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Midlands non francised workshops

After vewing so much dross in the way of used cars,I have decided to stick with my 2.3 SE,Now this brings the question,where do I take it for essential and expensive work?
Should it be Trent Saab or the other specialist at Telford? Your views please,and any other suggestions will be welcome.
 

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Mike, I'm in tamworth but next time I decide to get someone to do a job on my missus's Griffin rather than do it myself I will try either the Place in Ashby De La Zouch or the guy in Rugby. Both places Mike should just be a quick trip down the M6 or M42 for you, whereas Telford can be a nightmare to get to especially if you use the M6 north which they reckon is the most congested motorway in britain! oh and I haven't got the number to these places but its on here somewhere!
 

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What place in Ashby De La Zouch !?

You're not thinking of Ashby Garage in Ashby Parva are you. Thats where I got my Carly from, I wouldn't recommend them personally.

I recommend TSL but if you're on a really tight budget there will be cheaper places.
 

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ksowden 1,thanks for the reply,but you have me confused,are you objecting to the Telford company because of difficulty in getting there , or have you had a less than pleasing experience? For Telford I tend to use the A41
 

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1989agoodvintage - have you had any problems at Ashby Parva? Why wouldn't you recommend them?

The reason I want to know is beacuse I go there because they're handy - though they're definately not cheap. I never think of TSL because they seem to concentrate on 900's - and it's a bit far for normal servicing.

The one thing I have noticed is that their second hand cars are very expensive.

Who's the chap in Rugby? Might try him next time round.

Kevin Mc
1991 9000 Carlsson 2.3T
 

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My major gripe with Ashby Garage (in Ashby Parva), is that they charged me £4500 for my 1989 Carly in Nov 1999. I put down a deposit on the grounds that the previous owner returned the complete service history and that would be supplied. All I got was a replacement log book with a few sketchy details (I know, that's where I shoulda walked away).

Since then I've paid out (now) nearly £4K in servicing and repairs without touching major stuff, timing chain, tappets gearbox work etc. This is why I withdrew the car from sale, it's just not fair to lumber someone else with it

I just feel that they fed me a lot of bull which ended up costing me a lot of money! For that reason I wouldn't use them again. Other people may feel more generous of course.
 

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The Telford specialist is Scanparts, who I can highly recommend. I have used them on several ocassions for major work I couldn't carryout myself and they do a very good job at a very reasonable rate.

There's also Hallam & Sutherns in Swadlincote who are supposed to be pretty good but, not having used them personally, I can't verify.

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I think I will look elsewhere from now! I have always thought they've been expensive for servicing, though have never bothered to look elsewhere.

Think I spent abouth £1600 with them over 18 months on my previous 9000.

I should really try Trent Saab, as I know one of the Technicians there.
 

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Kprm77, chap in Rugby is Ken Jones.
Used him for 7 years now, highly recommended.
Saab trained, with all the up to date plug in diagnostic kit. His no. 01788 536036
 

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MikeH, Scanparts assessment is not from experience just the distance and much sitting in queues on the M6 waiting to get onto M54. I've never actually used them but I did ring once for a quote on an autobox part and frankly was talked to with disdain. I guess its the first impressions which killed it for me!
 

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Think I'll give Ken a go when my 9000 is due for it's next Service (or unscheduled work).

Oil and Major service was only 600ish miles ago, so this could be some time (touching wood - re unscheduled work).

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I took the advice offered from my first posting a while ago and visited Scanparts in Telford. I avoided the M5 and went via Kidderminster, then to Bridgnorth and then Telford. The journey wasn't too bad, but better than the M5 car park!
 
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