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Old 08-17-2012, 11:52 AM
 
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I am moving to the area, from CA central coast. I also lived in northern ID for four years. My question is, are 4X4 or AWD vehicles needed to live in Sparks/Fernley? I had 4X4 and front wheel drive, with studded tires, in ID.....rear wheel was insane. I am aware that the snow melts rather quickly, on average, but have not heard about icy roads.
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:32 PM
 
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I am moving to the area, from CA central coast. I also lived in northern ID for four years. My question is, are 4X4 or AWD vehicles needed to live in Sparks/Fernley? I had 4X4 and front wheel drive, with studded tires, in ID.....rear wheel was insane. I am aware that the snow melts rather quickly, on average, but have not heard about icy roads.
Absolutely not.
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Old 08-17-2012, 05:25 PM
 
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I lived in the N. Valleys of Reno for 15 years, the NW area of Reno for 4 years and we never owned 4wd. We always had Honda's with front wheel. I would say front wheel is fine, rear wheel would suck on the ice we do get and would be miserable in the snow. I never had issues other than when we headed over the mountains to California during storms, then we had to chain but we never chained or used anything other than good all weather tires.
Studded are a waste, there is just not enough snow and ice that is consistant to need them.
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Old 09-09-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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I think you would be ok in Fernley, my son lived there for 3 or 4 years without 4WD, but I live on a hill outside of Reno and there have been many times when I could not have driven without 4WD. Also, my kids live in Northern California so a 4WD avoids the issue of having to carry chains over the pass.
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