Drago's was bought out several years
ago by "True Imports." Yesterday, they
did my "E" service (basically an oil change
and inspection) for $137 and told me it
would be around $450 at the dealership (I
don't doubt it). The corrected address is:
427 W. Ogden Ave
The shop is small, run by Shawn Vargas and
his father, Steve. That stretch of Ogden is
full of import auto dealers (Lexus, BMW,
Audi, Mercedes, Lamborgini, Porsche, and
even Bentley further down the road). In
fact, the dealership I've suffered through is across the street and 1/2 mile down the road. It looks as if the mechanics at True Imports either also work at various dealerships or were recruited--lots of insider talk and brand shirts worn by the guys.
As I drove away, however, my engine soon started smoking heavily. Long story short, they discovered that the dealership had installed the wrong oil cap (we cross checked part nos) and had gerryrigged a
fit with silicone. That seal was broken when the oil was changed at True Imports.
Shawn was preparing to drive 1 1/2 hrs
to get a replacement; however, after talking to several people at my dealership, he ended up just having to go across the street.
On top of it all, True showed me where
a hose was dangling and where 3 bolts were missing from my engine installation.
The dealership had replaced my engine 10,000 miles ago because of oil consumption issues. Is it possible that the dealer set up the silicone seal as a boobie trap to make sure I didn't fool with the oil consumption tests? No, I must be being paranoid