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post #391 of 437
FWD/4WD Observations from CA, highway 88, 04/05 season. Limiting factor was primarily judgment on road conditions, front wheel drive and fresh M+S qualified tires more than adequate. Two chain up days that permitted the 4WD drivers to sneak by while I was looking for snow on the side of the road to cushion my chains in.

On the other hand, the observed "issues" count [all on non-chain days which is why the CHP loves to chain us up] was: 2 pickups in ditch (one with a trailered boat - in February over a 8,000 foot pass - huh?), 2 commercial haulers mixed it up with a sedan and building, respectively, and 2 SUV's on their tops (one on an uphill and one on a downhill).

The 4WD has a convenience factor (although putting on chains apparently works out to be about $5,000 per hour) but the big ones aren't impressing me with their ability to work out of problems.

If I bought a car just for the mountains, I note the Subaru WRXs are hard to pass. The Honda Element is appealing if you trade top end for the interior space and reliability.
post #392 of 437

S4

For me currently Audi S4 Biturbo.

"ultimate" RS6,RS4, (911 Twinturbo awd
post #393 of 437
I like my Audi A6 twin turbo. It has the same engine as the S4 but can hold a lot more gear and only weighs about 300 more pounds. It is fast enough, is very quiet and has a great stereo.

dt
post #394 of 437
Requirements ín no particular order .....

Comfortable/quiet on the motorway
4WD/AWD
Good ground clearance
economical with long range (turbo diesel) so you can overtake the Subys while they fill up with gas .

Realistic - Nissan X-Trail 2.2 DCI

more expensive - Audi All-road quattro 2.5 TDI
post #395 of 437

Still love my Isuzu

Still loving my Trooper. I was parked next to a H2 when my son started really looking the two cars over with an eye that has been watching too many MTV "Pimp My Ride" shows. He is 12 and a practical guy.

Trooper has the same ground clearance. Trooper has more room for stuff aft of the back seat. Trooper fits into a regular parking space. Trooper costs a lot less. He approvingly endorced the Trooper too.

I've seen them with over 200K miles on it and owners who love the dependability. So look for a good used one. Isuzu got out of the market when it bacame so diluted with "want-to-be" off road SUV's.

Not as fancy but that savings will buy enough gas to get to any ski hill you want to go up. If I wanted new I'd go XTerra. see www.xterraownersclub.com for info. But for me... www.planetisuzoo.com has the cool dope on the car that will take me over any mud, slush or snow in the way of my skiing fix.

Keith in California

PS I put the family skis on a big trailer hitch rack.
post #396 of 437
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Originally Posted by Warp daddy
SAAB 9.3 turbo ,5 speed, w/traction & stability control , ABS & w/ with 4 great snow tires gets me thru anything AND with excellant mileage
LOL, interesting location noted in your profile there.

Where, Rouse's Point?
post #397 of 437
Go screw yourself for owning an H2, KeithMDR. Guys like you with small penises to compensate for are a part of the reason our precious winter months grow shorter.
post #398 of 437
Sorry, misread your post, Keith. My apologies.
post #399 of 437
Yeah, screw anyone with a Hummer (and I know KeithMDR does not have one). The Hummer is the height of American excess and they should be banned from our roads. They are dangerous if they hit me, take up too much space, eat gas at a ridiculous rate, and contribute mightily to global warming (which hurts ski areas).
post #400 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by dtraub1
I like my Audi A6 twin turbo. It has the same engine as the S4 but can hold a lot more gear and only weighs about 300 more pounds. It is fast enough, is very quiet and has a great stereo.

dt
Yes yes an A6 allroad is nice but u can't fit a 4'X6' desktop from ikea like my PT can!
post #401 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctown
Yes yes an A6 allroad is nice but u can't fit a 4'X6' desktop from ikea like my PT can!
I can get close. I can fit a 6' x 41" desktop in the back of my A6, which is a sedan, not wagon. I can also sleep in the back with two girlfriends and a cat. It is a little tight but it is worth it.

dt
post #402 of 437
Er, whats the cat's role in all this?
post #403 of 437
Best drive train is the Audi quattro/VW 4motion.
Gotta have studded snow tires.
Passat Wagon or the Audi A4/A6. If you like the A6, make sure you put enough engine in it, but some of the recommendations earlier in the thread are on the excessive side. On the other hand, if cost is no object . . .
But if you don't want to spring for German sheet metal, go with a high end Subaru. Those are really nice vehicles when they are loaded, and drive well. They are a bit spartan and can be underpowered on the cheapo side of things. I'll bet a loaded second hand Subie coming off a 39 month lease would be a hell of a deal . . .
post #404 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by ctown
Yes yes an A6 allroad is nice but u can't fit a 4'X6' desktop from ikea like my PT can!
A 4x8 table top fits into the chevy wagon
More importantly, the 208 cm SGs fit in the back (diagonally) with the other luggage, with the seats set up for 6 passengers.
post #405 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by Forrester
Go screw yourself for owning an H2, KeithMDR. Guys like you with small penises to compensate for are a part of the reason our precious winter months grow shorter.
true, you misread his post, but your sentiments hit the bull's eye.
post #406 of 437
****** you tawdry cheese drivers.

