Congratulations to Emile and Peter for winning 1st Place in the Exotics class at the 2016 Hillsborough Concours d'Elegance!
The following are unsolicited reviews by our customers submitted to Yelp. This is not a "cherry-picked" list of reviews, but ALL of the reviews submitted to Yelp, including the ones that Yelp does not display by default. No reviews have been omitted. Enjoy!
Emile & Peter
7/16/2016 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Emiles Sport Car Performance, Having owned several older and newer British cars over the years I understand the importance of performing the correct maintenance and repairs on these delicate machines.
Peter & Emile are both extremely knowledgeable, experienced and capable to diagnose correct any and all problems that is presented to them. They always extend a friendly warm smile, have positive attitudes and will go beyond the norm to fix the problem asap. They have completed total engine rebuilds, upgrades and corrected all kinds of issues when restoring my Triumph TR6 & Austin Healey 3000. They treat my cars as if they were their own. Their work is first class. I trust them completely with any issue either with my older British classics or my newer Range Rover Sport. I feel we are very fortunate to have these talented, experienced mechanics available locally keeping our British cars in top condition. True professionals all the way and highly recommended.
Santa Cruz, CA
12/5/2015 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Emile's Sports Car Performance is the best shop I've even been to . There quality work shows off their Integrity. My lastest visit start off being routine radiator replacement a day later it turned in to transmission problem that caused me to have my Land Rover towed back the next day. I wasn't sure why this would be happening after a radiator replacement. To make a long short short I left voice message letting Emile know head of time . First thing that morning I received a call from Peter one of the mechanics telling me don't worry get my Rover to the shop and they will take care of the situation today even though they were booked. By 5 my Land Rover was repaired with improvements showing me that they were sorry for any inconvenience I might had incurred. The best part is the Emile covered all additional parts and labor. Now that is a man with alot of Integrity with big heart. Merry Christmas to"
7/13/2015 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Emile is a true car enthusiast, and he really saved the day on a recent rally. The car I was driving burst into flames, and without any hesitation, he sprang into action with a fire extinguisher to get the flames under control. He worked with a few other guys to repair the faulty part that started the fire and get the car running again. We were able to finish the weekend and have a great time due to his help! He's definitely one of the nicest mechanics and car enthusiasts I've had the pleasure of meeting.
San Francisco, CA
I have an MGB. I love the car and it's been in my possession for ten years now. Driving up to MGs by the Bay in Danville my electrical seniors went out (Lucas Electronics...can you believe it?!!!) As such all my gauges went out, lights, blinkers, electrical fan...you name it! Ended up with a warped head and a cracked cylinder. Had it towed to Emile's and he and Peter did their magic. For considerably less than other Brit mechanics, Emile and Peter re-did my engine and electricals and the car runs better than it ever did. I'm ecstatic with joy driving this little beauty. And it all due to Emile's Sports Car Performance and the friendly efficient staff. I can't say enough positive comments and my only trepidation is that I hope they never retire!!! 😃
Santa Cruz, CA
3/9/2015 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Emile was one of the first clients I had when I started here in 1988. We kind of grew up in this business together in some ways. He has really come a long way and is the preeminent British Repair shop in his area. Always customer centric and more knowledgeable then many others in the business. Emile has a great shop and will be a great choice for repairing and maintaining your European automobile.
1/24/2015 - 5 out of 5 Stars
I bought a 69 MG in Los Angeles and drove it up the coast, destination Sacramento. I didn't have it checked out first, just drove it. It started having problems around Monterey, so I looked up a specialist shop in Santa Cruz, and made it there (barely). I left the car with Emile for about a week, and his technicians did extensive work that brought it into good driving condition. I felt confident that the car was in good hands, that they really know what they are doing. If you have an older British car, especially a sports car, then they are the place to take it in the area.
Emile's is simply the best. Great guys and first class treatment all the way ! Would never take my Jag to anyone else ! 😃
Boulder Creek, CA
8/20/2014 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Emile and his crew are the best in the county. He works on specialty cars like Maserati and Range Rover, and lots of others. He is fast and efficient, friendly sooo easy to work with and goes that extra mile for us his customers. Instead of going to Sa Jose, he's right here on the East side. My Rover purrs because of him and his team!! If there were more stars I'd give them to him!!!
7/14/2014 - 5 out of 5 Stars
My first experience with Emile's Sport Performance was roadside on a group rally. My 1963 Ford Cortina broke down in the middle of nowhere with a bad fuel pump. Emile and Dave stopped and helped with repairs. They were both clearly competent, experienced mechanics, and true gentlemen to stop and help on their day off. Emile was quickly able to identify the problem and help with a quick remedy. I was struck by his good nature, particularly considering this was his time off, away from work, on a hot day. A short time later he was under yet another car, this time in the hot sun. I was also impressed with their level of organization and preparedness, comprehensive tools, spares, even a top-shelf floor jack.
i own a 1966 mgb...a runner not a trailer queen !
these guys went "above and beyond" the call of duty to get my car back on the road after a bad experience with a british car shop in salinas.
they rebuilt the engine...rebuilt the brakes...rebuilt the suspension...and more.
im cruise'n with a smile on my face these days...thanks to emile and his crew !!!!
