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Waldir up at intermecanica built my car and he's an incredible guy and I absolutely love his shop but its about 3 hours from me. Looking for some trustworthy places on long island. Anyone have any suggestions? Just for servicing, tunes, ect. Thanks!
 

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Thanks for not yelling. ;)

I'm not local to you or I would give you some recommendations. Good luck.
 

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Most servicing can be done by almost anyone (assuming they don't drop your car off a lift).

It's a Toyota drivetrain.

Not sure what "tunes" means, but most ppl don't get new programs very often.

Is there a LI owners' group?
 

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Most servicing can be done by almost anyone (assuming they don't drop your car off a lift).

It's a Toyota drivetrain.

Not sure what "tunes" means, but most ppl don't get new programs very often.

Is there a LI owners' group?
I'd be careful with that thinking ...yes it's a toyota drivetrain but getting to things and all of the other peculiarities make this car tricky to work on for an unfamiliar mechanic.
 

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You can try out Real Auto Dynamics in Oceanside. I've gone to them previously for routine things like an oil change. I've been going to Intermecanica a lot recently. Huntington Autosport is also a Lotus dealer in Huntington Station.
 

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I'd be careful with that thinking ...yes it's a toyota drivetrain but getting to things and all of the other peculiarities make this car tricky to work on for an unfamiliar mechanic.
I understand, but cannot agree.

If I can do it, a pro mechanic certainly can.

Even when stuff is hard to reach, the path is usually pretty obvious.

E.g. Had to change an a/c hard line and access clearly required removing the RH rear wheel and fender liner. Added 20 minutes to job, but still easy.
 

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Hudson Historics.

Go there. They are the right people....

-Phil
 

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I understand, but cannot agree.

If I can do it, a pro mechanic certainly can.

Even when stuff is hard to reach, the path is usually pretty obvious.

E.g. Had to change an a/c hard line and access clearly required removing the RH rear wheel and fender liner. Added 20 minutes to job, but still easy.
I plan on doing oil changes ect on my own but I work crazy crazy hours so sometimes It makes my life a lot easier to just have a reputable mechanic do servicing. I plan on getting my hands dirty though and learning the ins and outs of the car as long as I can find the time :) absolutely love this car, i've never had so much fun driving in my life. Great purchase.
 

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I understand, but cannot agree.

If I can do it, a pro mechanic certainly can.

Even when stuff is hard to reach, the path is usually pretty obvious.

E.g. Had to change an a/c hard line and access clearly required removing the RH rear wheel and fender liner. Added 20 minutes to job, but still easy.
I think you under estimate an owners own care when working on a car. Possibly even your own skills.

I am unfortunately a poster child of what can go wrong even when working with well known mechanics and shops.
 

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What happened to you? Do share? :(
Well you can follow one link I have for Monkey Wrench Racing in my footer.

Basically well know "toyota" specialized shops try to work on my car and royally screwed it up. Just because one is a Toyota mechanic does not mean they can and should work on your car.

I had Monkey Wrench Racing, Hass Turbo and a few others work on my car and they fu(ked it up royally. All while paying these popular shops thousands of dollars.

All I'm saying is a "toyota" drivetrain does not constitute it as being the same as working on a Celica or Vibe and competent with the Lotus. Sharing the engine and tranny is only bit a smidget of knowing how to properly work on these cars. Not that they are uber complicated but they are different and very delicate to mistakes.
 

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You can try out Real Auto Dynamics in Oceanside. I've gone to them previously for routine things like an oil change. I've been going to Intermecanica a lot recently. Huntington Autosport is also a Lotus dealer in Huntington Station.
Autosport had to do my oil recall 2x and when I got my car it was still covered in oil and some how duct tape was used because when I got it back duck tape was all over my seats, and I wouldn't take my car back their for a car wash, if you want a shop contact bnr, its jr's shop and he has a lotus, great guy and I herd nothing but good things
 

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Autosport had to do my oil recall 2x and when I got my car it was still covered in oil and some how duct tape was used because when I got it back duck tape was all over my seats, and I wouldn't take my car back their for a car wash, if you want a shop contact bnr, its jr's shop and he has a lotus, great guy and I herd nothing but good things
I've never gone there and after hearing this never will. This isn't the first complaint I've heard against them.
 
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