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Old 04-04-2006, 10:20 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I'm wondering about what factors play in determining how much weight a vehicle can carry. For example, my mother has a 98 Mercury Sable with the 3.0 liter engine. I'm at work so i don't have the exact figure with me, but her car can carry slightly over 1000lbs. My bonneville states it'* max load is something just over 900lbs. Now both cars are relatively the same size with similar HP rating. How come her car can carry more weight?
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Because it weighs less. The chassis, passengers, and cargo are all sprun weight. Manufacturers calculate things differently as well.
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The suspension, braking systems etc are all factored in when the manufacturer determines how much a vehicle can "safely" carry.
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Okay, here are the numbers. My Bonneville can carry a load of 930 lbs. My mothers Sable can carry 1100lbs. That is significantly higher and I'm just curious as to what it is attributed to?
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thats the diffrence between a 5 passenger and a 6 passenger car

My 91 LE will hold roughly 1100 Lbs

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thats the diffrence between a 5 passenger and a 6 passenger car

My 91 LE will hold roughly 1100 Lbs
But both vehicles are 6 passenger cars with roughly the same HP rating(200 vs. 205). Why the big difference in cargo load?
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But both vehicles are 6 passenger cars with roughly the same HP rating(200 vs. 205). Why the big difference in cargo load?
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The suspension, braking systems etc are all factored in when the manufacturer determines how much a vehicle can "safely" carry.
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I know I'm making to much of this but what is so special about the Sable'* suspension and braking system? If anything I think the Bonneville has stiffer suspension and better braking to be able to handle extra weight.
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I know I'm making to much of this but what is so special about the Sable'* suspension and braking system? If anything I think the Bonneville has stiffer suspension and better braking to be able to handle extra weight.
nada, nothing. It (Sable) is a different manufacturer, different design, different vehicle all together. A hundred lbs here or there is nothing.
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