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Old 02-03-2014, 07:50 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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Search engine results pertaining to the history of 4-wheel drive are contradictory. At any rate, with specific reference to pickup trucks, I wonder how these vehicles could have been useful with only rear wheel drive. Even on dry surfaces, the traction is not always the best. I guess no one here is old enough to have owned a pickup that had only rear wheel drive.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:05 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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What? You don't have to be old to have driven a 2WD pickup, most of them sold today are only 2WD. My 2007 Ranger has 4WD but I live in an area that has a lot of hills with snow and ice. Even with 4WD I have to keep 3 sacks of sand in the back in winter. When we lived in the SF area, I had two different pickups with 2WD and never had any problems in the rain.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:21 AM
 
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Search engine results pertaining to the history of 4-wheel drive are contradictory. At any rate, with specific reference to pickup trucks, I wonder how these vehicles could have been useful with only rear wheel drive. Even on dry surfaces, the traction is not always the best. I guess no one here is old enough to have owned a pickup that had only rear wheel drive.
Seriously? One of the pickups I currently own is a 2WD.

What are you talking about?
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:22 AM
 
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:26 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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Search engine results pertaining to the history of 4-wheel drive are contradictory. At any rate, with specific reference to pickup trucks, I wonder how these vehicles could have been useful with only rear wheel drive. Even on dry surfaces, the traction is not always the best. I guess no one here is old enough to have owned a pickup that had only rear wheel drive.
Go to Chevrolet Cars, Trucks, SUVs, Crossovers and Vans or Ford or ....

You can still buy a truck with only 2WD today. In fact the only truck I can think of that DOESN'T have a 2WD option is my Honda Ridgeline, but it's an SUV with a bed so it doesn't count.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:34 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Search engine results pertaining to the history of 4-wheel drive are contradictory. At any rate, with specific reference to pickup trucks, I wonder how these vehicles could have been useful with only rear wheel drive. Even on dry surfaces, the traction is not always the best. I guess no one here is old enough to have owned a pickup that had only rear wheel drive.
What the heck are you talking about. There are millions of 2 wheel drive pick-ups still on the roads. There are tons of new ones made and sold every year as well. I have owned several 2 wheel drive pick-ups myself and most of the work trucks I have driven the past 30+ years have been, and still are, two wheel drive; they work just fine.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:53 AM
 
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Search engine results pertaining to the history of 4-wheel drive are contradictory. At any rate, with specific reference to pickup trucks, I wonder how these vehicles could have been useful with only rear wheel drive. Even on dry surfaces, the traction is not always the best. I guess no one here is old enough to have owned a pickup that had only rear wheel drive.

I lived my entire life on a farm in rural MN and always had old 2 wheel drive trucks.
In my mind, they are nearly worthless which is why you never see a new 2wd full sized pick up on a dealers lot.

I am retired now and moved to an area where a 2wd might be sufficient, but I definitely decided on a 4wd.
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Old 02-03-2014, 08:55 AM
 
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W/O adding weight in the bed of a 2wd, they are worthless in winter conditions.
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:05 AM
 
Location: God's Country
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What the heck are you talking about. There are millions of 2 wheel drive pick-ups still on the roads. There are tons of new ones made and sold every year as well. I have owned several 2 wheel drive pick-ups myself and most of the work trucks I have driven the past 30+ years have been, and still are, two wheel drive; they work just fine.
I know rear 2WD are still being made but it was my impression that they were bought by people where the weather rarely gets cold. Now, I don't live anywhere near as brutal as Michigan, but there's no way I get up my hill in rear wheel drive even in a light snowstorm. Wife's caregiver with a rear-wheel pickup she bought when living in Los Angeles learned this lesson when she got stuck this morning. And on dry roads, I frequently "lay a patch" (as we said back in the 1960s), and not because I'm some young hot rodder (age 70).
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Old 02-03-2014, 09:27 AM
 
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I've owned several 2 wheel drive pickups. In the op's mind perception is reality. Talk about ridiculous.
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