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German Formula - 35 Reviews - 100 NE 11th Ave., Portland, OR - Auto Repair & Service Reviews - Phone (503) 238-1707

German Formula

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100 NE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
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(503) 238-1707
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I HAVE A VERY GOOD EXPERIANCE BY DEALING WITH THIS SHOP. I CAME DIRECTELY FROM MBI MOTORS INC, TO ASK IF THEY CAN COMPLETE A JOB. THEY GLADLY LISTENED TO MY STORY WHAT HAPPENED AT...

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I'll preface this by saying they had done good work for me once before. That said, I will never take my car there again. They did some electrical work on my 240D and were ve...

Editorial review from Citysearch 10/24/2012

Very satisfied in the work performed there...honest and skilled mechanics and the entire staff is personable and willing to listen and then to make sure you are a happy customer when you leave the door. They make it a point to make sure your car is well taken care. I have always had very good service there and will continue to use them for both our cars. more

I'll preface this by saying they had 5/29/2012

I'll preface this by saying they had done good work for me once before. That said, I will never take my car there again. They did some electrical work on my 240D and were very prompt about calling as other problems were discovered. When I got the car back, the stereo didn't work (it worked when I gave them the car). When I called to ask them to fix the stereo they had broken, they were less prompt about returning my call. When they did get around to calling me back, they told me it required a reset from a Mercedes dealer (not true) and they couldn't do it in the shop. Basically, collateral damage to the car incurred during repairs is not their problem because they don't fix stereos (airtight logic). I whined about it for a while and kept calling and eventually the owner of the shop got back to me (hence two stars instead of one) and said I could bring the car in the following week. Because going there again sounded like a waste of 3 hours of my life and another day or two without my car, I had my friend take a look at it. He took the stereo out and then hooked it up again. After that, it worked fine. I would recommend MBI Motors or Rip City Auto for better service, prices, and professional responsibility. more

PEOPLE TO WORK WITH 12/14/2010

I HAVE A VERY GOOD EXPERIANCE BY DEALING WITH THIS SHOP. I CAME DIRECTELY FROM MBI MOTORS INC, TO ASK IF THEY CAN COMPLETE A JOB. THEY GLADLY LISTENED TO MY STORY WHAT HAPPENED AT THE MBI SHOP AND HIS OWNER , CORBIN, WHO TRIED TO CHANGE THE ALREADY QUOTED PRICE. BUT GUESS WHAT THIS PEOPLE WHERE SO UNDERSTANDABLE AND GAVE ME THE SATISFACTION AND PLEASENT TIME. FOR THE FUTURE CUSTOMERS PLEASE CONSIDER THIS SHOP BEFORE YOU GO ANYWHERE ELSE. MY BEST RECOMMANDATION FOR THIS SHOP THEIR STAFF AND ITS OWNER RALF, WHO IS A MODEL OF THE BUSINESSMAN THAT SHOULD BE FOLLOWED.\r \r SINCERELY!\r MIRSAD OSMIC, more

Poor service 12/2/2010

Bad/poor service. Took several weeks for a simple repair. Poor communication not reccommended. Parts were overpriced. more

Unprofessional, poor service from German Formula. 12/1/2010

Took my 911 Porsche in few months ago and recieved horrible service, dishonest, overpriced. They had my car for three weeks before they even looked at it. Do not take your car there, they are a joke. more

No Fear 11/2/2010

Had an issue with my beloved VW Golf. Hated the dealership, they were dishonest and uber expensive. When we had an issue with an odd electrical smell in the car, I looked for options. German Formula has excellent reviews for a reason. They are friendly, super quick, well priced and they take that extra step to make you happy. Took the VW in yesterday for an oil change and part replacement to deal with the electrical issue. The bill came in under what I was quoted and they replaced the battery in my key (its been dead for 2 years & the dealership quoted $130 to replace the key) for a mere $10. I couldn't be happier. Thanks to all at German Formula for taking the fear out of car maintenance/repair. more

In house financing availabe now for all repair and body work 7/31/2010

When car repair or maintenance is over budget for you, come to us now. We have in-house financing for all repair, service, even body work, when you spend $299 or more with us. And, even more, its 0% APR up to 12 months!!! Check it out with us. Pros: honest, quality work, friendly more

