VW and Porsche Service

Since 1979

Seattle, Washington

Looking for a Volkswagen mechanic in Seattle? VW repair in Seattle, Porsche repair in Seattle? Does your Porsche need an engine rebuild? Wagenschmitt services Volkswagen and Porsche vehicles. The workshop is run by Mike Schmitt from the garage at the back of his house in Seattle's University District, near the N.E. 50th Street exit of Interstate 5, Tel: (206) 545-3500. Mike Schmitt specializes in air-cooled engines and is experienced in engine rebuilds for Volkswagen and Porsche vehicles.

About Wagenschmitt

Mike at your service
Wagenschmitt garage

Wagenschmitt is a small neighborhood VW repair shop operated by Mike Schmitt since 1979, and currently located at his home in Seattle’s University District (since 1993), just off Interstate 5, N.E. 50th Street exit. City regulations prohibit the publication of street adresses for businesses in residential zones, so please phone for an appointment and directions to the shop. We operate five days a week, 10am - 6pm.

Tel: (206) 545-3500

Our specialty is mechanical and electrical repair (no body work) for every kind of air-cooled VW and 4-cylinder Porsche (Types 356, 912, 914). We also service 4-cylinder water-cooled VWs manufactured through 1999 (Rabbits, Golfs, Jettas and Vanagons; no Eurovans, Passats or diesels). Air-cooled engine rebuilding is our special interest: Mike once worked in a machine shop doing only engine assembly, and to date has assembled more than 550 engines. Note: all machine shop work is entrusted to Northwest Connecting Rod, probably the most famous and well-regarded air-cooled VW machine shop in the Puget Sound area. Only tear-down and final assembly takes place on the premises of Wagenschmitt VW Service, in compliance with city regulations.

Mike's squareback

Mike loves air-cooled VWs! His daily driver is a somewhat modified but clean 1968 Squareback. His other car is a carefully restored (but very fast) 1957 oval window Beetle. He has owned both for over three decades.

Wagenschmitt's overhead is low, and we like to keep things simple; this means a very affordable rate for the customer (most jobs are based on $140 per hour shop time). You won’t get any free pens, calendars, key fobs, etc. There is no waiting room, (though you might keep Mike company in the shop sometimes), and no free (old, burnt) coffee. On the other hand, you will get meticulous repairs by a very experienced mechanic, and timely service. Most jobs are finished in one or two days. (Engine rebuilds take 10-20 working days, depending upon machine shop scheduling.)

Mike stands behind his work with a 6-month warranty. Nobody is infallible; in the unusual case of problems that might arise after our work, Mike will of course adjust his schedule to accommodate the customer’s convenience as soon as possible.

Read our customers’ reviews and comments at Yelp.com, Roadhaus.com (Scroll down or type 'Wagenschmitt'), and The Samba.com (search the forums).

About Mike


Mike Schmitt was born and raised in Seattle. He first learned the mechanical arts from his father, who grew up learning about machinery on the family farm (and later while servicing B-17s and PBYs during WWII). The VW hobby turned into a profession when Mike was in graduate school at the UW and worked part-time at the former Sound Motors on Aurora Ave. North. Later he worked for two years at NW Engine Exchange, a machine shop specializing in air-cooled VW engine rebuilding. After living and studying in Munich 1977-78, Mike earned an MA in Comparative Literature (English and German) in 1980, but decided he liked old machinery better than students, and so took up the air-cooled cause he still pursues. Other interests, besides literature, include classical piano performance (he owns a Knabe concert grand built in 1883), hiking and camping in the Southwest, stamp collecting, Zeppelins and classic piston-powered aircraft of the 30s and 40s.


Jerry Koepping, who operates NW Connecting Rod, the premier VW machine shop around Puget Sound, and who helped run the old NW Engine Exchange, has known Mike since 1978. Tel: (253) 204-4795.

Bill Davis, formerly at AutoVice (the old BowWow) has also known Mike for many years. Email: type2bill@gmail.com.

Other references supplied on request.

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