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post #91 of 437

Favorite Ski Car

My favorite car is the one that stops for me as I cross the road from my condo to Double Cabin trail in Telluride as I begin another great day on the mountain.
post #92 of 437
I'll have to agree the WRX has it's shortcomings. I have an 04 Scooby and the paint is still crap, so is the tranny (if you're hard on it, which most WRX'ers tend to be a little harder maybe). It is cheap on appearence type things; however, it has a lot of quality in other things. Chamfered (sp?) oil passages, 9 bearings on the half shalfs instead of 7?, and 5 bearings along the crankshaft at like 2" spacing. All in all, I should have waited and got the 05 Legacy GT. But great in the snow and pretty good gas milage (approx 23 mpg city/highway combined).

And Pierre if I'm wishing....I would love a T310R with Gami's and FIKI cert'ed. Anyone who complains on the fuel system has never flown one. Those tip tanks are great in the bumps. Loved that thing, except that heater up front. Sure it was warm but about made me sick with the smell of 100LL. OFF TOPIC......sorry
post #93 of 437
Best thing from the Volvo fleet XC90 w/ the 2.5T. FWIW, Rob DeLousouris (or however you spell his name) drove an old Volvo 740 RWD wagon when he was ski bumming through New England.
post #94 of 437
01 Audi S4 with Dunlop wintersport M2's. Fun car in the summer with performance tires and practical with AWD for the winter. The seats go down so the skis fit right in the back.

In my opinion AWD > FWD or RWD. But that's just me; I like the ability to move confidently through deep snow and start moving from a stop on a slippery hill without any wheelspin.

If you go into the skiing gear section, everyone is talking about their skiing equipment 'quiver' and how many bloody pairs of skis that they have. People talk about how they went here or there for vacation, so pardon me if I'm a little lost on how anyone can be labeled as 'materialistic' when we are talking about cars?
post #95 of 437
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Originally Posted by gonzostrike
I don't know about the rest of you who live in Jesusland and follow Uncle Sam's command to be a car fetishist, but I don't ski in my car and don't even think about cars when it comes time to ski.
stupid materialists.
waht crawled up your arse:
post #96 of 437
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Originally Posted by Yukon
waht crawled up your arse:
the real question is what took him so long. This is one of Gonzos favorite topics. : Love to spew he does.
post #97 of 437
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Originally Posted by Yukon
waht crawled up your arse:
who invited your idiotic materialistic arsewhype self? what's your member number, tinhorn?

go pound sand until bloodied. repeat until calloused. then come speak to me.

maroon.
post #98 of 437
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Originally Posted by Kima
the real question is what took him so long. This is one of Gonzos favorite topics. : Love to spew he does.
I'm always eager to expose some of the MORE RIDICULOUS follies of my fellow humans

and self-aggrandizement through "vehicle purchase" is one of my favorites, you are correct.

why does it pain you so, do you see yourself in my comments?
post #99 of 437
it just can't be that hard to bypass a thread where the topic sets you off, especially when what you have to add is the same thing you always add.

can it?
post #100 of 437
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Originally Posted by retiredat40
I don't get the BMW SUV attraction.
allow me to explain it to you, maroon.

in the world of Porn Star Insecurity as Practiced by Joe and Ethel Sixpack, who, Incidentally, Never Could Be Porn Stars...

driving a "BMW" is a status symbol

driving a "SUV" is a status symbol

driving something that is both is supposed to tell the world you shag like Pamela Anderson and are hung like Ron Jeremy, or something like that...

eedjits
post #101 of 437
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Originally Posted by ryan
it just can't be that hard to bypass a thread where the topic sets you off, especially when what you have to add is the same thing you always add.

can it?
bothers me not to respond

time I have

besides

exposing idiots is fun

and maybe, just maybe, someone will think about it for a moment

or maybe not and I"m just onanistic with words
post #102 of 437

hell, i don't even have a car

gotta look up Onanistic, see if i'm wearing any.

see you in Golden, Gonz. (i will have entirely non-materialistic mountain bike questions for you.) (and i will pay closer attention to the weems drill you tried showing me at JH last year.)
post #103 of 437
Audi Allroad = 2.7 Litre twin turbo; quattro; Thule box; heated front and rear leather seats; front, rear, side and mirror defrosters; thermometer and compass. A GREAT MOUNTAIN VEHICLE!
post #104 of 437
If I could pick any vehicle, it'd probably be an A-Star, but then Gonzo'd have to hunt me down and kill me or something :

post #105 of 437
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Originally Posted by ryan
gotta look up Onanistic, see if i'm wearing any.

