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Question Porsche mechanics in Iowa?

Anybody know of a good mechanic/repair shop in Iowa? I have had some experience with the dealer here in Des Moines, mostly for routine maintainance on newer (under warranty) cars. I have heard that a dealer may not be the best place to take care of earlier 911's.

Thanks (still on the steep part of the learning curve)

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There is a good European Car Repair place outside Ames I used to take my VW Bus too. Not too sure on how good he is with Porsche, but he was good when I used him.

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There is a place in Ames called "Foreign Auto" or something like that on the corner of Hyland and Lincoln Way - just west of the ISU campus. I have zero experience with the place but have seen older 911s in there from time to time for service.

That should be "Best" Des Moines not "West" Des Moines.
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You go to ISU JrDavid68?

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Thanks, I'll check those out. Hey jrdavid68 you sound like you know the territory out here. I grew up out there in Northern Calif.(Sacramento, San Francisco), I think that's where I caught the so-called "chronic Porsche syndrome" that still affects me. Anyways, thanks fot the info
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Yes - born and raised in Iowa. Graduated from ISU in '92 and transplanted to the SF Bay Area in Sept of '96. Purchased the '86 Carrera in Oct of '96 - gotta love the Bay Area!

Never looked back, but I do go back a couple/few times a year.
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Theres a place near Des Moines advertised in Panorama mag.

Bruch Motorweke
Drew Gangle
16 Ellefson Lane
Desoto , IA

15 Min west of Des Moines, on I-80,exit 110 Phone 515-834-1416.

I'm in IA City, spoke w/ him on the phone, and he told me he specializes in pre 1989 models. The shop is a long ways from me though.

If you do get work done there let me know what you think.

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Thanks Gary. I must have gone by there many times as I go to Winterset quite often. I'm trying to do a little footwork before I take the plunge into the never-ending-as far- as- I -can-tell world of 911 hot rodding.
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jrdavid,

Most of my family has roots back in Iowa somehow. My wife was born and raised in Ames, Mom in Forest City and grandfatehr from Cherokee. I graduated from ISU in 96 and have moved on as well. Due to the inlaws I still get back pretty often.

Bought my first air colled vehicle there 78 VW Bus (great college vehicle) and got addicted then...

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