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Think Twice about D&V Autobody of Dulles, VA

15 October 2013 - 08:29 PM

I had my black 2013 GTR at D&V Autobody of Dulles, VA for 13 days getting some minor repairs to the right rear quarter panel and bumper where some jackoff decided he wanted to be in the lane I was in. (Dropped off car on Tuesday, October 2, 2013)

The original estimate for the repair was 4-days, which included repainting the quarter panel and bumper assemblies.  After 8-days (4-days more than their estimate) they finally called and I performed the pre-delivery inspection, which the paint job was simply horrible.  An example is they didn’t prep the quarter panel in front of the rear tire and shot paint over top a year’s worth of rock peppering from the tire which caused some major paint defects as one could imagine.  If they are going to paint match the entire quarter panel, why wouldn’t you prep the entire quarter panel. The rear bumper assemblies had several paint related issues as well, to include debris in the paint.

After refusing delivery I spent the next 5 days visiting the shop to discovery additional damage being made when trying to correct the previous issues. (Prior to this I was hands off to allow the shop to do what I thought they do best.)  At this point they have wet sanded the clear coat and compounded it at least a half dozen times.
Today, the wet sanded areas started hazing bad and upon inspection with a xenon detailer’s lamp, the clear coat has major scratching and hazing from all the compounding. My detailer is estimating at least $600+ in paint correction to get it back to OEM quality.  The only problem, he is afraid that the clear coat may be very thin in those areas they have already done and further sanding will breach to the next layer. Their website advertises that their paint process exceeds the OEM Factory finish; however, the paint job they have performed is certainly substandard.

The shop thus far has agreed to fix the issues but this is at a personal loss of use for issues that shouldn’t have happened in the first place if there was quality control in place.  I’ve remained very professional with them during this whole process since they haven’t refused at any point to not correct their mistakes.  I’m extremely disappointed with this shop considering all the positive reviews they have on the internet and the fact that most Nissan dealerships in the area recommend them and Ferrari of Washington sends their cars there for repairs.  It must be the curse of the black car, I just can’t seem to get them to get this paint back to factory level.  On a side note, I have a professional detailer compound and apply was twice a year to keep the finish in top shape.  Basically the work that D&V Autobody has done doesn’t even match the quality of the aged factory finish…..

YMMV but I would certainly think twice about bringing any vehicle to this shop and be prepared to inspect your vehicle in great detail to ensure the work is being done correctly.  I would even go as far as having an independent inspector check their work before taking delivery. For a $1,500 repair, I have had problems equal to a $15,000 repair.  If this was the best shop in the area, I would hate to see the workmanship in the second best shop in the area.......



FS: 2013 OEM Mid-Pipe w/metal gaskets***$100/OBO***

06 July 2013 - 01:35 PM

All, I got an aftermarket mid-pipe awhile ago but I hate throwing away good stock parts considering they are so expensive when replacing OEM items.  I'd hold onto it as a spare but I just don't have the space anymore.

Again, it's the OEM Mid-Pipe w/ metal gaskets with roughly 1,200 miles on it.  The upackaged weight is 29 pounds (13.15Kg) and would ship from zip 20147 for non-local pickup. (Buyers Expense) Local pickup is welcomed.

Local Pickup can be Cash or Paypal, buyers preference.
Non-Local Pickup will be Paypal Only. (An invoice will be sent from paypal with the item discription, price, and shipping costs to your location for payment.)

I'm asking $100 or a resonable best offer.  I think it's a fare price given the fact that if I dropped it off to a metal recycler in my area, I may get pretty close to that dollar amount anyway from the Catalytic Converters and residual metal.  Figured I'd give it a shot on another GTR or at least have a better purpose than melting it down as scrap.

PM with offers.



Tranny going from auto to manual in R modes?

20 June 2013 - 11:47 AM

2013 GTR-Stock

So, I was at a stop light, traffic was clear in front of me, so I decided to have a little fun.  The car was fully warmed up and was driving in auto mode.  I turned on all three "R" modes to do a launch.

Stepped on the brake, punched the gas, and let her rip.  I had a ton of wheel spin and all of a sudden after the 1-2 shift I'm in manual mode bouncing off the damn rev limiter.  I had to move the gear selector over to put it back in auto mode at which point it seemed to go back into manual mode.  Only after the second try did it stay in auto mode.  (After bouncing off the rev limiter I backed off the gas and slowed down.)

Sigh...other than a bruised ego, I didn't get any engine/transmission codes and the car seemed to shift fine after putting it back into auto mode with all the "R" modes still on.  At the next red light I decided to test fate and tried the launch again (I figured if the shit is going to break, let it break now).  I had slightly less wheel spin and everything went smooth this time and the car rocketed down the road shifting in auto mode.

Outside the obvious issue that I need new tires, has anyone had their cars go into manual mode when launching when what they wanted was to remain in auto mode?  Everything happened so damn quick I don't recall maybe bumbling into the gear selector while holding on for dear life or maybe I pulled one of the paddle shifters right before launch.  Just checking with the community to see if this has ever happened to anyone else.  Again, the second launch was a full success without any issues so I'm not sure what happened during the first launch.