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I took my very nice classic 1968 Impala to a custom Automotive Shop in Norfolk - FantomWorks to repair a complex Comfortron heating system. I agreed to an original estimate of $1,070 to "diagnose and repair as practical to make system fully functional." The costs...
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Anonymous
#1863275

You said, an estimate. you weren't ripped off, you just fid not listen. Just my thought.

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#570887 Review #570887 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Norfolk, Virginia
Cons
  • Being ripped off
Reason of review
Problems with payment
Loss
$337
Preferred solution
Full refund
Mr. Short, My name is Jim Harrison from Wadsworth,Ohio (about 35 miles south of Cleveland) I would like to know if I could get an autographed picture of you and your team ,(if possible). I can’t get enough of your shows and love what you and your talented team...
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Akron, Ohio

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5.0
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Fantomworks - Good customer experience
While visiting family near Norfolk, I had some time to kill and went to visit Fantom Works. I saw the sign on the door detailing the tour hours. I would not be able to come back later that afternoon. Dans wife Melissa came out to talk with me and after explaining my...
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#1883618 Review #1883618 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Norfolk, Virginia

If this is real

I wont send a car to him . Seems like he makes issues out of small stuff . Really hhis stress gives me stress . Im glad i dont work for him ! If he actually reacts like that on the show ..Overreactions cost the consumer money .As an insurance claims adjuster I would steer any and every customer away from this clown

User's recommendation: I wont send a car to him.

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Anonymous
#1867168

Geez a negative review from someone who has never used the place. I’ll bet you’re a really fun guy.

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#1865246 Review #1865246 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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calm down or it will kill ya

Bad language ...WHY???

The show and work is great ,but the language is bad from the star of the show.. .He takes in the jobs and gets upset when the job goes south then he uses such bad words... Thank you ....
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Anonymous
#1854675

THey edit out the language, you may be able to tell what they say, but if that offends you.....Oh, well!

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#1860384 Review #1860384 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
West Columbia, South Carolina

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It is sad to say some repairs on old cars do not have the outcome expected within proposed budgets, Fantom Works spent the time and needed to be paid. I don't think you can ever explain this situation fully to most car owners. I would bet that with more expense and time the correct result could have been realized. Restoration and some repairs are an open ended proposition.

User's recommendation: Try and understand the situation of repairs.

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San Antonio, Texas

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I love this show. My favorite at the time of this post. However, the prices are though the roof. He did a convertible (non SS) 1964 Impala with a 327 for a guy in the Military, that was serving oversees. He charged him $90,000 for the restoration. If it were my shop, I...
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Anonymous
#1867170

You have so missed the point of this show! You think he should give $10K off because the owner was a veteran?

Maybe his mechanics etc should work for less too then he could save his customers more money! If customers just wanted any car they could indeed shop around and get something ready booted but I suspect it wouldn’t be the quality build that Dan puts into his work. Plus a lot of the cars have very strong family connections which is why the owners want to have them restored.

I have never though seen such an unrealistic set of owners who think turning a complete wreck into a shiny new motor won’t cost the big bucks it obviously does. If they want cheap and shoddy there are a thousand cheapskate garages they can take their cars to to be ripped off.

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#1781810 Review #1781810 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Motor Trend Fantomworks Tv Show
Pros
  • Interesting restorations
  • Great show
5.0
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I would like to get my '72 Oldsmobile Cutlass Convertible into your shop for a "REDO." or "refreshed." I''ve seen some of your shows where you took a worn 60's (I believe off-white 190 SL Mercedes-Benz), and worked your magic for a "reasonable (and fair) price"...
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#1838474

If you would like to submit a project you may do so at the following link: www.projects.fantomworks.com

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#1751077 Review #1751077 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Pros
  • Totally honest
  • P-rofessional all the way - honest up front
  • Everyting explained
Cons
  • Distance

Yes and I would buy auto from Dan

5.0
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I love the show saw episode mentioned , I would have thrown that guy out on his *** . These are 50 , 60 year old vehicles . You find *** you cant see . I would buy a vehicle off him and he has some for sale Ill be down this springHappy
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#1747985 Review #1747985 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Tv show
Cons
  • There was nothing that i did not like

Can pretends to care,Rodney pretends to care about $$$

1.0
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Nothing good to say about DRS
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#1718316 Review #1718316 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Livermore, California

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Dan the whiner

He whines too much about the cars he works on. Please take a lesson from the other restoration shows who gladly take a car project on with a smile
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#1663602 Review #1663602 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Cary, Illinois
Reason of review
Bad quality

Could b fan

Language is filthy Unwatchable
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Salma
#1854676

They bleep out the cussing! Grow up!

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#1643759 Review #1643759 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Charlotte, North Carolina
Reason of review
Unnecessary vulgar language
Loss
$1000
Preferred solution
Let the company propose a solution

Leaving the show

1.0
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If you read Dan's comments you would understand that the sow is not being cancelled but Dan called it QUITS. Too many long day and stressful conditions and loss of good workers is the reason. READ first then.open mouth.
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#1633797 Review #1633797 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Cary, North Carolina
Reason of review
Bad quality

Best car show on cable

5.0
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Dan s one of the best bosses I've seen,I've worked with some real assholes.Dan is the boss,he tells you what to do and you do it,if you can't then leave.I think its the best car show on cable,the other ones just play for the camera.
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#1619837 Review #1619837 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Dan and the crew for doing it all for so long
  • Great show
  • Interesting restorations
Cons
  • Cancelling show
  • Mt cancelled it
  • Programing decisions
Reason of review
Good quality
1.0
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Fantomworks is the worst car show ever. Dan is such an arrogant jerk. Only watch Iron Resurrection and *** Rides. They do awesome work w/o all the BS.
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Shauntae
#1863331

All car shows have bs but this guy constantly over exaggerates ever situation.....and then sits down with the client and explains his 1000s of hours speech etc....lol. He has to send cars out for exhaust work?

So he drives a cadillac with a brand new ls3 down the street with no 02 sensor....as this car backs out of the shop with 3 out of the 4 brake lights working....on camera ....he complains how its running and his mechanic just laughs....now grant you he claims 66k on parts and at $85 hr shop rate that a 100k in labor and he cant flat bed the car to a shop to get the exhaust done....ya were all trolls right dan? Your show shoveled more bs than all motortrends shows put together....i wish they would stop showing these horrible reruns.....amazing this crap made it 9 yrs

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#1618247 Review #1618247 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Lee's Summit, Missouri
Reason of review
Bad quality

Put into Storage

3.0
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I think it is great Velocity is ending Fantomworks. Very little automotive work was truly shared beyond history. Dan is a total Narcissist, if the director can't see that he is blind. He displays absolutely no management skills, surprised his crew d id not pack it in long ago; I seriously question if he was Special Forces, never met one that was such loud mouth, maybe he was national guard support or something.
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Elfie
#1865992

i would never take a classic car to such a dirty shop

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#1589115 Review #1589115 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Reason of review
Damaged or defective
Preferred solution
stay of the air