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Old 01-29-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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So my friend wants another car becuase her neon got totalled and i tried talking her into something sweet, but she wants a car that she can feel safe driving it in snow. I recommended a subaru or saturn because from what i hear those are reliable. Any suggestions?
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Subaru's are really good in the snow.....basically anything all wheel drive will be good....i had a saturn for my first car and it wasn't bad at all.
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this is gonna sound stupid, but when i had my rental car while my car was getting fixed, i had a dodge caliber...i had to drive it down 2 highways that were unplowed. took me over an hour to go 20 miles but the car handled the snow like it was made for it.


plus the car was roomy for transporting stuff
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ok how bout cars around $4,000-6,000 thats her range. now any suggestions?
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starts, runs, drives, stops, parks, and stays put. what more does any car have to do? the tires on it make the biggest difference. also the driver...
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nothing fwd. i dunno where people got the idea that FWD is better in weather conditions, its horrible. i dont know why people think that losing all ability to move forward AND steer (FWD) is better than just losing the *** end (RWD) when it gets loose. you can correct a rwd spinout by counter steering, since you still have the ability to steer (if you have a brain and knowledge of how cars and physics go together). if you lose traction in a fwd you are just along for the ride until the fronts grab.

I will agree with Nate, you can get a Jeep or something rugged for that price range. dont pussyfoot around in piddly **** econoboxes in the snow. Subies would be good but they suck when it comes to ground clearance, you could easily get stuck in heavier or un-plowed snow conditions. If i had to deal with snow, id probably have something large and 4wd for the winter, like a Tahoe, JGC or Explorer or some****.
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if she doesnt give a crap buy something cheap
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nothing fwd. i dunno where people got the idea that FWD is better in weather conditions, its horrible. i dont know why people think that losing all ability to move forward AND steer (FWD) is better than just losing the *** end (RWD) when it gets loose. you can correct a rwd spinout by counter steering, since you still have the ability to steer (if you have a brain and knowledge of how cars and physics go together). if you lose traction in a fwd you are just along for the ride until the fronts grab.
You live in california, I live in central PA and drive in BAD snowy and icy weather all the time, the buick's got enough weight over the front wheels that it does fine, a lot better than my mustang did that's for sure
And in a FWD car you're not just along for the ride, you let off the gas or push in the clutch and hey, look at that, the fronts are no longer driving wheels, they're coasting, just as a RWD or AWD vehicle would do if you let off the gas or push in the clutch

As for 4-6k.. I stand by my choice, regal GS
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nissan sentra...

drove it in a foot of snow in canada all the way through NY and PA in a blizzard with absolutely no problem.

best part is: 32-35MPG average on the trip

not too shabby... i would get one myself if it was a bit sportier looking (as a commuter car).
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nothing fwd. i dunno where people got the idea that FWD is better in weather conditions, its horrible. i dont know why people think that losing all ability to move forward AND steer (FWD) is better than just losing the *** end (RWD) when it gets loose. you can correct a rwd spinout by counter steering, since you still have the ability to steer (if you have a brain and knowledge of how cars and physics go together). if you lose traction in a fwd you are just along for the ride until the fronts grab.
Here in WI its also the amount snow and getting stuck in it, when there is alot of snow the tires just spin and you have to go forwards and backward till ya make a path that you can get enough momentum to get and keep goin.
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^no you don't. nissans are really really expensive to fix. trust me i know first hand.
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If she wants to feel safe in the snow and only has 6k to spend max I'd look into some sort of SUV...
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we had a kia in NY and it was worthless in the snow...
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^no you don't. nissans are really really expensive to fix. trust me i know first hand.
My sisters has 205k miles on it (maxima) Clutch/pressure plate was only $350 installed,

aside from that and normal oil changes, one of the clutch hoses started leaking

clutch hoses were $90, and install was cake
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dont get a honda crv. I saw one in the ditch this morning tipped on its side. (it snowed)

another thing to keep in mind is ABS. abs helps a lot in snow and ice. in snow I believe stopping is more important than going forward.
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hey n8r ya know whats weird? i saw a yellow wrangler today and i thought of you, and i dont even know you.. creepy kinda i guess
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hey n8r ya know whats weird? i saw a yellow wrangler today and i thought of you, and i dont even know you.. creepy kinda i guess
Everyone associates a Yellow Wrangler with me, like I am the only person with a yellow Jeep. People all the time say "I saw you driving the other day" when I haven't been near the place they saw "me". It is kind of funny.
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If she only has $4-6k to spend, I would also say look into getting some kind of SUV. Although, my sister has a Saturn SC1 and loves it, but for the price range and wanting something good in the snow, I would look at SUV's if she's cool with that.
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hey n8r ya know whats weird? i saw a yellow wrangler today and i thought of you, and i dont even know you.. creepy kinda i guess
not THAT creepy. now if you were thinking of him when you :yank: that would be a different story haha.
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4-6k

Hmm Subaru Legacy. You can pick up a mid-late 90's one for around that. They are tanks.

Look into Jeeps, make sure it has abs though.

Kia Sportages or Geo Trackers are alright in the snow. They are very nimble and have 4wd.
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get a jeep there great in the snow
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but can a girl drive jeeps? or will they be like " it too big" haha i hear that alot
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but can a girl drive jeeps? or will they be like " it too big" haha i hear that alot
A jeep cherokee is not that big.
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A jeep cherokee is not that big.
bigger than a wrangler
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Yeah, but I doubt she would want a wrangler.
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My winter driver is a 4x4 Explorer Sport (1999). They're selling for the 2-7k range depending on miles/condition now. The short wheel base is a bit to get used to, so maybe a 4dr is better, and the gas mileage sucks....but I wouldn't trade it for anything else in the snow (and I live in MI) for myself at least. I'm not a big girl and full size trucks feel like a bit much.
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^no you don't. nissans are really really expensive to fix. trust me i know first hand.
She is right!! Nissan sux with their propritary parts. I had a Maxima and a stanza and other tahns brake pads, hoses and belts you are screwed. Need a head Gasket. Go to Nissan. Need a motormount Go to Nissan. I had to get a motor mount for the stanza. No parts places carried them including foreign parts places. I called Nissan. They wanted 300.00 for a dang tiny *** motor mount made of a pice of steel and rubber. I called around the junk yards and found one but it was still nearly 100.00 for a old one. I got there and it was almost new and he said. These are like gold. Only nissan has them and every stanza with over 80,000 needs one eventually. Bad design. Go rid of that car when the alternator went out and I had to get one at Nissan that cost around 250.00 I was pissed and got one from the same junk yeard for 50 and sold the *****. Nissan NEVER AGAIN!!
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