A great little owner’s story here – a subject matter we’ve covered before and one that I’m sure just about every Saab owner can identify with from one time or another in their lives.
This comes to us from Richard P:
I’m sure there are a hundred threads at TS on this subject, but I thought I’d throw in my 2 cents with some visual proof as to why I only buy Saabs with a hatch. A buddy of mine needed to pick up three boxes of steel shelving from Costco. He only had his Honda Accord and was getting ready to do some bungy cord magic on the roof of his car when he called me up asking for some help to transport the remaining two packages.
I told him not to bother with the bungy cords for his car and that I’d be right there. He was quite skeptical that I could get all these large, heavy boxes in the Saab. But with minimal effort and nothing protruding out the back, we slid them in and shut the lid. My buddy is in the market for a new car that has utility and fuel economy, and I think I gave him some food for thought after seeing the Saab swallow up these behemoth boxes. At 170 pounds a piece (for a total of 510 pounds of cargo) and just over six feet long, the attached picture is exactly why I love these Saab hatches. What other non-SUV, non-truck vehicle can handle this weight and length of load? I say none. And I could even venture to say that some wannabe SUVs would have to break out the bungy cords.
My buddy said if they made diesel Saabs, he’d slap the cash down now. But of course we in North America won’t see diesels for quite some time because we only get the leftovers from the superior spec’d European models. Perhaps another good reason to continue offering the European Delivery Program.
‘Nuff said! 🙂