Big Sur, CA
I have known Emile & Peter for years... they've worked on two of my Jaguars and believe me when I say that I ask them EVERYTHING and stop by ANY TIME I wonder what the heck is happening with my car! You couldn't talk with two people with more patience or confidence. They do what they say, have it done when they've scheduled and show nothing but stellar professionalism. When I ask how to baby my car, they advise me to just drive it, that's what it was built for. Nothing will make a car owner relax more than to know whatever happens, there's someone to pull it all together for you and make sure you can be on the road where you belong. Thank you for taking such great care of your Santa Cruz customers!
6/13/2013 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Man what a pleasant surprise...I've had tons of cars and tons of guys (and gals) who have fixed them...or tried to fix them... I was in a huge bind as my car that I was hoping to put in the Capitola Hot Rod show-broke an axle...I had much less than a week to get the car fixed and had never been to Emile-he didn't know me and he didn't know my car . I went to his shop with some broken parts and pieces and explained my dilemma...without any drama or attitude, he told me he could most likely fix the car before the show!...so I already stunned-no drama, no attitude?...no what a big favor he was doing for me???... Where was I -in a good dream?...he arranged to have a Cracker Jack tow truck operator to come out and do a very complicated tow...and proceeded to fix my car...yeah...just like that...he called with updates, called to let me know it was ready and that I could get it in the show...he even called a few days later to make sure everything was good...oh, it was very good...this guy is is good and I have a new mechanic... I made it to the show, people went nuts over the car and I owe a huge thanks to Emile... Went by today to personally thank him again and we talked about doing some other upgrades in the future... I think this car is going to be fun again!...all I can say is that it is still 'all about service' ...Bravo!
9/24/2012 - 5 out of 5 Stars
I have been taking my rover to Emile's Sports Car Performance for about a year now and I have not looked back. When you visit the shop, you will notice how clean and organized everything is. Emile and his team go out of their way to accommodate your needs and will exceed expectations of quality, service and punctuality. They will take the time to answer questions with detail and honesty. I am always confident driving my machine, knowing that they are maintaining it optimally.
Emile's is, hands-down, the best!
Like everyone, we've dealt with mechanics for many years for a variety of automobiles. There is no way that anyone and I mean ANYONE can do as good of a job as Emile's and his team (thanks Peter!) does. The customer service is spectacular, when you deal with them, you don't deal with a layer of staff where translation of your needs gets mixed up and when your car is ready, it's ready and done right. We are blessed to know Emiles and to be a customer. Believe me, I don't say that lightly.
Santa Cruz, CA
These guys really saved my butt with a 1980 Jaguar I brought in with all kinds of electrical and hard to figure out problems. They went out of their way to make sure my car was ready to go asap. Friendly, helpful and professional, I really love this place and highly recommended it!!
Santa Cruz, CA
Truly brutally honest, trustworthy auto technicians! I brought in my 1995 Land Rover Discovery due to 2 reasons: the friendly approach I received before I bought it (not from them), and the reviews from Yelp* and others (and browsing their website) helped persuade me.
I was a little worried about cost and hoping for the best and embracing for the worst hit my pocket may endure. In no way am I rich; i was fortunate to take my time and found a super deal i could not pass and was able to afford. My Disco was set an appt. for this past Monday, and oh Nelly! was i surprised at my total. Reasonable and am at peace I will still make my rent this month :)
All the reviews you read are so right on. If your looking to have your auto serviced by the right hands and pricing around this area---this is your place! what's really great and awesome folks, is that they excel not just in their craft---their customer service is top notch! It is worth driving a bit from out of town to have yours serviced and priced right the first time.
it's been hard to trust a mechanic/technician outside my uncle (who has his own business on the east coast), and this place felt safe---as I only entrusted my uncle with my car til I relocated to the west :)
This is where my baby Disco will be calling home for a good long while.
Santa Cruz, CA
5/20/2011 - 5 out of 5 Stars
The shop is old-school guys who care about cars. Emile makes me feel like a part of his family. He and Peter, his staff mechanic, are always gracious and provide superior service. They have decades of experience and have made this their true work. In a globalized world of impersonal corporate thoughtlessness, this place is a beacon of life. Highly recommended!
1/5/2011 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Will only trust my car to EMILE's! I have the fortune of living close by but I would drive alot further to go here. Very friendly and knowledgeable. I am a customer for life!
I have owned my '01 Land Rover Discovery for nearly 6 years. It was the vehicle my husband and I chose to purchase for our growing family. Emile's was and is the only mechanic that has serviced our beautiful English machine! I wouldn't have it any other way. I have always felt that I can stop by at any time, call at any time and I would receive immediate attention. This is so valuable as a new mother. But wait it got so much better..... Then after I became a single mother, I realized that Emile and Peter were the closest thing to a real man in my life that would help me in a heart beat!!! From my view point a woman needs her mechanic and this equals great mechanics, GREAT MEN AT THIS SHOP!!!! This business has been so invaluable to getting my son to school, pursuing my career, and making sure I can still pay for it after I get to work. I heart the men that make my wheels turn!!!
