Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 00:08:19 GMT
From:  (Kevin Rhodes)
Subject: Re: Saab 9-6x photo

>> >> 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

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