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My AERO has now made it to 170,000 miles and its probably time to change the timing chain, especially as i can hear it rattling. SAAB main dealer wants between £800 and £1000 to do job.

I had 2 questions for you all,
1. In principal could a "competant mechanic" at the local garage do the job or is it really best left to the experts. They charge £20/hr and could use good but non-genuine spare parts.
2. Can anyone recommend a SAAB "specialist" that is near me. I live in Nuneaton.

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[Edited typo on subject header - Kev Mc]
 

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Trent Saab are in Keyworth just south of Nottingham, though Ken Jones is closer in Rugby. THere's also Malcolm Miles in Leicester.

Not sure about Nuneaton way - I live in Hinckley and found Ken Jones to be the most accessible for me.
 

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If you have their telephone numbers handy that would be apprciated.

I assume the 2 names you give are people working out of their garage/lock up. This is absolutely fine, I was after someone who knows what they are doing rather than lots of new shinny cars parked outside, i just wondered.

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working out of their garage/lock up[/b]
Trent SAAB... lock up... No give me a moment to stop rolling on the floor giggling

Phew, come up for air now. I was told by my mechanic at Carlssons the job costs around £500. Mind you they are nowhere near you (Surrey)and the names Kevin has given are good . Trent SAAB... lock up, oh no I'm off again

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Just out of interest - I had a similar quote a few years ago.

Saabs reason for wanting to take my pants down was that they insist on using a continuous chain and changing all the sprockets (I think they said the engine had to come out to change the sprocket on the crank!!)

Anyway - I fitted a split chain for about £30 or £40 and it was still running fine when I sold it more than 50k miles later.

I did the chain and tensioner in an afternoon, and I'm no competent mechanic, so a garage should be quicker.
 

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Have SAAB given you a detailed "breakdown" of their Quotation/Estimate....note difference between "ESTIMATE" & "QUOTATION"
....basically, with timing chain replacement at that mileage, there is every chance you will also need new balance shaft chain, guides, sprockets, tensioners, serpentine belt and idler pulleys....IS ALL THIS COVERED BY THE SAAB QUOTE? If not, add a contingency of around 40% to their quote? If you are running on the original head gasket, now would be the time to replace that as well along with the manifold gaskets.
A"competent" mechanic could easily do the job and at a low labour rate and you could provide him with SAAB parts which are available at very competitive prices from 2 stroke, neo bros and eurocarparts, etc.
 

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JFP/.

Is it just the timing chain, or whole kaboodle you wanty to change.
Got recent quote from abbotts, around the 600 quid mark for Everything, but they quoted 100 quid plus vat for timing chain only, to be replaced "in situ", not too much of a dent in wallet !!

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I was after the "full monty" as I was intending to keep the car till I get even greyer.

As luck would have it I work about 10 mins drive from the bloke mentioned in Leicester so I'm off to see him tomorrow lunch time.

I'm glad of the advice chaps, do any other of you think it would be worth changing the head gasket while the engine is out.

I was thinking of getting the engine mounts done aswell,.......then there's the clutch,....... water pump. I'm off to lie down.

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Don't quote me on this (D-Oh!)

but I reckon Abbott are quiet at the mo and want business... so you will get an effin
good deal. There's also no question they know what they're doing. Loan cars are free, the local B&B is around £27 per night.

Let me know if you want details of the B&B

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At the risk of being boring
about my 1990MY 9000 turbo with 105,000 miles on the clock:

timing chain and full tensioner/sprocket jobby,
new turbo,
clutch and master cylinder,
3* engine mounts
head gasket,
lower suspension ball joint thingy,
cv boot,
oil service,
MoT
& free gas fired Saab loan car (for a fortnight 'cos I could only get back to the garage at weekends)

just over £1,800 from Alresford Motor Services using proper parts. !!! Oh, I supplied my own oil!

[email protected] or talk to Patrick Merry 01962 733888. i have no connection with them, just a very satisfied customer, and got them as a recommendation from John (from Southampton I think...thanks for the recommend!) on this board.
Very knowledge, very straight and very good value. You pay for their expertise, not for stainless steel plants and potted receptionists !!

I know they are nowhere near you geographically but if you drove down to sunny Hampshire one weekend, borrowed their gas fired beast and returned the following weekend you might save yourself some dosh and get a really good job done. Also, I reckon that I saved about £40 on fuel when I had their gas fired Saab !

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JFP - let us know how you get on at Malcolm Miles. I used to use him on my 9000XS, though, to be honest, forgot about him after that. They definately know their stuff as far as Saabs are concerned, and are far cheaper than the dealers.

I used to get a free courtesy car too - usually a classic 900!
 

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Kevin,
Went to see Malcolm Miles at lunch time. Seem to be a good bunch, had a chat to the bloke in charge and asked lots of leading questions. Definately got the impression the knew what they were doing, he used phrases like "only replace if neccessary", "only use quality parts".

He wants £200 (1 days labour) + parts (& VAT I assume)

I'll book it in for a few weeks time.

The only problem is reversing out of his yard then down avoiding all the parked obstacles until you can turn round !!

Thank you for the tip, a bit cheaper than the main dealer.

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JFP
 
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