7/10/2010 - 5 out of 5 Stars
Just a word for Emile's sports car performance "WOW", and what was I thinking taking my baby to Extra Mile auto. Emile and Peter are Professional, knowledgeable, and just down right nice guys. They quickly diagnosed my Rover, and like surgeons had her fixed and out of recovery in a matter of hours (not days). By the way guys she climbed over the hill and back with no problems. If you have a car you care about you need to take it to Emile's. Thanks again Emile and Peter, you have a customer for life.
Santa Cruz, CA
I had the BEST car repair experience at Emile's Sports Car Performance in Santa Cruz.
My teenager lost the keys to Grandpa's Land Rover while skateboarding all over town. Grandpa entrusted her with his 1996 Land Rover after she blew up the engine on her little car by accident. A lock smith tried but couldn't help us. We feared we might be stuck towing it to the Land Rover dealer in San Jose. Luckily I found Emile's shop online and gave him a call. He worked hard & recovered the ignition cylinder code from the VIN and had a key made for us. He refused to charge us anything beyond the cost of the key which was $20. Sadly, the key wouldn't turn the lock but Emile was certain he could get it running so we had it towed to his shop. In combination with the locksmith, Emile was able to get a key made and gave us a complimentary fluid check & top off. The key was very difficult to turn in the lock and although it could be turned, Emile felt it was unacceptable and insisted on crediting us for the labor. As it turns out the Land Rover needed a new ignition which was already a little quirky prior to this incident but decompensated after the locksmith, tow truck driver and us aggressively trying to make the key work. Emile charged us only for the cost of the part and even threw in the a second key for free! I'm use to having car places rip me off and I feel as if I've ripped him off !! In addition to being a sports car expert, Emile is extremely personable, professional, honest, compassionate and an all around outstanding person. Peter was also very helpful and pleasant on the phone. I feel like going out and buying a jaguar now just so I can bring some business to Emile! I will certainly recommend him to everyone I know. My dad has already decided that he will do any future work on his Land Rover at Emile's rather than being ripped off in Long Beach where he usually goes. Thanks again Emile, you are an exceptional person :-)
3/31/2009 - 5 out of 5 Stars
I had a major repair done to my Land Rover at Emiles. They spent time checking it out and let me know what the problem was and gave me a very precise quote. The work was done when they promised and the staff was very professional, they also went beyond the service and checked my tires and washed my car. I would highly recommend Emile's Shop, you will be taken care of and not ripped off!
Santa Cruz, CA
2/11/2009 - 5 out of 5 Stars
I got lucky when I sold my company. My gift to me was a tricked out Range Rover Sport, because hey, why not? =)
So, my little baby starts acting weird one day, and the check engine light comes on. I called the dealer and explained the symptoms, and they said it was going to be a week and cost me an arm, a leg and my left testicle. I started looking around for someone else who might be able to help, and I stumbled onto Emile's Sports Car Performance, and I have to say, I was blown away.
The car was ready in 2 days, for about half the price Range Rover quoted me. But that is just the quantative stuff. The service was exceptional. I actually talked to Emile, who was by far the most personal and understanding mechanic I have ever met. He took the time to explain that I had a leaking head gasket, what he did, and why it cost that exact amount.
From here on out, my baby is only getting the best, and the best is Emile's. You would be a fool to go anywhere else.
5/3/2008 - 5 out of 5 Stars (1st review)
I'd like to believe that it had something to do with my being a cute blond driving an eye catching ever so unusual fun little red sports car. You see I drive a a little red MGB (having just dated myself here) and being far from 20 something I guess I'll have to concede that Emile's just happens to have some of the best customer service and skill at keeping my ride on the road, yet again! Lets just say anyone that knows British cars, especially old MG's knows that it takes a lot of care and TLC to keep them driving on the road. My little beast of a car has been quite the expensive "thorn in my side" for some time now. I recently decided to just go get it finally fixed and put it up for sale, after several years of it sitting there staring at me saying "ha ha you shall never be able to trust that I will get you there and back" So I made an appointment to take it to Emile's, first off finding someone that even knows how to work on one of these is quite a coo not to mention having their shop be within 5 miles of where I reside. After many dollars later and much attention to getting it right, Emile has made the little red MGB able to grace the highways yet again. He did so much to the car and then took off substantial amounts in labor charges. To top it off Friday I called and said it seems maybe the fan belt might be slipping could you check it and let me know if it is safe to drive to Berkeley? He said stop by on your lunch hour, which I did and he stopped working on the other cars checked it out replaced the belt and when I asked what do I owe? He says lets just say it is warranty work, no charge! Now how many places can you go that they would do that for you? So was it my charming personality or blond hair? I doubt it, I'll have to say they are an honest car repair business and know what customer service means. I am now considering maybe hanging on to the little MGB, maybe for just a little while, as it is running better than it ever has, and it is now getting me there and back again, and maybe turning a few too many heads, and getting me far too much attention! So thank you Emile for setting her wheels loose on the highway and making me feel quite young again with my blond hair flying in the wind!