Hjorth's Motor Pro Garage

  • 4.0 of 5 stars
1 reviews

739 Folger Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710, us

(510) 845-9986


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Specializes in Transmission work
Specializes in Brakes and Mufflers
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
They are always honest
They are competent
Their repair price is reasonable
They complete the work in a timely manner
They respond well when they screw something up
They take the time to explain the problems and necessary repairs
They treat male and female customers in the same manner
They are always honest
I would use this mechanic again
I would recommend this mechanic to others
They fix the problem the first time
The shop is located in a safe neighborhood
The hours of operation are convenient for customers
They are near public transportation (or provide loaners, shuttle bus, rides as needed)
Jul 18, 1999
I have been driving Alfa's for about 20 years, now; always as daily transport, I might add (they're pretty robust, simple designs,after all)! None of these cars have been pampered pets, either - I've been anfull-time pro guitar/bass repairman & builder all this time, so you can guess how much dough I've had to throw at these cars... not much! All this time, Jaan's been a rabid enthusiast for Abatrths, Alfas, and other old Italian crocks - his final project for his engineering degree was to fully "Abarth- ize" a Fiat 850 2-door sedan - working under the watchful eke of the semi-legendary Marvin Collins, the head mechanic/owner of "Fred'z Autogofast", THE premier underground Aston/Alfa/Lancia high performance/repair shop in the east bay (San Francisco) area. Now, 20 years later, Jaan has his own shop and is continuing the Fred'z tradition of expert, reasonably priced work, on a variety of interesting cars, both old and recent. I recently had Jaan re-build the transaxle in my Fiat X1/9; I sourced all the parts, including American "Timkin" brand timkin (tapered roller) bearings to use in place of the crap-o SKF OE bearings, new clutch & slave-cylinder, seals & gaskets, etc., and Jaan re-did the trans., checked the flywheel & rear main-seal, R&R'd the clutch slave cyl., finished up a couple of other little things pending in the engine bay (this X1/9's going to be a serious hot-rod); all for around $850.!! Fantastic! Plus, he's capable of dealing with some truly maddening, insanely complex problems - I watched him correctly diagnose and correct a nightmarish fuel- metering/delivery problem on a carberated Maserati Bi-Turbo (some of you may know what that represents)! This guys good! The main down-side: he doesn't work more than he feels like (this is his main passion, however - he works quite a lot), so he's probably not the best guy for getting your car up-and-running for tomorrows commute, but then who commutes in a '60's Abarth?

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