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I am located in Massachusetts (about 30 miles south of Boston) and currently my Saab is throwing a P1460 "immobilizer active" code and won't start. All bad twice symptoms... alarm intermittently going off; remote stopped working; auto locks not working, etc. I pulled the old twice that has been badly damaged by water getting into the vehicle under the carpet. (cleaning old twice is not an option....believe me it's very bad)

I purchased a used TWICE with a matching key and transponder.

What I'm looking for is some information on who I may be able to get to marry the TWICE to the ECU. Local dealer has closed.

I'd prefer not to have to have the car towed but will do so if necessary.

Any leads will be appreciated. Can a locksmith do this?

Thank you for your help.


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Discussion Starter · #3 · (Edited)
Clarifying my post

Thank you for the response. Please allow me to clarify.

I understand that a Tech 2 is necessary; what I would like to know is if anyone knows someone in MA with a Tech 2 now that my local Saab dealer is closed. I've posted on Craigslist with no luck.

The reason I asked about a locksmith is that there's instrctions on how to program the twice on the web from Advanced Diagnostics which is a company that provides locksmith supplies. I'm just wondering if anyone knew anything about that?

Thanks again for any info.


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Im in melrose mass when i needed a key for my car i used a company called e-keys out of Salem nh. I believe they can do it. Hope this helps.

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One of these shops if near you can probably help;

