Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 09:31:41 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-6x photo

Walt Kienzle wrote: > "Pooh Bear" <> wrote in message > > > >>Actually, I can't imagine that a Saab wouldn't rise to the task. My former >>Vauxhall 2.0 litre Cavalier(s) was voted a great towing vehicle and I >>don't see >>anything that would prevent a Saab from fulfilling the same role. >> > > > It appears to be a matter of scale. If a 2.0 litre Vauxhall Cavalier is > anything like the 2.4 litre Chevrolet Cavalier sold in the US, you would > theoretically need 4 cars in tandem to legally tow the 19 foot boat > mentioned by the previous poster (assuming the boat weighs around 4,000 > lbs.). You see, the Cavalier, all Saabs, and all other passenger cars sold > in the US, AFAK, are certified to use the most basic, light duty "Class 1" > trailer hitch, which is limited to around 1000 lbs. towing capacity. That > assumes the model is equipped and certified to perform any towing at all. > 2.2 litre Cavaliers are not certified for any towing duty. (Information > based on a 2001 Cavalier sales brochure I happen to have handy. The > Chevrolet Cavalier is now a discontinued model.) > > The next range for towing is "Class 2" which supports up to 5,000 lbs. I am > not aware of any passenger car currently sold in the US (or the past 20 > years) that is capable of legally accommodating a Class 2 or Class 3 (10,000 > lbs.) trailer hitch. A truck (pickup or SUV) is required for such > applications. > > Walt Kienzle > 1991 9000T > > You know what' really odd is that while poking around online to figure out what the legal tow rating of the current crop of SAABs is, it is not even stated anywhere at SAAB USA. OTOH I stubled across a SAAB UK site that claimed something like 1500 kilos for a SAAB 9-5. There is no way in the world that I would tow 3300 lbs behind any car, especially one with front wheel drive. They have to be freekin crazy over there. -Fred W

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