How much ground clearance do you really need?

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PeeTex wrote
I forgot to mention, lately I was thinking about a Land Rover, but within the past few weeks I have been considering the Jaguar F pace, when your looking at the last car you are likely to buy - you can consider pulling out all the stops.
Why not the X5 M ? You better hold on to your buttocks regarding depreciation  when it comes to the Rover/Jag

If it were me I'd look at the  QX80 but I like full-size
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campgottagopee wrote
PeeTex wrote
I forgot to mention, lately I was thinking about a Land Rover, but within the past few weeks I have been considering the Jaguar F pace, when your looking at the last car you are likely to buy - you can consider pulling out all the stops.
Why not the X5 M ? You better hold on to your buttocks regarding depreciation  when it comes to the Rover/Jag

If it were me I'd look at the  QX80 but I like full-size
I drove an X5 for two years. It’s not really the way I roll normally (won a sales contest) but I can tell you for sure you will enjoy driving it. Absolutely solid in the snow, fast as hell of course and nothing broke or malfunctioned in the 30k I had it for. I’m an American mini-van/pickup guy so getting used to the German-performance-driving-feel of a BMW took a little while but after the break-in period I loved it
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Brownski wrote
I’m an American mini-van/pickup guy so getting used to the German-performance-driving-feel of a BMW took a little while but after the break-in period I loved it
LOL on the break in period. Sounds like it was you getting broke in.  :)
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
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Very cool, Broski

Yea I don't roll that way either but I'd suffer thru it

And the M pkg gives you something like 540 HP
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I have a Volvo V60 T5 AWD and am in the ADK every weekend.  I've never had a problem with ground clearance.  With the snow tires, you can climb anything with ease.  It's got 30 mpg and lots of space.  The Volvo roof rack is Thule white-labelled gear and actually cheaper than buying full-on Thule.

17 gallon gas tank, too.  That is handy.

The heated windshield is good - turn the car/windshield on and after a few minutes any ice comes off like a knife through warm butter.  I was expecting a bit more when driving through ice storms.....you don't have to stop as often to clear off the wipers, but you do have to do it from time to time.

I saw enough accidents first hand to not want to f-around.
Sent from the driver's seat of my car while in motion.
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Harvey wrote
Brownski wrote
I’m an American mini-van/pickup guy so getting used to the German-performance-driving-feel of a BMW took a little while but after the break-in period I loved it
LOL on the break in period. Sounds like it was you getting broke in.  :)
Yes 100%
The steering on that thing was so precise and tight compared to the GMC Safari I was driving at the time, my brain was what required adjustment/break in, not the vehicle.
Camp
I had the "little" engine and it was hard not to go 90+ every time I got on a highway. I'm afraid I'd get myself in too much trouble with the big engine.
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The OP addresses my big complaint about modern SUVs, which is roof height. My first Outback in 93 was a station wagon with clearance, which was fine. "Normal" height roofline. Now there's a race to bloat these things up and up, for no other good reason than to make the car seem bigger on the outside and get to some magical number for interior volume that makes the sales people happy. I could fairly easily get into my Thule box on top of my '01 Forester, and also get into most parking garages, which is important, but, I need a small stepladder (I'm 6 ft.) with the same combo on my '10 Forester, and the latest Foresters have an even higher roofline, about 3-4 inches higher. The Outback is the same these days.

I'm looking at the Volkwagen AWD wagon, which is, ahem, a car with clearance. There is the Audi AllRoad, but, I'm not that well off. Love to own that little AWD S Audi wagon, must be a scream to drive, but, again, daddy didn't leave me much. Any other cars with AWD and clearance out there?

As far as clearence, of course you need some for skiing. Not all the time, but, when you do, you will thank yourself for buying that car. As mentioned, crappy dirt roads in mud season are much easier, and safer. Arriving at an unplowed road at night with your house at the end is another time you need it. Hell, one time I decided to drive to Killington during an Xmas eve storm, and I guess the plow drivers were all off and back home with families, because the Northway had close to a foot of snow on it as I plowed through. Thank you, clearence.

Don't get me going about everyone driving around in thos stupid pickup trucks. Always have to laugh when you see them off to the sides of roads in bad storms. Those and Jeeps. Dumb.

funny like a clown
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Benny Profane wrote
 

Don't get me going about everyone driving around in thos stupid pickup trucks.  

Whatev --- let me see you toss a dead deer in your, ahem, car with clearance ----- or firewood ---- or pellets ---- or dirt ---- or sand ---- or hay ---- or ladders ---- or staging ----- or blocks ---- or bricks --- or lumber
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Different AWD Systems are not alike

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Awesome video. One of my supplier reps used to be a Audi salesman and he admitted the Subaru AWD was the best in the business. He said Audi (of course) and BMW were close behind. My last GMC Safari was the AWD and I can tell you that thing was a beast. My mechanic once told me it was really a full-time 4wd with GM's normal traction control and operated 60/40 rear/front power distribution until it lost traction. Not sure that's accurate but I never got it stuck
"You want your skis? Go get 'em!" -W. Miller
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