A good trustworthy mechanic is about as hard to come by as a job in this economy, and these guys are so good that they make the latter seem possible. I've taken my car here for a number of repairs, and the prices have always been fair for the work performed. They weren't always able to fix every problem (in their defense though, the problems they couldn't always fix were electrical which many shops can't fix, let alone diagnose), but I paid a fraction of the cost compared to other shops. Case in point - I brought my Audi to them a couple months ago because the fuel gauge was acting erratically. Terry (one of the owners) and the guys proceeded to check everything under the sun to figure out what was wrong. I did pay for some of the diagnostic, but not nearly equal to the time they spent working on the car (if you own an Audi, you know the fiasco electrical problems can be!). In the end, it was determined to be a faulty fuel gauge contained within the instrument cluster. I didn't want to pay for a new cluster so Curly offered to remove the cluster, send it out to an independent guy, who rebuilds instrument clusters, to see if it could be repaired instead of replaced - at no cost to me. In the end, the independent shop couldn't repair the gauge, but I had lost nothing. Most shops I've dealt with would have charged me for such a service or simply refused to look into having it repaired and just quoted the $1,000 for a new one. I appreciated the extra time and attention these guys provided to try and save me money, especially when it was at their own expense. I recently moved out of Berkeley, but I still commute to these guys to have any maintenance done on my car. Good jobs may be hard to find, but for anyone living in the east bay, a good mechanic doesn't have to be.