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New owner of a 1972 XKE 2+2 in need of a recommendation for a shop in the SF bay area. I live in the East bay and did some hunting the forms and found out about Steve Gordon @ Vintage Auto Service. I contacted him to discover that he does not work on the V12 cars and had not recommendations for another shop. So I come with heart in hand that folks have had good experiences with another local shop.
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Geoff,

I've copied this from E-Type forum.

Members in the SF area who do not own a E-Type may know of alternative shops.

Good luck.

Graham
 
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I've used Jaguar Purrformance in Los Gatos old Jaguar Mechanic he won't do mods though likes the car stock.


Jaguar Purrformance Center - Los Gatos, CA


In the same shop is Eric Runolfson and while he specializes in restoring older English cars (working on an V12 XKE 2+2 a truly horrid car at the moment) he does modifications and has done most of mine.


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Both are good guys. Sometimes it is just fun to chat with them.
 
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Originally Posted by Babyhueyvfr View Post
New owner of a 1972 XKE 2+2 in need of a recommendation for a shop in the SF bay area. I live in the East bay and did some hunting the forms and found out about Steve Gordon @ Vintage Auto Service. I contacted him to discover that he does not work on the V12 cars and had not recommendations for another shop. So I come with heart in hand that folks have had good experiences with another local shop.
Thank you,
Geoff
Did you find a Jag shop?
I've been doing some research and so far for east bay you have found these that seem promising:
1. Cole European - some love them, some hate them
2. Bacchus Jaguar Service in Dublin Ca - good yelp reviews, and my PO used them for 2 years
3. Jaguar-British European Motors Freemont - a review on this forum plus some old but positive Yelp reviews.
4. English & European, Berkeley - good Yelp reviews
5. Besa Quality Auto Care, Oakland - good Yelp reviews

Wondering if anyone has any first hand feedback on any of these or other recommendations?
 
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Originally Posted by enderle View Post
I've used Jaguar Purrformance in Los Gatos old Jaguar Mechanic he won't do mods though likes the car stock.


Jaguar Purrformance Center - Los Gatos, CA


In the same shop is Eric Runolfson and while he specializes in restoring older English cars (working on an V12 XKE 2+2 a truly horrid car at the moment) he does modifications and has done most of mine.


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Both are good guys. Sometimes it is just fun to chat with them.
Hey I've visited Rick a few times at Jaguar Purrformance, he is very pleasant. However I have found a shop in San Jose that does very good work with fast turn around times.
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Does anyone happen to know of or can recommend any good shops in the North Bay? These sound like great options but I am up in Sonoma so anything North of SF would be fantastic.
 
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I continue to have a great experience with J&G in San Rafael (Jaguar Repair Shop Marin, Mini Repair, Land Rover | J and G Automotive or 415-457-2403). They do everything from the XK120 to the F-Type and then some. Justin can absolutely take care of your V12 is good working order and anything else you might have.
 

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As luck would have it last time I had my car in Erik Runolfson was working on a V12 2+2 that some other shop had totally screwed up. Why someone would restore a 2+2 is beyond me but he had just finished work on two other E Types (both 6s) earlier. He specializes in older jags but he loves doing mods which is why he was working on my car. Fun to visit because he typically has a much older restoration (1935 Bentley etc.) in the shop for some reason or other. He shares space with Jaguar Purrrformance in Los Gatos). He is a bit of a perfectionist which adds time but pays off in the quality of the work.




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I currently have a car at Bacchus. I'll post the results when it's done.
 
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Hey I've visited Rick a few times at Jaguar Purrformance, he is very pleasant. However I have found a shop in San Jose that does very good work with fast turn around times.
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I'm in SJ myself, looking for a regular mechanic for my S type. What shop would you recommend?

Ah nvm, actually read your post
 

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I can second the recommendation for J&G Automotive in San Rafael. I've taken my '06 x350 lwb there and they know what they are doing; while there I saw more than a few older v12 model Jags being worked on there earlier this month. They work on all British cars but mostly I've seen Land Rovers and Jags there. San Rafael is a long drive for you out of Concord though.

Cost wise they are cheaper than the dealer on most items; about 30% less. I'm not sure what my exact expectation(s) are on price - you'll have to decide for yourself.

I've never used Besa in Oakland or English & European in Berkeley (both closer to you) but I know several who love them and vouch for their quality of work and standing behind what they do. Anecdotally E&E in Berkeley gets slightly more praise than Besa.
 
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I've had very good results with "Joe's foreign car" in walnut creek (very near you)

"Rand" short for Randy is an excellent Jag mechanic and has always done right by me.
 
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De Long's. They mostly only do British cars and Dave (who is British) knows pre-2007 cars very well. He is also quite reasonable.
 
 
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