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Old 10-09-2003, 10:30 AM   #1
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Anyone have experience driving the 2wd in snowy conditions? :)
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Old 10-09-2003, 03:13 PM   #2
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I have never driven my E in snow before < got mines in late March > but i'm sure it would be just fine like my Accord. Heck i live in Chicago and we avg 38 inches a year :D

I think the car companies tote out the 4wd to make more money. All the cars i have owned were FWD's with no problems at all. It really depends on the driver driving habits :D
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Old 10-09-2003, 05:35 PM   #3
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I grew up in an icy and snowy area of Oregon, and I live at 4500 feet here in So. Cal, so I am no stranger to driving in the snow.

I will take a FWD chained car over a 4wd anyday. The key to driving in snow is speed, and thats all. Go slow, no sudden manueuvers like slamming on the brakes etc. This can be easily accomplished by going slow to start with, use your tranny to brake and just take extra precaution.

A 4wd in the hands of a good driver is a fine thing, and much easier than chaining up, no doubt. BUT..most 4wd owners have little snow experience and the 4wd gives them a false sense of security. Even with the 4w traction..you still have to go slow. I see the hiway littered with 4wds every year, but very few chained fwd cars. I call the litter "The invincibles".

I have the 2wd E, I just couldn't justify the extra cost for the 4wd because I know the technique.
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Old 10-11-2003, 02:05 PM   #4
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I agree with you splder,

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Old 10-11-2003, 08:07 PM   #5
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I grew up in Colorado and could not agree more. This is my first AWD ever. I have seeen too many people hop into their explorers and think that they are "King of the mountain"
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Old 10-11-2003, 08:19 PM   #6
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We get one or two snowstorms/icestorms a year here. I drive the couch and let the idiots who recently moved here from up North provide news worthy footage on the 6 o'clock news.
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Old 10-12-2003, 10:26 AM   #7
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Our 2wd CR-V handles snow just fine, so I wouldn't expect any different from the E. I ended up getting the awd E to help with pulling my trailer up slick boat ramps and on a couple of beaches that I tow the trailer on also. Otherwise, not much reason for the awd.

Heck, I had a rwd S-10 with the 4.3 for 7 1/2 years and never had a problem in snow with it either, just use common sense and drive slow and smooth with plenty of distance between you and anything hard.
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Old 10-12-2003, 02:55 PM   #8
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I went with the 4WD EX. The Real Time system is a fabulous, proven design. You literally have the best of both worlds, for road driving. I live in New England and I now have front wheel drive until the system notices slipping and bingo: I then have automatic hyprid 4 WD.

The idea that some 4WD accidents are caused by drivers who think they are "king of the hill" is strictly a driver mentality issue. Not a mechanical issue.

With proper style and driving technique FWD is fine for most snow conditions. However, unless money is the issue, I cannot see why someone would buy the FWD Element, instead of the 4WD (if you live in a snowy area).
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Old 10-12-2003, 06:39 PM   #9
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The reason I didn't buy AWD is a money thing first, 2ndly, my dealer didn't have a an AWD in the color I wanted in stock, 3rdly, it's just one more thing to fix if it breaks. :wink:
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Old 10-12-2003, 07:42 PM   #10
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I don't have the annoying sunroof to keep my groceries warm. The rear sunroof is quite silly.
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