Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 12:54:23 GMT
From: Saab Guy <>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-6x photo

On Fri, 29 Jul 2005 00:08:19 GMT (Kevin Rhodes) wrote: > > >> > >> 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 > > Actually, the hitch on my 2000 Saab 9-5 V6t is a Class II, rated at 3500lbs, > which is also the official towing capacity of the car per the US manual. > I have towed a car trailer with a Triumph Spitfire on it which weighed that > much or even a little more perfectly comfortably. In fact, I have also towed > the same car and trailer with a friend's 2000 GMC Jimmy, a "rough, tough SUV". > There was simply no comparison, the Saab was infinitely more comfortable > towing than the Jimmy. Hugely better braking, and far more stable. In Europe, > using the official Saab hitch (which is rather more rugged than my CII > Drawtite), I believe the official towing capacity of a Saab 9-5 wagon is > 5000lbs. > > Kevin Rhodes > Westbrook, Maine, USA Kevin, Thanks for the information. Isn't the tow rating for the new 9-3 SS only 2000lbs? I believe that's what I read, if so, that's too bad. SaabGuy

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