We need a Snow Car (and general Snow Car discussion)

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Anticyclone, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. Rob Farmer

    Rob Farmer Long timer

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    Ive just bought one of these in preparation for our imminent move to the countryside. Decent price for a 10 years old car thats only covered 46k. Very popular in Russia apparently as they re an excellent snow car. Actually built by Mitsubishi but has the same engine as the land rover freelander (french 2.2 litre engine) and citroen suspension.

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  2. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    I lived in the lake effect snow of upstate NY for over 50 years, 25 of them on an icy dirt road on a hilltop. While our little FWD Insight did great with good snows, the many 4x4s I had over the years were better. (TRDs, Unimog, Ford with Eaton TruTrac) Ones with good differentials and real snow tires made it like summer driving. The very best vehicle I ever had to battle the snow was the giant Penske moving truck.
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  3. dkazzed

    dkazzed Been here awhile

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    Toyota Sienna AWD. I love my minivan.
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  4. seriousracer

    seriousracer be a man dodge tree bark

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    i am not f***ng stupid,but i used too. niles mi.
    The eagle was truely a snow and terrain worthy 4x4.
    I miss mine
    Have a Honda CR-V now. 5 speed 2500 beater
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  5. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    I watched my friend tow a telephone truck out of a ditch with his Audi A4.

    +1 on the Firestone Winterforce. We get winter here, they work very well.
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  6. Ross Foy

    Ross Foy Been here awhile

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    I had a Audi S4 and A4 and had winter tires on both, I was blown away at the snow performance Quattro had. I had a Jeep Grand Cherokee at the same time and the awd car was much better in the snow, I could go places my buddies truck wouldnt go.
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  7. costellon

    costellon Directly above the center of the earth

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    Audi's are great but the oilpans are very low (believe me, lost two off my A4 AND one off my A6).
    I would go for an OLD Toyota Landcruiser Prado if I was you (J90 - 1996 - 2002 - 3ltr diesel) They go anywhere and go forever, bulletproof engine and gearbox, 7 seats, comfortable, 4x4, automatic, parts are very cheap, easy to maintain and service and they are solid and safe. Remember the uk series Top Gear ? They had a Toyota Hilux (same motor and running gear) check it out http://topgear.wikia.com/wiki/Toyota_Hilux
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  8. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    We made a winter trip to Alma QC, about a hundred miles north of Quebec City. Got there and back fine in our Civic, but if sticking around I'd follow the lead of the locals and get a Suzuki SX4 or Toyota Matrix AWD. Seemed like every other vehicle we saw was one of those, indicating that they work.
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  9. dkazzed

    dkazzed Been here awhile

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    Oh I see you got an XC70, congrats!
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  10. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    I've owned a lot of vehicles up here in snowy New England. Nothing even compares to my $500 XJ on 31" trXus MTs. Unstoppable. Tires wore like iron in the summer, and in the winter I had traction no matter how many feet of snow.

    I miss that ride.
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  11. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    most fun car I ever drove in the snow: Saab 96

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  12. Anticyclone

    Anticyclone Ride more worry less

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    If only they were available stateside... The Hilux that is. The Landcruisers are, but are getting pretty rare. Most have wound up in the hands of "enthusiasts." In other words, the folks who own them think they're worth way too much!
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  13. MiniBike

    MiniBike Casual Observer

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    When I was a kid (early 60s), a neighbor had one of those 2 smokes that he raced. He was old then, but sure knew how to drive that little thing. R.I.P. Mr. Johnson!
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  14. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Yup, they are a blast to slew sideways around a turn, tho driving aggressively you wear out a lot of brakes because of lack of engine braking due to the freewheel.
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  15. lacofdfireman

    lacofdfireman Long timer

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    Older Jeep Grand Cherokees are amazing vehicles. We bought our 2003 for $3500 with 140k miles and spent about $1500 for lift and wheels and tires and the thing is incredible capable off road and in snow.

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    Camping with out Homebuilt Expedition style trailer.


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  16. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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    For a family that has 2 daily driver vehicles (not pickups) they like and want to keep, getting an old beater pickup makes a lot of sense. Something full sized with a simple V-8. Probably only driven a few times per year, so fuel mileage isn't a big concern. The worse the paint job, the less you'll worry when another car slides into you on the ice. The bonus is that it can be used to haul rock, bricks, or firewood. Add a battery tender plug so you can freshen the battery the night before a storm.

    When the deep snow comes, lots of these hit the road around here:
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  17. Mtneer

    Mtneer Been here awhile

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    My barber has an early gen X3 parked outside his shop for sale light blue metallic with the plastic front and rear bumpers, I can ask and see what he wants for it, we are about 5 hours from you, I have a set of wheels for an X3, Sport Edition with a set of Continental Extreme Winter Contact on them that have about 1.5 winters on them were put on then my wife got a 328i Xdrive coupe with different offset on the wheels, I'll make you a deal on the wheels and tires they been in my basement taking up space if you're interested. The X3 we had 09 model with the normally aspirated 6 was a beast in the winter with those tires, it had electronic hill decent which you could set between crawl and 15mph.
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  18. Mtneer

    Mtneer Been here awhile

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    Also have a set of wheels with snow tires that will fit a 328i Xdrive coupe with the same tires probably good for another winter, wife bought a 435 coupe with larger calipers and neither set of wheel would work so looking to get rid of either set cheap if anyone needs them shoot me a pm.
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  19. Schmokel

    Schmokel I got peed on today.

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    I'm trying to talk my wife into a WJ/ZJ but she somewhat stuck on a Ford Escape. Nice setup you got. I miss my XJ.
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  20. MotoChris521

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    So do you carry insurance the whole year ? I'd like to add a second snow / sand type vehicle but paying for insurance for something that might get used a half dozen times a year seems silly .
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