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Re: awd

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu May 26, 2011 6:37 pm

just for the record, my 1990 Chev. p/u 1500 4X4 has 220,000 miles on her 350 original block--maintenance is a funny thing--you gotta do it--the night crew never does. Might I add that the winters suk up here :)
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Re: awd

PostBy: whistlenut On: Thu May 26, 2011 6:44 pm

Too many folks are busy shining it up when they should be underneath the rig spraying the frame and appurtenances, changing the fluids on schedule and getting greasy. These new ice melting chemicals are brutal on the exposed steel, and it gets into every seam or roll the frame makers make. :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:
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Re: awd

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri May 27, 2011 1:15 am

freetown fred wrote:maintenance is a funny thing--you gotta do it--the night crew never does.


The lady next door to the old house had a VW Jetta, I know from my friends those engines go forever. She had lots of problems with it, poor maintenance and other things like going out in the morning in the middle of the winter and racing the engine right after she started it. It would be like 10 degrees outside and I'd be in the house cringing thinking about that poor frozen engine and cold oil....... vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM,vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM
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Re: awd

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Fri May 27, 2011 1:19 am

Richard S. wrote: It would be like 10 degrees outside and I'd be in the house cringing thinking about that poor frozen engine and cold oil....... vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM,vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM
Might she have used the block heater :lol:
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Re: awd

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri May 27, 2011 1:30 am

No heater and when I say racing it she'd must of had the thing pegged at 5K RPM for half a minute at times.
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Re: awd

PostBy: chubs On: Fri May 27, 2011 6:33 am

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;) Where's the rust? In Ohio that color of plates are known as party plates :lol: you see alot of them in my kneck of woods.
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Re: awd

PostBy: 009to090 On: Fri May 27, 2011 8:26 am

Richard S. wrote:The lady next door to the old house had a VW Jetta, I know from my friends those engines go forever. She had lots of problems with it, poor maintenance and other things like going out in the morning in the middle of the winter and racing the engine right after she started it. It would be like 10 degrees outside and I'd be in the house cringing thinking about that poor frozen engine and cold oil....... vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM,vrooooOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMM

It must be an "Old Lady" Thing.... the woman who used to live next to us would always lock her parking brake when she got home from work. Spring/summer/fall/winter, she would always set the emergency brake while parking for the night. Well, you know what happens to an emergency brake if you drive thru rain or slush, then set the brake and let the car sit in freezing weather all night :doh: :doh: :mad3: The rear wheels tend to lock in place once the parking brake cable freezes. Didn't bother her one bit! She'd jump right in that car and start SCREETCHING her way down the road, dragging the locked rear wheels behind her! What a racket that car made.... engine screaming with the strain, front tires spining on dry pavement, rear tires sliding/smoking, not turning at all.... and she drove that way for MILES. I swear I could still hear that car in the next county! She'd drive home a few hours lator, rear tires screetching all the way, somtimes with a flat, she didn't care. It was always the same tow truck that came to her house to replace tires where the car sat.
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Re: awd

PostBy: SMITTY On: Fri May 27, 2011 10:51 am

:funny: Great stories!

If I must throw my opinion in here on vehicles -- basically any car built after '72 is crap .... and any truck built after '95 is too. Luckily I work on 'em, so I can drive the old ones into the ground. I'm pretty sour about the new ones - especially after my '07 Silverado folded up like a pretzel after tapping a tiny maple tree at less than walking speed. $2k in damage that cost me. :mad: And ball joints that can't even make the 5 year mark ... But anything with a full frame will handle the corrosion better than unibody. I always go with 4x4 because I can keep my RWD (simple design, cheap repairs) & still be able to move in the snow.

+1 on the tire suggestion - I have 2 sets of wheels. My fancy summer mags & the stockers with Bridgestone Blizzaks. I'm 200% sold on winter only tires now. WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! I can drive fairly aggressively in some nasty crap while people are sliding all over the place. Plus, I need to pass people going TOO slow. You need to be careful in snow .. but GEESH!! There is such a thing as TOO slow - and I somehow always find that person & end up behind them. :mad:
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Re: awd

PostBy: I'm On Fire On: Fri May 27, 2011 2:19 pm

I would definitely buy the Subaru. I had a 1990 Legacy LS and that thing was unstoppable. I miss it. Since then I've had a Chevy Z71 (1993) that the 4wd worked when it wanted to and no amount of repairs actually fixed it. Now, I've got a 1999 Dodge Dakota and only drove it a few times in the snow. Key is slow and steady even with the 4wd in it. Since its a pickup the rear likes to break loose in the wet/snow unless its full. But, the 4wd does work in it.

I also had/have a Neon that when it was road worthy I had a set of summer tires and winter tires. Blizzaks were on it in the winter.
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Re: awd

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Fri May 27, 2011 2:39 pm

the blizzacks are good but believe it or not i found the (evil word) Firestone...Snowforce are extremly good as they are a dedicated snow tire and cost 50ish a piece. firestone always suxed in the past but this series, just for 3 mos of real snow seem great..... for 2 beans for all four ;) ........
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Re: awd

PostBy: Rob R. On: Fri May 27, 2011 2:44 pm

What size tire are you buying for $50??!
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Re: awd

PostBy: Coalfire On: Fri May 27, 2011 3:26 pm

Poconoeagle wrote:the blizzacks are good but believe it or not i found the (evil word) Firestone...Snowforce are extremly good as they are a dedicated snow tire and cost 50ish a piece. firestone always suxed in the past but this series, just for 3 mos of real snow seem great..... for 2 beans for all four ;) ........



It is true the winterforce is not that bad of a tire for the price. If you get them studded they work well. If you want probably the best winter tire you need to look at Nokians. They are a company from finland I belive, and they actually have a year round test track made by mother nature for testing winter tires. The only place that I know stocks them is Jack Williams Tire they have a couple of locations in PA.



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Re: awd

PostBy: Freddy On: Fri May 27, 2011 4:04 pm

Learning to go in the snow is not the problem, learning to stop is. The trick to winter driving is to never stop in a place that you can not get going from.

Lesson one: If you are driving at any given speed, what is the absolute most you would turn the steering wheel to change lanes as quickly as possible? When driving in snow, never turn the wheel more than that! Many people get tugged by slush, then turn the wheel too much. Suddenly traction comes back & *zip!* off the road, or head on into oncoming traffic you go.
Lesson two: Remember lesson one.

Cars good in snow: We drove Subaru's for years. Good cars. A few years back we went to buy our first brand new car. The wife needs AWD. We tried a bunch of 'em. We settled on a Honda CRV AWD. It's a keeper!
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Re: awd

PostBy: RAYJAY On: Sat May 28, 2011 1:16 am

Poconoeagle wrote:the blizzacks are good but believe it or not i found the (evil word) Firestone...Snowforce are extremly good as they are a dedicated snow tire and cost 50ish a piece. firestone always suxed in the past but this series, just for 3 mos of real snow seem great..... for 2 beans for all four ;) ........



x2 on these on my 2nd set on my truck there great
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Re: awd

PostBy: GA cracker On: Sat May 28, 2011 5:56 am

Thanks for all the replys and tips on driving, After driving several she is leaning towards the Nissan Murano. Anyone got anything on this model?
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