Louis Foreign Auto Repair

  • 5.0 of 5 stars
7 reviews

7301 Roosevelt Way Ne, Seattle, WA 98115, us

(206) 524-3366


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Guarantees all work for at least 12 months or 12000 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)
Jan 23, 2002
Dan is the man when it comes to Vanagon repair. He knows those rigs inside and out. Volkswagen vehicles are consistent in their issues - if the idle starts cutting out at 105,000 miles, it's the ECU. Really, it's the ECU. But Dan @ Louis takes it step further. He'll tell you that the grounding method used in Vanagon engines was inadequate from the factory and the ravages of time has only made it worse. He'll add several grounding lugs to the engine and you know what? The little electrical issues that all Vanagons seem to have disappear. Most of all, Dan is honest and he assumes that you are honest too. Honest enough to tell me that he is *not* the man when it comes to AC - the guys down the street at Wiede Electric are. And they are.
Apr 04, 2002
Me and all my VW Bus owning friends have been going to Dan for years. We would always tell someone who bought a bus that one of the best things about owning one is that you can take it to Dan at Louis. His Christian ethics shine through. Dan always gives you an estimate of MORE than the repair will cost, so you are never surprised when you get the bill. He uses cheap or used parts if you request it and he does great work. Nobody knows more about VWs than these guys. I had my 78 bus engine rebuilt by a semi-pro mechanic, and took it in to Louis when it was making a REALLY loud noise. Turns out the first guy forgot to put a plug in the California heads. Dan welded one in for me for cheap... problem solved. I highly resommend!
Nov 20, 2003
We love our VW van but were ready to sell because the engine would hesitate on every climb. We would slow down to 35-40 mph and wonder if we would even make it to our destination. We were never sure when we would be left stranded. We took the van to our mechanic several times and were told it is the "vanagon syndrome, don't you just hate that". Yes, we did. We looked on your web site and found Dan Richardson. He knew immediately what we were talking about because he had rebuilt a vanagon engine and was not satisfied with the results. He had discovered Tiico Volkswagan engines, a South African company that makes engines that fit perfectly in our Vanagon (91 Carat). Dan worked fast and efficiently. He was straight with us and even found a serious brake problem that we had been concerned about but our previous mechanic never spotted. After the normal breakin period for our new engine we were ready to test the beast. What a difference! Just starting the engine feels great, it has a ready rumble that exudes power and dependability. On the freeway we can accelerate right up to 70 mph no problem, yeah you still slow down on hills but it is a VW van, not a muscle car. Gas mileage is up to 20mpg. Our van is now everything we wanted. Dan and Tiico have transformed us from potential ex van owners into totally happy customers.
May 27, 2006
Dan has worked on my GTI and my fiance's Beetle. He has never overcharged us; in fact, we're not sure how he makes any money for the quality of work he does. He also tries his best to give you the best option while saving you money. Once my fiance's Beetle's oil pan had a hole in it; instead of immediately saying we needed to replace it, he took the time to clean it out completely to see if it's something he can fix (he showed it to me - it was spanking clean). They're also very fast with their work. I trust him competely not to rip me off, and I'm a woman and I'm not a car expert. I'd recommend him to anyone.
Apr 30, 2008
Dan is a great guy, and really knows Volkswagens. He has been able to take my car on short notice when I needed something done -- which was especially important when I cracked the oil pan on my Jetta!
Mar 04, 2009
Very knowledgeable and straight forward. Specializes in Audi/VW. Would recommend very highly
Oct 09, 2006
I always had trouble finding a decent mechanic to work on Volkswagens, both old and new, until Bow-Wow recommended Louis Foreign Car Repair to me. Dan Richardson, the owner, is a super nice guy and is very honest and reliable. The only time I had a problem, it was a bad part, and they replaced it for me at no cost. I had a brand new O-2 sensor malfunction and it had to be replaced after a month. Since it was the part, they took care of it. Dan doesn't usually charge labor fees just to assess a problem. They do excellent work and are very nice to me. I highly recommend them.

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