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Old 08-15-2010, 09:10 AM
 
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Default Drive a Rear-Wheel Drive in Snow

my family is thinking of relocating to the Syracuse area. We had a rear wheel drive compact SUV. I don't have any experience on driving in snow/ice condition. Do I need to change it to all wheel drive?
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Old 08-15-2010, 01:20 PM
 
Location: Outer University - Syracuse
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best bet is just run snow tires on all four wheels. Cheap steel rims are available at places such as tirerack.com - get the snows and rims as a mounted set of four and just swap the entire wheel/tire sets in fall and spring. Even with front wheel drive and all season radials, driving can be touchy many times during the winter. Having snows on all four wheels should eliminate the need for four wheel drive.
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Old 08-15-2010, 04:36 PM
 
Location: L.O.Michigan
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I have driven a Jeep (4WD) and a Dodge Magnum (RWD) through the winters. I did put snow tires on the rear wheels of the Magnum and it made a big difference. I'm sure having snows on all 4 wheels would be even better. For me, I preferred the 4WD because I lived in a somewhat rural area and the roads weren't the first ones plowed. Don't get rid of your current vehicle until you have driven through a winter - you might find out it does just fine.
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