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Old 01-10-2011, 04:47 PM   #1
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Element 4wd = my best snow vehicle ever

My 06 EX-P 4WD 5-speed is the best snow vehicle I've ever owned. Previous good snow vehicles I've owned before?
  • two different CJ-5 Jeeps, 4WD of course
  • 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Selec-Trac 4WD
  • 1989 Ford Bronco 4WD
  • 74 VW Super Beetle

I also lived most of my life way north of GA, so it's not like I don't know how to drive in snow.

Atlanta got around 5 inches last night, which I know doesn't sound like much, but consider that we don't have the infrastructure down here to clear the roads AT ALL. Drove my wife to work this morning (works at at hospital, HAS to be there) when almost no one was out yet. My tracks out of the subdivision and up the road were the first ones in the virgin snow for quite a ways. Saw multiple people sliding, spinning, or just abandoning their vehicles when they became hopelessly stuck. The Element just motors on by.

Just ran out to Home Depot for something (should have called first, they were closed) and when I came back into my neighborhood, kids were sledding on a pretty steep part of the street. They got off the street, I came on up the hill, no problem. They applauded. The E just rocks.
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Old 01-10-2011, 05:22 PM   #2
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I also love the E in snow! It lacks the true 4WD but IMHO a lot of times that just helps you get MORE stuck. Nothing beats skill, knowledge of how to drive in snow, and stability!
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:08 PM   #3
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My 06 EX-P 4WD 5-speed is the best snow vehicle I've ever owned. Previous good snow vehicles I've owned before?
  • two different CJ-5 Jeeps, 4WD of course
  • 98 Jeep Grand Cherokee Selec-Trac 4WD
  • 1989 Ford Bronco 4WD
  • 74 VW Super Beetle

I also lived most of my life way north of GA, so it's not like I don't know how to drive in snow.

Atlanta got around 5 inches last night, which I know doesn't sound like much, but consider that we don't have the infrastructure down here to clear the roads AT ALL. Drove my wife to work this morning (works at at hospital, HAS to be there) when almost no one was out yet. My tracks out of the subdivision and up the road were the first ones in the virgin snow for quite a ways. Saw multiple people sliding, spinning, or just abandoning their vehicles when they became hopelessly stuck. The Element just motors on by.

Just ran out to Home Depot for something (should have called first, they were closed) and when I came back into my neighborhood, kids were sledding on a pretty steep part of the street. They got off the street, I came on up the hill, no problem. They applauded. The E just rocks.
Dang...after my own heart with those vehicles. In comparison for 4wd's in my past:
- 74 CJ5
- 94 Grand Cherokee
- 02 Isuzu Trooper
- 08 Element...the bEast, and the bEst at effortless 4wd maintenance and just drive where I want to. I shudder to remember all the extra upkeep and money it took to keep those vehicles on the road at times. I don't do hardcore offroad anymore but the E has surprised the heck out of me for where I have already taken it...I didn't really expect so much from it.
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:22 PM   #4
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My list for the record:

'78 Jeep Cherokee Quadra-Trac(back when they were the real thing)
'84 Subaru GL Wagon 4WD
'89 Jeep Cherokee
'93 Jeep Wagoneer full-time AWD
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Old 01-10-2011, 07:51 PM   #5
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They are great in the snow...we just had a nice dump of snow in Edmonton and the Element took it all in stride. Just have to remember to turn off the VSA when trying to get through the deep stuff
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Old 01-11-2011, 01:24 AM   #6
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They are great in the snow...we just had a nice dump of snow in Edmonton and the Element took it all in stride. Just have to remember to turn off the VSA when trying to get through the deep stuff
Amen to that, it's part of my "buttons and knobs to play with before moving an inch" list for every time I drive
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Old 01-11-2011, 09:55 AM   #7
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Cool E Best Vehicle in Snow!

E people couldnt agree more! my o3 E has got me thru more northeast snowstorms than i care to count! also agree its how you drive has a lot to do with it but the realtime 4wd is awesome in the snow when equipped with some knobby beefy All Terrain tires!
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Does anyone know where I should install my snow chains on my 2007 FWD E? Should they be installed on the front or rear wheels?

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Since you have 4WD, I'd say all four. But if you only have two chains and don't want to buy more, then definitely front.
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Old 12-09-2016, 12:18 PM   #10
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Does anyone know where I should install my snow chains on my 2007 FWD E? Should they be installed on the front or rear wheels?

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Front if you only have a pair, but I would do all four personally...
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