Customer Testimonials

openquote I was amazed this auto repair shop was located between the heart of downton / medical center. I moved into the neighborhood and his shop was one of the closest shop near my house so I decided to visit him. His shop was very clean compared to other shops I visited in the past. The shop was very well equipped so I had confidence to leave my car there to be repaired on. To my surprise, he was very pleasing to work with and got my car out quickly. closequote
- benjwright

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openquote I have a old car I should probably get rid of but its runs so good I keep it. I had a problem the other day, the car didn't start. Normally I fix my own cars but this time I had to bring it to a shop. I was referred by my friend so I took it there. He did a diagnostic on it and told me the problem and had it fixed that same day. I don't normally like mechanics but this guy there was pretty cool. He knew his stuff well you could tell. closequote
- alopezgonz

 

openquote I broke down on the freeway and a tow truck driver recommended this shop. He fixed my car that same day and recommended other repairs that I knew I needed anyways. Also, I knew I was at the right place because the owner or manager knew all these customers in the waiting area by name and they all said good things about him. What a lifesaver. closequote
- Charles McDonald

 

openquote I came in there worried about me fixing my car and thinking I was going to spend alot of money. On the contrary, I saved alot and got my car fixed right. Thank you Citysearch for the recommendation. closequote
- cherryfrost

 

openquote I found this place via citysearch and through AAA. They offer friendly and proffesional service. They quickly located the problem and fixed my car within a day. If you are looking for a place to fix your car, this place is your one stop for everything, he is fully certified for automotive repair. :) Stop looking around! closequote
- chisongtsai

 

openquote I had gone to the dealer because my 2001 toyota camry had alignment problems and the dealer said that there was frame damage and the car was not adjustable. I found this shop through AAA and also through citysearch. They fixed it right and now it doesn't eat up my tires anymore. I now have a new mechanic that I can depend on. I highly recommend them. closequote
- mdwilliams

 

 

openquote I found this shop on citysearch. I'm always leary of auto repair's but he is now the only place I'll take my car. They were very pleasant, explained everything and didn't do anything I didn't ask for. I will refer him to all my friends and family and even put a link to this site on my webpage. closequote
- jeffcterreo

 

 

openquote My dealership said that I needed a complete tune up but the cost of it was a rip off. Instead, of repairing at the dealership, I found this shop in the midtown area near the medical center near where I work. The manager there was very friendly, and gave me a very reasonable price. He even put in my information so that the next time I came in, he would know when I last had my tuneup down. I feel confident that there is one mechanic that I can trust now. closequote
- etan1

 

 

openquote My car was towed in by AAA for a breakdown on the freeway. The tow truck driver took my car to the nearest AAA aproved auto repair facility which was located in downtown. This place fixed my car fast and was quite courteous. closequote
- james4321

 

 

openquote I failed my state inspection at a sticker stop and needed to find out what to do. I surfed the states web site to find a state emmission certified locaton. To my surprise, there wasn't but a handful of them. This shop was listed as a certified location by the state and AAA approved auto repair facility. He fixed the problem, in one day re-inspected my car at his location. closequote
- terry8899

 

 

openquote I had a brake job done on my car and the manager even offered to give me a ride to work. The job was finished by noon and they called me and they picked me up at work. The bill was very reasonable compared to other places I was quoted. This location was very convenient for me since I work in the downtown area. I will definitely use this mechanic shop for all my future auto repair needs. closequote
- riverstone

 

 

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- Paul Wright

 

 

openquote Excellent service...Thank you guys. closequote
- Tim Masters

 

 

openquote This is the place to go they can fix and diagnose anything. My husband and my kids all go there cause he fair and upfront. closequote
- Tonya Washington

 

 

openquote I was really impressed. Dealer quality work w/o the cost. Good place to go to get your car repaired. closequote
- AMANDA H.

