The title pretty much sums it up -- I have a '98 Subaru Outback, original owner, 2nd engine. It's always been an awesome snow car, great for the icy roads and high winds of Wyoming -- driven it anywhere without fear. The suspension is getting pretty beat down, but still a great snow car, even with "all season radials". Bought a LL Bean edition Subaru Outback (Automatic) at a good price a few years ago (used) and it is terrifying on any slippery road, even with authentic snow tires (no studs). It has a dodgy waggle (seems like it's ready to spin at any moment, first to the left, then to the right) at speeds I would normally consider reasonable for the conditions and wind makes it worse -- and we have wind. I've talked to my mechanic about it and he says the handling difference between the two cars is in the weight distribution of the cars, says the 2006 is in spec with alignment and anything else that matters, then shrugs his shoulders. If I'm in the 2006 car I'm often the slowest car on the highway to and from the local hill, if I'm in the '98 I'm passing the Nebraska-plated cars by the dozen. I'm about ready to unload the 2006 car on some unsuspecting sap, unless someone has an idea that hasn't occurred to my mechanic that might make it an acceptable snowy/icy road car. Any ideas?
(Edit: Whoops! Meant to put this in the "Automotive" subforum. Sorry about that -- if a moderator wants to move it, please do so (or tell me how to move it). Otherwise, I'm still interested in hearing if anyone has some insight to my problem...)