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Old 07-30-2002, 08:47 PM   #11
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Around Edmonton Police use Crown Victorias on the city streets. On the highway though you can Mustangs, Camaros & other muscle cars! Gm has lost thousands of dolars because of the fact the police in general prefer RWD cars. Gm has decided to chage that & regain some lost revenue by deleting some FWD carlines & replacing them with RWD carlines again. Some of the proposed carline changes include: Caprice, Impalla and Bonneville.
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They use the Camaro too. I would love to see them use the GTO. LOL imagine a GTO police package. YES.

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FWD is cheaper for companys to manufacture. End of discussion.
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I think csprague summed it up well. Both have pros' and con'* but for me I'll NEVER drive a RWD in the winter again. And if I had anything making a lot of power it'd have to be RWD...just my opinion.
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Aw, but RWD makes things interesting in the winter! Back when I had my Thunderbird Turbo Coupe (RWD), it took actual talent to get things not to spin. The limitted-slip differential wasn't working correctly, so if I spun too long, I had a chance of cooking the gears. Ah, Minnesota.

Thanks to these mild Indiana winters, I haven't had a good chance to see how FWD does in snow. On this car, I would imagine that traction control will go a ways to prevent wheel spin.

As far as using FWD on squad cars goes, I've heard that FWD cars often can't take the abuse. Rumor has it that departments with Impalas go through a LOT of CV joints.
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I had a Monte SS that, in the winter, was like riding a pig on ice. Otherwise I loved that car. Wife and house dropped it down the priority list...got rid of it.

I have driven nothing but FWD cars since. I love the stability and overall drivability.

However, I totalled my beloved '89 Olds 98 Touring Sedan by hydro-planing on the Ohio turnpike of all places. Believe me, that was not a fun ride. I thought I saved it not once, but twice. It still went "***-over-applecart" so to speak. I was going east, spun twice, dove through the median and ended up in the west bound lanes! I drove it home after I cleaned out my pants. The insurance co. still totalled it.

I do know for a fact that if I could have used my throttle to help "stear", I would be driving that car today. But, I ended up having to buy a new 2002 SSEi, so you figure if I am better off or not.

A little anecdote about police driving:

A few years back, the Toledo police were having hellish times with the newer cars with ABS. It seems that they learned (old school practices) to pump their brakes when in skid conditions. We all know what happens when you pump your ABS breaks, don't we? These guys were wrecking two cars a day!! Anyways, the police dept. hired driving instuctors to work with the cops to teach them to drive with the ABS. The training probably paid for itself the first time a patrol car didn't get wrecked!

Don't you (or most reasonable people) think that, maybe, the reason that most cops prefer RWD is...that is what they were trained on and therefor are used to it? What about drivers training for cops in a FWD car?

Just my $1.53 on this subject.

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Forget FWD and RWD just get AWD and you're set in any condition.
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I have all. A FWD 2001 SSEi, a 97 Subaru Outback Legacy AWD, a 75 Chevy P/U 4WD, and a 87 Mercury Cougar LS RWD. Each has its good and bad points but the SSEi is my favorite. I've learned to handle the torque steer under slippery conditions.

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