. He's replaced a water pump, Alternator, Radiator and various other odds and ends. What Dave knows, he knows well. He won't try to pad the bill with unnecessary work. He's straight forward, honest and stands behind the Warranty he scribbles on his old timey hand written receipt. That's saying a lot in my opinion. It's the kind of mechanic I thought had become extinct. In trying to diagnose an electrical problem, I'm sure he spent a great deal more time trying to find it than he charged me for. I never had to worry about being over charged for labor or parts. I'm a bit of a stickler for details (bolts & such). If these seem trivial to you, or you have an older vehicle, take your car to Dave. You will get good, fair, honest service. BTW if you live near by, he may even give you a ride home & pick you up when your car is ready, FOR FREE! I don't think they make'm like that any more.

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