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6/3/2017
5

I knew I'd found the right shop for my 911 when, on my first visit, Gary noticed my widow cranks were installed at the wrong angle. Gary and Paula know what they're doing. They do it at a fair price and in a timely manner. I've been a customer for about 10 years and would never take my Porsche anywhere else. Scott Kalkin. PCA-GGR driving instructor.

5/28/2017
5

Gary and Paula run a top notch business. I've been using them for over 20 years (and 2 cars.) In fact I won't buy a new car because because I don't want BMW or anyone else to touch my car. The only people I trust is Vanguard. They're like doctors from the Mayo Clinic. They are honest, fair and by far the best garage I've ever used. The people who work for them are great, friendly and professional. I could not recommend anyone better than Vanguard. Vanguard is the best kept secret for BMW owners in San Francisco. They know their business and treat their customers like family. Thank you Vanguard for always being there for me.

5/23/2017
5

Gary and Paula have been taking care of my 1979 Porsche 911 SC ever since I moved to SF 8 years ago. I don't know what I would do without them and hope that they never retire! They work on my car as if it were theirs; recommending the appropriate service and sourcing parts when needed, always being mindful of my budget and priority list. They have earned my complete trust and respect, and I unreservedly recommend them to anyone who wants to have the best service and repair for their car.

5/23/2017
5

We have been using Vanguard Motors for more than 10 years. We were referred by Alan at The Stable where our Porsche was being serviced. Gary and Paula are involved, caring and honest owners who strive to provide excellent service. They are not cheap, rather they charge comparably to the Dealerships. The big difference is they are honest. They do not make repairs until they are necessary. On my first visit, the dealer who had been doing my service old t I needed six different repairs which would cost around $8,000 (or more). I went to Vanguard for a second opinion. One of the repairs was in fact necessary, and was completed for about $1,400. The other five items have still not been done ten years later. We now have both cars serviced at Vanguard, and always trust they will be done correctly and honestly. We recommend them without reservation.

5/23/2017
5

I've been going to Vanguard motors for about 30 years now.... he and his team have serviced all of my cars through out the years 911s and BMW's. They have always been fair priced and knowledgeable.. I wouldn't think of going anywhere else. Thank you Vanguard, you are the best!

5/15/2017
5

Gary and Paula are always top notch and go that extra mile! thanks guys! =)

5/3/2017
5

I was referred to Gary & Paula by a good friend of mine who is also an E30 enthusiast. What stands out about this shop is that 1) they are genuine people, 2) they do great work, and 3) they care about their clients. They are experts on BMWs and car enthusiasts in their own right! I went through a few different shops/mechanics only to experience poor work and/or dishonesty. Even another supposedly reputable BMW shop in SF (who shall not be named) up charged me for unnecessary work. This was not the case here as Gary showed me the broken parts he replaced and how to look for signs of wear in those parts. Their professionalism is top notch. Needless to say, I will ONLY be coming here for my automotive needs. I even referred my parents to come here - I don't think I can give any higher praise than that.

4/21/2016
5

My temperamental 335i had an emergency electrical failure that put the car in a fail-mode. I can't tell you how pissed off I was w/ the car. I took it to Vanguard because I had a very good experience with them in the past, and I feel comfortable entrusting them again. In my case, it was a super labor-intensive process on their part because the diagnostic tool could not connect to the car to do what it was supposed to do. Gary and his crew had to manually go through a painful process by elimination. Well, not only they solved the problem, they were super reasonable with the rate. They could have decided to put in a replacement part just because, but they didn't. Overall, I couldn't be happier with their outstanding work. My experience w/ the 335i has been mixed, and overall I can't save it's been a happy and trouble-free ownership. But it's the local, honest, competent shop like Vanguard that gives me the confidence to keep this car. Vanguard still respects and cares about the relationship between the owner and his car. Definitely can't say that about the dealer.Highly recommended.

3/24/2016
5

Vanguard is the spot! I have brought my 1987 325is to Gary & Paula a handful of times now, and every experience has been quick, easy, and best of all, thorough. Gary is such a wealth of knowledge on E30s (and many other models!) and has really given me a lot of confidence in running an older car. The work has been high quality, delivered on time, and often under estimate. The best of all worlds! Highly recommended, especially if you have a "classic" (or borderline classic, in my case) BMW or Porsche.

2/14/2016
5

I have owned two BMW's and Vanguard is the only place that I will take my car to be serviced. Gary is hands down the best mechanic that I have used. His knowledge and expertise is amazing, his prices are always very fair, and Paula is also fantastic. Vanguard is the best!!