 

 

openquote MY RIDE IS PIMPED OUT. HAD A CHECK ENGINE LIGHT ON AND NOW ITS GONE. GOT MY RIDE DONE THAT DAY. PEACE OUT. OH> ALSO, HIS SHOP DOES CONVERSION JOBS ON SUV AND POCKETROCKETS. closequote
- PIMPED MY RIDE

 

 

openquote I just moved to Houston and noticed my car was making a noise. I saw the great reviews on City Search and decided that was where I would go to get the repair. I wasn't disappointed! It turned out the noise was a minor fix and they didn't try to con me into unnecessary repairs. Oh! And, they even gave me a ride home so I didn't have to wait at the shop. I really appreciated the honesty and I will definitely be a repeat customer. I never knew him before today, but I truly had a good experience.
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- Great Experience!

 

 

openquote DID YOU KNOW IN HOUSTON ALONE THERE OVER 1500 MECHANIC SHOPS IN HOUSTON. OUT OF THOSE MECHANIC SHOPS, THERE ONLY ABOUT 110 THAT ARE RECOGNIZED EMMISSION REPAIR FACILITY. THIS PLACE IS AWESOME closequote
- texas ( By YAHOO! Reviewer )

 

 

openquote Although I was cringing when Mikey explained my oil leak was a little worse than I thought, he explained everything that needed to be done in great details. He also explained items I could do, but weren't immediately necessary. The work was well done and on time. After the repair I drove to Florida - twice in 2 weeks. A great job!

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- There is no better & fairer in Houston.

 

 

openquote Mikey, is the most experienced ASE tech out there. My 2000 Sebring was running like junk. I was told by other shops that I would need an engine overhaul. Took my car to Midtown and turned out that it just needed a major tune up instead. It's been 1 yr. since the repair, and my car still runs great and the check engine light is gone,gone,gone. Mikey is my new Technician- not a mechanic (he is beyond that). I also send my friends to him too!!! closequote
- Calandra

 

 

openquote My family and I have visited Mikey's shop since 1994. I personally have seen the blessings Mikey's shop has under gone. When I first start coming to his shop, he only had 3 bays and it was quite old looking.. Now, he has built it up to a 7 bay up-to-date shop with all the newest and greatest equipments. He has always been truthful and upcoming to my family and I. Which, I found that honarable in a business man. I mention these things because soon I'll be leaving out of state for work. Though, I can find another mechanic shop in the state I'm going to, but believe me, probably not the same service I received with Mikey. I give Mikey an "A" for effort and satisfaction of work.

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- McDonmeister

 

 

openquote I had some work done on my car and spent about $300 plus dollars at Domestic Auto Experts. It acted up 48 hrs after the repairs were done for the exact same problems. I had it towed in and they said, " it's going to cost another $300 plus dollars to fix." I was so pissed, I had it towed away from there. I drive by Midtown Auto Service everyday on the way to work and never paid them a visit. Since, I was at work he was the closest so I took it there. This guy fixed most of the problem it was doing but then I took it back again then it was perfect. Pretty good damm repair shop. I feel little guilty I was on tough on him. By the way, I got most of my money back from the other guys after I rasied a rucus. closequote
- Kenneth R. Banks

 

 

openquote Dude! he's a cool cat. Waited a long time but it was worth the wait. My car is puuurring again. closequote
- Cat

 

 

openquote Midtown Auto Service fixed my check engine light on and passed my state inspection test. I'm writing this review after 6 months and the check engine light is still off and the car is still running well. closequote
- Jeff Towsland

 

 

openquote The owner, Mikey is pleasent to deal with. He's been fixing my mom and dad cars for years and now my own. He's is fair and honest:; which I don't see in very many auto mechanic shops. I was in Austin for 4 years, and yes I had some situations that I needed a mechanic shop. Now that I have a family of my own I will only trust my car to Mikey. He won Best Auto Repair shop 2006 in the Houston Chronicle. closequote
- Houstonian

 

