I preface my remarks by stating that I'M A DEMANDING AND INQUISITIVE person.
Luis, the owner, and i really connected. I attempted telling him what was wrong with my car! He related to my concerns and asked ""...do you go to the doctor and tell him what medicine you need?"" HE'S A NEW YORKER, so am I. He was right. I had my ideas based on research i did on miataforum website.
With a non-arrogant approach, Luis advised he would check my car thoroughly and advise accordingly.
I was convinced my car had timing belt and throttle body and gasket issues, and prepared myself to pay ""out-the-ass"" for the repairs.
Luis was able to resolve my car problems via extension diagnostics and personal care without charging me ""out-of-the-ass...."" There was no timing belt or throttle body issue as the forums alluded was problematic. He knows is stuff. I presented papers from my research after he advised of measure(s) he had undertaken in diagnosing my car's issues.
Again, I'M DEMANDING....
When I arrived to retrieve my vehicle, Luis advised that he wanted to speak to me regarding my car's problem. As expected in a ""canned response,"" he advised that he didn't want me to spend money unnecessarily. AND...
He drove the car for several miles and experienced my frustration...(the engine sputtering and subsequently going dead, leaving me stranded).
My underlying problem was not the timing belt nor the throttle body gasket (Ocean Mazda wanted $2600 for the throttle body, gasket, EGR valve and wiring).
Luis wanted $80 diagnostic fee. He resolved the problem by cleaning oil around the crank angle sensor. My problem related to a crank angle sensor seal gasket -- that's cheap, relatively speaking.
My point is.....you can go to the fancy and optimal places for diagnosis. WHY? when there is Luis!
He is DEDICATED to mechanics at his small North Miami Beach facility. I'm a dedicated patron!!!!
He will be the one to replace my crank angle sensor seal gasket (or whatever....)
LUIS IS HONEST AND FAIR!!!!.....and I'M DIFFICULT!!!
nuff said -- this is real!