Berkeley Motor Works

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736 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA 94706 USA
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8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
8:00am to 5:00pm
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(510) 694-0710
28 Verified Reviews

Auto Repair Experience

  • Mike Schwarzbart, Owner
  • Established 1990
  • 3 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 58 Years of Car Repair Experience

Berkeley Motor Works was established in 1990 and is proud to provide service for your BMW, Mercedes-Benz, or Mini. This team of automotive professionals is very experienced and takes the time to attend regular training to help ensure your vehicle is repaired correctly the first time. This training, coupled with some of the best automotive tools and computer diagnostic equipment enable this location to provide repairs ranging from check engine light and computer system diagnoses and repairs, to minor and major mechanical repairs, to tires and wheel alignment, as well as your scheduled maintenance needs. This team has been described to us as “friendly”, “honest”, “helpful”, “knowledgeable”, and “professional” by their recent customers. For your peace of mind they back their work with a 24-month / 24,000-mile warranty. A local shuttle service, early bird drop off, and a waiting area with wireless Internet are available for your convenience.


BMW Spark Plug Replacement Details

The spark plug uses the energy produced by the ignition coil to generate the spark necessary to ignite the air/fuel mixture in the combustion chamber.

Common Symptoms:

  • Check Engine Light may come on or blink
  • Engine may run roughly
  • Abnormal engine noise due to loose or missing spark plug

What the Mechanic Should Do:

  • Failing spark plugs can cause the engine to run rough and misfire, which can trigger the Check Engine Light. Continuing to drive under these conditions can damage the catalytic converter.
  • Engines may have one or two spark plugs per cylinder and each spark plug can have from one to four electrodes
  • Replacing spark plugs can be labor intensive on some late model vehicles
  • To prevent ignition misfires and Check Engine Light problems, we recommend using only high-quality spark plugs, and preferably spark plugs from the OEM
  • Spark plugs have different ratings and it's important that the correct type are used
  • Spark plug terminals wear down over time and can lead to engine misfires. At a minimum, they need to be replaced at the mileage specified by the vehicle manufacturer.
  • Manufacturer's instructions should be followed when removing spark plugs. Cylinder heads made from aluminum can be damaged if the correct procedures are not followed.

Auto Repair Experience

  • Mike Schwarzbart, Owner
  • Established 1990
  • 3 Auto Repair Mechanics on Staff
  • 58 Years of Car Repair Experience


  • AC/Heating
  • Alignment
  • Check Engine Light
  • Diagnosis
  • Oil Change & Lube
  • Scheduled Maintenance
  • Service & Repair
  • Timing Belts


  • Early Bird Dropoff
  • Service Guarantee
  • Shuttle
  • Wireless Internet


  • Bosch Service Network
  • iATN

Makes We Serve

  • BMW
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mini

Message from the Shop

At Berkeley Motor Works, we specialize in the repair and maintenance of all types of BMW's. We have the knowledge and technology to repair vintage '60s classics to modern touring sedans


Overall Rating

28 Verified Reviews

Customer Reviews

by - Verified Customer October 12, 2015

The service is good, they have good pricing. If they say your car is going to be ready at acertain time it is ready at that time.They wash your car everytime they have it.

by October 07, 2015

The cost is high.

by - Verified Customer October 05, 2015

My car has 147,000 mi and they keep it running reliably.

by - Verified Customer October 05, 2015

They were very accommodating to repairing my 08 750i BMW and explained what was needed to be done and recommended items that needed to be completed in the future.

by - Verified Customer September 29, 2015

They provided prompt service, and good explanation for the services which needed to be performed.

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by - Verified Customer September 29, 2015

The service and support is good - however I believe the prices are a bit high.

by - Verified Customer September 25, 2015

Mike and crew are very capable in all aspects of BMW car repair, but I believe the cost for service is at the high end, and this aspect would make think that some of my friends/colleagues would be reluctant to go to BMW.

by - Verified Customer September 18, 2015

The staff are very helpful and friendly.

by September 15, 2015

It is convenient and in a good location for me. I've taken the car there a couple times, three times so far, and they've always done a good job.

by September 14, 2015

They service most of our Mercedes, we have 2 of them. I've been able to schedule appointments with them and they are very close to where I live.

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by - Verified Customer September 04, 2015

They provide fair and honest services.

by - Verified Customer September 01, 2015

I was very happy with the service. They did a great job.

by August 28, 2015

I thought it was first rate. They put my car in very good working order, they did a complete year round check up for me. I was satisfied and hope to return to them again.

by - Verified Customer August 21, 2015

I've gone there for several years and have been pleased with the service provided.

by - Verified Customer August 17, 2015

Great customer service. I like their knowledge and expertise on BMWs.

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by - Verified Customer August 12, 2015

Professional service, reasonable cost.

by - Verified Customer August 10, 2015

Good work, but expensive.

by - Verified Customer August 05, 2015

I like their knowledgeable and friendly staff.

by - Verified Customer August 04, 2015

People seemed professionals but the store didn't seem to be the best place for newer BMWs.

by - Verified Customer July 24, 2015

Friendly service. They do a good job.

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by - Verified Customer July 22, 2015

Best service I have ever seen...

by - Verified Customer July 16, 2015

The Owner is friendly but ex employee John added a rare piece of customer service by sharing knowledge and working out a list of priorities as to what could wait to be fixed and what needed to be fixed right away.

by - Verified Customer July 07, 2015

I thought they were pricey, but the service was good.

by - Verified Customer July 02, 2015

They took care of my car. They know what they're doing. They are straight up. They're well versed on auto repair and repair parts. I would recommend over any of the dealers for repairs.

by - Verified Customer July 02, 2015

Everything was made in terms of a quality repair. They did a great job detailing which I didn't expect. They were efficient, quick and a quick turn around. It was the way it should be.

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by - Verified Customer July 02, 2015

The people know what they are doing, and I respect their opinions. However, the last time I took my car there they missed something. They didn't check the fluid levels for my Mercedes, so when I gave the car to my daughter to use a few weeks later she got a warning that the fluid levels were low. It turns out the car needed 10 units of fluid, and it's something that I think Berkeley Auto Works should have caught.

by - Verified Customer July 01, 2015

Great service, took a long time but totally understandable. They fixed what needed to be done and when problems occurred they remedied the issue.

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