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Old 10-27-2013, 04:48 PM   #1
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Do we really need 4WD??

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Old 10-27-2013, 05:00 PM   #2
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cool...don't build-em like they...etc
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Old 10-27-2013, 05:04 PM   #3
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cool...don't build-em like they...etc
That's for sure Charlie!

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Tougher that that.... See what happens when they try to destroy a Toyota pick-up. Here's part 1 of 4. Be sure to see the part where they drop it in the ocean.
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I had three of these in the seventies and eighties. Guess TG tried fire and hydrostatic lock. Didn't try rust did they? Always seemed to me that the entire exhaust including the manifold rotted off them at least twice in the truck's useful life.

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Talking Modern Suburban Rollover

Cars today are made to crumple instead of being stiff and transferring the shock to the passengers.

I finally noticed that it said Suburban, not Subaru. Getting old is interesting.
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I had one of those Toyota Hilux's that I bought for $600, drove HARD for a few years, traded a buddy for a compound bow, and he drove it hard for a few more years. It really did not want to die.
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We live in Canada... ice and snow 4 months out of the year. Have owned over 20 vehicles. None were 4WD and never needed a tow. The best vehicles in ice and snow were the FWD, an Austin Mini and the Nissan Quest which were excellent in winter conditions. One of these days I will have to test drive a 4 or AWD on a snowy day.
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They don't make roads like they used to, either... and I'm grateful!

My dad was fond of saying that the '36 Dodge was the last really good car ever made, and he'd point to the ad they did where they rolled it sideways down a hill and it didn't get more than scratches.
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Hmm. That is strange that a Subaru would have Chevy logos on its wheel hubs and side panels.
hummm Roger its a Chevy Suburban not a Subaru
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Smile Canada & Subaru

We traveled in Canada in 2000, Osoyoos (97) to Clear Water, to Edmonton, to Calgary, to Pincher Creek and out at Chief Mountan (6) with our new Subaru. We remarked on how few Subarus we saw and wondered at it because of the Subaru's AWD and Canada's Great White North reputation.

There are a lot of Subarus in the Northwest US because, I suppose, of the on again off again weather we have here and the lack of snow removal equipment like the midwest has. I have never driven our Subaru in slippery conditions, it was my wife's car and I drove another car to work. We always have had stick shift cars and I never had a problem. Back in Wisconsin, I drove through storms where I saw Jeeps stuck. I had one automatic, a 1957 Dodge Coronet with a two speed push button transmission and a hemi engine. That thing would get stuck on the least slippery road. I remember it rocking while sitting at a stop light. It turned out that enough torque was fed to the wheels while stopped that it started the wheels turning without moving the car. Of course, if I had had snow tires that probably would have helped.
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I've seen a lot of Hilux trucks that looked worse than that on in vid still in use in Middle East.

Growing up I was told you only need 2wd and cars are better in snow. Secondly 4wd is to get you out of where you got stuck. I owned 2 cars (teen years) 2 trucks Ford, Jeep now just Jeeps reason solid axles less to brake or go wrong with it. 4wd plus ice means stuck just worse my Comanche pickup is 2wd I took it places where 4wd got stuck. A lot has to do with the driver. I don't need 4wd most of the time but if i do I've got it. I drive slower in my Jeeps than if I was in a car I choose vehicles by multipurpose capabilities. Plus it's easier to get in and out of a truck or Jeep for me I'm not a small or short person. I spend quite some time driving a car without any leg room.
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We traveled in Canada in 2000, Osoyoos (97) to Clear Water, to Edmonton, to Calgary, to Pincher Creek and out at Chief Mountan (6) with our new Subaru. We remarked on how few Subarus we saw and wondered at it because of the Subaru's AWD and Canada's Great White North reputation.
Funny thing is Rodger here in BC's urban areas Subaru's are a REALLY popular car... at least half a dozen on them on my street. Had a friend try for a year to find a used one but failed as they are so popular they go fast when they hit the market - hard to find a good used one on the lot for more than a few hours. The year I purchased my last one the local dealer couldnt get enough in of the new model year to supply the demand. By late September they were back ordered for up to 3 months.

In the area's you traveled I think you will find the Pick Up 4X4's are most definitely the wheels of choose - for many reasons - some practical due to the farm lands and some of it culture/historical based (read good old boys) Not unlike central/eastern Washington areas ;-)
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LOTS of Subarus around Calgary too. Very popular.
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