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I TOOK MY HONDA ACCORD (AUTO) TO HONDA GARAGE SUKHUMVIT AS I WAS EXPERIENCING

TRANSMISSION MALFUNCTIONS. AFTER A TEST DRIVE SENIOR MECHANIC TOLD ME THAT I NEEDED

GEARBOX OVERHAUL AT APPROX 50,000BAHT AND WILL TAKE 1 MONTH OR GET SECOND HAND GEAR BOX

FOR ABOUT 45000BAHT BUT ONLY 1 WEEK GAURANTEE ON IT. OR NEW GEARBOX FOR 200000BAHT.

AS THE CAR IS 1999 MODEL AND ONLY WORTH ABOUT 250000BAHT I WAS A LITTLE CONCERNED AT ANY

OF THE OPTIONS.... SO, I PHONED A FRIEND WHO DID A CHECK ON THAIVISA SITE FOR ME AND CAME UP

WITH A GREAT MECHANIC CALLED MR SAKHDA...I TOOK MY CAR TO HIM, HE TEST DROVE IT, THEN EMPTIED

THE TRANSMISSION FLUID FLUSHED IT CLEAN, CLEANED THE SOLENOID, PUT IN NEW FLUID AND TOOK IT

FOR A TEST DRIVE,,,,,,,PROBLEM FIXED!!!!

HE GAVE ME A BILL FOR 800 BAHT WHICH INCLUDED 600 FOR THE FLUID.... I DONT USUALLY TIP IN GARAGES

BUT I THOUGHT 200BAHT TIP WAS THE LEAST I COULD GIVE....SO JOB COST ME 1000BAHT INSTEAD OF HONDA

ESTIMATE OF 50000BAHT......

I WATCHED MR SAKHDA DO THE WORK HE WAS VERY PROFESSIONAL AND CLEAN AND THOROUGH THROUGHOUT.

HE SPEAKS GOOD ENOUGH ENGLISH TO EXPLAIN EVERYTHING AND I LEARNT THAT HE HAS WORKED OVERSEAS

ON MANY DIFFERENT MODELS OF VEHICLES.

I HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN MY CAR TO HONDA FOR ANY WORKS BEFORE MEETING MR SAKHDA....FROM NOW I WILL ALWAYS BE

GOING TO MR SAKHDA FIRST.....

I CAN HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS MECHANIC AS DO MANY OTHER PEOPLE ON THIS SITE....

HE'S NUMBER IS 0817156819

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he was sooo good you thought you would SHOUT about it... good for you?

My experience of the main dealers here is that many do not have a clue what they are doing.

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Thanks for that guys number, where does he work from?

I once had a so called mechanic who works out of that big place almost next to Lotus on the sukhumvit (specialises in Mercs) tell me that an overheating problem i had on my NV was due to a shot water pump and the head gasket had blown bla ba ba..anyhow it turned out that the only problem i had was an air lock in the system which was caused when i had changed the thermostat,

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Please do not post in capital letters, see this LINK

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A nice refreshing story about with an individual that shows a bit of pride & honesty in his work.

JH

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Really delighted to read yet another good story about Khun Sakda who has been looking after my old Mazda 626 for the past five years. He works from home which is unfortunately some distance out of Pattaya however he may be prepared to collect your vehicle and return it upon completion of the work. I have recommended him to many people and everyone has been very happy with his work and honesty.

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When I read this story,I thought "Yea; I know this guy", but then later on, when the poster wrote that this chap lives a bit far out of town, I realized that I did NOT know this guy, but a diferent chap who's called Khun Sahk.

He, also, is a ery skilled and clever,conscientious mechanical genius, who works out of his work-shop/garage on Threppasit Road. About half-way between Sukhumvit <> Thepraya Road, on the South-Side of Threppasit Road. The sign over his shop reads: "Sak-Garage".

He also worked overseas for many ears, is fluent in English and Hebrew.

I can highly recommend this man

Cheers

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When I read this story,I thought "Yea; I know this guy", but then later on, when the poster wrote that this chap lives a bit far out of town, I realized that I did NOT know this guy, but a diferent chap who's called Khun Sahk.

He, also, is a ery skilled and clever,conscientious mechanical genius, who works out of his work-shop/garage on Threppasit Road. About half-way between Sukhumvit <> Thepraya Road, on the South-Side of Threppasit Road. The sign over his shop reads: "Sak-Garage".

He also worked overseas for many ears, is fluent in English and Hebrew.

I can highly recommend this man

Cheers

Know the guy well,i have had good jobs done and not so good ones too,overall he is ok.

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Really delighted to read yet another good story about Khun Sakda who has been looking after my old Mazda 626 for the past five years. He works from home which is unfortunately some distance out of Pattaya however he may be prepared to collect your vehicle and return it upon completion of the work. I have recommended him to many people and everyone has been very happy with his work and honesty.

its because of your posts that i tried him out...Thankyou.,,Joe

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joedee, take the car back to the honda garage and confront the manager with their incompetence!

yes, i felt like doing that straight away...however it would'nt benefit me showing him up in that way.

i will probably need to go there again at some point. they do treat me quite well there and i do have the personal

number of the guy who misdiagnosed. he has turned up at my house on 2 occasions to assist with a problem

in the past... mainly i just want people to know to get a second opinion on expensive repairs from honda..

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Thanks for that guys number, where does he work from?

I once had a so called mechanic who works out of that big place almost next to Lotus on the sukhumvit (specialises in Mercs) tell me that an overheating problem i had on my NV was due to a shot water pump and the head gasket had blown bla ba ba..anyhow it turned out that the only problem i had was an air lock in the system which was caused when i had changed the thermostat,

the guy works from home but has a spacious area for works and hydraulic lift and all the tools etc...

he is located not far from the Crocodile Park...

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Not being very mechanically minded myself and running an older car which from time to time may develop a problem, i think the best policy is at first is to try and identify the problem by way of internet searches and or pick the knowledgeable brains of some of the members on TV or other forums, that way you can then go and investigate possible prices for any spare parts that you might need and then go and ask a couple of Thai mechanics how much to fit or do this? and then watch him do it (preferably where you live) so giving him less opportunity to pull the scam of it also needs this or that and because your cars with him, he has you by the nuts and can inflate the bill accordingly

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Hello,

Can you tell me where is exactly the garage on THEPRRASIT ?

And if you have any idea about the price of this part for Toyota Corolla:

http://www.google.com/search?q=%26%233592%3B%26%233634%3B%26%233609%3B%26%233592%3B%26%233656%3B%26%233634%3B%26%233618%3B

It's called จานจ่าย in Thai but I don't know in English ?

Thank you very much.

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Choosename...

I googled your Thai script and from my experience (which ain't much) you are talking about a distributor.

It is a steel tube type thing about 12 inches long and connects to gearing inside the engine. It has on the top part (that you see covered with a black plastic cap as you look at it ---looking into the engine compartment.

Are you sure that is what you need?

The reason I ask is because distributors (distributes electric current to the points and onto the spark plugs are NOT used much these days)--sparks plugs yes---points and condesors no. Is your Toyota like 15 or more years old?

I hope someone with more experience can answer your question. Back in the day (35 years ago) I remember having to replace points and plugs on my old American cars...but newer cars don't have points and as far as I know don't have distributors.

Disclaimer: I have been wrong many times before---and this won't be the last time.

Good Luck with your repairs.

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