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#29123 of 32441 Re: AWD? V8? Under $30K? [michaell]
Jan 08, 2013 (3:31 pm)
Yeah, Michael's right. When Colorado gets hit with a big storm, dropping 3-4 feet of snow in the metro area, it makes national news, but the reality is that happens rarely (none in the past couple seasons) and even when it does, the sun's out the next day or two and it all melts away.
But I do like having AWD, even recognizing that a lot of it is mental. Havings said that, given snowy/icy conditions, I'd take our Odyssey with Blizzaks over the X3 with all-seasons any day. Now, my previous CX-9 with Blizzaks - that inspired a lot of confidence in the snowy conditions.
#29124 of 32441 Re: Another 335i [breld]
Jan 08, 2013 (4:22 pm)
It looks like a fun car. I'm not a big fan of sedans, but I could go for that one. It's funny that the steering wheel looks nearly identical to the on in my Forester (shape/styling/buttons).
I thought the interior was a bit garish upon first glance, but I think I would feel much differently about it in person. That car looks like it has some spirit - enough to keep you interested for a while, anyway!
#29125 of 32441 Re: Another 335i [breld]
Jan 08, 2013 (5:44 pm)
Good deal on a great car!
#29126 of 32441 Re: Another 335i [breld]
Jan 08, 2013 (6:41 pm)
Congrats! You will LOVE that car! Awesome color combination! Mazel-Tov & congratulations!
#29127 of 32441 Re: AWD? V8? Under $30K? [corvette]
Jan 08, 2013 (6:47 pm)
True, but find me one under $30K;)
#29128 of 32441 Re: AWD? V8? Under $30K? [michaell]
Jan 08, 2013 (7:04 pm)
I'd probably agree with you that there are probably only 10 days a year here where the AWD is necessary. From 2002 - 2011 I got by with snow tires on my FWD Prelude & NEVER got stuck. I also know that AWD/4WD helps you start, & the added weight probably hampers avoidance maneuvers & braking performance in the snow.
I'm also pretty sure that A LOT of how well my 328xi drives in the snow has to do with the traction & stability control. Shut those off and my car will spin & slide if I want it to.
Maybe it does give me a false confidence. Back in my younger days on edmunds, I'd argue that all one needs is RWD & dedicated snow tires. Now, the snow tires are such a pain, especially since 4 tires wouldn't fit in my 328xi.
#29129 of 32441 Re: AWD? V8? Under $30K? [nyccarguy]
Jan 08, 2013 (8:04 pm)
As a former rabid Chrysler supporter I am ashamed to say I wouldn't buy one. Much too heavy (4000 pounds+ IIRC)
The really big motors move it along but you could get a lot of other cars just as fast that wouldn't eat gas.
Rented one with a 3.5L a few years ago and it was nothing special. It sure didn't give me the same thrill up the leg that my 74 Charger did.
#29130 of 32441 Re: AWD? V8? Under $30K? [nyccarguy]
Jan 08, 2013 (8:02 pm)
"...always wanted a V-8..."
Oh, now I understand. I'd still look for something lighter in weight.
There is nothing quite like the torque of a good V-8.
#29131 of 32441 Re: Another 335i [breld]
Jan 08, 2013 (8:26 pm)
Congratulations! If that car had an automatic and was a year or two older (and thus a little less expensive), I might be on a flight out there to drive it home!
#29132 of 32441 Re: AWD? V8? Under $30K? [oldfarmer50]
Jan 08, 2013 (8:31 pm)
"Rented one with a 3.5L a few years ago and it was nothing special. It sure didn't give me the same thrill up the leg that my 74 Charger did."
I rented one of the early Chargers with the 2.7 liter, and while the engine was smooth, it wasn't enough power for the car, and the car was a "poverty spec" model with no options at all. Turned me off to Chrysler products in general.