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Old 04-08-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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Sounds's like a dumb question, but I'll be shopping for a used car/suv to drive up and down steep and long Rocky Mountain inclines. So, I'm looking for the steepest street in the area for test drives.

Any thoughts?
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Old 04-09-2017, 06:53 PM
 
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I have driven some very steep and dangerous roads in Colorado including Pikes Peak. There are no road or streets in Omaha that can compare to even average steep roads in Colorado. However, I would think that most modern cars and especially trucks with 4 wheel drive and all wheel drive would have no trouble.

Your biggest problem is to get used to driving on a road with a thousand foot drop off 3 feet from your wheels.
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Old 04-10-2017, 09:19 AM
 
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Actually my concern will be almost daily driving up and down a 5 mile stretch. My current vehicle is okay, but I end up downshifting to 2nd gear on the way up. It is a Toyota Sienna that puts out 222 lbs of torque. I'd like to find a vehicle that handles my cargo needs and will head up the mountain without the need for downshifting. As I identify them, I'd like to find a street that I can try them out on. However, I'm not aware of any nearby.
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Old 04-10-2017, 01:58 PM
 
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Actually my concern will be almost daily driving up and down a 5 mile stretch. My current vehicle is okay, but I end up downshifting to 2nd gear on the way up. It is a Toyota Sienna that puts out 222 lbs of torque. I'd like to find a vehicle that handles my cargo needs and will head up the mountain without the need for downshifting. As I identify them, I'd like to find a street that I can try them out on. However, I'm not aware of any nearby.
I have never had a vehicle that didn't need to be down shift on the long hills in Colorado, Even interstate 70 would require some kind of super car to keep from down shifting. If you are pulling a load up and down these roads, a bigger concern is a vehicle that doesn't over heat and has perfect brakes for the long down hills.

Over heating is a real problem, especially in the summer and carrying extra weight or pulling a trailer.
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Old 04-10-2017, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Midtown Omaha
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There are some steep hills south of DT. 7th St south of Pierce is pretty steep. California approaching 40th is steep for a short stretch.
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Old 04-11-2017, 03:11 PM
 
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There are some steep hills south of DT. 7th St south of Pierce is pretty steep. California approaching 40th is steep for a short stretch.
Thanks. I'll take a look. It's also been suggested that I look at some streets in Bellevue near Fontenelle.
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Old 04-11-2017, 11:29 PM
 
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Old 04-12-2017, 03:14 PM
 
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Try brown park hill @ 15th and U. It's short, but insane.
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.2020...7i13312!8i6656
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Old 04-14-2017, 01:25 AM
 
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Martha St. from 13th to 15th. Gotta be at least a 40 degree angle.
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Old 04-14-2017, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Try brown park hill @ 15th and U. It's short, but insane.
https://www.google.com/maps/@41.2020...7i13312!8i6656
Wow that's a steep hill. The only place I have seen anything much steeper than that would be San Francisco. If the car can make it up that, it could probably make it up most any road. The OP should try stopping the car on that hill, and then starting up from a dead stop. If it can do that, then the car is OK.

I agree with the other poster, that downshifting to 2nd gear on hills is perfectly normal. As a matter of fact I would probably downshift to 2nd coming down a steep hill, just to control my speed, and save my brakes.
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