4

The mechanics at Griffin are professional, knowledgeable and responsive. They clearly care a great deal about cars. They won't beat around the bush or sugar coat anything but I don't get the typical, macho mechanic attitude from them either. They have a solid base of regular customers, meaning they can't always fit you in immediately, but they seem pretty good about responding to unexpected requests. For example, my engine light went on a few weeks ago and they were able to run a diagnostic for me that day, while I waited (10 minutes). They're also only a 15-minute walk from the North Berkeley BART station, which makes a difference for a working girl like me.

4

A friend recommended Griffin and they are also listed on Norcal Audi forums. I've been taking my A4 to them since 2006. They've always done excellent work and charged me fairly. I've done comparison shopping and their prices are competitive for the quality of work they do. There may be cheaper shops out there but I've never had to go back for the same problem twice. They have always had my car ready the same day except for once where they were waiting on parts to arrive and they have always offered me a ride to the BART station. They've also been very good about explaining my options as to what work is urgent and what can wait. They've also gone out of their way to get the car ready on short notice so I wouldn't be without a car for the weekend. Overall, I'm very happy with their service.

4

I've been a loyal customer of Griffin Motorwerke since 1999 and will not trust my Audi with anyone else. Racist? Absolutey not! Oh, yeah, I'm 1/2 Black and 1/2 Filipino so I think that makes me somewhat of an expert. ;^) Terry and the crew are always straight with me and have always taken the time to make sure I'm satisfied. Expensive? I believe that their hourly rates are about $10 - $20 less than the dealer rates and they make most of the dealer service centers look like hacks. For VW, Porsche and Audi, whether it's routine service or performance mods, there's none better in the area!

5

If you have an Audi or a VW and you want it done right then you take it to Griffin! They may be a little more expensive but they have it on the shelves from big brake kits to suspension parts to damn turbo upgrades! Plus all of your day to day parts. How many shops do you know have this stuff on the shelves? It cost more to carry inventory and to have it on hand than to order when needed. Time is money and I dont have a week to wait for parts. You guy's are to busy wining and probably to stupid to understand this. Mr. Griffin has also given me extensive discounts on many occassion to help me out. What a concept, developing relationships hu? If you want BEST go here!!

5

It's been a few years since I've used their services, but when I was living in Berkeley Griffin Motorwerke saved my life (or at least my car, my job, and my sanity) about a half-dozen times. I was young, living in Berkeley, and working at the Berkeley Humane Society. I had a pretty hefty rent for someone working for peanuts at a job I loved, and I had a car which had seen better days. She was a 1989 VW Fox, and when I first brought her to Griffin's she'd clonked out on me nearby, and it was the first place my bf and I could push her to. Over the course of about two years, the owner (I can't remember his name, but he wore black turtlenecks and swore WAY worse than a sailor) must have fixed my car's multiple failings at least five or six times. I sometimes felt uncomfortable with his vague misogyny and very, very foul mouth. But each time, he must have sensed my desperation for my car (I was travelling alot every weekend) because he fixed it for free several times and for ridiculously low prices (as in charging me only for the parts and no labor) other times. He always said, "I know you'll come back with your new car when you get one," to explain why he did these good deeds. I feel bad that I moved to the city shortly after getting a new (used) car, and haven't been back to this place. Although he had his faults, I am forever grateful to Mr. Griffin for giving me a break (and brakes, literally) when I really need it. My old car ended having the broken hood fly up at the windshield while I was driving across the Bay Bridge one morning, and that was the last straw for me...it was scary enough for me to realize that the car had finally lost its last leg. If ever I'm in Berkeley when my car breaks down, I'll go here and pay full-price with no questions asked.

4

I agree the prices are a bit high, but the work is worth it. Dealers are also high... I don't take my car (Subaru) there for regular maintenance, partially b/c I live 20 miles away, but have used them to put in better brakes, brakelines, brake fluid, and Redline in the transmission and rear differential. They know how to bed in the brake pads well, and for that, the brakes have lasted a very long time and perform well, and I drive my car hard. Great service, but they don't have Sat. hours.

4

These guys do great work and they really, really know their stuff. They are also really, really expensive. My husband drives an Audi S4, which is a high performance car that requires specialized attention. We only trust Griffin to fix it. Other recommended auto shops have said "oh, does your S4 have all-wheel drive?" Yes it does (all S4's are all-wheel drive) and if you don't know anything about the Audi S4 then we don't want you fixing our car. I drive a MINI Cooper and I wouldn't take my car here because you know what? It's too expensive. I love my MINI but it's not a high performance car. For the Audi S4, we drive all the way from San Francisco to Berkeley for Griffin's expertise.

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