Saabs Towing, updated 2.

Do you tow with your Saab?
We are just about to head off for a couple of days and our trusty Saab will be taking our caravan to the hills of Wiltshire.

I’d love to hear from others if you use your Saab to tow and maybe pictures of you towing.

Send your pictures to me robin.kerry at virgin.net and I will publish them for all to see.

Have a great weekend.

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I want to thank all those who emailed me over the weekend with pictures of their Saabs towing.
Sadly I was so far into the hills that I could not get wifi or 3G so I had to wait until my return to let you all know.

I have published the full size pictures and others received at my flickr page.

New pictures arrive with me daily and are uploaded to flickr for your viewing, please take a look.
Thank you for all pictures sent in.

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Fredrik Zetterberg
Member
3 years 1 month ago

I’ve never had a caravan on, but I do from time to time use it to haul stuff to the recycling station. Now I’m not sure how I survived without the towbar..

Finding
Guest
3 years 1 month ago

I tow my 26′ MacGregor 26D sailboat. Total weight of boat and trailer is 2250lb.
Can’t seem to post a photo….

saabni
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Bit off topic check this out
http://www.autoblog.com/…/saab-plant-reopens...
2 days ago – You are here: Auto News >; Saab plant reopens, production to resume by year’s end?

Ralph
Member
3 years 1 month ago
phermansson
Member
3 years 1 month ago

I tow about 10 cubic meters of wood each year! =)

Joel
Member
3 years 1 month ago

@Tim, I love to see photo’s of 9-5 SC’s as I have one too and think that they’re great… I couldn’t help noticing that your exhaust (tail pipe) looks different to mine, have you changed the stock exhaust for something else??

Best regards,
Joel

phermansson
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Its a Hirsch dual exhaust on mine, just love the car, more photos here http://www.garaget.org/?car=189285

Joel
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Damn, that’s such a shame!! I’ve emailed Hirsch before and it would seem that the dual exhaust is no longer in production… still, there’s always Maptun I guess!!

phermansson
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Maptuns exhaust systems look and sound really good! =)

Joel
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Thanks Tim for the reassurance, I’ve been thinking about it for quite a while now but I know that I’d hate it if I got a nice new shiny exhaust that sounded rubbish and too loud.

I don’t want to sound like a 20-something who’s just learned to drive and goes around the town with the music blaring and a big fat exhaust that you can hear from miles away!!!

Just got to save up the pennies now!!

Glenn Maretti
Member
3 years 1 month ago

I tow a caravan, every year through Germany & France to the mediterranean (this year to Lake Garda in Italy – though) My car is a 2.3 automatic and it´s a delight on the Kassel Hills…Only problem is the fuel-consumption (15L/100km)

Daniel B
Member
3 years 1 month ago

I tow my 1500 kg caravan with my NG 9-5. Works like a dream!

saabsideways
Member
3 years 1 month ago

My 1.8t SW tows a Sunncamp trailer tent as if it isn’t there, currently considering an upgrade to either an Eriba or a Dethleffs, both rare as hens teeth in the UK.

Trued
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Here is a full-pull!
Top of the line Saabs from different time periods. From last year when I picked up the brown metallic way up north in Sweden.

JoPlSe
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Towing a caravan with a turbo charged Saab is a mortal sin 🙂

GrumpyGriffin
Member
3 years 1 month ago

No! Towing a Caravan is a mortal sin!

Silas
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Do the MY +06 really require a different hitch than the 99-05 or is it just the ball mount? I have an 07 and I’ve been looking at some hitches but the +06 are only class I rated and not class II like the 99-05 ones. I’ve read something about the bumper in the middle being different but wouldn’t that just be for the ball attachment? I have definitely used the roof racks and inside with the seats down to haul stuff and hopefully one day I will have a hitch to pull a trailer.

troy
Member
3 years 1 month ago

I think I finally found my new car to replace my 07 9-5 Aero. Has anyone looked at the 2014 Mazda 6. The wagon looks great as well. What do you all think? Great looks and 4 cyl with 190 bhp 6 speed.

