Is this possible? Has anyone driven both one of these RWD big blocks
and a FWD and compared them? Currently I'm driving a 97 Taurus and it
handles alright in snow. I haven't spun out or been stuck, except
this one time going slowly up an iced out hill, I had to get out and
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I have both RWD and FWD cars, live in New York State.
The RWD car, a 95 4.6 v8 T-Bird, benefits from real snow tires and
some extra weight in the trunk. It also has ABS and electronic traction
The best RWD snow car I had was a 65 Pontiac Grand Prix 389 v8.
This full frame car with old Firestone town and country snow tires
would get thru anything I threw at it, including getting up a steep
hill towards Congers off the Lake Deforest causeway in significant
I don't think they make cars that heavy or snow tires with that type of
aggressive tread, great in snow but poor at highway speeds.
The FWD cars with ABS do fairly well in the snow with all season tires
(whatever "all season" means today).
Rear wipers are only good for a station wagon...
Any sedan do not need a rear wiper.
I bought 7 Crown Victorias, and I never got the rear window dirty.
Marauder = GOOD
Crown Victorias are the best snow cars ever. 10X better than the FWD Camry
in snow ! Camry understeers a lot while the Crown Vic does not understeer
something about the way the car is designed too you don't get as much
crap on your windshield reducing the need for spraying washer fluid so
much.. in my wifes car every 3 minutes you're looking for wash fluid...
same in my work ranger.
For general driving I'd still prefer the old rear wheel drive with no
ABS and snows on all 4 up here in southern Ontario. You can throttle
steer a RWD car. Impossible with FWD.
That said, the 2.5 Mystique with all speed traction control and front
wheel drive is not a BAD handling car in snow (with a set of 4
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I agree 100%. I drive a ranger for work, and a 3/4tonne silverado for
my personal use, and today i took the wifes car out (civic) and the
front end just takes loose on it at will it seems to me... it has brand
new this year goodyear nordic's all around... the back end doesn't get
squirley like a RWD, but the front end does!
I'm just used to the rwd again and prefer this...
My first car was a rwd crown vic, then an f150, while in school i had a
fwd nissan sentra, and thought they were the cats ass in the snow...
then back to rwd trucks...
Anyway, my opinion is both are good in the snow as long as you know how
to drive them.
I too prefer RWD with no antilock, it is broken on my ranger anyway, and
i disconnected it on my silverado.
the ranger has Kelly Safari MSA's Studded on it, and the truck has
goodyear workhorse extra grips non-studed.
back before we had abs brakes, front wheel drive, automatic transmissions,
automatic traction control, auto piolet in cars, we had no problems driving
on ice and snow covered roads because we knew how to drive. people nowdays
In 4WD, I can see the gas gauge needle slowly creep from F to E.
My truck does fairly good on gas but I only drive about 3500 miles
a year & even though it is a 2004, I only have 13,600 miles on the
In my humble experience.... no. The FWD offers superior traction and, driven
properly, superior performance in these conditions.
If you want to win a drag race on dry pavement... RWD is the place to be.
But FWD has benefits that many don't get to experience.
"Why you ask, grasshopper?".
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