Porsche Boxster 987 2.9 2010

Had real difficulties with Porsche following a Boxster engine failure. Much prefer dealing with Neville Dalby and his colleagues Co at Dal Jones who installed replacement engine and then sorted out further problems with oil pressure monitor which Porsche again got badly wrong. This is a friendly and completely straightforward business - thoroughly recommended.

Nick Vineall

Porsche 911 997 3.8 engine rebuild with new cylinder liners. 

Hi Warren,

I just wanted to say thank you for all your work and dedication in getting my car fixed. I appreciate it dragged on a bit. It's now running like a dream and it brings a smile to my face every time I drive it!


Many thanks


Nick Benger

Porsche 911 997 3.8 Engine Rebuild with New Liners & Fitting.


These guys came recommended by someone in the trade & certainly lived up to the recommendation. Very friendly & professional, everything was explained clearly (technically & cost-wise) & my car is now back on the road & running better than it ever has! Definitely recommend these guys.

Alex Ward Tunbridge Wells. 

Porsche Boxster 3.2
Exceptional service on an engine rebuild of my 2006 Porsche Boxster 3.2 during a stressful time, sending photos and staying inregular contact through the whole process. They are all very helpful and friendly, particularly Matt and I would recommend them.

Sue Trafford, Chipping Norton.

VW Caravell T5/6 2.0 BI Turbo Diesel

A very good experience from start to finish, I was kept informed all the way by Harley with additional costs for extra parts needed to make the rebuild on my VW T5 A1 from original quotation , I had a full engine report with photo evidence included via email which helped a lot
When I got my T5 back I checked it over (being an experienced mechanic myself), and I was pleased to see a very nicely fitted rebuilt engine and a neat engine bay , the engine is now much quicker, quieter and more economical. I would recommend Dal Jones to anyone wanting a nice engine rebuild done right if there willing to pay the money, many thanks to Harley and his team of mechanics.

Nick watts

I took my '97 Porsche Boxster from the Netherlands to Dal Jones to rebuild its engine, and to recondition the gearbox (I took it for the sentimental value of the car, not for economical reasons).
First of all, the guys did an excellent job, I drove about 1000 kms since I picked up my car, the engine runs like clockwork with the upgraded IMS bearing (LN), the gearbox shifts smoother and faster, there is no oil-leak or any other problem. The costs were more or less the same as we previously aggreed on, I could always call them for updates on the work, they were very helpful.
However, it REALLY takes some time, I guess they work on full capacity.
Thank you very much!

2004 Porsche Boxster 987 Engine / ims failure


Complete engine rebuild needed following IMS bearing failure at 40mph in a 45,000 mile one owner Boxster. I was told a new engine was the only solution after it was stripped down, price £12k. Called Dal Jones, delivered my engine in boxes to Kent and 3 weeks later collected in a van my new looking engine for a third of the price. My local specialist workshop refitted it saying it looked to be a good job. Today after 600 miles the oil and filter was changed and again my specialist workshop said it is all good. Having kept under 3000 rpm for 600 miles it was difficult to judge but now it feels strong and runs like you expect from a Porsche. Thanks to all at Dal Jones for a job well done.


Maurice Morley, Brinkworth Chippenham

Hello Nathan,


I would like to express my thank you for helping me with my case regarding the dealership who sold me my BMW which the engine had been unfit for purpose.


Your report that I used in my evidence was a massive help in verifying that the car had been improperly repaired and ultimately helped me win my case against the dealership.


Many thanks


Ethan Rawlins

These guys recently rebuilt a BMW X5 engine for us. Took a little longer than expected but boy....... was it worth waiting for! An incredible job, finished to an extremely high standard. All new gaskets, seals and bolts, painted to original spec, inital start up after we refitted it was amazing with no excess smoke or noises. We have run the car for 300 miles before returning to the customer with no problems. Found them all polite and helpful when dealing with them and would totally recommend. Thanks guys and look forward to dealing with you again.

Phil Salvage via website reviews

Wouldlike to say thanks to Neville. I brought a Porsche 996 and was looking to have the IMS bearing replaced with a ceramic LN bearing. After getting other prices from other Porsche specialists he gave me the best price with the best advice. As I live 80 milesaway, they dropped me at the station after dropping car with them. After only one week the car was ready to pick up. They also replaced the rear main seal and done a minor service all in the price of £1650+vat. I was also given 24000mls /2 years warranty. I was picked up from the station to collect the car. Neville kept me informed of was happening duringthe process. Also thanks to the mechanics who carried out the work.

Regards S Whiteing Chatham Kent

Unfortunately prior to my excellent experience with Dal Jones Automotive LTD, i had fallen suspect to an not so reputable company who very poorly rebuilt my engine, after doing my research i came across Dal Jones and from the word go they've been nothing but professional!

