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Carter's Saab Service (Verified 2016)
100 Nutt Road
Phoenixville
(610) 935-8810
Email: Click Here
Web: www.carterssaabservice.com
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Tom Carter is one of the good guys.  My wife and daughter were almost 
stranded after driving our 9-5 wagon from western NY to the Phila. area, 
where the CEL activated, the 9-5 dropped into limp-home mode, and ran badly. 
She called me (at home) and thanks to SAABNET, I could immediately direct her 
to Carter's.  It was 5 pm on a rainy Monday when they rolled into the shop, but 
Tom rearranged his family schedule, worked 3 hrs. late to replace a throttle 
body, and got them safely back on the road.  Many thanks, Tom! (Aug. 2007) 
Submitted by Mark D.

The owner, Tom, worked at a local Saab dealer for 13+ years before opening
his own shop--he's a certified Saab Master Technician. He's been fixing my
car (an 86 900s with 167K) for the past 3+ years and was the deciding
factor in my decision to purchase another Saab last month. Tom is an
automotive wizard, scrupulously honest, and just an all-around nice guy. If
you're anywhere in the Philadelphia region, it's well worth the drive to
Phoenixville....
Submitted by Lisa P.

Every SAAB owner knows one of the most important parts of SAAB ownership is
finding that great SAAB mechanic in your area.  For those of you who live
in the greater Philadelphia area, Tom Carter at Carter's Automotive in
Phonexville is your man.  Check his web site for directions and additional
info.
Submitted by Aaron S.

I had first heard about Carter SAAB of Phoenixville, PA through 
a favorable customer review on SAABnet, and it caught my attention.  I 
am very meticulous about taking care of my cars, and my 2002 SAAB 9-5 
Aero is my 3rd SAAB since 1986.  After hearing about Oil Sludge problems 
with high-mileage SAABs (as well as other cars), I spoke with Tom about 
doing my 120,000 mile service and dropping the oil pan to check/clean 
out any oil sludge.  As it turned out, Tom had worked on my two earlier 
cars previously at the local SAAB dealer, which I was not aware of.
My car did have considerable sludge, and by catching it early (at 
120,000 miles) it may have saved me from replacing my engine.  Tom did a 
phenomenal job, is passionate about SAABs (and his customers) and 
focused on exceeding my expectations, which he did.  
He and his brother David did substantial agreed-upon work on my car, and 
even surprised me with some extra fixes at no additional cost to me.  I 
am very happy with Thomas's work, and highly recommend Carter SAAB 
Service to anyone in the Philadelphia or tri-state area who wants a 
knowledgeable mechanic with deep SAAB knowledge, and excellent service 
for their SAAB.
Submitted by Robert F.

Dennis Sweeney Saab (Verified 2016)
423 Wilpen Road
Ligonier
(724) 238-0900

If you are in the greater Pittsburgh area and looking for a quality Saab
mechanic with reasonable rates, a large inventory of used Saab parts,
that's a pleasure to deal with. You owe it to your self and your Saab to
visit Dennis Sweeney Saab in Ligonier, PA.
Dennis will ship parts to my door via UPS. If my car needs serviced and I
can't find the time to drive to Ligonier, Dennis will make arrangements to
meet me half way or pick up my car and leave me a Loaner. I don't know any
other Saab shop that would go that far to help their customers.
If I had to rate all of the things I have found through the internet, I
would pick Dennis Sweeney Saab as my number one find.
Submitted by Domenic A. P.

I'd heard great things about this shop, so I called when it 
came time to rebuild the transmission of my 1991 Saab 900.  The response 
of Don, the mechanic I talked with, was "We've been doing those for 
decades, we've got all the tools, and we'd love to do the work.  Can you 
bring it in next week?"  Three weeks later, I'm driving (and loving) my 
wonderfully restored 900.  Don did absolutely superb work, recommended 
additional work I should consider doing while the engine was out (I had 
him do it all), and patiently talked me through the entire process.  
Dennis Sweeney runs an honest, prompt, courteous, and supremely 
professional shop.   
Submitted by Don D.

I had the pleasure of meeting Dennis while I was looking to replace my first
Saab- a 1986 900s. Although I did not end up purchasing a vehicle from him, I
found his passion and integrity singular. I highly recommend him and his staff
as both a dealer or repair shop. You can do no wrong.
Submitted by John L.

Wow! When my rice-burning Subaru died, Dennis was there to help
me with a Saab loaner-car, a 9000 Aero/turbo of all things!  And guess
what, I had never driven a Saab before, knew nothing about them, and I
fell in love with the Aero.  I had no idea what a *swell* car this is!
In comparison, the Subaru drives like a rock on square wheels (I do have
to admit, it was great as a work horse in the snow).   So, the price of
the Aero was right--I just kept it and bought it.  A great helpful shop!
Submitted by Martin A. R. Jr.

