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Old 08-11-2016, 03:17 PM   #31 (permalink)
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However, I just found out that I will need AWD this winter..
You don't actually need it (assuming you're driving around Massachusetts). People got around just fine thereabouts long before anything but jeeps had 4WD. Though I did have a neighbor who somehow put a Jeep drivetrain under a mid-60s Chevy II :-)

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Old 08-11-2016, 03:41 PM   #32 (permalink)
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The hills that I need to climb this winter, should be against MA state law!
The coffee in the cup holder goes into the back seat steep..


I would need to put on the chains on the Ford to get up there.
I'm hoping the Rav4 AWD can make it where the BMW X-Drive can go.
Everyone who lives on top of these hills has AWD.

To get up there on foot, we would need ice climbing equipment..
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:18 PM   #33 (permalink)
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If you would go there just once in a while, why bothering to get a more expensive and fuel-consuming AWD when chains could make your FWD rig able to do so?
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:48 PM   #34 (permalink)
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its not an affliction ( I own 18 cars,classics ALL) I am doing a service to humanity by preserving history. (denial)

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Old 08-11-2016, 04:51 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Not too bad here. Currently:
2015 Chevy Equinox
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2009 Chevy Aveo
1999 Buick Park Avenue ULTRA
1995 Z28 Convertible
2008 Harley Davidson Dyna Lowrider (105th Anniversary)
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1976 Puch MAXI [2hp] (1977 Puch MAXI stolen)

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Old 08-11-2016, 05:28 PM   #36 (permalink)
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If you would go there just once in a while, why bothering to get a more expensive and fuel-consuming AWD when chains could make your FWD rig able to do so?
A few reasons:
1. I can't leave the chains on the SUV, because they should not be used, or aren't allowed on main roads that have been plowed. (They damage the roads).

2. Putting the chains on and removing them when I get to the hilly area, is not easy and it's hard to find a safe place to park, during a large snow storm. Parking lots are likely to have deep snow blocking access.

3. I'm 70 years old, and don't like working outdoors during a winter storm.

4. I will not be using the AWD for any trips that do not require carrying large or heavy cargo. No Pizza runs.. (I like the Prius C for those trips).
(During the last 3 or 4 years, I put about 300-400 miles on the Ford per year).
So fuel use isn't a big deal for the SUV. I can't remember the last time I got a fill up..
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:03 PM   #38 (permalink)
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Hey, its not a hoard, it is an investment!

Just to add a little ecomodder content, my daily driver is a 2004 Vibe. I made a thermostatic warm air inlet that has a mixer valve so I can switch between the thermostatically controlled warm air and a cold pitot ram air supply for power bursts. Best trip so far was from Pasadena CA to Tempe AZ at 48.2 mpg. There was a bit of a tailwind. I need to figure out how to game the O2 sensor, if anybody knows a link on how to do it, that would be appreciated.

The wife drives a 2010 Matrix.
My daughter drives a 2004 Matrix
Then there is the 1953 MGTD, a 1957 and a 1963 Sears (Puch) 175 Twingles, a 1963 Austin Mini 850 Super Deluxe, a 1965 Volvo 122S, two 1966 Lotus Cortinas, a 1985 RZ350, and a 1991 Miata.

I lost my job, so its possible that will trigger the Lotus Cortina retirement plan here. The 1997 Dodge Cummins, the 1981 Rabbit Diesel, and another project car all left the building in the last couple of years. So 12, down from 15, I don't need no stinking 10 step program.
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Old 08-11-2016, 08:24 PM   #39 (permalink)
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well lets see LOL

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I made sure I had something of each brand so's not to get caught up in that (you a Chevy guy, no I'm a Ford guy, no I'M A German car all the way, hay you aint got nothing if it isn't Asian) hahhaa
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