The telephone and email correspondence has been precise, informative and clear, all pricing was both accurate and fair. The quality of work carried out on my engine was second to none and all parts that were promised to be replaced, had indeed with what look to be high quality parts.

My mechanic had fitted the engine back in yesterday and it now runs smoother than it did when it left BMW all those years ago!

I cannot thank Neville, Matthew, Warren and team enough, i highly recommend their services to anyone in my unfortunate predicament of having a blown engine!

William Durston. 


VW Passat Estate 2.0 16v TDI
I have just had the engine of my 2006 1996cc 16v TDI Passat rebuilt including installing a new clutch and new oil pump. They quoted me £3,050 and charged me £3,050, the car is running really well, I had to take it back to the 600 mile oil change, they turned it around quickly as promised and I have done 500 miles today. I very nearly backed out because of the review on Qype, which is the main reason I am writing a review, this is a genuine business, when you visit it is clear that all they do is rebuild engines and if you find yourself in this position then you shouldn't worry that everything is not above board.


Just wanted to say 'Many Thanks' to you and all involved in getting my car backup and running, so appreciated. 
Also wanted to confirm that my wife got home safe and sound yesterday and the car is running well.

Andy Jeffery

Thought I'd let you know the latest status.
Took the car to another local independant VW garage(http://www.independentvwservicing.co.uk/) and they sorted the DPF by simply doing a Regeneration. Now a week later and still OK, they also menationed nothing wrong with the Glow Plugs whatsoever!!!! The Engine Light did come back on again but they reckon that's to do with the Wiring Loom which should of been replaced as part of the VW Recall of the Injectors which the VW Dealership carried out!!!
So not too pleased with a VW Dealership who have charged me for confirming the Glow Plugs were faulty, which they're not, not so sure they carried out a DPF either and the Coil light has probably been caused by the Wiring loom which they should of replaced.
Thanks again for all your help, honesty and assistance, BTW The engine performance is top notch and so much better than before.

Andy Jeffery

Thankyou for your excellent service and helpfulness during the recent confusion re 'wrong gearbox' collection. Throughout, your staff havebeen great.

David Chatterton, Merseyside, via VW Christmas card

My Polo Gti 6R with a recorded mileage of 28,581 miles, had the usual problem with the 1.4 super/turbocharged engine, excessive oil consumption, heavy carbon deposits, and a cracked piston. The engine was rebuilt using all new components, including pistons, and timing chain. 12 months later it is still running faultlessly, and using minimal amounts of oil.

The premises are on an industrial estate, it doesn’t have that main dealer shine, but don’t be put off.

I have talked to Warren and the guys in the workshop, having played with rally cars for the last 30 odd years, they talk sense, know what they are about, and have always given me sensible answers. I have been very pleased with the service they have provided.  


Kindest regards


John Griffin

Very happy with Dal Jones exceptional work and welcoming attitude.

My VW Scirocco decided to snap its chain tensioner and destroy itself. It took me many phone calls to various garages, some refused to do the work and some quoting silly money with very little warranty.

I found Dal Jones on ebay and gave them a message. They had offered to rebuild the engine at the going rate of most other garages but this time had offered a 2 year warranty (this gave me huge confidence that they believed in their own work and would be using the correct components needed to do the job.

I gave them a call and a very nice guy called Harley gave me all the info I needed to make my decision that they are the right people to use. They normally do Porsche Engine rebuilds but do many other German makes. Harley reassured me with his knowledge of the car’s engine and its known issues. He told me that the engine would be replaced with the newer stronger timing tensioner that VW now provide on the newer cars. No other garage gave me that info and that’s what I was waiting to hear.

Once they had my car, Harley phoned to keep me up to date with the build.

On collection day I was a little worried about the area Dal Jones is situated as it is surrounded by scrap yards and is a bit of a scary looking place, I feel this needs a mention so that others have a heads up and if nothing else It lets you know, don’t judge them on location.

when I drove the car away it felt amazing, it was better than it had been before which was strange as it was ”just” a rebuild but I’m guessing all the cleaning and new parts made it run like new. Even though I had to keep it under 3k revs for 600 miles the car performed amazing. I’m now on 1200k miles since the rebuild and the car is running like a dream.

I can’t thank Harley and the guys at Dal Jones enough, credit where credit is due, they have done a fantastic job and can fully recommend them to anyone that needs engine work.

It’s a scary situation to have your engine fail so badly but Dal Jones reassured me that picking them was the right thing to do. I don’t normally write reviews but I feel I had been treated so well and the job was performed beyond my expectations that they are worthy of review.

I hope this helps others to make an informed decision to pick Dal Jones for their work.


