These guys are around the block from my house. I've come in a couple times with a punctured tire (a nail in a tire). They've always hooked me up quickly and cheaply.
I went to them after suspecting that another mechanic was over-recommending repairs recently. They advised me that some of the suggested repairs were totally not needed. They also helped prioritize needed repairs based on how much I intended to drive my car (a Camry).
Recently the engine light came on and because they didn't have the computer to diagnose, they suggested another good mechanic down the way on La Cienega who also was patient and didn't try to take advantage.
Aside: I recently lost a key to a padlock on a storage trunk. I tossed it in my car and drove to these guys and asked if they could help. One of the mechanics ground it off in a few minutes and I practically had to force him to take $5.
Note: The receipt names them as "V&H Universal Inc." Same phone number as in this listing. They are on La Cienega (east side) just south of Pico.
PROS: Nice, Fair
CONS: May not have all the latest gadgets / computers
Last month I needed service on my Toyota Camry. I felt I needed routine service and Kondo was recommended (a fellow alumna of my schoold asked for recommendations from the 'alumni list' and shared them with the group when she got them. She'd heard Kondo was good.)
My experience was not too good. I dropped the car off at 9am Saturday for "90k" service + inspection. They called before noon and I said I'd come in and discuss their recommendations. When I spoke directly with the mechanic his advice was at odds with what the sales guy was saying. They had the car half apart and then asked me to keep it there over the weekend through Monday. I asked them to finish up and I'd consider coming in Monday. I ended up basically overpaying for an oil change and wasted my day.
I went to another mechanic who said two of Kondo's 'required' repairs were bogus. For instance, Kondo said I needed new rotors. The other mechanic claimed they looked very good.
CONS: Unsure about integrity
Down to earth vibe. The folks who run it are not pretentious and appear to have a love for what they're doing. The wine selection is 'focused' (not huge) and includes good deals mostly under $20. The selection includes non-CA wines (Spain, France, etc.). Within CA they tend to stay away from the more expensive and the more over-hyped appellations.
I don't live nearby, but try to get up there when I can.
PROS: People, Value
CONS: Not for picking up a special Bordeux