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Old 07-16-2009, 04:40 PM
 
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If you have a light RWD car, no matter what tires you have on it, you're not going to have the traction/control of a FWD car. I drive a sports car year round and I have to telecommute when it snows.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Newport Beach, CA
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If you have a light RWD car, no matter what tires you have on it, you're not going to have the traction/control of a FWD car. I drive a sports car year round and I have to telecommute when it snows.
I never thought about this. I am self-employed, so it's not a huge deal when it snows. I wouldn't want to drive more than 1 mile though in snowy conditions though, even in my current car which is only a slight bit heavier than my old RX-8, but has a lot more power and torque...

Thankfully I'm moving to an area where there will be no snow...
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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If you have a light RWD car, no matter what tires you have on it, you're not going to have the traction/control of a FWD car. I drive a sports car year round and I have to telecommute when it snows.
agreed I said screw it and bought this for winter driving
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:50 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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The key issue aren't the drive wheels but the type of tires you have. If you're driving through snow on summer tires you deserve to get stuck. A RWD car is just fine with a set of nice snow tires (like Blizzak's). I agree that an AWD vehicle will be better able to handle really horrid conditions but a set of Blizzak's has no trouble with a RWD vehicle and several inches of snow.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:52 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I think the key issue is his age. He doesn't have tons of experience driving and I would go with an AWD for a few years until he gets some experience.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:56 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I think the key issue is his age. He doesn't have tons of experience driving and I would go with an AWD for a few years until he gets some experience.
That's probably a good idea, point taken. I still stress the importance of proper snow tires because AWD cars will still get stuck. I know a guy who got an AWD G35 Sedan out of California and it had summer tires because it never snows here. He took it back to his home state and couldn't make it up a slight grade without changing tires.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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I think the key issue is his age. He doesn't have tons of experience driving and I would go with an AWD for a few years until he gets some experience.
I thought his grandfather was the one looking at the G8 and giving him his camry.
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Old 07-16-2009, 04:58 PM
 
Location: Purgatory (A.K.A. Dallas, Texas)
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I though his grandfather was the one looking at the G8 and giving him his camry.

But he gets to drive the Camry replacement.
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Old 07-16-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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A G8 should be just fine in the winter with proper tires, as it's a heavy sedan. It's not a lightweight sports car, that really has no business on a snowy/icy road, anyway.

I am certain that your grandfather has experience with RWD in snow/ice, and he can teach you the dynamics of RWD handling, though it's well assisted with traction control and ABS in the modern RWD. The key, however, is a good set of snow tires in snow country as others have said, and in Chicago, you need them.

We're not talking RWD in the sense of a 1986 Cadillac Fleetwood, so I think it could work out, even if you had to drive the G8 in the winter. And, I see people I know who try to drive RWD BMWs without the proper tires and are appalled when the vehicle does not handle as well. But I guess most people don't think about such things, or have not been raised in snow country.

I think it's great that you're thinking about such things at your age, since so many teen drivers just want to go fast and don't care about the driving dynamics in inclement weather, even if the vehicle is not a primary vehicle to them.
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Old 07-16-2009, 09:10 PM
 
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Lots of good advice. I grew up north of Chicago and have lots of experience in snow, and now in snow on mountain roads. All things being equal FWD is better in the snow than RWD, and of course AWD is even better.

But, the real key is knowing the dynamics of the particular car and driving within those limits. And of course, good tires.
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