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Old 07-19-2013, 10:13 AM
 
Location: Canada
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The Impreza has very low ground clearance it would be bad on unplowed winter roads I would say if you are going to go with a Subaru get a Outback due to the higher ground clearance and some what beefier suspension.

Have you thought of getting a nice fuel efficient car for most of your driving needs and just Buying a used Jeep Cherokee (XJ) for winters or a older 1987-96 Ford F-Series 4x4 pickup with used plow installed to be you plow truck and 4x4 on your property and to get into town and home on really bad days?

I mean sure a early 90's F-250 4x4 plow truck will go through gas like crazy but if you only drive it 5-6 weeks out of the year then it should not be much of problem and you also can keep your private road plowed and keep your smaller more fuel efficient car able to go up and down your driveway with ease.

Also having a plow truck could come in handy if your car gets stuck on your private road on your property it can pull it out without costing a arm and leg from the tow truck company and a old F-250 4x4 with a plow attachment is relatively cheap to purchase and maintain and a good second vehicle to have if you live off the main roads and are using private non-maintained roads.
Have to pay for 2 sets of plates with 2 cars don't you?
A personal plough truck is probably ok for the snow storms but might not work so well in the muddy spring.
...guess could buy a cheaper fuel efficient car and pay for 2 plates...hmm

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Old 07-19-2013, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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Have to pay for 2 sets of plates with 2 cars don't you?
A personal plough truck is probably ok for the snow storms but might not work so well in the muddy spring.
...guess could buy a cheaper fuel efficient car and pay for 2 plates...hmm
you can just get minimal insurance on the truck and the snow plough comes off
It would look like this with the plough off and function as regular 4x4 Full size pick up truck in the mud:

It would like this in winter with the snow plough on:
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:58 AM
 
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I can see where our OP is somewhat concerned about gas prices as they are $1.50 a liter today in Montreal (close to $6 a gal) Assuming those trucks have the usual 26 gallon tank it will be $150 to fill up ,if our op has to do the 100 mile round trip into Montreal everyday it could become very costly...
Nice trucks GTO but Using a full size 4X4 pickup as a daily driver in this case may not be economically viable for just those few times in the year he may derive benefit from such a vehicle.
Buy the Subaru and if its really deep snow call in sick till the city plow does its job.

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Old 07-20-2013, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I can see where our OP is somewhat concerned about gas prices as they are $1.50 a liter today in Montreal (close to $6 a gal) Assuming those trucks have the usual 26 gallon tank it will be $150 to fill up ,if our op has to do the 100 mile round trip into Montreal everyday it could become very costly...
Nice trucks GTO but Using a full size 4X4 pickup as a daily driver in this case may not be economically viable for just those few times in the year he may derive benefit from such a vehicle.
Buy the Subaru and if its really deep snow call in sick till the city plow does its job.
Good point but I kinda was thinking the OP get a new-ish fuel efficient daily driver and buy the truck only for the bad winter and muddy months as a second vehicle.

that way they could plow the 5 kilometers of private road with a relatively cheap and easy to fix and maintain Pick-up truck and then drive back and park it and use the fuel efficient car to drive the hour into town and get back until the Road till it snowed again or became muddy in spring.

Also if the car ever got stuck in the mud they could have winch and tow straps mounted on the 4x4 Pick-up...To pull the fuel efficent daily driver out with ease if the OP had too without incurring the cost(s) a tow truck company would charge them to drive out into the boonies and up a 5K unplowed private road to do it.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:13 PM
 
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A possibility for sure GTO. With 5K of private dirt road i might be thinking something more like this rig
http://www.ssbtractor.com/front-end-...snowblower.jpg

Also is our op the only one living down this dirt road? if not what are the neighbors using?
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