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Thinking about new car/suv purchase

What are all you snow guys using to get around these days? Recommendations welcomed.

My front wheel drive cars usually get the job done but there are those few days a year when something more capable would be nice.

I'm looking at the Subaru CrossTrek, Forester and base model Impreza as apparently(?) they're the best AWD system. All can be had in manual shift which I always go for. Don't need a pick up truck and really like getting good mileage.

I've never driven an AWD and would rather have a real 4WD but afraid of buying non Japanese brands because of, you know, my 45 years of car buying experience.

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CRV's are nice. 2 of them in my family. Rock solid reliable. Subie is a good choice also. I have no problem recommending either. Be prepared to own one or the other a long long time.

I work in a Gm dealership, stay far away from them turds!

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What are all you snow guys using to get around these days? Recommendations welcomed.

My front wheel drive cars usually get the job done but there are those few days a year when something more capable would be nice.

I'm looking at the Subaru CrossTrek, Forester and base model Impreza as apparently(?) they're the best AWD system. All can be had in manual shift which I always go for. Don't need a pick up truck and really like getting good mileage.

I've never driven an AWD and would rather have a real 4WD but afraid of buying non Japanese brands because of, you know, my 45 years of car buying experience.
A friend of mine just got a Subaru Impreza in stick shift. She hates automatic. She got the sport model, it's pretty peppy, and she absolutely loves it. Out the door with full 10 year bumper to bumper warrantee, some kind of rim warrantee (if she smacks it into a curb she gets new rims) tax, etc.. for about $30K. The car itself was $26K, taxes were $1500 give or take, Warrantees were another $1500 give or take.

Subaru has HUGE resale. My sister totaled her 15 year old Forrester and the INSURANCE COMPANY gave her just over $5000 for it. Now, it was in good shape, but for a car she paid under $20K for 15 years earlier, that's a good return.

They are tough little cars to be sure.
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Every vehicle I own is either 4wd or AWD. For all around driving AWD is a better option. If you go off road and if ground clearance is a need, then yes, 4wd. But for what you described, AWD would be the way to go.

Can't beat a Subaru in slick conditions. They are just an all around good vehicle.

I don't mind spending money, I mind wasting money.
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CRV's are nice. 2 of them in my family. Rock solid reliable. Subie is a good choice also. I have no problem recommending either. Be prepared to own one or the other a long long time.

I work in a Gm dealership, stay far away from them turds!
may i ask what you think of the 2017 vette or a 2017 1500 ltz with the 6.2 than?


as for the OP
that subaru is one long running beast when cared for, nothing to see them get top dollar resale with 100k on them
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I know Scrappy just trashed GM but I have to say I own an H2 Hummer and I canít say enough about how well it works in the snow. I pulled trailers through snowstorms with it and felt very comfortable and rock steady. Too bad they killed them off in 2008. I think Subaruís awd system is awesome but the cars are way are too small for me. Always carrying a truckload of camping equipment for my sons scout troop with a trailer hooked up. My truck is a 2006 and I have about 108,000 with very few issues beyond regular maintenance.
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may i ask what you think of the 2017 vette or a 2017 1500 ltz with the 6.2 than?


as for the OP
that subaru is one long running beast when cared for, nothing to see them get top dollar resale with 100k on them

Lets just say I, or my immediate family (includes a BIL that is a Chrysler tech, with only honda vehicles ) Do not own a GM vehicle, or ever will. Mom always said if you cannot say anything nice shut the fuk up LOL! So I just keep my pie hole shut.
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I just bought a Ford Explorer XLT (new 2017 model)

202A Option package
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Very nice car/SUV. I wasn't too sure about the Explorers, since they went with the uni-body instead of the Ranger chassis, but I am really liking this car.

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I've had my '09 RAV4 since new, currently 104k miles. I've been very happy with it, though I wish the gas mileage were better. It's a 2.5L 4-cyl with AWD.

It's been very handy, vs when we had 2 sedans. Being able to fit larger items in the car is really nice, and I added a trailer hitch, for extra versatility. It does very well in the New England snow, though I also added snow tires.

A few co-workers have Subarus, and have been happy with them.

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Subarus are pretty good and reliable, but Iíd also consider a Honda CRV or a Toyota RAV4 (actually the Subaru would be my third choice).
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