and Repair Heroes of Oregon
the Salem/Albany area
is the former personal car of Scott Nelson, owner of GoSaab of
Philomath, who serviced several of my Saabs from 1995-2012. Currently,
they are not accepting new customers. The custom Saab pictured
began as a 1993 9000 CSE 5 speed. It's now owned by this writer's
son, Russ, in Oregon City. He loves the custom paint job, the
custom front end and especially the little knob below the radio
that allows him to adjust the turbo boost! Russ maintains a site
about Saab 9000 tuning and other performance-related things: www.acksolutions.weebly.com
famously said, "We love Saabs and we take good care of their
Rod Beckner SAAB
main Saab mechanic over the years has been Rod Beckner, based
a bit south of Salem in a small town named Jefferson. There is
his shop and next to it, the largest Saab-only "boneyard"
of wrecked and discarded Saabs in the Northwest. Rod's phone number
is 541-327-1133. Much more about him is found on this page:
More about Rod Beckner SAAB
recently published a small nostalgic book about Saab, based in
part on pictures of vintage rusting Saabs in Rod's Saab "boneyard."
As an eBook it can be found on Apple here: https://books.apple.com/us/book/saab-boneyard/id1487346642,
or as a print book here: https://www.blurb.com/ebooks/708798-saab-boneyard,
or contact me: brucej@Oregonphotos.com
I have owned several
Saabs, and the material below is my appreciation to the dedicated
independent Saab mechanics of the Willamette Valley. Rod Beckner
and Scott Nelson are the two main Saab mechanics that I have used.
Some other independent Oregon SAAB mechanics are Rick Wolf, John
Collins, and Jack Ashcraft and his son Mark. Here you can Skip
To a Listing of Saab shops in Oregon
that I have heard good things about. This includes a recommended
shop for routine oil and filter changes if you're in the Portland
I've been blessed with
custom Saab Care at reasonable rates by Saab Specialists. The
two that I have used the most are Scott Nelson and Rod Beckner
more on Rod, and on the culture and ethic of Saab ownership, click
here; this will also take you to information about John Collins,
a specialist in older Saabs).
In terms of good sources for those wonderful used Saabs, I purchased
my first Saab 9000 from a dealer in John's Landing of Portland,
the Freeman Motor Company; they specialed in fine used European
vehicle-- Rod Beckner tells me that a rather large percentage
of the Saabs he works on have Freeman somewhere in their pasts!
More about Scott Nelson is below:
your car was an airplane, would YOU fly in it?"
That was Scott in 2010.
He's so quotable sometimes. He isn't just alluding to the beginnings
of SAAB-SCANIA as a jet airplane building company! It's about
YOU sinking dollars into the maintainance of your vehicle... Scott,
owner of IgoSaab, says, "No Saab too old for us to help!"
...With Scott, there is always lots of friendly Saab advice.
When I met Scott several
years ago he was driving a 96 red Aero, and his son drove a hot-rodded
85 900 Turbo. Many of his customers have more than one Saab in
their family! More recentlhy, at the beginning of 2010, I saw
that Scott's got TWO Saab 9000 "Project Cars" that he's
rebuilding so he and his son can race them in a big rally-type
event down in California!
his son Zach
for Customer Testimonials
Paint & mechanical
for your BMW or other motorcycles
out Scott's Motorcycle Mystery Tours. See Hotel California!
Miss: "A Tribute to the Unsung Heroes in Oregon who maintain
the Saab Ethic"
Visit a great Saab site that
offers a wide selection of well-priced Saab parts, as well as
a free tech email for answers about your Saab mechanical troubles!
. Try it soon! A second long-time
favorite of mine is THE SAAB NETWORK, at saabnet.com, which also has used Saabs for sale. Finally, another
terrific SAAB website full of current information about the fate
of SAAB automobiles is www.Saabsunited.com
Saab as a carmaker is dead, it is a big international company
heavily involved in "Defense and Security," seemingly
building off of their original heritage as a jet fighter supplier
to the Swedish Air Force as "SAAB SCANIA."-- See it
here: Amazing current
businesses of SAAB! --- Click the picture below! About this
picture: it's of a circa 1965 Saab 96 at peace in Rod Beckner's Willamette Valley wrecking yard near Jefferson.
Visit the nationally-based
Saab Network, which is a
virtual potpourri of everything imaginable related to both old
and new Saabs. Don't miss their extensive library of frequently-asked
Safe, sporty, sensible. iGoSaab keeps them running
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