 

openquote I bought a used car almost a year ago and to my surprise when I went to get a state inspection sticker I failed. I failed because the person who I bought my car from broke my speedometer cluster so my engine light wouldn't show. I took my car to at least four other shops to try to repair my speedometer gauge cluster and no one wanted the job. My friend at church suggested Mikey at Midtown Auto Service. He fixed the engine light on the speedometer cluster light and fixed some sensors that caused the engine light to come on in the first place. closequote
- Chuck Lowe

 

 

openquote This is a clean shop to visit and they do excellant work. I drive a 2001 Toyota Camry and was needing a 120,000 maint. They explained to me what I was going to get and was very patient with me. Mikey was pleasant to work with. closequote
- Julie Chen

 

 

openquote The owner, Mikey is pleasent to deal with. He's been fixing my mom and dad cars for years and now my own. He's is fair and honest:; which I don't see in very many auto mechanic shops. I was in Austin for 4 years, and yes I had some situations that I needed a mechanic shop. Now that I have a family of my own I will only trust my car to Mikey. He won Best Auto Repair shop 2006 in the Houston Chronicle. closequote
- jana_rdgrs

 

 

openquote I moved to Houston not to long ago, and I needed some service on my car. I didn't know where to go so I went on-line and I found Judy's Book here. I read an article that Alice wrote and she praised this shop, so I decided to go there. It was like being at my old mechanic shop back where I'm from. I loved it. The owner was nice and polite. I really believe he gave me an honest price and treated me fairly. I think Midtown Auto Service is the new name of the shop, but Mikey is still the owner. Because that's the person who I dealt with. closequote
- Karla S.

 

 

openquote I definetly found an honest, concerned, and knowlegable mechanic to work on my 06 VW Passat.
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- Jeff Majeski

 

 

openquote "Best car repair shop. Mr. Mike was very straight forward with repair problems and pricing. My AC went out on my vehicle and it is running like brand new. Quality, great customer service. Mr. Mike also suggested future repairs for my vehicle along with an estimate. Hats off to Midtown Auto! I would recommend Midtown to anyone with auto problems.

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- ayoung

 

 

closequote They did my oil change on my Toyota Avalon and my state inspection sticker in a timely manner. Was easy to find right here in the downtown - medical center area. closequote
- Julliete

 

Car Care Tip of the day

My Automotive /Car engine has a steady miss and gets terrible fuel milage. What's wrong? Houston, Tx

