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Old 08-27-2009, 02:30 AM
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Default What All Wheel Drive System Does The Saab 9- 7x Use??

I own a 2006 SAAB 9-7X, i know it has AWD, but what system does it use, i know that Volvo uses the Haldex system and Audi has Quattro and even SAAB has there own system called XWD, but is that what is used on the 9-7X or is it just GM's AWD system, also what system is better, GM's system that is used on most of there cars including the Envoy, or is SAAB's XWD better? thanks!
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:49 AM
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The Saab 9-7X is built on the fairly durable GMT360 platform it shares with the Chevrolet TrailBlazer, the GMC Envoy, the Buick Rainer, the Oldsmobile Bravada, and the Isuzu Ascender (it was shared everywhere at GM). This is not a true Saab and was mostly designed and built in the United States. Built in Ohio, designed in Detroit. Changes made to the key location, suspension, and body molding were done by Saab engineers in Sweeden - but it was all they had to do with this truck. The body cladding came from the discontinued Bravada and took its place on the production line.

All 9-7Xs featured all-wheel drive with a rear limited-slip differential and used old but durable four speed transmission unit.

Sweedish company Halidex built the all wheel drive system that both Volvo uses (as you identified) and Saab uses in the 9-3X and the soon to be launched 9-5x as well as the new 9-4 and a new Cadillac that comes out in 2010. That is based off of a front drive system which puts up to 40 percent power to the rear wheels for traction.

Better is what you want - a truck based SUV or a car based all wheel drive vehicle. The Halidex system is only one year old launched in the 9-3 this past year. The older GMT360 has had a lot of years of production across many model lines and has a decent if not spectacular record of reliablity. The two systems could not be more disalike as they share nothing in common and are completely different in how they interact with the vehicles you are deciding between.

Hope that helps on the background. Go pick the vehicle you want, being aware they are powered by completely different platforms.
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