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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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Thea
#1944852

I cannot watch this damn show with Dan the temper tantrum freak, as I am a car fanatic, & just don't have the heart to see Dan go off on people as if he was the second coming of The Lord. This ACTOR Dan, is not only impossible to like, but his fees are insane, because they far surpass the value of the cars he is repairing.

There was a 1964 Plymouth Barracuda, that did not look that bad....even though it had rust. The entire show was filled with insults for MOPARS & this cars design....just like I would insult Chevys as being the cheapest, ugliest, & most pathetc cars made. The difference is...I would never tell the public on TV that Chevy's are the most disgusting cars on earth since I would keep it to myself. Everyone has an opinion...but shut up about customers cars.

In the end...mean OLD DAN said they were charged for 720 hours. MY gosh, are you kidding....720 hours....with no chance of inflating that time. I have taken apart 10 of my own MOPARS, and many of them had severe accidents, that would have made that Barracuda look wonderful. I never invested 720 hours in repairs, and I did everything from welding, to body work, to engine rebuilds, etc.

That much time comes to 2 months of daily work on a vehicle. That time is impossible...which means old DAN is inflating his prices pure & simple. This means the show or Dan is a BULLSH*TER. In the end...this RICH customer seemed to be the happiest person on earth which I have never met in my life.

They smiled & applauded, where I have seen people melt down when I work on a car for 15 days...and ask for $6800. I mean...awwwwgggggg, they want to kill me for a bill of $6800 that took me endless hours to repair. This show, or Dan is pulling some fake game here. We watched the show three times to see what *** they might have encountered....& had no idea how Dan the GRUMP, with that foul mouth of his, came up with 60 days of work, for a car that left looking the same way it went in.

That bill must have been $56,000 for labor alone....which means the custmoer smiled about an $80,000 UGLY 1964 Plymouth Barracuda...which is not even worth $15,000. I love Motor Trend TV, and many other shows, but Dan is impossible to stomach, along with other over-repeated shows like Iron Resurrection. CHEVY *** all day. There are many, many shows on MOTOR TREND like these two shows of "ONLY GM CAR CRAP".

Of course our favorite show is Graveyard Carz. Yes....we are sick to death of Mark Worman, & his repulsive antics...so we mute him. I just wish MOTOR TREND would add some better shows where fabrication & engine building is for all cars, & even exotics. How many shows must we be mentally masterbated with more CHEVY CRAP, like that irritating jerk Bruno Massel who cannot shut his stuoid insulting mouth against MOPARS being the slowest junk...in every show he is on.

Hey Bruno...you idiot....MOPAR is the only engine running in TOP FUEL & FUNNY CAR JAGOFF.

There are no Chevy's or Ford's just because they put those names on the HEMI Valve covers. ANYWAY....piss on Dan's rip-off show.....as we are sick to death of his rotten show, with his rotten mouth.

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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

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My opinion

5.0
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Really interesting reading people ranting, its a TV show, you like the show " watch it " if you don't " turn off"some people don't like so called bad news about their cars problems, others appreciate his honesty, being charged for investigating an issue is perfectly normal, you can decide to pay what's required to make your car correct and safe,or walk away, he's not chaining customers to the table,they can walk away. Adding a 25% mark up on parts, covers however has to take the time and effort to source the materials needed, I doubt Audrey works for free.

User's recommendation: You get what you pay for !!!

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#2300624 Review #2300624 is a subjective opinion of poster.
3.0
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The gto episode where the guy got a $75,000 insurance check for his 65 gto damage. and Dan said he couldn't get parts for a 65 gto??? And there was no way to fix that car for $75k?? That's bs!! Any good shop could have got the parts needed and did the work for under...
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#2149359 Review #2149359 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Some nice work
Cons
  • Some terrible work
Preferred solution
Apology

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Obviously you don’t have a clue how every shop in the world works. How can you and your pompous rear end not expect to pay for labor. They had to take your dash apart figure out the problem and then they tried to find a part to fix your issue. If there are none to be...
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#2147124 Review #2147124 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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  • Get the job done updated cost no surprises

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Just watched show aug 16th 2020.

3.0
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Just showed a red mustang with white roof headed to Mexico. Left front fender white stripe was so so crooked at least half inch or more pointed up. Terrible work to show on t.v. Reminds me of a van they fixed right up and painted light brown beige. Had rust line running down right door opening below hinges. if you can't do the work right. At least don't show the major mistakes on t.v.show.
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#2120033 Review #2120033 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Some nice work
Cons
  • Some terrible work

Sent email

5.0
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Sent email to company about how they make dreams come true,and fulfill there customers dreams,well impressed.Asked if it was possible to have one of there t shirts signed by ALL employees of Fantom works absolutely love the programme on Dmax!!love the work they do,i really do hope i get a response from Mr Short.
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Norwich, England

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Return of the show

4.8
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FantomWorks was one of the best car shows on TV, why did they have to ruin it by cancelling the show?? It was the best car show on that channel.

User's recommendation: Don't watch Motortrend TV till they bring FantomWorks back.

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Raman
#1953260

I agree. Dan needs to bring the show back!

Shows like Graveyard Cars can make.it.certainly Random works can also.

Always enjoyed every single episode! Come on Dan!!!!l

Anonymous
#1935056

I will not watch anything else on that channel until they bring fantomworks back!!! It was the most honest show on that channel.

And fantomworks does great work! And done correctly!!!

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#2024983 Review #2024983 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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Bring the show back

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Horrible show

1.0
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It could have been a good show if it had some entertainment value and a host with a personality. The guy who hosts thinks he's Paul Sr. But he's just an *** Drop this show.!

User's recommendation: Don't go here!

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Anonymous
#1948181

Your rite

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#1973506 Review #1973506 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Pros
  • Nice cars
Cons
  • Horrible host
Preferred solution
Drop show.

I want to splain myself

1.0
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Dey dun painted muh wheels canary yeller I didnt want it I dun know why he persistered me to have it that dad gum color so I grabbed a rattle can and painted it myself

User's recommendation: They blow.

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Anonymous
#1948613

What?

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#1967058 Review #1967058 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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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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Anonymous
#1948163

I wouldn’t take a toy car to them u can tell by watching the show there not a kin dig or those type of guys that there work looks perfect

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#1926891 Review #1926891 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Akron, Ohio

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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.
Location
Norfolk, Virginia
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...
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Raman
#1953263

Dan has a true passion for his industry. He wants things.done.right.anything less is not acceptable.

What is wrong.with that? In today's world Fans.passion is hard to find. I can only imagine.what he goes thru hiring people who are just there for a paycheck! The stress lever must be tremendous!

Don't.critize until you own your.own shop.

It is obvious he must be doing many things.right. look at all the cars he.has.to restore.

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#1865246 Review #1865246 is a subjective opinion of poster.
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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!

Raman
#1953264
@PissedConsumer1854675

Maybe you should watch Mr. Rodgers neighborhood

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#1860384 Review #1860384 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
West Columbia, South Carolina
Product
Motor Trend Fantomworks Tv Show

Opinion

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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#1855916 Review #1855916 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
San Antonio, Texas
Service
Fantomworks Repair
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
#1872128

Obviously you don't have a clue.

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#1781810 Review #1781810 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Product
Motor Trend Fantomworks Tv Show
Pros
  • Interesting restorations
  • Great show
5.0
Details
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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Anonymous
#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
  • P-rofessional all the way - honest up front
  • Everyting explained
  • Totally honest
Cons
  • Distance