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Old 10-31-2010, 10:08 AM
 
Location: on top of a mountain
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Four-wheel drive and front-wheel drives are very useful for Fairbanks winters.
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10-21-2007, 04:20 AM
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Old 10-31-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: 112 Ocean Avenue
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Old 10-31-2010, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Four-wheel drive and front-wheel drives are very useful for Fairbanks winters.
That's true. And then if someone wants more traction on the ice roads, studded tires can do that.
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Subaru's are quite popular up here, but before you buy a used Subaru that has no warranty, first visit one of the numerous Subaru forums and ask questions about which are the problems areas of the motor and rest of the power train. I have a 2009 Forester, and this thing is surefooted on the snow and ice. But I have extended warranty on it, just in case the head gaskets fail.
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Old 10-31-2010, 03:59 PM
 
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What a great video. looks like a good idea.
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Old 10-31-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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That's true. And then if someone wants more traction on the ice roads, studded tires can do that.
But I have extended warranty on it, just in case the head gaskets fail.
Absolutely. If you can find a used pre-1996 Subaru that's been taken care of latch on to it. The older ones weren't prone to the head gasket leaks.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Ford Ranger Four Door...XLT of course.
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Old 10-31-2010, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Absolutely. If you can find a used pre-1996 Subaru that's been taken care of latch on to it. The older ones weren't prone to the head gasket leaks.
Subaru screwed-up a good thing when they redesigned the boxer motor. The open-deck design is prone to head-gasket problems. I believe that they are re-modyfing the motor again. One of the changes is not using a timing belt, and going back to a chain. Hopefully they will also the head/block contact area. The old motor was very reliable, and that's why one can see so many very old Subaru automobiles on the road.

One can see the difference between the open and close-deck designs in this link:
Subaru Impreza WRX STI Forums: IWSTI.com - View Single Post - Subaru 2.5L Engine/Motor Building 101
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
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^ I never have liked the boxer engine. I find it to be a rough engine with entirely too much vibration. My friend's sister bought an 07 Outback, and I drove it for a day, and the roughness of the acceleration and the resulting vibration drove me nuts. Volvo's old 5 cylinders had a very similar quality to them, although for some reason I found it much more tolerable in my V70 Volvo than in the 07 Outback. The quality of the Subaru interior was fairly good, but to me what ruined that car was the engine. They could take a lesson from Volvo on seat design as well. Personally, I am devoted fan of Honda engines now. I have an 06 Accord with the 4 cylinder, and it's fantastic. Very smooth engine, you don't even notice that it's a 4 cylinder. I think my next car will be an AWD Honda CR-V with a MANUAL transmission. Absolutely crucial for winter driving, as you can use the engine to slow you down. But yeah, I've heard great things about the CR-V and the Element.
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Old 10-31-2010, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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^ I never have liked the boxer engine. I find it to be a rough engine with entirely too much vibration. My friend's sister bought an 07 Outback, and I drove it for a day, and the roughness of the acceleration and the resulting vibration drove me nuts. Volvo's old 5 cylinders had a very similar quality to them, although for some reason I found it much more tolerable in my V70 Volvo than in the 07 Outback. The quality of the Subaru interior was fairly good, but to me what ruined that car was the engine. They could take a lesson from Volvo on seat design as well. Personally, I am devoted fan of Honda engines now. I have an 06 Accord with the 4 cylinder, and it's fantastic. Very smooth engine, you don't even notice that it's a 4 cylinder. I think my next car will be an AWD Honda CR-V with a MANUAL transmission. Absolutely crucial for winter driving, as you can use the engine to slow you down. But yeah, I've heard great things about the CR-V and the Element.
I agree with you somewhat, although the Forester's engine in mine is real smooth. The seats are a little uncomfortable, specially the passenger side (it's too low). But what makes Subaru the most popular vehicle in Alaska is the way it performs in icy roads, while still costing a lot less than an all-wheel Honda or Toyota. Subaru has had an upper-hand, in relation to all-wheel traction control over Honda and Toyota for several years.

I do like the Honda engine. I have driven a 1987 Civic Si to work and back each day since 1987. The last time I looked at the odometer it showed over 253,000 miles, and still going strong.

Honda made a very stylish CRV a few years ago, and then redesigned the windows to look like jelly beans. That killed it for me, and prefer the older design to the new one. The Toyota Rev 4 is another popular all-wheel drive vehicle up here, and looks a lot better than the Honda version. But another reason why Subaru is more popular is its price. For example, the baseline offering from Toyota is $24K for the one with a four cylinder motor. The Honda offering costs about the same. I paid a little over $18K for my 2009 Forester.

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Old 10-31-2010, 11:31 PM
 
Location: Dangling from a mooses antlers
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I like the boxer engine. I've never noticed my 08 Outback to run rough. I will say though if they don't fix the leaky head gasket problem I won't buy another new one. The hassles just aren't worth it.
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