I'm gonna commission a special $1.2 million custom car for me to drive everywhere. It's gonna have 650 hp, AWD, enough room to store all 12 of this year's Playmates with all their makeup and silicone implant maintenance gear, a king-sized water bed, ski tuning bench, hookah, kegerator, assorted Steely Dans, etc. pure pimp style. 18" wheels, etc.

I will rule you all. you will all have to bow down before my mechanical surrogate in personal strength and integrity.

rock 'em sock 'em, robots. battling it out with their machine buys.

such little little little boys. same for their shrunken pistols.
post #407 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonzostrike
****** you tawdry cheese drivers.

I'm gonna commission a special $1.2 million custom car for me to drive everywhere. It's gonna have 650 hp, AWD, enough room to store all 12 of this year's Playmates with all their makeup and silicone implant maintenance gear, a king-sized water bed, ski tuning bench, hookah, kegerator, assorted Steely Dans, etc. pure pimp style. 18" wheels, etc.

I will rule you all. you will all have to bow down before my mechanical surrogate in personal strength and integrity.

rock 'em sock 'em, robots. battling it out with their machine buys.

such little little little boys. same for their shrunken pistols.
Gonzo, sorry to break the news to ya, but to be pimping you need 22's! And no self respecting pimp dawg would be listeneing to Steely Dan, no, fity cent, the game, Ludacris and Snoop dog would be who you were ballin' wit!
post #408 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by Billiam
Yeah, screw anyone with a Hummer (and I know KeithMDR does not have one). The Hummer is the height of American excess and they should be banned from our roads. They are dangerous if they hit me, take up too much space, eat gas at a ridiculous rate, and contribute mightily to global warming (which hurts ski areas).
Plus, they're ugly as sin.
post #409 of 437
And they are pretty damn prone to breakage.

Every time I've ever seen someone take a H2 offroad, it ended up in breakage. Snapped tie rods seem to be incredibly common on them, which may have something to do with them using steering gear from another 1500 series Chevy product with those enormous wheel/tire combos.

Of course, people that own them only take them offroad as a joke.
post #410 of 437
For those of you still dont believe that the Toy Prius does not do what it listed as in MPG check this video out

It's a fifthgear video reviewing the MPG for the Pruis and I was close saying 35mpg way way back and some of you think I was just trashing the car...now heres prove. It take u like 1hr to download the whole video + you need something call bittorrent.

http://www.finalgear.com/downloads/fifthgear/6/3/

this site also has alot more car video that are 100000 times better than the car review show in the state
post #411 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by dtraub1
I can get close. I can fit a 6' x 41" desktop in the back of my A6, which is a sedan, not wagon. I can also sleep in the back with two girlfriends and a cat. It is a little tight but it is worth it.

dt
DOn't worry I know 2 midlife guys with a a6 wagon it's tight back there
post #412 of 437
Mercedes G500 or G55...will go through anything, and cooler than a Hummer.
post #413 of 437
Does this qualifies ?
post #414 of 437
Does this qualifies ?

That'l work! Can I follow you?
post #415 of 437
Subaru WRX, close to Group N rally (Production Class) specs, with skinny snow tires on 15" wheels. BTW, WRX STi is less suited, because big Brembo brakes preclude skiiny 15" wheels, and STi has no trunk pass-through.
post #416 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by philippeR
'Trucks that make a bold statement... You rule !'

I'm speechless. Is that for real ?!
Yes, unfortunately it is true. I don't have the exact numbers of units sold, but they sold well above the company's expectations. Sad, huh?
post #417 of 437
vw toregg v8 best car on snow if you put the perelli studless snow tires on it no cockpic nose smothest ride of anny car i have been in
post #418 of 437
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrxpilot
Subaru WRX, close to Group N rally (Production Class) specs, with skinny snow tires on 15" wheels. BTW, WRX STi is less suited, because big Brembo brakes preclude skiiny 15" wheels, and STi has no trunk pass-through.
And the other added benefit is that snows are far less expensive for 15's...
post #419 of 437

Why not the Best of both?

Maybe a strange idea, but how about taking the best of both worlds?
I use a Mercedes E200CDI (2001) for the travel and Daihatsu Charade AWD (1987) for the village and going to the slopes. This package cost me less than for instance a Subaru WRX or an Audi A4 and costs about equal to run.
- Mercedes gives great fuel consumption and excellent comfort while driving. Relatively cheap due to the four-cilinder diesel engine.
- Daihatsu is light, four-wheel driven (never gets stuck) and it costs next to nothing to run. Easy to park. Doesn't matter if it dents a bit either. And has a GREAT appeal next to the Porsche jeeps, Audi Rs'es, BMW's and other big, heavy, troublesome parking stuff the other folks use here in Crans.
post #420 of 437
BMW 325xit
Smooth and fast on Interstate; Fun on the Secondary Roads; All wheel drive up the Mountain. Great stereo, and room inside for skis.

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