Auto Alpina

★★★★☆
  • 1499 San Pablo Ave

    Berkeley, CA 94702

    Cross street: Between Cedar & Gilman

    Map & Directions
  • 510-524-5164

About Auto Alpina

Hours
Mon - Fri, 9am - 6:30pm; Sat, Sun, closed

Automotive

Automotive
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The owner, Norick is many things - what he doesn't usually mention is he has an Ing. degree from U. Vienna and worked for Mercedes development for years. He's a great guy but not exactly gregarious.

The other mech's in the shop don't always know exactly what the plan is, and the place isn't the cheapest.

I say this up front because I want you to know: this is the best mechanic I have ever been to: Land Rovers, Toyota Celicas, Merc's and BMW's of all vintage - Alpina can handle it.

More importantly are things most people don't know to look for: Norick uses hand tools, not powertools for the most part, and the shop is quiet as a result, which is the off-putting part. But the reality is the hand tools are easier on your car. The mechanics are top notch, and very friendly underneath. I would never take my car to a dealer over Alpina, or to another shop. They are just that good.

Like I said they aren't the cheapest, but if they miss something, they don't recharge you for work if there's something that goes awry. And they will dig into your car before offering an estimate and do it for free. So the extra $20. for labor is to my mind a deal - since your saving another four hours.

Only downside really is they don't do clutches, body work or smog.

One more thing:

After I moved away from Berk, I had a problem with my car, and I called Norick to ask him what he thought, and he walked me through a diagnosis on the phone. That's how great they are.

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★★★★★

The owner, Norick is many things - what he doesn't usually mention is he has an Ing. degree from U. Vienna and worked for Mercedes development for years. He's a great guy but not exactly gregarious.

The other mech's in the shop don't always know exactly what the plan is, and the place isn't the cheapest.

I say this up front because I want you to know: this is the best mechanic I have ever been to: Land Rovers, Toyota Celicas, Merc's and BMW's of all vintage - Alpina can handle it.

More importantly are things most people don't know to look for: Norick uses hand tools, not powertools for the most part, and the shop is quiet as a result, which is the off-putting part. But the reality is the hand tools are easier on your car. The mechanics are top notch, and very friendly underneath. I would never take my car to a dealer over Alpina, or to another shop. They are just that good.

Like I said they aren't the cheapest, but if they miss something, they don't recharge you for work if there's something that goes awry. And they will dig into your car before offering an estimate and do it for free. So the extra $20. for labor is to my mind a deal - since your saving another four hours.

Only downside really is they don't do clutches, body work or smog.

One more thing:

After I moved away from Berk, I had a problem with my car, and I called Norick to ask him what he thought, and he walked me through a diagnosis on the phone. That's how great they are.

Pros: Great work, reasonable price

Cons: A little off putting, slightly disorganized

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If you want to sip a latte in the customer lounge while waiting for the courtesy shuttle, stay away.

If you want friendly, competent, trustworthy people to fix your car for a good price then go on down.

If you happen to be Armenian mention it to the proprietor and you'll get a good conversation out of it.

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★★★★☆

If you want to sip a latte in the customer lounge while waiting for the courtesy shuttle, stay away.

If you want friendly, competent, trustworthy people to fix your car for a good price then go on down.

If you happen to be Armenian mention it to the proprietor and you'll get a good conversation out of it.

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I was reccomended by a friend of mine who had been going to Auto Alpina for years. I felt very comfortable that my car was in good hands. I was getting brake work as well as my 60,000 mile tune-up. It was done fast and the price was very fair. I am so happy that I've found somebody I can trust with my car!!!

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I was reccomended by a friend of mine who had been going to Auto Alpina for years. I felt very comfortable that my car was in good hands. I was getting brake work as well as my 60,000 mile tune-up. It was done fast and the price was very fair. I am so happy that I've found somebody I can trust with my car!!!

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