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Old 12-23-2012, 10:54 AM
 
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If I was flying into Bangor, ME and driving to Bar Harbor in January, what kind of car should I rent? I'm from Illinois and have driven in some bad winter weather (with a Toyota Matrix) but probably not as bad as Maine.

Thanks!
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:35 AM
 
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I'm guessing the weather in Illinois is often worse than the weather here!

It's so hard to know what you'll be facing in January at this point. The roads could be spotless or a slushy mess, or even worse, coated in ice. The good thing is that it's pretty much a straight shot from Bangor to Bar Harbor.

Check the weather a week out. I think you'll be fine.
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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The Bangor Airport has an Avis rental.

They stock: Hyundai Accent, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Impala, BMW 528, And a long list of other vehicles including convertibles, pickups, and jeeps.

The route between Bangor and Bar Harbor is all good road.

It really falls to which vehicle would you enjoy driving the most?
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Old 12-24-2012, 10:57 AM
 
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Why not fly into Bar Harbor?
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Old 01-13-2013, 04:30 PM
 
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Rent a Subaru.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:11 PM
 
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If I was flying into Bangor, ME and driving to Bar Harbor in January, what kind of car should I rent? I'm from Illinois and have driven in some bad winter weather (with a Toyota Matrix) but probably not as bad as Maine.

Thanks!
Whatever they give you will be fine I ve driven in Ill in blizzards Maine doesnt get aolt of sideways snow like you guys do
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:49 AM
 
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Whatever they give you will be fine .......
This year, I got a Subaru and then I put winter tires on it. The difference from driving my Ford Focus last year with 3 season tires on it was ASTOUNDING. Snow and Ice conditions seemed like dry pavement. From the New Years storm my driveway became a sheet of ice. Since its an up hill slide, I had to put the steel spring walkers on it so I wouldn't fall down when I walked the dog. The Subaru with the winter tires navigated on it like it was simply drive pavement.

Sure you can drive anything in winter and I always did. But it you want to be more than just OK, get a Subaru and specify winter tires.
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:39 AM
 
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This year, I got a Subaru and then I put winter tires on it. The difference from driving my Ford Focus last year with 3 season tires on it was ASTOUNDING. Snow and Ice conditions seemed like dry pavement. From the New Years storm my driveway became a sheet of ice. Since its an up hill slide, I had to put the steel spring walkers on it so I wouldn't fall down when I walked the dog. The Subaru with the winter tires navigated on it like it was simply drive pavement.

Sure you can drive anything in winter and I always did. But it you want to be more than just OK, get a Subaru and specify winter tires.
The difference between regular tires and winter tires is what you are experiencing.

It is seen on all vehicles not just on a Subaru.

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Old 01-16-2013, 04:14 PM
 
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The difference between regular tires and winter tires is what you are experiencing.

It is seen on all vehicles not just on a Subaru.

Well that's certainly true, but I used to own a 4WD Jeep which only had regular 3 season tires, and believe me when I tell you that getting moving in difficult conditions was way easier with the Jeep than with with the Ford Focus. So when you double the start up traction, and then add the winter tires...BINGO!
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Old 01-16-2013, 05:16 PM
 
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Well that's certainly true, but I used to own a 4WD Jeep which only had regular 3 season tires, and believe me when I tell you that getting moving in difficult conditions was way easier with the Jeep than with with the Ford Focus. So when you double the start up traction, and then add the winter tires ... BINGO!
I can see that.

For breaking loose from the ice-gripping your tires from being parked makes sense to have 4WD.

Each of my 4WD vehicles benefit from using all four wheels in deep mud, loose soil and deep snow.

Much of the advantage is lost on pavement though.

Most people are far better served by driving on winter tires in winter.



As to the OP, roads betwixt Bangor and Bar Harbor are mostly pretty good roads. So none of this applies much.
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