Chris Ivory
Member
3 years 1 month ago

We have done many a mile towing our caravan with the 9-3SS Aero, but a few years back, I founded a website dedicated to the Bedford Bambi small campervan, and its variants, and was very much into these, popuar as an introduction to many into the world of camping.

We obtained this particular one, we did have a few, which we restored to a very high standard. Here she is on arrival to storage before the process began, having been picked up after purchase. Of course, our then Anniversary took the load with ease.

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Angelo V.
Member
3 years 1 month ago
Troy: That 2014 Mazda 6 is a beautiful vehicle. I don’t know if it will have the same interior volume as your 9-5, but probably comparable. I view Mazda as one of the spiritual successors to Saab—-you can also make a case for Subaru. There were a couple incarnations of Saab over the decades—-and in some ways, even KIA can be compared to the early Saab (the lower priced Kias in the line)—–value priced vehicles with surprisingly clever packaging. Saab moved upmarket—-and that’s where I see the Mazda/Subaru comparisons. Subaru, because they are small/independent and with some interesting engineering. Mazda,… Read more »
troy
Member
3 years 1 month ago

You are absolutely right. . . It is a nice car and it has gotten great reviews. My wifes 9-5 is getting a lot of miles and parts and reliability are becoming an issue. I really don’t want to get rid of it but eventually she is going to need a new car and the Mazda 6 looks like the best alternative to me.

Silas
Member
3 years 1 month ago
Do they still make a Mazda6 Wagon in the states? I don’t see it available on the website. I thought they stopped that a few years ago. I considered one before I became a Saab person and I still think they look great when I see them around. They have found a good balance between the aggressive but stylish look without the huge front grille. It is disappointing that we are talking about what other brands to consider for replacing out Saabs in a few years since we have no announced date of when to realistically expect new Saabs in… Read more »
troy
Member
3 years 1 month ago

It’s coming in the Fall

troy
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Go to google and type “2014 mazda 6 wagon images”

Silas
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Oh, I saw pictures on the Mazda EU website. It is beautiful. They did an amazing job.Where did you find that it will be coming here? I found a Facebook page petitioning to Mazda to bring it to the states but no actual news article stating that. Actually I found that it probably won’t come here because of the CX-5 that has sold well already.

troy
Member
3 years 1 month ago

The salesman said it would come later in the Fall. I hope he is right.

Angelo V.
Member
3 years 1 month ago

It’s a very nice wagon. I wonder how it compares, size-wise, to a 9-5 sport combi? I wonder if NEVS will make a wagon? Maybe they’ll update their website soon with some news. They do link to press reports but seem to decline adding their own updates to the site. Latest news is that they are saying MOST but not all supplier contracts are in order—-but without 100% suppliers on board to provide parts, they obviously can’t begin production. But it does sound as though they are getting close.

rallyelwood
Member
3 years 1 month ago

From time to time I have used my Saabs over the years to tow trailers with junk to recycling stations, or with furniture and such when I’m moving. Of course towing other cars on a trailer or with a towing rope I’ve also done. Here’s two pictures:

One reason why I bought my current 9-5 was to be able to tow my “racing” 99 to far-away racetracks.

albertvdb
Member
3 years 1 month ago

SAAB’s are great for towing!
Especially with a Hirsch Performance update.
I have a 2006 9-3 Estate with the 1.8t engine.
Originally it has 150 hp and 240 Nm, but with the Hirsch package 195hp and 300+Nm.
Stays in topgear forever (automatic gearbox).

Piet-Hein S.
Member
3 years 1 month ago

while on my way home with my 9kCD, towing a new toy (which needs to be looked at), she fell in the Limp-Home mode:

(can’t seem to get the picture here…)

nordican
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Which of all standard Saab models would have the biggest towing capacity?
Let me guess; the 9-7X V8….?? 😉

kjelle
Member
3 years 1 month ago

Super-nice green saab 99. Exactly the model and color, that started my love for the brand. 76 99GL 3 d. Take good care of it!

jond
Member
3 years 1 month ago

I just love the picture of the black Saab towing what looks like a mini RV – exactly the reverse of what is common practice in North America. Priorities correct, in this case!

Bengt in Scania
Member
3 years 1 month ago

My old 1996 Saab 9000 was a great “tower”.

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