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Old 12-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #11
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I only used it once really and that was to pull a little sports car out of a drift because she "thought it didn't look that deep"



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Tires make a bigger difference than whether the vehicle has four wheel, all wheel, front, or rear wheel drive. Clearance too, in the case of deep / blowing snow.

I have Blizzaks on my RWD BMW and do better than most of the SUVs and Jeeps on slick roads.

Experience plays a lot into it too; lots of folks get 4WD / AWD / FWD thinking they're immune to slimy roads. I saw dozens of them in the ditch driving into Michigan from Chicago last weekend.



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Tires make a bigger difference than whether the vehicle has four wheel, all wheel, front, or rear wheel drive. Clearance too, in the case of deep / blowing snow.

I have Blizzaks on my RWD BMW and do better than most of the SUVs and Jeeps on slick roads.

Experience plays a lot into it too; lots of folks get 4WD / AWD / FWD thinking they're immune to slimy roads. I saw dozens of them in the ditch driving into Michigan from Chicago last weekend.
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Tires make a bigger difference than whether the vehicle has four wheel, all wheel, front, or rear wheel drive. Clearance too, in the case of deep / blowing snow.

I have Blizzaks on my RWD BMW and do better than most of the SUVs and Jeeps on slick roads.

Experience plays a lot into it too; lots of folks get 4WD / AWD / FWD thinking they're immune to slimy roads. I saw dozens of them in the ditch driving into Michigan from Chicago last weekend.
damn straight. for 8 years, my daily driver was my '65 Galaxie, only got it stuck twice & that was from me screwin around. most times a careful foot & good tires are all you need.
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damn straight. for 8 years, my daily driver was my '65 Galaxie, only got it stuck twice & that was from me screwin around. most times a careful foot & good tires are all you need.
Like my old Cordoba! It was a monster in the snow with good tire, just had to try to keep my foot out of the carb. I loved the sound of that Thermo-Quad kicking in but wouldnt have liked to put gas in it today! Pass anything but a gas station! The poor thing died protecting its stupid owner at 60 MPH against a 5' wide Maple tree! I nearly died, the tree and Cordoba both bit the dust...
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If you only have 2WD, you’re just not able to get stuck as far off the road as you could if you had 4WD.

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If you only have 2WD, you’re just not able to get stuck as far off the road as you could if you had 4WD.
So true! We were much more careful when the plows only came half as often and rarely spread salt. Stay in the paths and fight the urge to turn the wheel quick or slam on the breaks and just kinda putter along. Ive had 4WD for 20+ years (Boonies in Upstate NY) and will never be without it but its for the really crappy 5% of the worst weather I own it, not daily usage by any means. I might use it to get out of my driveway in a few minutes (4" of fresh snow Im to lazy to move, I will get it later!) but will turn it off immediately when I hit the hardball even though theirs a good inch of crap on the road.

I would suggest owners of 4WD's engage it on a strait-away/ in the rain/ in any snow/ every month or at least every couple cause things that dont get used often dont work when you need them most. Ive got new tires and my Dakota will plow through most anything as long as I am not in a dumb hurry.
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. . .My question is, while it is 4-wheel drive, do I need high or low gear? . . .
4WD/low is for pulling other people out who got stuck because they thought they could go anywhere because they had 4WD.
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Like my old Cordoba! It was a monster in the snow with good tire, just had to try to keep my foot out of the carb. I loved the sound of that Thermo-Quad kicking in but wouldnt have liked to put gas in it today! Pass anything but a gas station! The poor thing died protecting its stupid owner at 60 MPH against a 5' wide Maple tree! I nearly died, the tree and Cordoba both bit the dust...
Ah yes... the rich Corinthian leather.

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