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Old 10-14-2012, 09:34 AM   #1
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Q's about 08 Saturn Outlook

We have a 09 Saturn Vue we flat tow and have had no probs with it. Great car and easy to tow. I'm thinking about trading for a 08 Saturn Outlook 2wheel drive. Car looks to be in really good condition and is loaded with options. Carfax checks good and the mileage is average for the year. My question is the 65 mph limit when towing. I don't drive fast excessively, but when headed east with a tailwind I don't mind running 70 - 75 on cruise. The Vue has no issues with this. I like traveling at night and can cover some ground with good averages on fuel. Any body have any thoughts about the 65 limitation?
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I've towed a 2007 GMC Acadia (sister to the Outlook) since day one - bought one of the first ones available and have the first prototype Blue Ox baseplate on it.I'm not aware of any 65 mph limit - none in my owner manual. While we seldom exceed 65 for reasons of fuel economy, there has never been any issue with towing it at any speed. We have about 47k miles towing so far.

We have the FWD model like the one you are considering, but both AWD and FWD are towable without mods. Just have to pull the big BATT#1 50A fuse. I installed a switch on mine.
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The MotorTrend information also gives a 65mph limit on the '07. I typically set my cruise on 63 or 64 mph as that is the optimum tack according to Cumings for my engine. I have exceeded the 65 mph in passing a truck, or some of those long downhill easy grades with no ill affect. However I feel no need to exceed the 65 mph limit on a constant basis.

From what I have "heard and read," when you exceed 65 in neutral, at that speed, disconnects the CV axle and can cause a heating problem. Best bet - check with GM, or just go by their information.

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Thanks guy's, I have found a 09 Saturn instead of a 08. Probably the same anyway's.
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You are right and I had forgotten - GM says unlimited miles but 65 mph max. Applies to all vehicles that have the 6T75 transmission, which would include the 2009 you are looking at. That was added when the TSB on towing with the Lamda family of cars (Acadia, Outlook, Traverse and Enclave) was issued in June 2007.
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Thanks Gary and others, I was just verifying that it could not be over 65.
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For the record, the 2007 and some early 2008 owner manuals for these cars had incorrect Dinghy Towing information in the owner manual - specified the wrong fuse to pull, or no fuse at all in one version. GM issued a TSB in June, 2007 to provide the correct instructions for all Lamda family models.

The TSB has the wordy title "Supplemental Information on Recreational Vehicle and Trailer Towing and Trailer Wiring Accommodation for Non-V92 Equipped Vehicles #07-00-89-021A - (06/27/2007)". It is TSB #07-00-89-021A
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