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Re: Good repair shop for our out-of-warranty VW's
I've been using Steve Nechodom and Karmakanix in west berkeley for a few years
for my VW. They seem extremely honest and don't recommend unneeded repairs.
Phone # is 510-558-0111. Steve is brilliant about VWs and has diagnosed
problems in very detailed, thoughtful ways-- instead of just saying, ''your xxx needs
to be replaced'' he breaks it down into parts so I completely understand what the
problem is, how it might have started, what would happen if I kept driving without
fixing it, etc. So I've been happy with his work.
Steve Nechodom is Karmakanix's main person.
They have moved next to German Auto Salvage (Makes it very handy for him to
1453 4th Street Berkeley, CA 94710
My experience is that he is thorough, honest, resourceful, knows quite a lot
about VWs and Audis. He has my total recommendation for these two makes of
A couple of digests ago, someone wanted info on VW repair. I used to go to
Roger Ramirez (Berkeley Audi Volkswagen, on San Pablo) and still think he's
great. But last time I needed work done ASAP (got towed off the Bay
Bridge....), Roger was completely booked. He recommended Karmakanix on 10th
Street (548-4494). I believe the owner's name is Steve (he WAS memorable,
it's just post-baby brain cell loss on my part.) Anyway, he rents space at
Charlie's Garage, and I highly recommend him. He is more like a car physician
than mechanic, does a complete check-up the first time you come in,
prioritizes repairs, takes your budget into account, tells you more than you
can absorb about the inner workings of your car...
I believe he works on Audis, too.
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