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We are looking for a good, trustworthy, mechanic for our
2006 Saab 9-3. We have not been very happy with the service
at our dealer in Oakland. Any recommendations would be
greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance! Barbara
I feel your pain. I have a 2000 9-5 that has needed lots of
major and minor work and I've taken it all over the place in
search of someone honest and competent. Unfortunately there
is not a simple answer. Some options:
1) Saab Replay - Carleton street in Berkeley. They know
their stuff, but ever since Andy left a few years ago, they
are very slow, it's hard to get in and I have felt a little
uncertain about their recommendations. The owner Randy is a
2) Fairmount Auto - near El Cerrito Plaza. John Wansick
runs a great shop. He's been recommended before for Saabs
and can take care of your car, but he's not a Saab
specialist (though that may be changing...)
3) The Right Solution - Los Angeles (yup, really!) Walter
Wong is the best Saab mechanic west of the Rockies (or maybe
in the US.) If you are planning a trip down south - and your
car will make it - you can do no wrong by taking it to
Walter. He's just off the Santa Monica Freeway at Venice -
not far from Beverly Hills, but his labor rates are LOW.
Just Google him - you'll see what I mean! He's the only
reason I've kept my car.
4) If I need dealer service, I use Dirito in Walnut Creek.
They are ridiculously expensive, but I think they are more
trustworthy than Oakland. I've heard Burlingame Saab is the
best in the Bay Area, but I can't vouch for them.
As a previous poster mentioned, there are very few Saab
mechanics in the Bay Area. I think there is a specialized
Saab place down in the South Bay, but I'm not sure of the
name. My husband asked me to post a recommendation for
World Imported in San Leandro (they specialize in European
cars), where he's been taking his Saabs for the past few
Good Saab mechanic?
Does anyone have a good Saab mechanic they would recommend? I
went to Downtown Saab while my car was under warranty but I'd like
someplace in Berkeley if possible.
need a tune up
My husband the saab nut says:
Saab Replay at 1014 Carleton Street. The work is first-rate.
Saab Replay on Carleton in Berkeley, 540-1120. When you own a Saab you
will get to know your mechanics. This is the team you want. They do very
I just lost trust in my Saab mechanic of 5+ years. Can
anybody recommend a good mechanic/shop where you feel
comfortable that the establishment is competent and has
I highly, highly recommend Fairmount Auto, owned & operated
by John Wonsick (sp?). 6525 Fairmount Ave, El Cerrito, CA
94530, (510) 524-0313. Located right next to El Cerrito
Plaza shopping center. We got tired of the high prices at
Art's on San Pablo and asked our auto body guy who fixed HIS
car...he sent us to John. John's been fixing our car for 5
years, and we've found him to be incredibly scrupulous in
repairs and pricing. We live in east Oakland and we take
our cars to El Cerrito to him to fix, he's that good. We
even had our car towed to him from Oakland once because the
price he gave us for a broken radiator fix was $300 less
than the local guy out to scam us. Time and time again he's
saved us money and done great repairs, too many stories to
fit here. I've spent enough time talking to John over the
years to know he's a really decent person, and the mechanics
he has working with him are great folks too. Most repairs
he has done the same day, which is really han!
dy when you only have one car like we did until recently.
An added bonus is that he's right next to the BART station,
so you can drop your car off in the morning, BART to work
and back to your car. Check out the reviews of his shop on
yelp.com, they are just as glowing.
With many years of loyal customers, I highly recommend Ali
Ashbani of Montclair Autotech at the Oakland/Berkeley border
(5427 Telegraph 510.654.3888). Ali is a great communicator,
has competitive pricing, offers honest service and superb
expertise. He has worked on my Volvo XC for the past six
years. His shop is authorized by Volvo and they work on
Japanese and European cars. They provide drop off and pick
up shuttle too!
We have 1991 Saab 9000 in need of a major servicing. Can anyone
recommend a trustworthy and reasonably priced mechanic who knows
Installing a Carseat in a Saab convertible
Our only car is a Saab convertible. Are there any Saab owners who know
which infant seats fit best? (We'd also love recommendations for
convertible car seats - we're thonking of going with Britax but have not
yet tried it in our car.). Thanks for any help you can provide.
Saab car seat ... I have a convertible Saab (1988) and have never had any
difficulty with a myriad of car seats, unless the later models are
different, no worries mate!
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