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  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Bentley Publishers (3 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0837617200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0837617206
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 908,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I stumbled across this book and as an avid car enthusiast and BMW lover purchased it immediately. Rob's language and journal-come-mechanic-guide makes for fantastic reading, from an author with clearly a vast (in most cases) self taught automotive knowledge. I admit as a fellow "hack mechanic" there is not much I have learnt in addition to what I already know, but it is great to read about someone with an almost identical passion and the tips and guides are a great reference for when the grey matter fails you.

So my criticism.... For someone with such a broad interest in being a mechanic, it is really disappointing to read so much negativity directed to British and European cars (except BMWs). The rest of the book reads well, and clearly demonstrates the hard work of a competent and intelligent author, so it is a real shame it is let down by such unfounded and what comes across as downright juvenile negativity that all "British cars are cr@p".

Sadly this leaves me putting the book down for weeks on end in frustration. However, once past these paragraph rants you can return into you automotive utopia.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
top of the list for every car guy 29 May 2013
By jp02ti - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've been reading Mr. Siegel's monthly columns for many years and have found this book to be an expansion on what I already knew was good writing. Mr. Siegel explores not only the tactical involvement of a "car guy's" life with cars, family and significant other but also probes deeper into what makes a "car guy" tick - the motivations and aspirations that drive us to get greasy and become emotionally invested in our machinery. A compelling and revealing read!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Hack Mechanic is riding high... 25 May 2013
By owenstanley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"... it is by our care for a thing, rather than our need or desire for for it, that we realize its intrinsic worth."

Never has this been shown to be more true than by this witty, heartfelt, well-written book. Whether you know nothing or everything about cars, you will enjoy it.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Nothing Beats An Astronaut... 1 Jun. 2013
By Brooklyn Taylor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic is an incredible book, written by a thoughtful, intelligent, and engaging author. Mr. Siegel has been a favored author of avid BMW enthusiasts for decades. I have always looked forward to his monthly columns in Roundel magazine (official magazine of the BMW Car Club of America). Rob writes with a style that makes you feel as if you are having a conversation with a good friend who just happens to have been through what you are currently going through. This book is no different. Life attempts to get in the way ALL the time when you have a hobby, and Rob illustrates that perfectly in this book. He gets it. His stories are always poignant, and his automotive advice has saved me thousands of dollars over the years. Owning and fixing old BMWs is a labor of love, and the fruits of that labor are exposed in this excellent and fun book. I think that the spouses and children of motor heads will find it just as enjoyable as those of us who are are constantly fawning over our cars, and searching for new ones. I highly recommend Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's Like He's my Secret Brother! 8 Jun. 2013
By Scot R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I work on my old car and truck for fun. On my days off, I'm usually out in the garage, or under the big tree in the front yard. That makes me an actual "shade-tree mechanic". So Rob's book sounded like we would have some things in common. We do.
Hack Mechanic will be a fun read for any car fix-it person. Or even might help explain what it's like to be out there fixing to the non-car person. I'd ask my wife to read it, if she couldn't figure out why I go out there. But she already knows. It would be like reading a book about me!
Rob has a passion for vintage BMWs, but the passion we feel is not necessarily Brand or Marque specific. The garage-time is peaceful therapy, Knuckle-bashing and all! The book also contains "actual useful stuff". Recommendations for tools, lifts, etc. And a bunch of great road-trip stories. You'll get to know Rob, and what it feels like to be him. Maybe you'll feel like he's your secret brother, too.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic book, great guy 29 May 2013
By Collin Blackburn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I just met Rob at The Vintage 2013, a Vintage BMW gathering. He is a very funny and knowledgeable guy, as expressed by this book.
I just graduated high school and I am spending my time reading Memoirs of a Hack Mechanic and laughing my ass off.
Rob combines his knowledge of cars and how to fix them on a budget with humor, so you will never be bored as you learn certain things- such as to always carry a spare fuel pump in your BMW 2002 toolkit, or how to fix a broken one on the side of the road.
This book is the best book I have read in years.
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