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AWD vehicle for snow

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by despot721, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. nezumi

    nezumi One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Any thoughts on the VW Golf / Passat Alltrack wagons?

    I have seen a couple of these going to auction lately for pretty reasonable numbers (Yes, I am aware of all the general pitfalls of buying a car at auction) - predominantly finance repossessions it looks like.

    I was looking at an Outback, but given that the US2020 model isn't here until next year at the earliest, I figured I would cast a slightly wider net.
     
  2. bawbawbel

    bawbawbel Easi Ski..... Ski Pass: Gold

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    Keep original wheels.
    Tires can go higher but not wider.
    Wide is suicide on a light car , anyway :)
     
  3. CarveMan

    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    My sister has a Passat Alltrack. She is the worst driver in the world yet still alive so that's one good data point.
     
  4. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    For driving to the Snow often I think an AWD with some clearance and being equipped with all terrain tyres is desirable. For new cars the recent Subaru XV looks quite the ticket for this sort of thing.
    https://www.caradvice.com.au/770540/2019-subaru-xv-2-0i-s-review/
     
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  5. Gregah

    Gregah One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Skoda has just introduced a "Scout" version of the AWD Superb wagon. It only gives an extra 15mm clearance but you do get some extra underbody protection and an "off road" mode. It also has the very decent Golf R petrol engine (if you wanted to avoid a diesel). You would of course need to be patient as they wouldn't turn up at a repo auction for a while.
     
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    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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  7. snow drive solutions

    snow drive solutions Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Fozzie Bear One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Arctic Trucks do great great conversions, but most people in Iceland would have a Toyota Prada/Landcruiser modified as they are more reliable. Have been in a couple of their vehicles, very capable. The Mercedes Sprinter 4x4 bus was brilliant.
     
  9. DPS Driver

    DPS Driver One of Us

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    My Navara could do with a spruce up by them.

    I've got a Navara STX, 2 years old now. When I bought it I had grand plans to do a few things for off road performance in snow and sand but life got in the way. It's now done multiple journeys in both with bog standard tyres and all, because I'm too tight to waste a set of tyres, so I wore out the old ones first, before fitting AT tyres. To date that is the only mod.

    The things goes anywhere, as is, so now, even though I'd like to do the odd thing, I'm struggling to make any changes because it does everything really well enough and behaves nicely on the road which in all honesty, is 99% of all driving anyway.
     
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  10. snow drive solutions

    snow drive solutions Hard Yards Ski Pass: Silver

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    Nokian winter tyres are available in Japan
    Here are the contact details for Nokian winter tyre importer
     
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  11. Marty_McSly

    Marty_McSly Staying the **** at home. Ski Pass: Gold

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    I hope he got to the BMW dealer before the Alfa rusted away...
     
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