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I searched the forums and found a few success stories about towing with an NG, but was wondering if anyone has town a car with a tow-bar. I've seen rental companies do this, and was wondering if this is possible, and if so, what was necessary.

I have a '96 'vert, turbo with a manual trans. and a class 2 hitch already installed. The Draw-Tite hitch can handle 3,500 lbs, and the SAAB manual says 2,00 max. The towed car would be about 2,200 pounds, but my concern is that it will essentially be a trailer without brakes, and thus not possible (or at least wise).

Any help or advice would be appreciated.

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I wouldn't really do more than class one towing, which is 2000 lbs and a 200 lb tongue weight. If the manual says 2200, i'd say your pretty darn close. Most class one trailers do not have brakes either, so as far as that goes, you'd be pretty normal. Just make sure your hitch is set up properly and you practice safe trailering.

I have towed about 1600 pounds before and it felt pretty secure. Sure, brakes are not super strong with all that wieght, but they will get you stopped. You will just need some extra room.

Is the car an Auto or standard? Certainly I would feel more comfortable towing with a standard trans. If you have an auto, make sure you tranny fluid is in good shape, and be easy on it with hills and such. I think this is where most towing damage occurs, as it is hardest on the trans. Make sure you drive with overdrive off if its auto.

Is this occasional towing?
Good Luck!
Tboy
Edit: just saw its a manual trans, so disregard auto stuff.
 

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I would take extreme caution! I've towed around 1,500 lbs, but that was only because I was mislead by the weight of the trailer (who knew an emptry 27 foot aluminum boat trailer could weigh so much?? :roll: ). I believe you are correct on the towing capacity of 2,000 lbs on these cars, but doesn't the manual also say something about the trailer having assistive brakes above 1,000 lbs? What kind of set up will this other 2,200 lb car have? If the other car is going to be completely up on it's own trailer you're toast. That trailer alone will weigh close to the limit without the car on it. Even if the other car is going to be on one of those front two tire style trailers, that trailer will add at least 200 lbs, bring you up close to 2,500 lbs. Distance to be travelled will have a big impact on your decision too, type of terrain, speed limit, traffic volume too.
 

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I've also heard that a turbo and manual are the worst combination for towing. The extra weight is hard on your clutch, and the turbo will be working all the time to give you extra pull. I towed my old beetle with my volvo wagon once using a tow bar and it wasn't particularly fun. I also towed a few Uhaul trailers, and they were just fine. Something about a car that makes it much more harrowing.

The SAAB is lighter and the car you're talking about towing is heavier than my beetle, so I'd predict less fun. A lot depends on distance and time of day. If it's just a short trip in light traffic (6 am saturday) it might be OK.

Have you thought about renting a pickup?
 

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well just last week i towed a 9000 264 miles on a dolly (little trailer that you put one set of wheels one and leave the other set on the road) with my 9-3, i kept my speed below 50 mph and just plodded home with no problems i even had a police man drive past and take a good look but he never stopped me
 

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It's a long move, and I had already almost eliminated the possibility of towing the Escort. Just wanted to be sure it wasn't possible / wise. I've seen many a car in tow via some sort of tow-bar, such that the towed car has all four wheels rolling.

The manual does say 1,000 lbs unbraked.

I was under the impression that manual / turbo was the best combination for towing. While heavy loads are tough on a clutch, they're tougher on an auto trans. And a turbo can help on long grades.

Am I wrong in thinking that as long as everything with your cooling system is up to snuff, extended boosts won't hurt your turbo? Assuming that you don't turn the car off for a while after a long boost.
 

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I've seen a Ford Taurus pulling a Jeep Wrangler with a peice of rope, at like 40 mph. Just don't do this.
 
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