I'm a Subaru owner. Moderate climate but live on a hill and like to
hunt. Been in many situations where I would have been stuck without AWD.
All Subaru's are AWD. On other brands it is an expensive option.
They maintain their value too.
My family always had Subaru or Acura/Honda. Wife thinks cars should all
have AWD and snow tires in winter. In my mind Acura SH-AWD, Audi
Quattro, Subaru symetrical AWD are best of bunch. Kia was making
bicycles way back and first automobile maker in Korea. Hyundai learned
ins and outs of car manufacturing from Mitsubishi until they started
producing own bearings and piston rings.
I just have FWD with electronic traction control but I mount studs all
around Thanksgiving weekend. This valley normally doesn't get all that
much snow but the temps hover around freezing, just enough to give you a
nice coating of ice in the morning.
Years ago, the Uni of Colorado did a study of front wheel vs 4 wheel
drive in snowy conditions. They concluded any front wheel drive is
the equal of any 4WD. Both were far superior to rear wheel drive.
I can't say about new models, but I usta own a '62 VW bug. I learned
to drive on ice/snow in that car. I'd go into icy vacant parking
lots and purposely try and throw the car into a 360° spin. Those ol'
rear engine bugs were pretty good in the snow.
Unfortunately, having lived in CA most of my life didn't help when I
hit a patch of ice in my full-sized Ford van and totalled it on a
tree, 40 yrs later. ;)
When I was learning to drive I went under an overpass and there was
water on the road that had frozen into a huge sheet of black ice. I saw
it an panicked and did a perfect 360° spin and came to a stop facing the
direction I was going to begin with. Scared the crap out of me! I
think I hit the gas pedal when I meant to tap the breaks, or something
like that - not sure because it was all a blur after the fact.
Fast forward to about 25 yrs later, I was driving down a flat road and
there was snow that had been melting on the sides of the road. By then
there wasn't any snow on the roads - just water. The temps had
fluctuated and you couldn't tell if there was water or black ice on the
roads so I was going fairly slow. When I came up to a red light I had
slowed to nearly a stop when I tapped the breaks to stop completely. My
car began to slide so I let off the break and went tap-tap-tap just
barely touching the break and I swear there had to be an angel there who
stuck his little finger between me and the car in front of me because
that's where I finally stopped short of bumping the car in front of me.
Right about that time my cell phone rings when my heart is beating at
high speed from the adrenaline rush. Since I was stopped at a red light
I picked up the phone and shouted "WHAT!!!! I'll have to call you
back!!" After the fact it was kind of funny when I told everyone what
My wife did that one morning. She'd spent enough time putting up with my
antics that she went on with her business although I expect her pulse
rate was up a bit.
Lat time I did something like that I was going down the road backwards
at about 60 wondering how much it was going to hurt this time.
Fortunately the Geo backed itself into the snow berm in the median with
its front tires on enough pavement to paw its way out. Note to self:
winter driving in a Geo with nearly bald tires isn't a good idea. Things
happen fast with a short wheelbase.
One of my kids had a Geo tracker. It actually was passed down to the
second kid with the first one wanted another car. Kid #2 did it justice
and one day mashed it into a concrete pylon in a parking lot which
caused quite a bit of damage, but oddly enough, it wasn't that hard to
fix it up again.
The one I had was a second generation with the 4 cylinder engine. A
friend had the three cylinder and 4 was definitely better. It was an
interference engine so not knowing the maintenance history I changed the
timing belt at 100,000 miles. Tight but doable.
The engine is also popular with the home-built aircraft crowd, although
it wasn't a real power house.
On Sat, 8 Aug 2015 13:30:49 -0700 (PDT), bob_villa
The tracker was hardly a CAR. It was a half scale jeep CJ.
The Geo Metro was the Suzuki Swift - still sold in India as the Maruti
Swift.. They were not a bad car if you could keep the front suspension
from rotting off up here in the land of ice and salt.
On 08/08/2015 06:39 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Montana is a very religious state. God chose to but ice and snow there
and he will remove it in his own sweet time so there's very little salt,
just copious quantities of bank run gravel. The windshield repair places
They tried magnesium chloride on the intersections in town one year.
Supposedly it's more environmentally friendly than sodium chloride but
it's also hell on alloy wheels.
I don't know if they all were but the Geo Metro I had was a rebadged
Suzuki. I don't know how Suzuki managed to screw up their car business,
but the failure was just a minor speed bump for the motorcycle business.
That's still going strong.
I bought it with about 90,000 on it as an experiment to see if I could
live with a subcompact. The only problem was it was a sort of cactus
green. I took it to Arizona and it could be a problem finding the thing
when coming back from a hike in the desert. I'd always mark a waypoint
in the GPS.
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