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Rack for convertible?(5 posts)

Rack for convertible?lampshade
Jan 16, 2003 7:46 AM
Has anyone here ever added a reciever hitch onto a car? I have the opportunity to purchase a convertible (Saab 9-3) at a great price. The only thing that I am concerned about is, where do the bikes go? I would prefer not to use a trunk mount rack for protection of both bike and car. How much would putting a reciever on the Saab cost and where could I get it done? Is it even possible? Any other ideas from convertible owners?
re: Rack for convertible?Mike-Wisc
Jan 16, 2003 8:05 AM
I've had receiver hitches on several different cars.

Reese doesn't seem to list one for the Saab:

http://www.reese-hitches.com/hitch_selector_auto.htm

Draw-Tite at least lists the Saab, even though their selector page looks a lot like the Reese page...

http://www.drawtite-hitches.com/hitch_selector_auto.htm

Looks like they have one for a 2002 9-3, but I don't know what year car you have. But it does look like you're in business though as far as getting a hitch goes.

http://search.cartserver.com/search/search.cgi?cartid=s-1547&bool=AND&category=auto_makemodel&maxhits=10&keywords=2002&keywords_2=SAAB+9-3&GO=GO%21
re: Rack for convertible?swimbikerun75
Jan 16, 2003 11:36 AM
My sister went to U-Haul to get a hitch put on her '99 Eclipse Convertable. They had to do some customization to make it work, but it did work. I think around $125, plus the rack. In her case, because of the rear spoiler, it was the only option.
Just curious....4bykn
Jan 16, 2003 1:55 PM
How does your sister like her Eclipse? I may sound nosy, but I work in the plant where those are built and I'm curious how happy people are with my work.
etrailer.comshawndoggy
Jan 16, 2003 3:26 PM
http://www.etrailer.com

looks like you can get the draw-tite hitch for $89. I think shipping is around $15.

I got a hitch from them for my 2002 WRX a couple of months ago. If you are a moderately proficient wrencher (and have an assortment of sockets, etc.) it is a straightforward job. Took me about 45 minutes plus a little obligatory swearing.