Audi S4 2.7 Twin Turbo


I would like to thank you and your team for all the renovation work you have undertaken on my Audi S4.  Rebuilding the engine, gearbox and turbos was not a decision I took lightly, especially when all were functioning perfectly, but as you know I was willing to invest in preserving and improving the car.  Your constant stream of updates and accompanying photos was informative and reassuring and has additionally provided me with a comprehensive reference of all the work undertaken should I ever sell the car.  I would also like to thank you for the professional manner in which you dealt with the minor issue which occurred after the rebuild and your focus on resolving the problem to my complete satisfaction.  Now, with the completion of the renovations, the S4 is super smooth, quiet and pulling like a train when called upon to do so.  I am confident that it will provide me with another 10 years service.  Please pass on my gratitude to the rest of your team.


I hope that is suitable for your requirements.


Best wishes for Christmas and here’s hoping 2017 is prosperous for us both.



2008 BMW 320D M Sport 79000 miles and the dreaded timing chain death rattle started. Option 1 sell it but anyone knowing BMW will know the noise and know it is a major problem, get it fixed before it breaks.
After a lot of research I contacted Dal Jones who were extremely helpful even down to giving me a lift to and from the local train station.
I've left it around six weeks before writing this to give it time to present any problems and i can honestly say there have been none.
The engine purrs and it's as smooth as silk I can't really fault the work or the service, they even pointed out a slight leak on the Auto Box sump
gasket and took a photo of it, I've now had this fixed.
Half the price of other quotes, car came out as clean as it went in, in fact cleaner.
So thanks Harley and the team.
John Fruen

Thanks so much to Dal Jones’ Matt & Neville for their unending advice & support through a challenging job, and for sticking with it.
When things don’t go quite as planned, it’s how people perform that counts. This is what defines a company …. it’s called ‘service’ and is a rare commodity these days but you guys have got it in spades.!!
Engine purrs like a kitten & my wife is smiling like a Cheshire cat.
Thoroughly recommend Dal Jones to any & all.

RJ, Stavanger, Norway.

Iam writing again but this time to thank you and your staff for anexcellent service from day one. I am very pleased with the end resultand cannot wait to fit and start my new engine, looks good. Again manythanks.

Jim Oram, Tadley, by letter

Justlike to say a big thank you. After some initial confusion due to the festive period I was thrilled to receive the part and it's now sat in my Passat which is running sweet again. Thanks for the communication and prompt repair, would definitely recommend you

Marc Doncaster

Positive- really good job done on my T4 engine, and they were competitive on price. All the guys are really friendly and seem to want to do a good job.
Negative - can be very difficult to get hold of and I wasn't made aware of having to return the van for a post build 600 mile service. This was an extra £190 (incl vat) plus I live in Plymouth so it was a right pain in the arse for me!
Having said all that, I would recommend them

Can I just say a HUGE thanks for the speedy delivery of the AYD Beetle engine I ordered last week. It has gone in a treat and runs as sweet as a nut. Best of all it was a very good price. A HIGH QUALITY service which I would recommend to anyone. Many thanks again.

Simon Huntridge via e.mail

Engine arrived today as promised - again thanks for your help.


Lee Phillips, Stamford, Lincs, via e.mail

Ordered part Wednesday, received it Thursday. Now fitted and working perfectly.Can't thank you enough for excellent service from first contact to well packaged delivery. Thanks again,

Derek Howieson, via E.mail.

Thanks for all your labour and hard work on the gearbox - its like driving a new car - well done.

Paul Cooper, Cheshunt, via e.mail

Thankyou so much for the parts you sent (to Spain). Not only were they right, but on time, and I would like to thank you for the way you handled this transaction.

John David, Almeria, Spain

Verypleased with engine supplied. (for '51 reg. T4 Transporter - ABL 1.9Turbo). Salesman was really on the ball. He could not have done more tohelp.
M.R. Pollard, Birling, Kent

(Left Cheshire 4 a.m. to drive to us in SE London/Kent borders to have his A3 gearbox reconditioned & fitted while he waited.)
Just like to say thanks for the top service and that we got back ok. Many thanks,

Tim Walklet, Cheshire, via e.mail

Just wanted to say a massive thankyou to all the superb staff for your fantastic service and help. I recently purchased a reconditioned EQY gearbox from you for my VW polo which is now fittedand working perfectly. Polite and informative on the phone, extremely quick delivery & well packed, you even arranged to pick my old gearbox up and gave me a prompt cash back on my credit card.I really couldn't have hoped for better service and it was an absolute pleasure to deal with your staff. I will definitely be highly recommending you and look forward to using you again should I need any more spares.Thanks again guys, absolutely chuffed to pieces!!

Justin Woods, Thatcham, Berks, via e.mail

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