Exactly What You Hope a Mechanic Shop Will Be 6/8/2010

We have been taking our older BMW 740 to German Formula for more than two years. They always have provided flawless service including accurate diagnoses and honest options to cure the vehicle's occasional ills. We feel we always get more than our money's worth. \r \r I guess the ultimate proof is that we just bought another BMW and didn't look at any other makes, significantly motivated by the knowledge we have a cost effective and honest mechanic shop in German Formula.\r \r I wish there were some negative to share so this review would seem more believable but quite simply, these guys rock. Next German car crisis give them a shot. Pros: Flawless, Honest & Cost Effective Service more

This shop does great work! 6/1/2010

Robert has fixed my car numerous times, and has always done a great job. He is thorough and knowledgeable, and is happy to explain everything in detail and answer all my questions. The other employees are always friendly and helpful, as well, and make it a pleasure to go there. They have recently remodeled the office, and it looks great. A big improvement! Pros: great service more

I vote no.1 mechanic and body shop in Portland 5/31/2010

I am a loyal customer of German Formula for 4 years now. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you at German Formula for the great job you have done to my Jetta. Modification with aftermarket parts are nightmare to most Mechanics; but with your experience and knowledge, you have once again made the nightmare to sweet dream. I am so glad that the one month long project includes fender flare, new paint job, and suspension upgrade was done within budget and time frame. The body work is flawless and the car runs perfect. Thank you for your patience and valuable advice while dealing with a picky and demanding customer likes me. Pros: Outstanding craftsmanship and excellent customer service more

Repair price are way over prized 4/8/2010

I took my BMW to this shop and was quoted repair prices for each of the items that needs to be taken care of it. When I finally wanted to pick up the car the bill was almost $1000 higher. You draw your own conclusion. Update: German Formula refused to accept payment via credit card and demanded cash instead. Cons: Too expensive more

Trusted for almost 2 decades 12/30/2009

What can I say about German Formula except AWESOME! I have been taking my BMWs to them for almost 2 decades. First a 5 Series, then a 7 Series and now a 3 Series. They are always fair, honest, professional and get it done right the first time. Over the years, they have actually SAVED me money by catching things that were close to needing repair as well as...and more importantly...NOT repairing things that were fine just because they could. Ralf runs a great shop and the remodel he is going through right now is top notch. The interior will really match the beautiful exterior when he's done. Brooke at the front is fantastic, the guys in the shop are awesome and Luke in the body shop is a master. Luke recently completed work on my Jeep Grand Cherokee that was spot on perfect. He works great with your insurance company to get you what you need and put your ride back to BETTER than before. As long as I own a BMW, they will be the only shop in town to get my business. And now that Roman is back from his sojourn working on Ferraris, Lambos, Spykers, Astin Martins and other exotics, Ralf has the A-Team. Don't be a fool...trust your ride to German Formula. Pros: Only place to have your German car serviced more

Good people 8/21/2009

Brooke was very friendly. I had questions about my stereo code. She was very helpful in telling me what I thaught I knew allready. And polite. I worked at German Formula 15yrs ago. Ralf opperates a good shop. When my car needs work that is where it is going. Pros: Friendly and professional more

Best place to get your car fixes, 8/20/2009

great work, and superior client service. No problem in over 20 Years. Would never take car anywhere else. Pros: fair prices, good work, super location more

honesty and common sense 8/17/2009

My C230 was clunking when I stopped - another garage in town actually asked me how much gas I had in my tank when it made the noise, as if it was gasoline sloshing... they couldn't even find the problem. Ralf's team at GF diagnosed the problem in about 30 minutes - my transmission is worn out. Not only were they efficient, but they told me about an option that would save me money and buy time until I am ready to have it rebuilt (drive in the winter setting). Very cool. When I finally do have to have it rebuilt, you can bet I'm letting these guys do the work. Pros: cost, knowledge, quality more

Great service, great work. 6/12/2009

I've had a bunch of work done with both Bart and Luke, and every time its been exceptional. I recently had to replace the hood on my '97 Volvo, and Luke was great about looking for the best and cheapest parts, going out out his way to get me good prices, and doing a fantastic job of putting everything back together. The car looks like new, and most importantly, I've had no further problems with it. Having dealt with larger shops and dealerships in the past, I'm certain that German Formula is my shop in Portland. These guys are honest, they know what they're doing, and they are definitely who I trust to be working on my car. Highly recommended. Pros: professional service, great team Cons: no Snapple machine more

