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Old 09-04-2011, 01:42 AM   #1
belacane
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Default SUBARU mechanic in Chicago (non dealer)

I wish I knew enough about my subie and had the tools and time to do everything myself, but I don't.

My question is... are there any mechanics in Chicago (besides the dealerships obviously) that know SUBARUs specifically and have experience with them?

Of all the halfway decent mechanics I'd dealt with since I got my WRX, most of them say they have very little experience with a car like mine, or Subaru in general, and that makes me a little nervous. I don't like that sometimes I (who doens't know very much) seem to know more than most mechanics who do the work on my baby.
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Old 09-04-2011, 10:36 AM   #2
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I know 6 Star had some great mechanics that know Subaru's inside and out.

http://www.sixstarmotorsports.com/

There are at least a good handful of good Subaru shops in the area. I have been to P&L and GRD also and they have some great people there too. Know you are going to get a good amount of replies on this subject.
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:38 PM   #3
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P&L being the one in Franklin Park?

Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2011, 05:58 AM   #4
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Depends on where you are in IL but I vote for Six Star! Great guys!
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:29 AM   #5
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What kind of work do you need done? I can work on subarus, so can alot of people here. You are asking a vague question since everyone one this site is a mechanic(cause we have tools) or tuner(cause we have a taxtic cable and a laptop).

Noah's time is wasted.....
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:52 PM   #6
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well... I don't have my own tools, so any work that happens to pop up when friends aren't available (my '02 WRX bugeye has a rather 'abusive' past... so lots of things lately have been needed to keep her running).

I wish I had tools, but in the mean time, I want to know names of reputable places / specific mechanics who DON'T say "oh wow, a Subaru, hardly ever see these here... WRX? what's that?" (In other words, little to no experience with subies).

No one's time is wasted
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Old 09-05-2011, 02:00 PM   #7
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try the search button, but since im such a nice guy here's the list-( in alphabetical order)

AMS - West Chicago
GRD- Villa Park
P&L- Franklin Park
Six Star Motorsports- Schaumburg
Stricly Subarus (sense of nature)- Bartlett

If i missed any shops, i don't care.....
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:11 PM   #8
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I have a guy in Libertyville who works out of his garage - he has a "racecar" 06 STI and does great work at low prices. PM me if you want his info.
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:37 PM   #9
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+1 to Six Star Motorsports real friendly staff
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Old 09-06-2011, 03:46 AM   #10
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I say go to six star! Dewey will bend over backwards to get the job done! And they won't rob your wallet. Their currently building my 07 Sti
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:16 PM   #11
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Feel free to give us a call at our shop! We would be glad to help you out.
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Old 09-07-2011, 02:52 AM   #12
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try the search button, but since im such a nice guy here's the list-( in alphabetical order)

AMS - West Chicago
GRD- Villa Park
P&L- Franklin Park
Six Star Motorsports- Schaumburg
Stricly Subarus (sense of nature)- Bartlett

If i missed any shops, i don't care.....

you're a wonderful guy! Thanks
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Old 09-19-2011, 03:59 PM   #13
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Hi there. I am wondering if you found a mechanic that specializes in Subaru without going to the dealer. I have a 2003 Sub Impreza that has been always taken to Evanston Subaru, but they charge a fortune. I am looking for a good mechanic that knows Subarus. Thank you. By the way, the current issue that I have is with the gas tank. It shuts off even though the tank is not full.
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Old 09-19-2011, 06:31 PM   #14
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^ reading prior posts is this guys strong point
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Old 09-19-2011, 09:32 PM   #15
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a little off topic but which would be a good place to dyno
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:00 PM   #16
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a little off topic but which would be a good place to dyno
AMS, call and talk to Cblack or Mitch.
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:36 PM   #17
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I have a guy in Libertyville who works out of his garage - he has a "racecar" 06 STI and does great work at low prices. PM me if you want his info.
I can vouch for this guy too. Extremely knowledgeable and cheap. He did a downpipe, up-pipe, plugs and compression check for me. Then he took the time to load on my Stage 2 software and datalog on the road with me to make sure everything was up to snuff.

If you want to avoid all the shop drama he's your man. PM for details.
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Old 09-22-2011, 12:09 AM   #18
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Just got my car back from 6star. Couldn't be happier. Great people.
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Hi. Not sure how to PM on this site but interested in details on the mechanic in Libertyville.
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:51 PM   #20
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Long shot since this thread is pretty old, but does anyone have any recommendations where to take my 09 STI that is knocking?
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Old 08-24-2018, 10:17 AM   #21
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Long shot since this thread is pretty old, but does anyone have any recommendations where to take my 09 STI that is knocking?


P&L Motorsports in Lisle. Talk to Kathy.
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Old 09-04-2018, 03:46 AM   #22
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try the search button, but since im such a nice guy here's the list-( in alphabetical order)

AMS - West Chicago
GRD- Villa Park
P&L- Franklin Park
Six Star Motorsports- Schaumburg
Stricly Subarus (sense of nature)- Bartlett

If i missed any shops, i don't care.....
Much appreciated!
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