A steady miss indicates one of three things: a cylinder that isn't firing because of an ignition problem, a cylinder that isn't firing because it isn't receiving fuel (multipoint fuel injected engines only), or a cylinder that has lost compression. The first step in diagnosing this kind of problem is to identify the dead cylinder. A professional mechanic can do this quickly by hooking the engine up to an ignition oscilloscope and displaying an ignition raster pattern. The dead cylinder will show a firing voltage that is significantly higher or lower than its companions depending on the nature of the problem. He might also do a "power balance" test and/or a compression test to find the dead cylinder. One way you can find a weak or dead cylinder is to momentarily disconnect each of your engine's spark plug wires one at a time while the engine is running. When the plug wire is removed from the spark plug, there should be a big drop in idle speed and idle smoothness. When you pull a wire and there's little or no change in idle speed or quality, you've found the bad cylinder. It makes no difference whether you remove each plug wire from the spark plug or the distributor (or coil pack on distributorless ignition systems). The idea is to simply disconnect each cylinder for a moment to see if it makes any difference in the way the engine runs. The one that makes no difference is the problem cylinder. CAUTION: Disconnecting spark plug wires while the engine is dangerous because you risk getting shocked. You can minimize this danger one of several ways. One is to wear rubber gloves and use insulated spark plug wire pliers to momentarily disconnect each plug wire. Another is to make sure no part of your body is touching or leaning against any metal surface on the vehicle (the fender, hood, grille, etc.). Or, you could turn the engine off, remove a plug wire, restart the engine, note any change in idle, then repeat for each of the remaining spark plugs. Ignition Diagnosis If you disconnect the plug wire from the spark plug and hold the end of the wire close to the plug terminal or other metal surface, you should see a spark and/or hear a crisp snapping noise if voltage is getting through the wire. No spark would tell you the plug wire is bad, voltage is arcing inside the distributor cap (remove and inspect the cap for cracks and carbon tracks -- replace if any are found) or a dead coil on a distributorless ignition system (Note: on most distributorless ignition systems, each coil fires two cylinders. So if both cylinders are dead, you know for sure the coil is not working. If only one cylinder is dead, however, it's not the coil). If all of the plug wires seem to be sparking okay, the next step would be to remove the spark plug in the problem cylinder. Fouling is a common cause of ignition misfire. Examine the end of the plug. If the electrode is covered with deposits, clean or replace the spark plug. Also, note the type of deposits on the plug. Thick, black, wet or oily-looking deposits would tell you the cylinder is burning oil (probably due to worn valve guides, rings and/or cylinder wall). If the deposits are a powdery black, the cylinder is running too rich (probably due to a leaky injector on a multipoint fuel injected engine). If the deposits are brown or gray, it indicates a normal buildup. However, the plug may be fouled because it hasn't been changed for a long time, because it is the wrong "heat range" for your engine application (you need a hotter plug), or because of frequent short trip stop-and-go driving. In any event, if the plug is fouled you should probably remove, inspect and clean or replace all of the spark plugs. Fuel Diagnosis If the dead cylinder is receiving spark through the plug wire and the spark plug itself appears to be okay (not wet or fouled), and your engine has multipoint fuel injection you may have a dead fuel injector. To check for this kind of problem, start the engine and place your finger on the injector. You should feel a buzzing vibration if the injector is working. No buzz means the injector is either defective or it is not receiving a voltage signal through its wiring harness. You can check for the presence of voltage with a 12 volt test light or voltmeter. Disconnect the injector wiring connector and attach the test light or voltmeter between the injector and connector. If the light doesn't flash or you don't see a voltage reading when the engine is running, it indicates a wiring or computer problem that will require further diagnosis. If voltage is getting through but the injector isn't working, then the injector is defective and needs to be replaced. Sometimes the injector will appear to be working but really isn't. It will be receiving voltage and buzzing as normal, but because it is clogged up with varnish deposits little or no fuel is actually being squirted into the cylinder. If ignition and compression are both okay in the bad cylinder, therefore, it would tell you the injector is clogged. On-car cleaning may reopen the clogged injector is the varnish isn't built up too thick. But a completely clogged injector usually doesn't respond well to this type of cleaning. It either has to be removed for off-car cleaning (which may or may not succeed id reopening it) or be replaced. Compression Diagnosis If the dead cylinder is getting spark and fuel, the only thing that's left is a compression problem. The most likely causes here would be a leaky valve (probably an exhaust valve since they run much hotter than intake valves and usually fail or "burn" first), a blown head gasket (this usually involves two adjacent cylinders, however), or a rounded or badly worn cam lobe. A compression check will verify if the cylinder is developing its normal compression. Little or no compression would verify any of the above problems. A leakage test could also be used to further diagnose and identify the nature of the problem (valves, head gasket or cam). Air leakage through the exhaust port would indicate a bad exhaust valve. Air leakage back through the intake manifold would indicate a bad intake valve. Air leaking into an adjacent cylinder would indicate a blown head gasket. Minimal leakage would indicate a rounded cam lobe. Leaky valves would require removing the cylinder head and having a valve job performed. A leaky head gasket would require removing the head and replacing the gasket (and probably resurfacing the head to restore flatness). A cam problem would require removing and replacing the camshaft and lifters (old lifters should never be reused with a new cam).

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Although I was cringing when Mikey explained my oil leak was a little worse than I thought, he explained everything that needed to be done in great details. He also explained items I could do, but weren't immediately necessary. The work was well done and on time. After the repair I drove to Florida - twice in 2 weeks. A great job!



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