Got my '03 VW Jetta TDI in '05. I do my own car work ... up to the point that I am able. Yes, I have changed the timing belt (3 6-hour days in my garage), but no, I cannot remove the transmission and replace the main seal. That is where a shop comes in. And I got lucky. A visit to DMV on Washington Blvd (and its interminable wait) lead me to cross the street and take a look at the German car repair shop. The beginning of a beautiful relationship. Jose KNOWS German cars, knows how to run a business, knows how to hire and manage a staff of able mechanics, and knows how to engage and communicate w/ his customers. I don't go to him for every job; I do many of them, and he knows that. In the not-so-frequent occasion when I DO show up, it's for things that one needs to trust one's chosen mechanic. I do. And it works both ways. I have been a customer since '05. He narrowed his business a few years ago to service more exclusive German car brands than my humble Volkswagen (The People's Car), but he does not cut loose his loyal customers w/ their 16-year old cars.