Date: Thu, 28 Jul 2005 16:27:42 -0400
From: Malt_Hound <Malt_Houndnospamm*>
Subject: Re: Saab 9-6x photo

Pooh Bear wrote: > Malt_Hound wrote: > > >>Pooh Bear wrote: >> >>>Shane Almeida wrote: >>> >>> >>> >>>>On Wed, 27 Jul 2005 23:56:35 +0100, Pooh Bear wrote: >>>> >>>> >>>>>They are typically considered as 'executive cars' though. Heck, there's >>>>>enough toys in them ! >>>> >>>>And luxury SUVs are the new executive car. >>> >>> >>>I'll pass on that one. I have *no* desire to own an SUV. Never mind the fact >>>it doesn't appeal, I'd be embarassed to own one. >>> >>>Graham >> >> >>Really? Would you also be embarrassed to own a 19 foot powerboat too? >>How then would propose that one would trailer said boat to the water? >>Surely not with your SAAB, turbo charged or otherwise. > > > 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. You are either pulling my leg or don't know a damn thing about trailering. The max trailering load for my Explorer is 6000lbs. This is the equivelent payload of a small pickup truck (Ford Ranger), which is exactly what it is with the addition of a rear roof and seat. There is no way that I would haul 4500 lbs of boat trailer and another /4 ton of people and luggage around behind any car, SAAB or otherwise. >>I just got back from 2 weeks vacationing at a beautiful lakeside >>cottage. I hauled 4 people, their luggage, 2 retrievers and my >>powerboat 250 miles each way with one vehicle. It was one of those >>damned SUVs! *gasp* A V8 Ford Exploder no less! >> >>SUVs are just vehicles. They have a purpose, it is just not for >>transporting humans around. For that there are much better instruments. > > > An SUV is to be honest simply a marketing ploy. > > If you lived in the UK and had a farm, I'm sure you would own a Land Rover. It's > purpose built for the task. Tough, rough, basic and very durable. I doubt it. If I owned a farm, anywhere, I'd have an honest to god pickup truck, at least a 3/4 ton or larger. A Landrover (or any other SUV) would be useless when it comes time to haul some serious farm stuff around. I currently own a Jeep Wrangler for going offroad. But even with a 4.0 liter I6 it will does not have the capacity to tow my boat, nor would I want to, considering how short the wheelbase is. It is quite capable at offroading (the *S*port in SUV) at about 1/2 the price of a Landrover . I like Landrovers too, but they are just too highly priced here and the models imported are limited to the luxo-equiped ones. My Jeep is spartan in comparison. After a muddy off-roading session I can just hose things out inside and out. > > SUVs are a 'boutique' version of such practical vehicles. In reality they are > rarely used off-road or indeed in any circumstances that would reasonably justify > their style of construction. Some SUVs (and all SAVs) are boutique. SUVs such as Ford Explorers, Jeep Cherokees and Chevy Trailblazers are not. Whether or not they go off road does not negate the "utility" functionality and usefulness as vehicles. You really ought to stick to commenting about things that you have some sort of personal experience with. -Fred W

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