Service Listings: MA

ABJ Foreign Auto91 Marshall StreetSomervillle(617) 625-6632(617) 776-6999 fax Al Riskalla, his crew and parts organization are the best friends your Saab ever had. Prompt service, a commitment to getting it right, and rides to nearby destinations or MBTA stops are hallmarks of this friendly and helpful outfit. Jim Maloof and the gang over at the parts store (617) 776-2978, make the operation more efficient than many dealerships, and are a great resource for the do-it-yourselfer. Submitted by Herb Fuller ABJ has done an outstanding job keeping my 1990 Saab 900S running like a charm. Al, the owner, is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, and his prices are very reasonable. I recommend him highly.Submitted by M. Grenier These guys are great. They have been servicing 2 of my 900's for the lastfive years. They are a mostly Saab shop and are very knowledgeable on thesecars. They do good work and always stand behind their work.Submitted by Jeff Epstein I would also like to give a strong recommendation for ABJ. Al (the owner) is very knowledgeable and has a staff of very good mechanics. They are very reasonably priced and were always very prompt and professional. I would also recommend them for working with diesel engines, I had very good experiences with them working on my 1998 Jetta TDI. Two thumbs up for Al and the ABJ crew.Submitted by Ian Goodsell AutoPro Import RepairWorcester(508) 757-1297 Barry's Automotive25 Bartlett StreetNorthborough(508) 393-2313 Both myself and a co-worker own Saab 93's. On different occasions we have had work done here. The service is great and Mike the mechanic is really experienced with Saabs. He goes out of his way to accommodate his customers. I highly recommend you service your Saabs here. I have a CPO vehicle so warranty issues go to the dealer. For everything else, I go here and nowhere else.Submitted by Mark Gallant The Doctor Inc2 Eastern RoadActon(978) 263-2773 The Doctor Inc. is an honest and reliable Saab specialist. They also repairVolvos and some Japanese automobiles. I wholeheartedly recommend Rick andhis team to anyone looking for careful Saab service.Submitted by Mark D. Duffy Ellis Imports Inc12 Newton StreetSouthborough(508) 485-1430[email protected] Eurasian Imports368 Boston StreetTopsfield(978) 887-1959 This shop is great almost ONLY repair SAABs mainly NG900's. All three mech. are friendly and MUCH cheaper than stealership.Submitted by Joel Shortlidge European Auto Werks89 Marguerite AveLeominster(978) 534-3234 This shop helped me on a Friday evening,5:45 to get my car back on theroad. They were pleasant and repair the problem quickly.Their labor rate is 44 per hour . Thanks Bob and his cute dog BAAS ..Submitted by Kathy McDonald We just bought a convertible Saab. We were somewhat nervous because we havenever had a Saab. We were somewhat relieved to find a "Master Mechanic" inour back yard. Bob; the owner of the establishment is polite, courteous andextremely knowledgeable about Saabs. I would recommend him to anyone who evenremotely thinks about buying a foreign car, let alone a Saab.Submitted by John Nekic Foreign Auto Works Ltd.48 Lawrence StMethuen(978) 686-9726 You can't beat this place for excellent service, fair prices, and knowledge.Reggie Houle is a Saab expert who can't be stumped. The best in thebusiness.Submitted by Art Diamantopoulos Gauthier Motorwerkes91 Newburyport TurnpikeIpswich(978) 356-7414 Hard to find but well worth it. Darren the owner is a nice guy and they have TONS of SAAB parts!! Works on a lot of NG900's and SPG's are a specialty! They are WAY in the back of a business complex with only a SMALL sign out front.Submitted by Joel Shortlidge Grafton Foreign Motors165 Worcester StNorth Grafton(508) 839-0744 When nobody else could figure out what was wrong with my 1991 SAAB 900S,Patric did. Patric Rooney (ASE Master Tech., SAAB Master Tech.) isknowledgeable, honest and pleasant to work with. He has worked on my car onseveral occasions and I'd bring it to him every time... if only he were alocated little closer to where I live. I'll continue going to him any timemajor work is needed. It's definitely worth the trip and peace of mind.Submitted by Jeff Lucas Patrick Rooney (ASE Master Technician/17 years Saab experience) is one ofthe most honest and competent Saab mechanics that I've encountered. Irecommend him highly. He's keeping my 91 9000CS running like at top for afraction of what the dealer would cost.Submitted by A. Wolfrey Since I moved to MA in '99, Patric has been taking excellent care of my '94Aero and '86 900S. He's an extremely good technician, with very fairpricing. He's a very nice guy too! He frequently has a loaner car availableif you schedule an appointment with enough notice. This is a great shop.Submitted by Bob Alimi Internal Combustion86 Newburyport TurnpikeNewbury(978) 462-3877 This place is hidden on the back side of a old classic Corvette dealer on Rt. 1 just over the bridge from Newburyport headed south down Rt. 1 into Newbury, Mass. Owner is VERY cool older guy that mainly works on 99 and 900 but has some older 9000 around. He will ONLY work on SAABs and SOME Volvo's. He use to own a LARGE independant SAAB repair shop in the area and has scaled back since then to a one man shop. Submitted by Joel Shortlidge J.G. Saab Service
346 Electric Ave
(978) 342-6860
Small outfit that works on all models and years of Saabs. Honest, professional work fairly priced. Right off Rt. 2 just north of Leominster.Submitted by Ethan
John has been servicing all models of Saabs for over 35 years. I
have never met a more competant, honest and diligent mechanic in my life.
His commitment to his clientele is un-matched by any independent or Saab
dealership. Your vehicle is repaired the first time at a fair price. His
father Clarence owned one of the original Saab dealerships in the USA
(Import Motors) and John continues his fathers legacy. You will not be
disapointed! BTW, I have owned at least 25 Saabs from 99gle, 99Turbo, to
my current 1992 Saab 900 Turbo.
Submitted by Charles I have a "fleet" of four Saab 900 classic: 2 for my boys in college, one for my wife and the sleek shiny SPG for me. JG Service has been maintaining these cars for some time and I must say this is the best shop in the area. Very thorough and conscientious, great attention to detail, all at very reasonable prices. Call John, he also has a good stock of used Saab parts. Submitted by Gerard Chevalier Kippy's Saab SalesHarding StreetWorcester Martin's Auto Repair169 Munsell StBelchertown(413) 323-6362 Mecca MotorsPenniman RdAllston(617) 787-1707 This shop is run an ex-dealer mechanic. They've been around for 10+ yearsand service only Saabs. The place is a hole, but they're very friendly,fast, and do great work. They are also a low-pressure environment, unlikeseveral other places I've tried.Submitted by Todd Chapin M.V.S.C (Merrimack Valley Saab Center)60 pine street