On my drive back from NC to Toronto, my 03 9-5 had trouble turning over
in VA. I made it to Saab of Richmond and they told me I needed a new battery and
alternator (at 45,000 miles). I had the battery replaced. Had same trouble in WV.
Made it to Pennsylvania and found this shop recommended on this site. I echo the
sentiment posted, they diagnosed car's  issue properly (not alternator) and went
out of their way to get me on the road. Their rates are also reasonable. Wish I
could find an independent shop like this in Toronto!
Submitted by R. S.

I first had my 2001 9-5 towed to a guy who worked simply on Saab's. He looked at
my Saab that would not start, told me a price of $2000 to fix, and it wasn't
really worth fixing, and for me to have it removed from his property if I wasn't
getting it fixed. I heard good things about Dennis Sweeney Saab, so I had my
towed 65 miles to his shop, and it was worth every mile. When the car was
brought to him, there were pieces of it every where, due to previous attempts to
get it started. He called, and told me I would need a Twice module, an ignition
cylinder & key, and a shift linkage cable (I broke while trying to get the car
started)along with reprogramming the Twice and key. The out the door price with
tax was $1050. When I picked up the car, not only was it fixed properly, but Don
put the seat and center console all back together. I will definitely be taking
my Saab to Dennis Sweeney for service.
Submitted by Mark R.

Kunkle Motors(1/17/17()
1010 Kunkle Road
Dallas
(570) 675-1546
Email: Click Here
Web: kunklemotors.com

Precision Plus Saab & Foreign(Verified 2016)
4128 East Street Road
Feasterville
(215) 244-9060
Email: Click Here
Web: www.precisionplusimports.com
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I have been going to Demi(Demi Valtanis) for about 10 years. The work his
shop does is excellent.  He is a SAAB certified mastertech and he works
primarily on SAABS. I have taken all three of my SAABS there ('83 900T, '89
9000, '91 900T) The pricing is reasonable. He is a SAAB freak himself, he
drives a 87 900T that is highly modified.
Submitted by Mike K.

If your looking for a honest SAAB mechanic in Bucks County Pa. that will fix
your car today and also give you an idea of what you may also need in the
future. Demi is your man. (Does what you expect and then some) A Master
Mechanic. He also has a SAAB that he races and rebuilds SAAB cars for resale.
You feel he has seen it all when you tell him your problems. If he hasn't you
sense he is interested in solving you latest to add to his knowledge and to
get you back on the road again. I love my 93 turbo convertible with 126,000
miles and feel quite confident that Demi and his crew (Billy, Gus and John)
can keep it running and feeling like a new car for along time. While the rest
of my family has new autos I will continue to drive my SAAB - because I feel
secure that if it breaks -Demi will know what is wrong and have fixed in a
hurry as well as I just like it!
Submitted by Al D.

Here's everything you need to know about this business's owner, he's amazing!
And I'm not even talking about his knowledge or passion for Saab's, I'm
talking the full package as a human in our society.  Make sure to read through
every unbelievable part of this combination of circumstances that happened to
fully understand, and I'm sure you will agree with me.

I flew in to Philly from Michigan on a Friday afternoon, to buy a Saab Aero
Wagon from a used car dealer in South Jersey.  The car was a complete lie as
advertised, and I didn't buy it.  But this left me in a lurch about how to get
back to Michigan.   With it being 4:00PM on a Friday,  I knew my chances and
money were dwindling.  I decided I didn't want all of the money to be wasted on
travel, and looked for another Saab to buy to get me home.  I came upon a 2002
9-3 Convertible that was in Demetri's possession at Precision Plus Auto.

At this point, I have never met or heard of this stranger.  I told him about
what had happened to me, and the pinch I was in.  It wasn't his fault, nor his
problem.  Yet, he listened very carefully, and took empathy towards my
situation.  He agreed to stay open past closing for me, and to help me out on
the price... But that's not the end of this story...that was just the first
thing he did.

I Uber'd from South Jersey through Philly Rush Hour Gridlock at 5:00pm to
Demetri's business.   I didn't get there until 6:40 pm, 40 minutes after
Demetri was supposed to close up.   Yet, he was there on his own time as
promised.

I quickly looked over the car, which was as promised as well.  Demetri told me
that the Tag place closed at 7pm.  We had only a few minutes left.  He called
the workers (that he was on great terms with) and convinced them to stay a
little later for me and him.  He drove me up to the Tag Office, and drove there
and back to his shop and then back again when I forgot my driver's license.
When we got back to his shop to finalize everything, that's when I learned
about how overall knowledgeable and passionate he was about Saab cars.  You can
tell that it's been 40 years of love for him. This man is also a huge
personality, and full of life.

