AWD vs. FWD w/ Snow Tires

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WoolyBugger WoolyBugger
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AWD vs. FWD w/ Snow Tires

I know this may have been covered in other topics, but looking to bounce some brief opinions.

Looking for a used car.  Have a challenging drive to work in winter

What do you think:
-fwd golf tsi w/ snow tires
-awd Impreza hatch

Worried that fwd will leave me hanging, used to driving awd.
JasonWx JasonWx
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Re: AWD vs. FWD w/ Snow Tires

a used Subie will be more reliable then a used VW..
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Harvey Harvey
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I don't know about the specific vehicles.

IMO AWD is important for moving forward (vs stopping or staying on the road).  Especially moving uphill.  We have a steep driveway in the mountains. Without AWD, we would rarely get up it during winter, which would leave us carrying our stuff 600 feet, uphill and down. Ok for me when solo but when travel with the family we are talking many many trips.

We can sand the driveway and do, but it would have to be done a lot more, and it's expensive.

I'm running all season, a mostly workable compromise for my situation.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Milo Maltbie Milo Maltbie
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Oh no! Another snow tire thread?

99% of the time all season tires are fine. The 1% was the morning I drove a Honda Civic from Yonkers to the Catskills by Taconic Parkway to catch the first chair on a powder day.

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Brownski Brownski
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Milo Maltbie wrote
Oh no! Another snow tire thread?

99% of the time all season tires are fine. The 1% was the morning I drove a Honda Civic from Yonkers to the Catskills by Taconic Parkway to catch the first chair on a powder day.

mm
I don’t think that’s the fastest route
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TheGreatAbyss TheGreatAbyss
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AWD + Winter Tires if you really want to know you'll make it.  

Regarding "Snow TIres", based on Consumer Reports I bought the Falcon Euro Winters as they were rated higher on dry pavement, but slightly worse in snow than something like the Blizzaks.  Unless you're on unplowed streets all the time, you still want tires that can stop on highway pavement.

I just bough a VW so I'm biased, but older Subies are known to blow head gaskets on those boxer engines.  
Harvey Harvey
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Milo Maltbie wrote
99% of the time all season tires are fine.
And for me I need snow tires about 5% of the time.  The vast majority of my driving is on dry interstates.

It all depends on who you are.  The snow tires people are locals or those who live in the North country.
"You just need to go at that shit wide open, hang on, and own it." —Camp
Peter Minde Peter Minde
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I had a 1990 VW Passat that I bought new, I put 4 Gislaved(Swedish)  snow tires on it, and it never stranded me.  That was back in the days when I went north 3 weekends a month, and you could count snow on one of your travel days.

Currently on my 3d Subie, with Nokian snow tires.  FWIW, this is the first one where I've had to replace the head gasket.  Although it should be noted that I've had to replace the catalytic converters on every one that I've owned.  I tend to drive cars till the wheels fall off; this one has 201k miles.

Thinking about a used diesel Jetta while keeping the Subie.
Marcski Marcski
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Brownski wrote
Milo Maltbie wrote
Oh no! Another snow tire thread?

99% of the time all season tires are fine. The 1% was the morning I drove a Honda Civic from Yonkers to the Catskills by Taconic Parkway to catch the first chair on a powder day.

mm
I don’t think that’s the fastest route
This was definitely the first mistake of the day...probably more so than the lack of snow tires.

Harvey wrote
I don't know about the specific vehicles.

IMO AWD is important for moving forward (vs stopping or staying on the road).  
I think Harvey has it right here.  Although, AWD with Snows in the winter is noticeably the best IMO.
PeeTex PeeTex
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I have never had a problem getting to my ski destination with an AWD subi and All season tires. You just need to drive smart and not be in a hurry and anticipate what the other drivers might do.
Don't ski the trees, ski the spaces between the trees.
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