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06/18/2010Provided by Citysearch -
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.