Alfas & Subarus Only Subaru Specialists

  • 4.5 of 5 stars
11 reviews

600 Sunbeam Avenue - Suite 1, Sacramento, CA 95814, us

(916) 442-6409 x916


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Specializes in Radiator work
Specializes in Engine Rebuild work
Reminds you when routine maintenance is needed
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)
Nov 22, 1998
I drive a Subaru. As I've moved up and down the west coast in the 15 years I've owned the car, I learned that in each town you need to find the shop that knows these cars. In Sacramento go to ASO (Alfas and Subarus). I've been taking my car to them for the past 8 years and I wouldn't go any place else (and if I ever replace my car I won't buy anything they won't work on -- they now service most Japanese makes). They know the soul of these cars. They don't sell you stuff you don't need, but will tell you when to start saving up your cash for any forthcoming repairs. By the way, I cannot testify whether they treat male and female customers in the same manner since I don't dress in drag to take my car to the shop.
Jan 20, 2007
My car had been having a little "shuddering" thing going on intermittently for some time. My regular mechanic couldn't make a guess because "the computer" wasn't telling him anything. When I talked to my gearhead brother 3,000 miles away, he said, "sounds like a torque converter issue". Even with this info, my mechanic couldn't diagnose the problem because the car wouldn't do this for him. One night, the "AT OIL TEMP" light started flashing at me, 60 miles from home. The tow company dropped me at a dealer, who diagnosed a speedometer issue, because that's what "the computer" was telling him. Three weeks, and $1500 later, I have a nice shiny speedometer, but on the way home I get the same flashing "AT OIL TEMP" light and slight resistance to turning. Grrrrrr. I call "Subarus Only" thinking that surely, they should know Subarus. I make an appt, but while waiting, the car does this flashy thing at me again, so I drop in, unannounced. Joe Brazil, the owner of the shop, gets in my car, and within 5 feet of movement and all of 30 seconds, he says "torque converter solenoid". He didn't need no stinkin' computer. I was amazed. He reassured me it would be OK to drive the car until my appt, when he fixed the car - yay! Then told me that it might take a few days for everything settle in, expect a few shudders, but don't worry. My car will never go anywhere else. And, of course, I called my brother and told him he was right, all along.
Jun 28, 2007
I am so grateful for this wonderful site that made it so easy to find good, competent mechanics. I called several car repair business that were suggested and they were all very courteous and helpful. Alpha Subaru in Sacramento was my final choice to repair my 1996 Imprezza because of the good reviews on your site, the extensive knowledge of Subaru cars by Joe the owner, and their reasonable cost estimate. My car was fixed to run like a brand new car. After the repair, I took this car on a 3500 mile trip through the South Western states. The roads were sometimes unpaved and rough but the car behaved like a champ. Joe and his employees are the most diligent mechanics; without their expertise and skill, my trip would not have been as fun as it was. Thanks again to Car Talk and thank you Joe. What a relief to find a mechanic I can truly trust!
Nov 01, 2004
This being the age of specialization, and time being money, why would a Subaru driver waste their valuble time in using Kwik-E-Lube, Brakes4Less, and other all around "master of none" type facilities? Joe & the crew have DECADES of combined Subaru maintenance and repair experience, they have the knowledge and skill to repair rather than replace when practical, an inventory of genuine Subaru parts, and have vast know-how in Subaru performance modifications. To prove his dedication to "The Beauty Of All Wheel Drive", Joe has recently invested in a FOUR WHEEL dynomometer (they're RARE) for performance tuning and replicating those tough intermittent driveablilty glitches. Thanks Joe! We wish you many years of continued success!
Nov 05, 2004
They seem to be very honest and always try to fix a problem using the least expensive option first. They are very good at explaining in detail about any repair work they want to perform before they do it. They also do not try to pressure you into extra service or parts that is not needed. I have taken my Subaru to no other repair shop but Joe's since I bought it 2 and a half years ago and it is still running beautifully after putting 60,000 miles on it.
Jan 01, 2005
I love this shop and its owner. It's everything a subaru owner needs in a shop they have yearsof experience on hand as well as a staff that could explain problems for even those that are less than mechanically inclined.
Oct 11, 2007
Needed a timing belt installed and oil leak attended to. Their price for the work was about half what a local dealer quoted. Very happy to have the work completed and all done in the same day. And they knew what I was talking about when I brought up the oil leak -- the dealer person assumed, and then insisted(!), that it would be the water pump that was needed. Very recommended for Subaru work.
Nov 07, 2011
Nov 07, 2011
Aug 27, 2012
  • erininsac
Joe and his team are great! Friendly, consistent and they always done dependable good work on my beloved subie. Highly recommend these guys.

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