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Old 06-27-2007, 07:16 PM
Location: Mesa, AZ
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I have a 2003 Toyota Camry I love. It gets over 30 MPG all the time - last tank was 34.4. On a Lexus chassis, it rides like a dream. Low maintenance, looks great, very comfortable. But not anything to take on a rough road.

My wife's car is worse: a 2003 MINI Cooper that is so small it could fit in the back of a Hummer, I think. LOL. Definitely not a snow car unless we get a conversion kid for tank treads. hahaha

I wondered if it would be a good idea to trade the Camry for a small SUV like a RAV4? Does it need to be 4x4 or is 2WD sufficient there?

The only "off road" travel we might do is if there are some rough roads to get to trail heads for hiking.

The only other need I can imagine is snowy winters in Boone and that area.

Thoughts? Thanks!!!
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:37 PM
Location: The 12th State
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I bet the mini cooper would be blast driving down hwy 321 between boone and watauga lake
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Old 06-28-2007, 05:58 AM
Location: Plantation, Fl. (Near Ft. Lauderdale)
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After driving through the mountains and seeing the 45 degree gravel driveways and gravel roads everywhere, I decided to only use an SUV when exploring around. I woke up one morning to find 3 inches of snow on the ground and was definitely glad that I had a four wheel drive to get off the mountain. If you're not going in the mountains then it probably doesn't matter.
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Old 07-01-2007, 11:09 PM
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I personally love SUVs, so perhaps I will be biased, but I would trade in, even for a small one with 4wd. It has been my experience, that even when there are 3 or 4 inches of snow on the ground (and it will happen VERY often) life in the mountains still continues, and you need to be able to truck along with everyone else.
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Old 07-03-2007, 07:54 PM
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Stopped on the road up the mountain to my house a couple of years ago because it was blocked by some transplant in his SUV that had got sideways and hung up on the guard rail.

Seems the is transplant just had to have an SUV when he bought a house on a mountain, so off to the Ford dealer and bought an Explorer. Only problem is he bought a 2 wheel drive model.

A couple of us pushed his SUV out of the way and I got back in my 4x4 truck and went on home.

I've also seen people putting chains on the rear wheels........ of a front wheel drive car.
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