The Extras

Quoted from a Yelp Review about A. Bauer Porsche.

“These guys are great.

I’ve been coming here since a friend who had a 944 recommended them (I own an ’87 944 Turbo, my Dad’s old car).

I am not what I would call an ideal customer for Bauer. It didn’t help that (a) my last car was a rock-solid ’88 Acura Integra which gave me hardly any grief fot the 14 years I owned it; that (b) this particular model has a history of specific recurring headaches that, had I bothered to look through the phone-book sized receipt folder my Dad kept for every work order / receipt, I would have been forewarned of; and (c) it had been garaged and un-driven for years when I took it over from my Mom – which mean issues from sitting too long. This car was gonna be an ‘adjustment’. But it didn’t really matter — once you get used to a car like this, the hooks are in, and you are, in plain language, well-and-truly fucked. Because you will never want anything else.

Add to that the sentimental value of it being my father’s favorite thing in the world after my Mom, and I was dedicated. It took me a long time to figure out a strategy to make my car’s up-keep manageable. The single most important piece of that strategy was Chris and Brian and their team – they have helped me through a lot of problems over the last 9 years, and have been an encyclopedic source of information about my car, and not just about the encyclopedia’s worth of things that can – scratch that, WILL – go wrong with a 944 Turbo.

They have also worked with me in a number of ways, and even given me advice on things I can safely do on my own. They have kept my car and all it represents to me and my family – alive and healthy. I can’t thank them enough for that. They have also shown a lot of patience with a complete Porsche Newb – even after almost a decade driving this car, knowledge comes slow. They’re pretty gentle.

Case in point: four coolant leaks in one year. Not cheap to fix. I was pissed. Brian took care of the new leak personally, replacing two crapped-out hoses (the engine runs hot and they crack). He did it without adding any labor.

Then he did something that helped me a lot: he showed me a schematic for a 944. It was complicated, with a fair number of little hoses. They looked like little pieces of macaroni.

“OK, now this is the coolant system for the Turbo.” He flipped to a new illustration which looked like someone had spilled a 2-pound bag of Macaroni on the page. Two separate water pumps. A bunch of other stuff, a lot more than was on the first page.

“Oh,” I said. “I get it.”

So thanks guys. Thanks for helping me keep my dream going.”


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