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Old 05-10-2009, 11:06 PM
 
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What do you like to drive there? trucks, 4WD, FWD, foreign or American? What vehicle has sense given salt and snow, etc
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:21 AM
 
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You will see them all here. I would say that in the metro the most popular are either a small SUV, like a Rav4 or CRV, or a medium sized sedan, Corolla, Accord, etc.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:27 AM
 
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What do you like to drive there? trucks, 4WD, FWD, foreign or American? What vehicle has sense given salt and snow, etc
I'd guess 25% of the vehicles are trucks and vans. AWD or 4 wheel drive models probably comprise close to 50% on what is on the road.

Smaller AWD or 4 wheel drives seem to be popular these days.
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Old 05-11-2009, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Mableton, GA USA (NW Atlanta suburb, 4 miles OTP)
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What do you like to drive there? trucks, 4WD, FWD, foreign or American? What vehicle has sense given salt and snow, etc
I loved my Accord up there. And my previous Accord, too.
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis, MN
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I personally like to drive small front wheel drive cars. Cars that don't work well all season here are convertibles, rear wheel drive cars and cars that are dropped really close to the ground, I'm talking about lowered suspension with a body kit that hugs the street.

I drive a Chevy Cavalier and although it's not pretty it's a good runner and the heat and A/C fire right up (very important here). Although they don't make these anymore, I still seem them on the road constantly.
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Old 05-11-2009, 12:14 PM
 
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I don't think salt damage is much of an issue for newer cars anymore. Drive it thru the car wash a couple times a month during the winter and it'll last a long time.
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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Old 05-11-2009, 02:58 PM
 
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Slig's got it nailed, mostly. Its more a question of what doesn't work well up here. A lot of peope who can swing it have both a summer car and a winter car (which is often used or older), although you can manage quite well with most cars so long as you have sufficient ground clearence and traction (all season radials at least). Salt's not a major issue so long as you can wash your car and you don't own anything built by Chrysler in the 70's & '80's. With the number of trucks and SUVs runnng around, I don't see a lot of the really smaller cars - too easy to become a statistic given relative vehicle sizes.
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Old 05-11-2009, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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You see all types of cars here. Being safe in winter conditions depends on the driver, the tires, the driver, the tires, maybe a little bit on the car itself, and of course, the driver.

That said, AWD/4WD models are very popular here. (Subaru wagons are very popular, as are small SUVs like the Ford Escape, Honda CRV, and perhaps most beloved by their owners, Jeep Cherokees.) FWD is fine for most folks, though. RWD is not so much, but a set of snow tires makes it a lot better.
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Old 05-11-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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A front wheel drive car with snow tires. I drive a VW, actually we have two VW's. I don't wanna say anything else for fear of jinxing myself.
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