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Self Service Garage Experience review - Zurich

Just a quick review: Went to a self service garage last night to do change my brake pads (cost of doing it myself v Swiss garage is huge of course).

Great experience and the owners son called 'Castro' spoke perfect english and was very helpful. They have lifts and ALL the tools you could need.

21CHF per hour to rent the lift and tools to work on your own car/bike/whatever...

Garage is called Mataj SelfGarage in Winterthur. Easy to find on Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/UmWo18sYbeT2

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I've been there today after reading the above review and can only agree. Highly recommended DIY garage!
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Re: Self Service Garage Experience review - Zurich

Thanks for the info...

Does anyone have any experience on DIY garages in Zurich?



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Re: Self Service Garage Experience review - Zurich

Fantastic! Anyone know if there are any self service garage around Horgen or Zug?
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Any other self garage or community garages in Switzerland ?
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Re: Self Service Garage Experience review - Zurich

http://www.doityourselfgarage.ch/

(Never used them, but I went in and spoke with the guy many moons ago. Seemed alright, if a bit gruff.)
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Re: Self Service Garage Experience review - Zurich

We use on just over the border from Basel in Lorrach if anyone is looking for over this way https://www.facebook.com/selbstschrauber.loerrach/
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Re: Self Service Garage Experience review - Zurich

That one over the border is interesting because it is open on a Saturday! I don't believe that this idea has made it to the Zurich-based self-service garages
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That's good to know! Do they sell fluids as well? (e.g. oil, coolant, etc)? Think I may visit one of these weekends...
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Yesterday I decided to give the place in Lorrach a go what with it being open on a Saturday.

Summary. It is disappointing. It's poorly equipped and the roof leaks. I paid EUR84 to be there for 7 hours to do 4 hours worth of work which I didn't complete, negotiated down from over EUR100. Their quality of tools is low, and the selection of tools they have is poor.

It has a lot of potential. If they bought some decent gear and received mail order parts for instance it would be just fine.

The only reason I was able to get anything done is that on the off chance it was going to be very busy I grabbed what I thought might be useful from home (big socket set, general tool box, breaker bar, torque wrench, axel stands, wheel chocks). I forgot to bring my impact driver and they didn't have one. Cue wasted hours. I borrowed a half-inch drive t50 socket from them to avoid the lateral torque from my adapters and long breaker bar but the quality was so poor that it shattered (EUR 10 please...). Can you believe they didn't even have a single breaker bar themselves? I resorted somewhat unsatisfactorily to removing and destroying a stubbon hex bolt with a chisel and hammer.

To be honest my heart sank within the first 5 minutes when I asked for a torque wrench expecting a professional grade one that would go to 300NM and they handed me exactly the same EUR50 210NM one I have. Don't expect any Snap-on, just imagine you equipped a shed with a couple of ramps and the worst hand tools money can buy.

So my experiment in avoiding the wrath of my neighbours was unsuccessful, because I will be hammering at bolts outside my apartment one evening to finish the job.

Apparently they have only been open since October 2016.

If anyone does have a torque wrench that goes to 275NM I'd love to borrow it :-)
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Re: Self Service Garage Experience review - Zurich

I think your expectations were just a bit off to begin with to be honest!

We bring our own tools and in the off chance we were stuck for something they seem to have it.

Yes it is a big shed with some 2 post lifts, a tyre removing machine, floor space and some tools, it is not a professional kitted out garage with Snap On and Gedore sockets etc!

For what it is it suits our needs fine. We can bang and hammer at nuts trying to remove them as loud as we want without fear of the wrath of our neighbours.
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