The Black Forest

(530) 419-6567
17 Verified Reviews

8:00am to 5:00pm


140 Elm Ave
Auburn, CA 95603 USA


  • Paul Gilbert, Owner
  • Established 1981
  • 2 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 18 Years of Car Repair Experience

The Black Forest Reviews


17 Verified Reviews
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by - Verified Customer June 22, 2015

Great service, great people.

by - Verified Customer June 21, 2015

They have always taken care of us.

by - Verified Customer June 03, 2015

I like the workmanship; how clean they leave our car.

by - Verified Customer May 21, 2015

Great customer service.

by - Verified Customer May 13, 2015

They go out of their way to make sure I am taken care of and accommodate my schedule.

by - Verified Customer May 01, 2015

Always professional and great service!!

by - Verified Customer April 14, 2015

The shop techs are extremely knowledgeable. The front office staff make you feel right at home and communicate well with their customers as to what repairs are necessary and why.

by - Verified Customer April 14, 2015

Great service.

by - Verified Customer January 30, 2015

They look the car over and provide recommendations on what may need to be fixed. They are very friendly and customer oriented.

by - Verified Customer October 03, 2014

They provide excellent service.

by - Verified Customer September 24, 2014

Great service.

by - Verified Customer September 18, 2014

They were polite, fixed what I needed while I waited even though they offered to drive me home. Washed car also.

by - Verified Customer September 17, 2014

They have always provided high quality, friendly service.

by - Verified Customer July 25, 2014

I like the service there. I don't take my car any other place.

by - Verified Customer July 24, 2014

Superior service and workmanship.

by - Verified Customer April 17, 2014

Great customer service, they do really good work, and they wash my cars before I get them back!

by - Verified Customer March 27, 2014

They are specialized and know the cars they service extremely well.

RepairPal Scorecard


The Black Forest is a family owned and operated business that has been proudly serving Auburn and the surrounding area since 1981, specializing in service and repair of most European makes. This experienced and well trained team is equipped to handle most repairs that come their way, from minor and major mechanical repairs, to check engine light and computer system diagnoses and repairs, as well as your scheduled maintenance needs. Work performed here is backed by a 12 month / 12,000 mile warranty for your peace of mind. Recent customers enthusiastically described this shop to us as, "friendly", "accommodating", "knowledgeable", and offering "superior workmanship". A local shuttle service, early bird drop off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are all available for your convenience.



  • AC/Heating
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts


  • Coffee
  • Heated Waiting Room
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shuttle
  • Wireless Internet


  • iATN


The First person you're likely to meet coming in the door is Sherry Gilbert -
Co-Owner and President of The Black Forest.

The Black Forest has been in business in Auburn California since 1981. Paul & Sherry Gilbert moved here in the summer of '81' to raise their two sons in the best environment they could find.

Son Jason now manages our shop as the head technician. Enjoying a wonderful life here in Auburn, Paul & Sherry are actively involved in our local community. Both Sherry and Paul are graduates of "Leadership Auburn". Sherry is the past president of the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and had the longest presidents term (18 months) in the history of the Auburn Chamber. Both Paul & Sherry have chaired Auburn's Premier Event... Auburn's Black and White Ball.

Thanks to our son Jason, our service facility has become the most progressive shop in the local area in keeping up with the technical advances of today's complex automobiles. We have the equipment to support all of the computer diagnostics of the makes and models we service. We often have referrals from local Sacramento Volvo, BMW and local Mercedes Dealers as they know we are the only shop in the area with the knowledge and equipment to service the later models.

For any vehicle owner, the distinction between auto maintenance and auto repair is critical to ensuring a long and healthy life for their preferred method of transportation. Both are essential in the smooth operation of a vehicle, but the terms are often confused for one another, which can lead some owners to pay more than they should over time.

Auto maintenance is a broad term that covers regular and preventative actions taken to help keep a car that is running properly stay running. This maintenance can include things such as oil changes, transmission flushes, as well as annual inspections and tire rotations. All of these services help to keep a car that is running smoothly stay that way, and help prevent the need for auto repair.

We perform all aspects of repair.


  • Audi
  • BMW
  • Land Rover
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mini
  • Porsche
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo
Questions Answered by The Black Forest
How do you change the charcoal cabin air f...
Remove windshield wiper assembly
Cover dust filter.
Remove windshield wiper bearing. Use special tool 140 589 00 07 00
Remove 4 screws and remove water collector.
Remove phillips head screws (3) and remove cover.
Remove 5 screws and remove cover (inside heater housing).
Apply vacuum to the pneumatic seal of active charcoal filter.
Use special tool 201 589 13 21 00.
NOTE : For removal and installation of the active charcoal filter the pneumatic seal must remain evacuated. Vacuum tester remains connected.
Pull out active charcoal filter towards the top. Use special tool 140 589 02 33 00.
NOTE : The active charcoal filter can not be cleaned, it always must be replaced.

Installation is the reverse sequence.
checked the front end for bearing failure ...
Make sure your front wheels aren't bent and the tires are round first! Next, Check your front control arm bushings for cracks. If they look ok - check the ball joint in lower control arms. If your still not sure you can get it inspected for free at The Black Forest in Auburn
How do you get the back bolts off power st...
1 Draw off oil from reservoir
2 Disconnect feed line from reservoir
3 Remove add-on parts (e.g air intake hose, fan shroud, ignition, distributor, etc ) to expose power steering pump, depending on the engine vanant.
4 Remove poly V-belt
5 Detach belt pulley (41) on ZF power steering pumps
NOTE: The belt pulley is a shrink fit on LUK power steering pumps.
6 Unscrew high pressure stretch hose (30i) and return line (30f)
NOTE: Seal pipe connections with blind plugs.
7 Detach high-pressure stretch hose (27a) and suction line (27b) on tandem pump

Vehicles with level control
Seal pipe connections with blind plugs
8.1 Detach oil lines (27b, 30f) to oil cooler pipe.
8.2 Detach oil lines (27c, 27d)
9 Detach power steering pump (30)
NOTE: On models 129 and 140 with 8-cylinder engine, remove power steering pump with beam, then detach power steering pump or reservoir from beam.
10 Install in reverse order
11 Fill and bleed power steering pump

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