Your local DEALER!
- My local Saab dealer would have sold me a rebuilt turbo for my 91 for $695
exchange. Having been through a terrible third-party-rebuilt turbo experience, I'd
be happy to pay that through my local dealer, because I could count on it
- This is a trusted outfit with a lot of experience.
In fact, it is one of the finest, most honest, reliable and helpful
companies of any kind that I have ever dealt with.
- They wanted $600 exchange for a rebuilt 91,
but did not have it in stock and I would have had to send them mine and wait
for them to rebuild it.
A1 Turbo (If you're in New Zealand, that is.)
- I had a bad experience with the one in the US; unfortunately, link
searches don't distinguish between the two, so let me make perfectly clear
that the one in New Zealand is not the one I'm talking about - they seem like
nice folk and I'm sure they do a fine job.
- Regarding the one in California, though ...
- First, they sent me a turbo that had one hole for a water fitting that was
too small. Of course, I didn't find that out until I had removed my
old one and installed the rebuilt one. Remove the old one and
reinstall the old one so I can drive the car. I tell them the
situation and request a refund, but they don't want to give me a refund ...
this can be fixed, they say.
- Next, they send me some adapter fittings and tell me to cut the original
metal water pipe and couple the adapter to the pipe with heater hose.
The adapter hose size was too small; no way I could adapt the 7/16"
pipe to the 1/4" adapter barb fitting.
- So then, they sent me ANOTHER adapter to use on the other end and say to
replace the whole pipe with hose.
- Remove old turbo, install new one and find that:
- the rubber hose is jammed up against a corner of the exhaust manifold
- I can't even get to the hose clamp to tighten it.
- So NOW, they tell me to return both turbos and they'll make them into one
right unit. I pay the shipping one way.
- So I get the one-turbo-from-two, put it on and it actually works as it
should have in the first place. I subsequently sell the car to my buddy. Next
day he calls and says it's smoking like crazy.
- So NOW, A1 says no way it could be the turbo, but they finally run out of
excuses. REMOVE the turbo AGAIN.
- NEXT, they send a center section. We do the change-out, install it
and VOILA!, we have a turbo at last! Six months later it starts
smoking like crazy again!
Now I ask you: Do you want a