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Old 11-13-2006, 06:24 PM
Location: Just south of Denver since 1989
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it depends on the model year of the vehicle.

Basic Testing
Basic tests are available from full-service gas stations, dealerships, and oil change facilities. Fees are $15 for vehicles 1981 and older (valid one year). Exemptions are the same as for enhanced testing. New vehicles are exempt for 4 years.
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Old 11-13-2006, 07:09 PM
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Hi Misplcd1!

Maybe I'm old fashioned (and probably older than most who post on these websites!) but way back in my youth (the 70's) I lived in SW Missouri. Most everyone I knew had rear-wheel drive cars and trucks. Really, 4X4 as a norm is a relatively new thing.

Anyway, I realize that we were not in the mountains, but there were winters when there would be ice on the streets for a month at a time (one year, we went 63 days where the temps never got above freezing), and most everyone got around okay. There were a few days every other year or so that you couldn't get around but other than that--driving carefully--even with rear-wheel drive--you could get around. Nowadays, what with traction control and much better tires, using rear-wheel drive in snow can be done and done well.

I wouldn't be so quick to sell two paid off vehicles and get into some substantial debt just for the few days when your vehicles won't work. I might consider buying a older jeep or some other off-road capable vehicle for those days. In the long run it would be cheaper than buying two new vehicles, unless you just want to buy a couple of new cars.

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Old 11-14-2006, 11:07 AM
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we recently got an AWD passat after several years of owning nothing but FWD cars. the AWD handles so much better on the snow and ice.
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