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Old 06-27-2005, 12:44 AM   #21
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3800 lbs car + AWD = the heaviest vehicle on the road
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3800 lbs car + AWD = the heaviest vehicle on the road
We'd get out of the whole quicker but would get passed by go-carts at high speeds.
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3800 lbs car + AWD = the heaviest vehicle on the road
We'd get out of the whole quicker but would get passed by go-carts at high speeds.
Only if you got the power to push the AWD system. They bog down when launching compared to a 2wd system

RWD is easier to work on in many instances, but it does take a lil more room. Trannys run cooler, tire wear is better, and handling is better.

If you understand how to drive it, RWD can be easier in winter then FWD. Turning too wide? just mash it. Both Front and Rear can't have heavy pedals in winter anyways... But here'* how i look at it. FWD started big when the 80'* started. People drove in winter from around the turn of the century till the 80'*, why can't we do it now? Especially with Stability control, ABS, etc.
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Its cheeper to build.
I live in a snow belt and prefer rear wheel drive with posi.
Ever try driving up a crowned street with your front tires spinning?
My Chevy 3500 has 3.70 posi and climbs like jack rabbit in the snow.
My 64 Bonneville has way too much horsepower and torque to be front wheel drive.
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I agree. A competent (sp?) driver in a rear wheel drive car will do just fine against someone in a FWD car. The rear wheel drive car may lose traction more, but not control. Keeping your cool is key and you can usually bring rear wheel drive back from a fish tail that you have started.

Cops in their CV PI'* seem to manage alright.
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Well guys it is proven that FWD vehicles do better in snow than what a RWD car will. For example we live out in the county and have a driveway that is about 750 feet long and it is uphill with some curves. We had a 99 Astro with RWD posi, and that damn thing would make it up but spinning all the way. I took my Bonne with Traction on and it went right up with no problems. In my opinion FWD is better.
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fwd does have some real advantages, but there is nothing, NOTHING like rear wheel drive. The fun factor is just quadrupled. reverse doughnuts are not that fun. I know this may sound immature, but rear wheel drive is much more enjoyable to drive. The way these cars are built the whole engine and drivetrain just bolts right up to the unibody so it saves a lot of time and effort on the assembly lines. Arent rear wheel drives much more robust in the drivetrain department? also the bodies are stronger due to the extra bracing.
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i also remember hearing that they are cheaper because they use less materials
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what'* it matter if it'* FWD? It'* not a performance car to the point it would really benfit all that much from it. It saves weight, more compact, you don't have that huge RWD 'hump' in the center of the car, better traction in most driving conditions, etc. The Bonneville makes a good FWD car.

Actually we do have the hump in the center of the car....but whose counting.....
well, to be fair that hump is for the exhaust pipe. on a RWD that hump is just about double that size to occomadate the driveshaft and transmission.
The hump is also a huge part of the car'* structure... the "spine", if you will.
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Don't know if it'* still available at magazine stores, but the June 2005 issue of Motor Trend has a good article on this subject, called Push, Pull or Both - rear drive vs. front drive vs. all-wheel drive. They compare the driving performance of an Infiniti G35, Grand Prix GXP and Subaru WRX

Article also mentions a web site dedicated to rear-wheel drive www.rearwheeldrive.org
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