Last post on Sep 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM
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Subaru Forester, Hyundai Santa Fe, Jeep Liberty, Ford Escape, Suzuki Grand Vitara, Saturn VUE, SUV
#4935 of 4943 Re: Grand Vitara / traction systems [xostnot]
Sep 04, 2009 (1:21 pm)
Gotta remember most people who buy SUVs (and many who comment here) live in more urban/suburban areas where low-range use is rare. If I lived in a rural area—or especially if I lived near the beach—having a low range would be especially useful.
We used to vacation a lot at the Outer Banks of North Carolina. If I lived there or near there, a low-range equipped SUV or pickup would be a must-have for me, as beach driving is done by the "natives" all the time.
Also remember that the Grand Vitara is a world-car, so in other markets (Australia, Africa, Mid-East, Asia, South America, Polynesia, etc.), where roads are often non-existent or miserable at best, low range is often used.
#4936 of 4943 Re: Grand Vitara / traction systems [xostnot]
Sep 04, 2009 (2:46 pm)
you don't have to convince me. i have a vehicle with low range and have needed it a few times. i went places i would not have gone without it.
it helped me to not look stupid when buried up the axles in the sand at the outer banks with 40+ lbs of air in the tires. i didn't realize the locals drive around with their tires at low pressure all the time.
#4937 of 4943 Re: Grand Vitara / traction systems [explorerx4]
Sep 08, 2009 (10:40 am)
The sign at the beach I drove on recommended 18psi. Worked well for me.
The problem is where to air up when you leave. Luckily there was a station near by.
#4938 of 4943 Audi - active rear diff
Sep 11, 2009 (4:44 pm)
Just read about this new addition to the S4 and S5 models, so they're catching up to Acura and BMW.
I'd still pick the BMW or Audi system over Acura's, both of which are rear-biased.
#4939 of 4943 Re: Grand Vitara / traction systems [xostnot]
Sep 24, 2009 (10:17 am)
Low range is very tough on the tranny because it locks the diffs.I would rather have more brake wear than more tranny and drivetrain wear. My former Jeep had quadra-drive. It could send 100% torque to any one wheel during slip conditions. I used low range once, but didn't really need it.
#4940 of 4943 Re: Audi - active rear diff [ateixeira]
Sep 24, 2009 (10:33 am)
Yet another such system - I read that Cadillac has one for the new SRX, supposedly. Haven't read about how it works, yet.
#4941 of 4943 Re: Jeeps [paisan]
Sep 14, 2011 (2:37 pm)
You are lucky. I just replaced the entire drive-shaft at a cost of over $1,500. GM would not cover it. I will never buy another G.M. product again. All my life I have always bought G.M. but never again. They really have gone to the dogs. They do NOT build a quality vehicle any more. Buy American? I would if they could build a decent vehicle! And don't diss me because of this comment. I am 60 years old and have owned many vehicles....all American built, but never again..we have lost the auto market due to low quality, high cost and horrible service.
#4942 of 4943 Buy American? Not any more.
Sep 14, 2011 (2:50 pm)
I hate to write this but I feel I have to. I am 60 years old and have always bought G.M vehicles, one was a Ford. I have a Saturn Vue now and that vehicle is the worst I have ever owned. Sad to say American built vehicles no longer have the quality they used to. On top of poor quality, they are too expensive and the service is horrible. I am a Vietnam Vet so don't even question my patriotism. The bottom line is that American built vehicles SUCK. My next vehicle will be a Toyota or any thing not U.S. built. Sorry, but things have changed and I need to change with this reality.
#4943 of 4943 Re: Buy American? Not any more. [dwester]
Sep 15, 2011 (10:43 am)
I'm pretty sure the RAV4 is built in North America as well. The Forester is built exclusively in Gunma, Japan, FWIW.