I left and stayed about an hour west of Philly that night.  Demetri called that
night to see how the car was. The next day I continued on to Michigan via the 76
PA Turnpike.  I stopped for food and gas at 11:30am at the Sliding Hills
turnpike rest area.  At the gas pump I was getting something out of the trunk
while pumping gas, and had the convertible down.  I got a phone call during, and
accidentally (out of habbit) closed the trunk (where my keys were) to go answer
the phone. Well with the roof down, even though the car was unlocked the rear
seat and trunk release were locked and disabled.  I was stuck and locked out at
a rest area gas pump with an unlocked, top down car, in the middle of nowhere,
and looking like a fool.

My roadside assistance fumbled around with poor communication to get me a
locksmith that had to come and go a few times (from an hour away, each way)
because of the lack of proper tooling for the job.  While I waited at the gas
pump for this guy for hours, I called Demetri.  He ended up driving to his shop
on his day off to do some wire tracing, to try and figure out ways
electronically to get into the trunk.  If the locksmith had failed, he had came
up with some involved things that I could do.   But 6 and a half hours later,
while still at the pump... the locksmith got in through my rear seat lock and
got the keys.

The locksmith left at this point, and I started to get ready to get back on the
road only to discover that all of the door opening had drained my battery.  I
bought some cheaply made jumper cables at the rest area, but no one would stick
around long enough for me to get the necessary charge to start my car with those
crappy wires. I called roadside again, and a tow driver came out with an
uncharged jumper box, no cables, and a rush attitude to get back to a family
function.  He wanted to tow me to a garage in the middle of nowhere that was
closed until Monday morning.  There were also no hotels or motels anywhere in
the remote area to accommodate me until Monday morning.  So that was not an
option to me.  I refused the tow, and he tried ONLY one time to jump the car,
played with the fuses a little, and left with an attitude.  I also found out
later that he broke the fuse cover into several pieces in my engine bay.

It is now almost 9 at night, and I've been at that rest area for over 10 hours
at this point...still stuck.  On top of my car not starting, now my dashboard
won't light up when I try to start the car, and some other weird things were
starting to happen that were not happening before the tow driver got there.  At
this point I called Dimitri to tell him what was going on.   Dimitri had been
driving that car as his personal car for months before I bought it.  He had put
in a new battery, and knew that something weird was going on that had never
happened while he owned it.   He was beside himself as to why the car couldn't
just be jump started with the proper amount of amperage.  He felt sorry that I
was going through all of this, and decided that on a Saturday night (on his
night off and while with family) that he was going to go back to shop (for the
second time that day for me) to get another battery, the necessary parts, and
then drive out over 200 miles each way in the middle of the night from Philly to
help me.  Once again at this point, I only met Demetri yesterday.  My problems
are not his problems, he sold me the car... that's it.

While Dimitri was on his way out from Philly, I called roadside again and told
them that I needed a tow driver that could properly bring the required equipment
to try and do the job right.  A second tow driver arrived with the proper
equipment, and tried troubleshooting the problem but couldn't figure it out.
He then told me that he could tow me to the garage (which was actually open)
but that they wouldn't be able to order parts until Monday, and that it would
likely be Tuesday or Wednesday before they could get the parts I needed
installed.   Knowing that Dimitri was on his way I refused second tow and waited
for him to arrive.

He got to the rest area about 1 in the morning, within 5 minutes he discovered
that the first tow driver had improperly removed some of the necessary fuses for
the car to start correctly. Dimitri had some spare fuses, put them in, and used
his own jumper box to jump the car on the first try.  Dimitri had drove out
several hundred miles with another several hundred mile return trip ahead of
him, paid for gas and tolls, on his day off, while he was with family, to come
help me... a customer.  

He went so far above and beyond any level I've ever known of customer service
expectations.  When I bought that car I didn't just learn about a really
passionate Saab guy who knew the cars inside and out.  I met a new friend that I
will have for the rest of my life.  Based on my experience, if I lived in New
Jersey or Eastern Pennsylvania, there is no other guy I would EVER go to other
than him for my Saab service.   Demetri is the man!
Submitted by Brian K.

Swedish Motors (Verified 2016)
7 North Decatur Street
Marietta
(717) 426-2202
Email: Click Here
Web: www.swedishmotors.com

Centrally located near York, Lancaster, Harrisburg.  Tech2 Enabled Saab Specialist!
Submitted by Adam K.


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