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             1211 E. Francis - Spokane, WA  99208 - (509) 487-3308 **(see bottom of pg)

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Swedish Preventive Maintenance

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Dear Swedish Motor Car Family:

It is with broken hearts and deepest regret that we share that on Sunday, August 18, 2013, our father and friend, John Thomas Lippis, died in a small airplane accident near Cataldo, Idaho.   

To celebrate John's wonderful contributions and the positive affect he had on our community, both in his personal and business dealings, we would like to invite you to his funeral service.

To honor John and the courageous life he lead, please join us in our final farewell to him.


Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home. 

Public Viewings--4 pm to 8 pm, Friday, August 23, and noon to 2 pm, Saturday, August 24.

Funeral Service--Saturday, August 24, 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the same location.

Burial Service--4 pm at the Riverside Memorial Park.

We plan to have a casual gathering following the burial service for those who would like to attend to share memories spent with John. We will update this website with these details soon.


Hazen & Jaeger Valley Funeral Home, 1306 N. Pines Road, Spokane Valley, WA 99206  (509) 924-9700

Riverside Memorial Park, 508 N. Government Way, Spokane, WA 99224  (509) 838-1405

A web page is set up at www.thornhillvalley.com to share your thoughts and memories with our family.  The page will have pictures, a slide show, and a digital guest book.  Please sign the guest book and share a kind word or two about your relationship with John.

We want to thank each and every one who has touched our Dad's life and gave him the friendships that he cherished so much.  He will be very much missed by all.

We would also like to share with all our customers that Brad and Renae Hone and the Lippis family will be continuing to provide excellent care for your Saab.  Please feel free to call to schedule an appointment so we may carry on the great traditions and relationships that John forged with all of his Saab community.


The Family of Swedish Motor Car Service


Protect your Saab Investment with

Long-Term Preventive Maintenance...

Read about our One-of-a Kind Maintenance Program

"Welcome to Swedish Motors"




Enjoy this You Tube VIDEO History of Saab, and Why You should be Driving a

Video by "Top Gear"  BBC production

( this is Part2- Part1 is found on site)


We cannot take custody or begin any work without a signed (or emailed) Work Authorization - download below or call and I will email it to you for your "Reply" Authorization. Thanks!

SAAB Owner Alerts by Swedish 

(below are a few examples)

We have new info on Sludge & Carbon damage... 

Sludge Buildup in 4 cylinder 900's, 9000's, 9-3's & 9-5's can destroy your engine (1990-2003)

Heater Flap Repair for 9.5's $200 vs.$1800. (call)


Carry  Spare Direct Ignition (just as important as a spare tire) Call 

If your Saab is over 100K- Your Fuel Pump should be checked for Reliability!  (call)

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Greetings Saab-ies!  You have reached the home of Swedish Motorcar Service, Spokane, Washington, owned by John Lippis.  (We also serve customers from Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Western Washington.  Saab owners from the Missoula area also find us closer than the dealer in Billings.

We're an Independent Repair Shop specializing in Saab, and proud to service one of the finest automobiles in the world.  Saabs perform well in all weather conditions, and offer a spirited, high performance drive while getting excellent gas mileage.  

The most important reason for owning a Saab is Safety for the Family, however.  Saab's are designed to protect people first and foremost in all kinds of accidents: Head On - Rear End - Rollovers - Side Impacts and even Large-animal collisions.  In over 38 years of working on Saab, we have seen scores of accidents involving Saabs, but have known of no fatalities and few, if any major injuries.  Saabs are designed by the Swedish company, Saab-Scania, now owned by GM Imports (General Motors of Europe).

Many of our customers have kept their Saabs in the family for over 20 years, passing them onto their teenage drivers for safety's sake.  This kind of service life is only possible with the best of Preventive Maintenance.

If you intend on keeping your Saab long term, please read our latest Flyer Welcome to Swedish Motors for important differences between our preventive maintenance, and that of Saab's warranty & prepaid maintenance, or any other service offered by automotive repair facilities.

Swedish Motorcar Service...

We are the only Saab Specialists, Independent or Franchised, in the Northwest Inland Empire area.  Though we are located in Spokane, many of our customers reside in Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Western Washington.  We take pride in our work, and believe we give the finest Saab Care available anywhere, aimed at keeping a Saab roadworthy and safe for 200,000 - 300,000 miles.  Our maintenance program far exceeds Saab Factory Specs.

Our Goal...

To enjoy practicing our Trade, providing the best comprehensive service possible as Saab Specialists, at an affordable price.  For the many hundreds of Saab customers and families we have served over the years, we have always striven to serve as the “family doctor” for their Saabs, providing a full line of service and repair.  Over the last 3 years we have served nearly 500 families and their Saabs.

Our Ethic...

True Professionalism is holding a client’s needs and well-being ahead of one’s own. We continually strive to live up to this high goal.

Our Methods... Competence through continual Training; Honesty and Forthrightness in all matters;  Total disclosure of a Saab’s needs and priorities; continual improvement of repair & maintenance strategies, using the best parts.  We continually look for and test Improved Lubricants to increase service life and reliability.  We keep meticulous records for life-of-the-car Preventive Maintenance. 

Company Profile...  Swedish Motorcar Service was founded by John Lippis and his oldest sons, Dan and Mike Lippis, in 1991.  John has been servicing Saabs exclusively for over 40 years.

We specialize in full Saab Care, not simply repair and servicing.  Our Maintenance Program is far beyond Saab factory specs and is modeled after the component maintenance programs used in aviation maintenance.  Our 5000 mile Oil & Inspection Service is used as the basis for periodic inspections, and our advanced computer tracking system (nothing like it in the industry) is used to monitor the service life of the many components found on each individual model of Saab.  All work done on your Saab will either be done by John or Brad, experienced Technicians.  We have no "lube" or lesser trained personnel working on your Saab.  Please note that any of our articles, past and present, may have information, opinions and specs. that have changed without notice due to new information we have learned, but not reflected this in our past articles.  If any question, write us.

Disclaimer: These automotive, Car Care and Auto Repair Articles are our opinions  are provided "as is" for informational purposes only without warranty of any kind. The entire risk as to the results and the performance of the information contained in these articles is assumed by the reader, and in no event shall the author of this site be liable for any consequential, incidental or direct damages suffered in the course of using the information in these articles.








The people you will find at Swedish Motors

John  -Owner-Mgr.  Appointments, Scheduling, Diagnostics and Drivability Checks and Final Road Testing.

Brad - Chief Technician.  Repair & Maintenance Specialist.

Frank - Systems Engineer for our shop, Technician's Assistant.

Eric - Computer Specialist maintains our Maintenance Computer network..

Contact Information :

Telephone -  (509) 487-3308 
(Please email questions unless you are a local customer- we do not have have time to answer out-of-state calls for advice)  Thanks.
FAX (509) - Please Call First
Postal address:  1211 E. Francis, Spokane, WA  99208-3646
Electronic mail:  General Info:, Sales, Customer Support:  john@saabspokane.com

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