see you in Golden, Gonz. (i will have entirely non-materialistic mountain bike questions for you.) (and i will pay closer attention to the weems drill you tried showing me at JH last year.)

yeah buddy, it's gonna be fine.

and BTW, I used to drive a VW GTI VR6 and spent many a day rebuilding my 1969 Mustang Mach I into a street-legal drag racer, so I have a background in car fetishism.
post #106 of 437
still, gotta say...

the spin SCSA gave me at JH in his Audi TT, etc., was...exceptional.
post #107 of 437
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Originally Posted by spindrift
If I could pick any vehicle, it'd probably be an A-Star, but then Gonzo'd have to hunt me down and kill me or something :

either that or demand that you let me drive it on a snowy mountain road with no other cars on it...
post #108 of 437
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Originally Posted by ryan
still, gotta say...

the spin SCSA gave me at JH in his Audi TT, etc., was...exceptional.
a college kid here in Zooloo who sometimes rides MTBs with us has a 3-yr-old WRX that has lots of suspension work on it, and some engine stuff too. he gave me and two others a ride to our local shuttle run mtn one evening... took a 90deg corner at about 45mph with four people in it, the friggin' thing was flat as a pancake and obviously could've held another 10-15mph... I about considered selling all my MTBs and skis and audio gear and truck to get me one of those WRXs, but then... my logical side spoke loudly and insistently, reminding me that even the sporty aspect of driving is fleeting and horrifically expensive when you compare smiles per dollar against many other things like alpine skiing, MTB riding in amazing terrain, or whitewater kayaking... I have spent many, many hours driving at high speeds both as a drag racer and as a stupid-fast parkway 'bahner, and the only way for me to have fun behind the wheel is to be breaking the law at almost every driving moment. so, I have to see driving more as utility than pleasure. I can't have it any other way, if I care to stay out of jail and out of coffins.
post #109 of 437
Has anyone tried an IS300 wagon in the snow (with apropriate tires, of course)?

For your next onanistic moment: Unimog (Quicktime link)
post #110 of 437
VW GTI VR6

drove one, loved it. nice car to throw around. would consider buying one. but will prob'ly hunt down an old toyota SR5 V6.
post #111 of 437
I'm not a "car person," but wouldn't denigrate people who are. If I were to get a "prestige vehicle," I think I'd have another car to drive skiing anyway.

If I were buying a ski car today, on pretty much practical criteria, I think I might go for a Passat AWD wagon. It's more expensive (and harder to find used), but seems to me to be sufficiently nicer than a Subaru to justify the expense.

AWD is hardly a necessity, but it's handy for getting from 0 to 5 mph. As others have noted above, a lot of drivers seem to have formed some misimpression that it makes them invincible on snow at 50 mph. All cars have 4-wheel brakes (almost all, anyway).

I actually prefer my old Toyota Corolla AWD wagon (which they don't make anymore) over a Subaru for snow handling. But it's cheesy enough and old enough that it's starting to get a little embarassing. But its value is so low, it would hardly be worth the trouble to sell it.
post #112 of 437
All most all-wheel drive systems can do is to send traction from wheels to the back wheels.This is done by a special arangement or rotating plates attached to both axle shafts. These plates sit in a fluid that when cold is a liqud, but when heated it turns solid fast. when the wheelspeed of the front axle is different from that of the back axle, the plates spin and generate heat. This causes the fluid to turn hard, and connect the power to all four wheels . This is different from traction control or 4WD.
post #113 of 437
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Originally Posted by Yukon
All most all-wheel drive systems can do is to send traction from wheels to the back wheels.This is done by a special arangement or rotating plates attached to both axle shafts. These plates sit in a fluid that when cold is a liqud, but when heated it turns solid fast. when the wheelspeed of the front axle is different from that of the back axle, the plates spin and generate heat. This causes the fluid to turn hard, and connect the power to all four wheels . This is different from traction control or 4WD.
Therefore AWD will not help you at 50mph anymore then it would help you at 5mph.
I am not that much of a car nut but I think you are little off. Maybe it was your sentence arrnagement that is throwing me off. I have driven both 4wd and AWD and find the AWD to actually work at high speeds unlike the 4wd which you are not supposed to drive faster than 35.

