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Date: Wed, 26 May 2004 23:27:37 -0400
From: (Ramsey Frist)
Subject: Re: Saab's bike racks

In article <>, Shane Almeida <> wrote: > I have a 2004 9-3 Aero sedan. Stuffing my bike in the trunk is getting to > be a hassle. I was looking at the bike racks in the Saab catalog > (, Shop -> 9-3 -> Load Carrying) and wondering if > anyone had anything good or bad to say about them. > > I'd get the C-track bars that drop right into the holes in the roof (I'd > rather not deal with the trailer hitch). Then Saab has two bike racks, > one with a lift and one without. Is the lift worth the extra $200? The > bike is pretty light, so lifting it on the roof shouldn't be a hassle, but > the convenience of gas struts doing the lifting for you is pretty > tempting. > > Also, does anyone know if dealers usually beat the prices listed in the > catalog? The shipping cost if I order online is about the same as the tax > I'd pay if I went to the dealer. Unless they can give me a deal, I might > as well have the stuff shipped overnight and save myself the 1.5 hour > round trip to the dealer. Hi Shane, If the 9-3 is like all earlier Saabs there should be pre-drilled and threaded holes in the rear bumper and trunk floor for attachment of a light duty hitch. I find that a receiver hitch bike rack is much more convenient than a roof rack and there is less chance of banging up your car. You can also use the hitch for a light trailer or small boat trailer. da'Lan makes after market hitches for most Saabs that are about half the price that Saab demands. I bought my current one from Bageco ( Somehow they sell them for less than they would be directly from da'Lan. Curiously, they also sell Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee at a much reduced price. Good hunting, R. Frist 1998 9000CSE 5-speed 1994 9000CSE auto 1985 900T 5-speed

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