Review: Hillsdale Arco
Bala S

Redwood City, CA

#1 Dec 9, 2008
I had had positive experiences at this place in the past so I took my car here (although I now live in East Bay) when my "Service Engine Soon" light came on. What followed was hell itself

They "fixed" the problem stating it to be a faulty oxygen sensor near the radiator.

25 miles later the SES light came on again. I took it back and they said the part might have been defective. They "fixed" it again.

25 miles later the SES light came on for the third time. I was getting pretty frustrated now but I decided to give them one last chance. They now said that there was a vacuum leak near the intake manifold. This was "fixed" again.

Lo an behold, 25 miles later the SES light came on again.

At this point I believe I made a very reasonable request. I said I would take the car to the dealer and that I was eligible for at least some refund since they offer a "Warranty" on their service.

The guy I was working with "Sam" started avoiding me. He would never pick up the phone. This morning I took it in. The guy there gave me some C&B story about how there were actually 2 problems and they only fixed one of the problems etc. etc. I just gave up at this point.

I just got a call from my dealer service shop. They said that the problem was to the mass air flow sensor and the oxygen sensor was never bad in the first place. So I am getting that done now after spending 10 days dealing with this incompetence.

I guess these guys just refuse to believe that they can make a mistake. I would at least have accepted an apology in lieu of a refund but all I got was stonewalling... very sad... since I had really put my trust in these guys by giving them not one but three chances to recover from their mistake.
mike d

United States

#2 Jan 6, 2009
WE've had nothing but good experiences with Sam. Have been getting our cars serviced there for years. You probably shouldn't take really complicated car problems to a local gas station anyway.

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