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XTREME SCOOBIES = Real Life Bad Experience

I am NOT sorry to put a damper on them for everyone who thinks they are great, but I loyally used Xtreme in Boreham for years (2003 – 2006) for my modded Impreza’s as they hired out a twin catted exhaust for MOT purposes, so you could pass the emissions. I had previously used Scoobysport and had gotten to know and trust Knowlsey as a result.

Because they were a long way away (90mile round trip), I would drive there early one week day, drop the car off as they opened and get a train to the city and then collect the car on the Saturday after the MOT was completed and an appropriate annual service completed.

My car always seemed to have more road-test miles and less petrol than I had expected on its return though. This bugged me, but I never pushed it. (Other people have since mentioned the same observation - so this was never a one-off).


One workday, the day after dropping it off, I get a panicked call from Paul himself saying that my car is stuck on his driveway (or the roadside) at home with the engine running and doors locked - as he had ‘left it running to clear the windows’ and the Blackjax had automatically locked the doors with the keys inside (it has to be left running and unlocked a fair while for BJx to do that!). He had then left it there at home and driven all the way to work in another car (his wife’s I assume) to get my phone number.



Would I mind going over there and giving them a spare key??, otherwise my car would be sat on their drive all day until the petrol runs out?
Guess how I felt about Xtreme Scoobies after that?????


I was actually lucky (due to my own personal forsight, not their stupidity), as I had an un-chipped door key blade hidden within the exterior car bodywork, otherwise my normally garaged car which had already be left at risk overnight would have then been subjected to a prolonged bore-wash exercise.

The conclusion was therefore, that the nicer and more powerful Scoobs get used for personal fun if left with them.

I'll never trust them or recommend them as a result.


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I now use Larkins Automotive Services, a mobile mechanic and Subaru specialist who covers Kent and surrounding area for my cars.
Mobile Mechanic Kent Maidstone Sittingbourne | Larkins Automotive Services
Dean Larkins – 07950 953 824

Alternatively, Craig at Sabre Vehicle Services in Gillingham is a popular choice for people who need full workshop services.
Sabre Vehicle Services
Craig – 01634 360693
 

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Mobile Mechanic, Tim Farmer (Ex Zen Performance). Good guy and cheap :smile:

He is based in Cambridgeshire but will travel (Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex etc)

07880661866
 

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I can recommend Martin, who heads up Sheffield Subaru Service , based in Attercliffe, South Yorks.

Martin's a top bloke, ex-Montys/Europa, and he comes with all the diagnostic kit as well :)))

I have only experienced honesty, trustworthyness, and happy vibes from him and his right-hand-man. They don't make you spend money on unnecessary crap, they give an honest opinion and will also sort you out a treat come MOT time (if you have a de-cat as I do / as most of Sheffield Scooby boys do!).

Extra Bonus: meets take place here on the first Monday of the month, 7pm onwards. Result!

cheers

Mike
 

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One to avoid:

Ed's treads in Watford (They also have a garage in Ayelsbury and Hemel Hempstead)
I had used them a few times before for MOT's and a belt change. But they did a shocking job trying to replace a few valves. I managed to get my monies back off them and have since heard so many bad stories about them ripping people off, pretending to do work and their workmanship is very very poor. They manage to cause more damage then they fix.
 

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Thought that I'd added my 2p's worth to this but don't seem to have:

I have used :

Scoobyclinic in Chesterfield, work quality has always seemed very good, but their phone answering can be a bit hit and miss in my experience. However a lot of the Midland Scoobies guys swear by this place, and my recent experiences have been much improved over my historical frustrations. So it seems they have now sorted this out, which is a definite plus.

Scoobyworld in Loughborough, have been looking after my FSTI since I got it, Neil, Wendy and Scott, very knowledgeable and friendly. It may well go there for the STI suspension fit and geometry when it turns up depending upon how the mapping options pan out at:

Scooby Projects in Ledbury. Keith is a top no nonsense block, a Lancashire lad originally (but I try not to hold that against him :biggrin: ) who will give it to you striaght, provide you with a list of options for any given situation, and provide a recommendation as well based on his experience. They did the rebuild on my STI V5 wagon engine, and I was very pleased with the result. He's is also partnered up with Bob Rawle for providing engine mapping.
 

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Just opened near Wantage, Oxfordshire...

Home - trackdaytoyz

Not a Subaru specialist but a couple of proper mechanics who love what they do.

They've just done a great job welding me up an exhaust for the Z3 from 3 part-good donor parts and I'll be happily taking the car back then when it next needs a service... I will use them for the Impreza too on the occasions where I don't have the time to do a job myself.
 

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For South Manchester/Cheshire and Derbyshire areas Autotecnica in Buxton, gets my vote

Subaru Specialists, Buxton, Derbyshire & Macclesfield, Cheshire | Autotecnica Subaru Call Adam or Jamie

They were the ONLY garage to immediately diagnose a faulty component. Monks Heath Subaru (no longer a franchise) and Prosport Stockport (bad experience) did not :banana:

With the added bonus of some great driving roads to get to them:woohoo:
 

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Dealer Warranty servicing recommendations around London UK

Hello all , I have just brought a forester ( 9-13 model) ( dealer 100+ miles away) and because it is still under warranty would like to get it serviced at a official dealer/servicer. Cotswold Subaru have some recommendations but are still a 70 mile drive each way for me..The others dealer/servicing places around London dont seem to get any reviews??
Any feedback would be most welcome

PS I know I need to do the intro thing and plan to do so once have taken photos this week :)
 

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Just had a new set of tyres fitted by these guys and had the opportunity to have a good chat with them and inspect some of their work.

K & M Motor Services - Wanatge, Oxfordshire

From what I saw, and the job done fitting the new tyres, I'd happily recommend them to anyone who happens to need any work done.
 

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Souls of Olney are good for anyone in the Bucks/Beds areas. They have serviced and modded my last three Subarus are are really good. Smart mechanics, great service and the prices are pretty good too.

Have seen everything from RB5s, WR1s, CS400s and Foresters in there so I'm not alone in my trust.
 

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DPF Removal / ECU Performance Remap

Hi, like many others I was having problems with the dpf warning light coming on every few mth and having to drive a 90 mile round trip to get it regened everytime. The auto regen never worked for me as I live in a rural area and can't find a road which is 15 mile long that I can drive at 45mph without stopping lol.

Anyway, I had the dpf removed and a stage 2 performance remap from Garage Services from Scott Auto Repairs in Workington, Cumbria he has done a good job on the car, plus he was £200 cheaper than other quotes I got.

Money well spent, the car drives and sounds a lot better, just get the odd bit of smoke when I start the car in the morning.

Before/after remap:
147bhp - 186.5bhp
258lbs-ft - 296.4lbs-ft
 
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