mvsc works on all vehicles and are now located at 60 pine
street in methuen ma. reasonable prices, honest work and aim to please
Great independent Saab garage!Submitted by Craig Davis Midnight Motors433 Marrett RdLexington(781) 861-7050 Michael's Automotive Services 857 Main St. (corner of Rt. 115 and Rt. 109) Millis(508)[email protected] Michael knows his Saabs cold! Nice guy, good prices, and he works on Lotus cars as well (kinda cool). He is also a Group 9 Performance dealer.Submitted by James Paul Murphy, Inc.496 Westford Rd. (Rt. 40)Westford Paul Murphy is an ex-Saab master mechanic who has been servicing my 86 900Turbo (264k) for the last 4 years. I recommend him to any one.Submitted by Ed Weselcouch Peabody Auto Clinic3R Birney StPeabody(978) 531-7803 Trust me, this shop is not much to look at, But the work is far superiorthan most. I have been dealing with Lenny (proprietor) for years, thru 3SAABs of my own, my mothers Volvo and countless folks I have sent to him(especially after hearing their horror stories)I have never had nor heard acomplaint and trust me, to bring your mother to a shop, you better trustthem! Anyway this shop specializes in SAAB and Volvo, good prices,knowledgeable mechanics, and diagnostic skills. Never have I had to bring mycar back for the same problem.Submitted by Rich Johnson Performance Automotive34 Parker StreetPittsfield(800) 569-2665 Quite possibly the most technically adept SAAB mechanics on the planet.Over 20 years experience with SAABs. Always satisfied with customer serviceand price. If you are in the Berkshires and your SAAB is not quite right,don't fret Performance Automotive can fix it.Submitted by Derrick Kittler Quantum Mechanics45 Huntington Ave.Yarmaouth(508) 394-5193 Just had my 87 900 Turbo over and what a great place. Bart does great work and had some great advise. Fair price and fast. Feel comfortable if your local or just visiting on the Cape having Quantum working on your Saab.Submitted by Greg Shopshire Bart at Quantum has been servicing my '97 900S since '99 the car always returns from his shop better than when it went in. They only work on Saabs and Hondas. They have been very fair in regards to all repairs on our car. I'll continue to bring our '97 to him and our '02 9-3 to him for any non-warranty work without hesitation.Submitted by George Sykes Quantum Mechanics has been specializing in Saab & Honda vehicles since 1980. The owner Bart and myself are Saab nuts who have been fortunate enough to make a living working on the cars we love. We have evolved from the days of 99's & 96's to the classic & new 900's and on to the 9-3 & 9-5's. Quantum Mechanics is an independent Saab shop that opened in 1980. The owner Bart Guiney and his staff (that's me!)have been fortunate to work on the cars that we love while serving the Saab community on Cape Cod for 25 years. So if you're vacationing on the Cape and need our services, or have a Saab question or just want to check us out, stop by & say hello.Submitted by Jonathan Enslin Rockport Service StationRailroad AveRockport(978) 546-7009 This is a repair garage and sales location, though more repairs. The owneris and absolute saab 900 nut--he is in the process of renovating his 1988spg and he has taken the car apart to the SHELL--no wires or anything left!Submitted by A. Fleming Rockport Service Railroad Ave.Rockport978 546 7009 …And he has turned that SPG into a Viggen. When I drove my new 2000 Viggen on to his lot he came out with a tape measure to get the actual placement of the Viggen emblem. His car his beautiful but he won't sell it to me. He also does excellent work above and beyond my list of "fix its". He will fix the SID during lunch rather than replace it.Submitted by David Coffin Rocky Top Guru / David Dickinson29 W. Chestnut Hill RoadMontague Center (413)[email protected] Saab specialist; ASE Master; friendly; experiencedSubmitted by Jeff McCollough