How fast does it take for thei fluid to heat up. Seams like this process needs to happen almost instantly.


Anywho I find that AWD helps me with traction on the snow and with the right tires breaking works well also.

Cheers!
post #114 of 437
I think what Yukon is trying to describe is a viscous coupling. It's used in some (but I don't think "almost all") AWD systems in order to lock the differential if one wheel has very little traction. It is designed so that, when you're moving slowly one one wheel loses traction, the others will still get torque, i.e. to get you from 0 to 5 mph. So far as I know, it does work, though I'm not an engineer.

In common parlance (so far as I understand it), 4WD refers to a "part time" system in which the driver locks the differental manually to drive at slow speeds. It has a tendency to do bad things when engaged at high speeds, just as Skeemaster says. AWD refers to any of a pretty wide variety of systems, most of which (I think) automatically lock the differential when necessary (with a VC or some other means).
post #115 of 437
^ hmmmmm I took out my last sentance because, your right it probly is kinda misleading
post #116 of 437
Aside from being convenient, AWD and 4WD in the west is essential ski equipment. Chain controls are posted as soon as roads become slightly snow covered. When I moved out here from Ohio I was amazed at the conditions where chain controls were posted. If you don't want to get under the car to install, adjust and remove chains (or pay $20 for a chain monkey), you NEED AWD / 4WD. Also, those chains are brutal on a car, especially on simply wet pavement. Not just a status symbol.

When we lived at higher elevations, I used to use the Yukon for plowing, off-road use, and horse trailer pulling; so the SUV was not just an urban assault vehicle.

Anyone checked out the Nissan Murano or Infinity FX35?
post #117 of 437
'04 Infiniti FX-35!!!
post #118 of 437
well roto, you've shown your true colors. You're not a car guy at all. Neon driving punk kid? Neon is just my daily driver. Do you get 34MPG in relative comfort? Didn't think so. You knock the subaru things that essentially mean you're pissed its not an acura or lexus. Wasn't meant to be. I don't have a WRX, but my dad does, and we switch cars on a regular basis for various reasons, and have 5 other cars at the house (we have issues). I know how it drives on short+long trips, in snow, in mud, at night, in the rain, pretty much in every condition imaginable. None of the things you mentioned ever bothered me. High performance driving involves a lot of lag by the way. If you knew how to use a high-pressure, high lag turbo you'd know how to drive around its characteristics. But you don't, and you're pissed at me about it. I won't buy a WRX until my neon dies, since I don't like wasting money, and when I do buy one, it certainly won't be yours, as you obviously haven't cared enough about it.
post #119 of 437
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Originally Posted by Canyons
Audi Allroad = 2.7 Litre twin turbo; quattro; Thule box; heated front and rear leather seats; front, rear, side and mirror defrosters; thermometer and compass. A GREAT MOUNTAIN VEHICLE!
Hey Canyons, the skis showed up perfect! Thanks again.

I just sold my Allroad. I had my thule box painted to match and the Audi rings on the back of it. loved it. One of my favorite cars I have ever owned! But, I couldn't resist, I broke down and just bought an '05 S4 Avant! Wow, can't wait to take it up to hills. This little beast absolutely flies!

These guys on the forum here who say AWD specifically Quattro doesn't help over 5MPH? Where do they get that from. Probably never driven a Quattro in snow, slush amd ice, huh?
post #120 of 437
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese
Oh yeah, with a Thule Coffin on the top


Back to the Ultimate:

$$$Audi RS6 Avant set up with some Hakkalapitas and a coffin up top.

-or-

$Forrester XT with the usual tire & box.
Sorry Phil no RS6 wagons in the US. But I have a brand new '05 S4 Wagon with Thule Coffin painted to match & the Chrome Audi rings on the back, factory mudflaps, 18% tint, Stondgared, and 18" Z rated Michelin Pilot A/S M+S. Pretty damn close to the ultimate! The S6 Avant would be great too but not as fast as the S4. Can't wait to take the S4 to the hills.

I gotta agree with Canyons, the Allroad 2.7T or the 4.2, can't get much better than that. Maybe the Ultimate, although I am thinking about a new Touareg
with the adjustable suspension and the V8 to replace our Denali XL!

If the RS6 wagon was avalible here, that would be would be it. I drove a an RS6 sedan recently, scary fast and surefooted as hell!

Also Audi is the main sponsor of The World Cup!
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