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Old 01-20-2010, 04:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Looking to buy a car or maybe a truck for getting me up to the snow safely. I currently drive a 00 Trans Am and thats not the best choice so it keeps me from getting up the mountain as much as Id like basically I only go on sunny days. Id like to be able to go on days where its somewhat snowing but nothing to crazy, Ive never driven in the snow so all the advice you can give is appreciated.

Im looking at the AWD WRXs and Eclipe's, what other choices are out there or are these even a good choice?? Im leaning more towrds the WRX since im into sports cars but am up for suggestions. Toyota Tacomas are nice as well but id like a car before a truck.

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Old 01-20-2010, 04:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I love my wrx with snow tires. Totally confidence inspiring, just remember you still stop almost as bad as everyone else in the snow. Speeding up and slowing down is different of course.

What's your budget and intended use? If it's just to get up and down the mountain I would get a beater. Maybe an older subaru with awd. Older forester or legacy wagon so you can bring your gear up without needing the extra expense of a rack.

Also once you do pick up your 'snow' vehicle, you should try to get some snow seat time and practice in empty snow covered lots. You can get used to your vehicle; how it turns, shifting the weight, stopping distance etc...
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Ill be replacing my TA with this car and was wanting to keep the price under $10k, it will be my daily driver. Probably get an extra set of wheels so I can have a set mounted with normal tires and a set with snow tires. A rack wont bother me as much as driving a station wagon would, im still somewhat young and without kids, lol.

When do chains come into play??
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I love my 2001 S4, Quattro is great in the snow and the car is very comfortable. You can definitely find a good 2000-2002 s4 for under 10k too, very moddable if you want to go down that road too.

You won't need chains if you get an awd car.
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AWD is not enough though, you also need the all season or snow tires. AWD wouldn't do shit for traction if the tires freeze.

We are an audi family too. Q5 3.2 quattro + 08' S4. the Q's got all seasons and the S4's got the snow tires. Driving in the storm with the s4 was a little gnarly though because of the torque.

Find yourself a Subaru, i've never seen those dudes have any issues, i'm sure you could find one for under 10k that would still be fun as a daily driver.
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WRX all the way out of your choices. Can consider a Mitsu Lancer Evo as well.

Great thing about trucks and suvs though is that you can haul more gear and friends.

Make sure you get good tires. Goodyear makes really good all season tires. Triple tread or something like that, I forgot.
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Stay away from Audi unless money is not an issue. I had a used A4, loved it, but an alternator goes for 350$ just the part...and audi dealers will RAPE you blind.

LOVE my 06 WRX, with all-season tires has magnatraction on the road and you never catch an edge I have the SW one, perfect to store my board inside and go. Not a glitch in 78K, just a front light popped last week, chenged them with brighetr ones..better than before.
get the new WRX...that baby has 265-HP...basically like an old STI. I have 237 and its way more than I will ever need...


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Looking to buy a car or maybe a truck for getting me up to the snow safely. I currently drive a 00 Trans Am and thats not the best choice so it keeps me from getting up the mountain as much as Id like basically I only go on sunny days. Id like to be able to go on days where its somewhat snowing but nothing to crazy, Ive never driven in the snow so all the advice you can give is appreciated.

Im looking at the AWD WRXs and Eclipe's, what other choices are out there or are these even a good choice?? Im leaning more towrds the WRX since im into sports cars but am up for suggestions. Toyota Tacomas are nice as well but id like a car before a truck.

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Looks like ill be looking at the WRXs which is good cause thats what I was more drawn to, just gotta put my car back to stock, sell it and begin the search!!
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Don't know where you live so it's hard to determine need. I think you never go wrong with a Subee. Audis are cool but may be more expensive to maintain. A Subaru should give you over 200,000 miles. Snowtires complete the picture. WRXs (and other sports cars) tend to be driven harder and so may break more. Get a basic model and spend the extra money on snow tires and a good sound system. As gas pricing goes back to $4 per (it will), you'll be glad you're not doing the SUV thing.
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Just to let you know, a Mitsu Lancer EVO 9 rips wrxs. Keep an eye out for those, although people don't normally sell their EVO 9s.
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