David has helped me out a couple of times. Very knowledgeable
and friendly. I wouldn't hesitate using him on any of my SAABS.
Submitted by Rick RPM-2 Automotive1090 Commonwealth Ave (rear)Boston617) 739-0935 Ross Martin has service my SAABs both at Gaston Andrey of Boston and when that SAAB dealership closed, at RPM. He is very reliable, honest and knows SAABs inside and out. If you need a SAAB repair, bring your car to Ross.Submitted by Larry Brown Service Above and Beyond (S.A.A.B)150 Kuniholm Drive
(508) 881-1999
Saab master mechanic. Always done a great job for me and my 89 900T and 919000T.Submitted by Ted Barbour Specialized AutoLaurel LaneEssex(978) 768-1121Great shop - they know 900's & 9000's inside out. labor rate is $45 per hr.and they'll treat you right.Submitted by Dan Walsh Swedish Motor Works256 Commonwealth AvenueConcord(978) 369-8220Serviced both my Saab 900 Turbo and Volvo 245 GLT for over 10 years.Rebuilt engine and transmission on my 84 900T - still running strong.Submitted by John Paschkewitz Toad's Kin Car Co5 Middle StFlorence(413) 584-5102 Village Saab30 Main StActon 978 635 0070[email protected] As far as dealers go, this is the last of a rare breed. Honest, courteous and all around fun dealer. They have had the same staff as long as I can remember. They always do there best to compete with the local shops. Always a pleasure to visit. Highly Highly recommended.........! Walts Brothers Auto Repair855 Elm StWest Springfield(413) 736-1878 I havent been there in awhile. Coworker swore by them. Much morereasonable than dealerships and quality work. They have been in business anumber of years.Submitted by Dennis Young West Quincy Motors55 Garfield StreetQuincy(617) 773-3900 Brothers Doug and Phil now run their father's garage. They are honest andknowledgeable. They have a loaner Vol*o which you can reserve. Prices arefair and work is done quickly. They close at 5:00 but I normally paid withcredit card during the day and they'd leave the keys for me. NEVER had abilling dispute. Not open on weekends. Specialize in Swede mobiles andGerman. Sidenote: Bought my wife’s car from them a 93 Vol*o and inheritedunknown electrical gremlins.(Not apparent before purchase). Doug stood bythat car and finally solved the problem (replaced ALL computers) He losthis shirt on that car but gained a customer for life. Wife crashed it a fewmonths later, hehe. Tell them you heard it from me.Submitted by Mike Nordling Yankee GaragaeRoute 110Merrimac(978) 346-7473 Neil Cerrina is the mechanic and owner of the shop. He is unbelievablewhen it comes to SAAB's. His knowledge and expertise rises above the rest.Because he knows the car so well, his labor cost is less due to the lesstime it takes him to fix things. I would recommend him to anyone.Submitted by Jeffrey Stewart I must agree!! Neil Cerrina is an outstanding SAAB Tech, as well as honestand fair. I brought my wife's 93 9000CS to him for some cooling system work.He talked me out of some unnecessary part replacements, and saved me abundle. A dealership would have taken my money an ran! As long as I live inthe area, Yankee Garage is where my SAAB will be serviced.Submitted by Steve Pichette Neal is an excellent mechanic, as noted above. I fully agree
that he is very knowledgable about Saabs of both older years, like my
1991, 1992, and 1993 900 and 900S models, and current Saabs. I also
have had excellent success with him with my troublesome Volvo XC70,
which has suffered a succession of problems from the ABS system to the
all-wheel drive; I no longer even think of going to a Volvo dealer.

Neal is a trained Saab mechanic and the speed with which he works and
the concientious attention to detail and keeping costs down is very
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