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Old 09-24-2010, 04:54 PM
 
Location: steubenville,ohio
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I have a 99 ford f150 that has been well maintained,my problem is it is very big(high off the ground)and I'm rather short and have to pull myself up to get in it and of course the gas issue,it only gets 18 mpg and I keep in parked all winter so.....I have the oppurtunity to trade with someone for a '01 suzuki vitara.Years ago I had a suzuki x90 and loved it but I know nothing about the vitaras. It is rear wheel drive,I'm wodering how this will handle in the winter
I would appreciate any information anyone may have regarding the vitara.
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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The Vitera (Viagra) should not be worse than your truck in terms of snow handling, it's much smaller and lighter, should be better on gas. A good set of real snow tires would probably fix it up. Would help to know what state or region you are in, to talk winter driving.

The big unknown is the condition of the 2 vehicles, not just the state of the wear parts like tires, brake pads but overall condition, clean, un-hit, un-rusted or not?
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:47 PM
 
Location: steubenville,ohio
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I'm in Ohio,moved here last year from NM so no rust on my truck and my truck has always been serviced and well maintained,the truck was parked all winter because I was kind of afraid to drive it.I've heard rwd are difficult to handle in snow.Should I decide to make the trade I will keep in mind putting good snow tires on it.Does the wheel span make a big difference?
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Old 09-24-2010, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Wheelbase? Yeah, a shorter wheelbase like the Vitara makes for better manuverability but less stability.

Your truck should be worth a premium there in Rust Country.

Sorry, but Ohio is right in the heart of the Rust Belt and the Viagra probably has quite a bit of rust.

My choice would be to keep the truck and bail out of there before the snow flies...but I'm a hardcore motorhead...
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The Vitara, for sure. It's economical, reliable, and above all, NOT A FORD!
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Old 09-24-2010, 10:20 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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The Vitara, for sure. It's economical, reliable, and above all, NOT A FORD!
dude your hatred for domestic brands has clouded your judgment. It is not 1982 anymore and ford has caught up to toyota in quality and fit and finish and have some very good solid cars and trucks out right now.
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Old 09-25-2010, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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dude your hatred for domestic brands has clouded your judgment. It is not 1982 anymore and ford has caught up to toyota in quality and fit and finish and have some very good solid cars and trucks out right now.
Some people will never admit or accept that fact.
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Old 09-26-2010, 01:06 AM
 
Location: Great Plains
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Well to all the haters out there. My FORDs have all been excellent vehicles. They hold up are reliable and my 32 year old Ford pickup still runs, it runs great.

My 98 was a great pickup until it was totaled. It didn't rattle. It ran like a top till it met its waterloo. And yes it could have been fixed, but the money was good and it was a great time to update.

Wasn't the Suzuki about the same Geo/Chevrolet tracker? If I recall the resale was bad on them and frankly the reports I read. There were some major issues and spendy repairs. I guess I would do some research first.

I'd keep the Ford, you know what you have, I think the Vitara has some risks involved.
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