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Old 02-12-2008, 12:01 PM   #1
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Anyone tow a boat with their 9-3ss?

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I am interested in purchasing a small center console boat or a jetski but I dont know how the Saab will react to towing. I have an 07 9-3ss 2.0T 6speed. I believe the towing capacity is 2000lbs. First question is getting a hitch that bolts on without cutting the bumper. Is there one out there? uhaul hitch?

Second - I am about backing the boat up to a ramp and being able to pull it out of the water with the front wheels. Has anyone had experience with this?
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I wouldn't see how pulling a jetski would be a problem. We have a customer that pulls around a small single horse trailer so a jetski shouldn't be a sweat for it. Putting it in the water would be another story though I think but never heard of anyone doing it.

If it was me I would hook a chain between the car and a truck and try to put it in with the car and if the car can't get back up the truck can help it out.
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I wish Saabguy were still here, he posted a picture a few years ago of someone loading their boat back onto the trailer at a salt water ramp... they were towing with a 9-3SS and had the back end of the car pretty wet.
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Being FWD will actually be better when launching/pulling the boat out of the water... A RWD vehicle might have issues on slick ramps (since the wheels would be in the water) where a FWD vehicle will have the wheels on dry land...

I may of misunderstood your question though...
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Being FWD will actually be better when launching/pulling the boat out of the water... A RWD vehicle might have issues on slick ramps (since the wheels would be in the water) where a FWD vehicle will have the wheels on dry land...

I may of misunderstood your question though...
Not really, I don't think. I imagine that when you are on a slope like that, the weight balance will shift towards the back of the car, which could cause some problems in a FWD car.
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:55 PM   #6
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ya i dont think i will have a problem with the actual towing but that slick ramp worries me. any body install a hitch on their saab on the site?

i may have to dock the boat/jetski at a marina and just leave it there.
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I've towed a 4-stroke jetski (around 1200lb with the trailer) with a 94 n/a 900. I know its not the same thing as a SS, but the biggest problem I ran into was launch ramps either being too steep (having fun getting back up) or not steep enough (water up to the tailgate).

FWD or AWD/4x4 is a definite plus for boat ramps, because the rear wheels often end up in the water and the ramp surface underwater is usually less then ideal in terms of traction.

The gearing in that car was also less then ideal for towing, especially long distances. Good brakes are a must as well. You need to be able to stop the weight of the trailer (if it doesn't have any brakes of its own).
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Old 02-12-2008, 12:58 PM   #8
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There was a local guy that had a hitch on his Viggen that used to tow a jetski. But I don't know him... so I am no help, sorry.
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Not really, I don't think. I imagine that when you are on a slope like that, the weight balance will shift towards the back of the car, which could cause some problems in a FWD car.
My dad and I got our old Ram Van stuck in a launch that our Sable wagon never got stuck at... That's what I was using to get my idea...
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i tow our 1500 lb (with trailer) sailboat with my 9-3 (not ss) and it does just fine
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Old 02-13-2008, 06:58 AM   #11
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I've seen an SS with a hitch. There wasn't a cut out either. Check out etrailer.com. They might have something. For an SS, can you get one from Saab? At least a wiring harness? I don't know if it's an accessory or not.
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The saab 93ss hitch looks like a dick. I can't seem to find any sites that carry it now though (I didn't look very hard)
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You should have no problems with the actual towing part. We use our c900 for towing our 15ft sailboat and besides using alot more gas, it really didnt seem to know it was there. On the freeway, just expect to be in the boost alittle.
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:19 AM   #14
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Don't count on the clutch liking you if you use it on the ramp. it would be worth paying someone to put it in for you with a jeep etc..
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Old 02-18-2008, 06:32 AM   #15
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We used our '84 900S (N/A) for towing/launching a 22' Flying Scot sailboat back in the day. No problems whatsoevar. You should be fine.
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