Is pefection possible for a shop? 5/16/2009

This shop is consistently so good for the past three years, I feel personally obligated to give them a good word. What are my major fears when getting Volkswagen repaired by the DEALER? 1. They'll be rude and not listen to requests (i.e. they take my business for granted) 2. They do poor quality work. 3. They charge a FORTUNE! 4. The lube boys steal my car off the lot and go for a joy ride. How is German Formula different? 1. They are always nice and listen to your needs carefully. 2. They are qualified. They even show you exactly what they did with your own eyes. 3. Their prices are fantastic. I saved over 50% compared to what the dealer just quoted me (I called afterwards just to compare). 4. They give you a better selection of parts. If they don't have exactly the brand you want, they will order it and have it there the next day. 5. They respect your property. I have never thought twice about leaving my car with them. The people there are mature and respectful. The girl at the front desk is so nice! Pros: Quality work, professional staff & good prices. Cons: Parking? more

Done when they said it would be, decent work 3/10/2009

Just replaced front air springs (dyi) on my '03 Audi allroad and needed to have the allignment done. Found German Formula on city search and decided to give them a try based on the reviews. After my visit I would say that the reviews here seem to be mostly accurate. The office person, Brook, is very nice; they seem to do good work; they serviced my car the same day I called to inquire; and they were done when they said they would be. \r \r I do have a couple of objections though. 1. They sent my car to be serviced be an outside alignment shop without telling me upfront. (I am very uncomfortable with people working on my car unless I know/trust them and can watch. I know this personality trait is not conducive to having a shop do work.but it gets even worse when I can't even see the facility doing the job.) 2. They underestimated their cost of the outsourced work and asked to pass that extra cost on to me. The 4 wheel alignmet was quoted at $80 and they asked me to pay $95 after it was done. However, they were willing to honor the quoted price without any mess or fuss, so I got my car back for the $80 agreed on. 3. The steering wheel is not quite centered when driving a straight line. It is only off by a degree or two; I didn't even notice it until I was halfway home, and it is minor enough that I am not even sure if i will be taking it back to be re-done. I'll give it a couple of days to see if it actually bothers me.\r \r Overall, I think that I will be returning to German Formula for future work that is beyond my dyi skill level. Though I will ask if they will be doing the work or outsourcing it. Like all auto-shops they are a business and there to make a proffit (so trust them as far as you are willing to) but German Formula does not seem like one of ""THOSE"" shops that needs to avoided at all costs. I would recomend them to a friend. Pros: no wait for an appointment, friendly, I would recomend them Cons: just a few small things more

My neighbor has a foreign car 1/7/2009

I had seen this place and when they moved in they asked me if i knew any good place for their car. I told them i had seen this place in my travels. They tried it and loved it and that is where their car goes now for work. more

Highly Recommended!! 12/14/2008

I just moved to Portland and had some damage to my car from towing it across country. I called German Formula and asked about an appointment. They had me drop my car off that day and had it ready the next. Everyone was very nice and professional. Their costs were very reasonable and much less than the dealership. I will not take my car anywhere else! Pros: very friendly, low prices more
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Owner Message

  • German Formula is the preferred alternative to car dealerships for scheduled maintenance and repairs of your beloved German imports. We are one of the oldest, largest, and most trusted auto repair facility in Portland, Oregon. Our locally owned and operated auto repair has been serving the needs of our customers in Portland, Vancouver, and the surrounding areas since 1979. Over the years, we have experienced steady growth as a result of our attention to building relationships with loyal customers and referrals. German Formula is committed to serving our customers and to excellence in mechanical repair, auto service and maintenance, as well as auto body repair. We take pride in getting the job done right the first time around. Honesty matters! Our goal is to cultivate a relationship with every one of our customers. That philosophy is the foundation to building our auto repair business in Portland, Oregon over the last 30 years.

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  • Hours:

    Mon 08:00am-05:00pm, Tue 08:00am-05:00pm, Wed 08:00am-05:00pm, Thu 08:00am-05:00pm, Fri 08:00am-05:00pm
  • Neighborhoods:

    Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Buckman
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