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Old 03-31-2009, 02:35 PM   #11 (permalink)
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whats the picture look like? a subaru dealership that has an xterra and silverado as two trade ins. jesus, all the post have been nothin but subaru...
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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New to the forums. Currently have a BMW 330xi as my vehicle to get to the mountain. See where that's a problem? More than a couple inches on the road and I am screwed..


Looking for input on what vehicles you all drive to the mountain. I have about 12k to put into this. Maybe more.

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How is that a problem? Just get decent snow tires. Tires matter more than drivetrain.
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:39 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I drive a BMW 330xi and a new Toyota Tundra 4x4 5.7.

If you are having problems with the 330xi get snow tires. Ours sucked in the snow but as soon as getting snow tires it's money! Never had a problem since getting snows. I've driven thru feet of snow and no problem!

The Toyota is the bomb in the snow and huge for all my gear. Most times I drive the BMW because I get in the 30's mpg vs. 15 mpg.

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What year is yours...? I get in the 30's if and only if I drive like my grandmother on the freeway.

Normally like 24ish.

I have the snowtires though, and to be honest, have never tried to drive in anything more than a couple inches. I am scared for my baby. Thank you though.

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Old 03-31-2009, 02:40 PM   #14 (permalink)
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How is that a problem? Just get decent snow tires. Tires matter more than drivetrain.
It's a problem due to lack of ground clearance.

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Old 03-31-2009, 02:45 PM   #15 (permalink)
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are you dropped?
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Old 03-31-2009, 02:59 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks a LOT for this one. I have been seriously eye balling legacy's. I don't know if she will go for another car though, since I already have one all wheel drive car. As long as 2 boards fit we're golden.

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I guess the '07 & Up all have rear seats that fully collapse. Was a little disspointed to find that out, but I love my Legacy. Have put 40k+ miles on it in 2 years and still runs like a champ. Onlyt hing i have had to replace are minor things and the tires. Knock on wood.
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:00 PM   #17 (permalink)
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are you dropped?
Negative. However, the MTech 1 bumper does not help.

Fellow xi driver?

I am VERY seriously considering an Audi Allroad... Anyone have one, or know anyone who does?

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The BMW is a 2004. It's a 6 speed manual. I get in the mid 30's on the highway in 6th gear running about 75 to 80 mph. Around town, we get in the upper 20's, when I can't keep my foot out if it we get mid 20's. When I have the rack with the Thule box on it, I get upper 20's on the highway.

If you are running performance tires on the 330xi it sucks in the snow. The snow tires are key. We definatly drove out of our fairly long driveway in over a foot of snow many times this winter, car did great.

We had an Audi A4 quattro before the bmw and it was great in snow. I drove that thing in snow deeper than the hood of the car and never had a problem. Actually the only problem after driving in snow that deep was all the snow that would get packed up in the chassis of the car, so when you got on the highway it would be a rough ride until all that snow fell off the car.
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Just get decent snow tires. Tires matter more than drivetrain.
True - put studded snow tires on any front wheel drive car and it will do ok in snow.

But if you want a vehicle that does GREAT in snow/ice AWD is where it is at. About 1 car in every 5 is a Subaru where I live. And if it isn't a Suburu it's another AWD or 4x4 car. At the bottom are folks with things like an Elantra with studded snow tires.

Subarus simply do not get stuck in snow - even if you are running all season tires. There are many days a year that I drive on mountain roads that are solid snow and ice. I just don't want to have something that does ok. I need to not worry about getting home because my vehicle can't climb up an long steep icy grade.

But if you are in a city that is constantly plowed and salted you don't have to get AWD. Subaru isn't the only one making good AWD - but with certain they have the most experience and devotion to AWD systems.

BurtonAir89 - where do you live? How often do you have to deal with snow covered roads?
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Old 03-31-2009, 03:58 PM   #20 (permalink)
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idk but my fwd mazda 3 with blizzaks ate snow up this winter. There was not an instance where it got stuck, I've driven it through 1ft of snow as well. Even rwd cars with snow tires can be beasts in the snow as long as you know how to drive.
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