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What do you drive?

Postby SynergyBlue » Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:24 pm

If or when you drive to the Sierra, do you drive a 4 wheel drive or a regular car?



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Re: What do you drive?

Postby Snow Nymph » Tue Mar 11, 2008 6:54 pm

FJ Cruiser, 4WD all the time.

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Re: What do you drive?

Postby Shawn » Tue Mar 11, 2008 7:41 pm

Occassional 4WD......

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Re: What do you drive?

Postby SynergyBlue » Thu Mar 13, 2008 8:28 am

Love the picture with the vehicle covered in snow :nod: almost looks like the vehicle is wearing a hat. I'm in the market for a car with no luck. A 2009 Chrysler Aspen Hybrid is coming out later this year. Maybe I should wait until then. Car prices near the end of the year are cheaper anyway. What type of 4 wheel drive would you recommend?
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Re: What do you drive?

Postby hikerduane » Thu Mar 13, 2008 7:40 pm

I live in the Sierra, my 1980 LUV 4X4 sits, I drive my two wheel drive Toyota pickup most of the time. The only issue I have, is when our private road doesn't get plowed of snow when it gets too deep and I have to try to get out. Only got stuck once in the last seven years or so. If my truck had better clearance, I wouldn't have gotten stuck. Funny, most people who come up here to go snow camping bring there 4X4's, I pull up in my two wheel drive.
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Re: What do you drive?

Postby dave54 » Sun Mar 16, 2008 12:52 pm

Wifes car is a Subaru Tribeca.

Mine is Ford F-150 4wd extended cab, rigged for payload and towing. I can drive it anywhere except past a gas station.
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Re: What do you drive?

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Mar 20, 2008 12:45 am

dave54 wrote:Wifes car is a Subaru Tribeca.

Mine is Ford F-150 4wd extended cab, rigged for payload and towing. I can drive it anywhere except past a gas station.


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Re: What do you drive?

Postby markskor » Thu Mar 20, 2008 2:56 pm

My "reliable" 1982 , puke-brown/gold, Jeep Cherokee...with 4-wheel drive, when needed.
Want to upgrade but it just won't die...and it is paid for. :unibrow:
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Re: What do you drive?

Postby fishmonger » Fri Jun 13, 2008 12:55 pm

I've seen 2WD cars at Trailhead I thought I was abusing my lifted Toyota 4X4 on to get up to. It's all a matter of how much you can tolerate the bottom of your car scraping on rocks without turning around, I think.

Silver Canyon Road - going up slowly in 4WD, I had a 2WD suburban come flying at me as if the driver was on a freeway. Knowledge of the road helps a lot, I guess. The picture below was taken in 1992. My current ride is a 4Runner of 1993 vintage. When the going gets rough, air down the tires to 10psi and you'll do fine.

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Re: What do you drive?

Postby danmitch » Fri Jul 04, 2008 9:27 am

The answer to that question has changed over the past few years as the cost of fuel has risen and as concerns about the effects of overuse of fossil fuels have become clearer.

Until a few years ago I drove a four-wheel drive Dodge Durango. It got me just about anywhere I needed to go, short of really hard core four-wheel drive roads - and those just aren't generally a priority for me. It was big enough to haul sufficient stuff. I could sleep in the back. It handled will on the typical dirt, gravel, rocky roads found away from the pavement.

But it sucked gas.

I got a Subaru Outback. I get twice the mileage. AWD works great in snow and on gravel/dirt roads. Ground clearance is about the same as the Durango. I can go almost everywhere I could go in the Durango. I can - just barely - sleep in the back if I have to. Sometimes I miss the greater mass of the Durango, but I'll cope.

But I leave the Outback at home if I won't be doing significant driving on dirt.

We now also have a Prius. I can get to the Sierra crest and back from the Bay Area on 8 gallons of gas. There is plenty of power for all Sierra paved roads. I get 51-53 mpg on these trips.

The irony is that it now costs me about as much to go up and back in the Prius as it cost me to do the same in the Durango (15mpg... on a good day) a few years ago.

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Re: What do you drive?

Postby hikerbob » Thu Jul 10, 2008 4:42 pm

Well, I used to drive a Jeep Grand Cherokee. This was great vehicle. I've blazed the most severe blizzards and crawled up unimaginable jeep roads but on Fathers Day just past, we hike and skied Bull Run Peak at the end of Pacific Valley off of HWY 4. Returned to the jeep to see this...
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Yes, Insured. Now I have Subaru Outback. Better MPG and 5 speed. Seems to be a fun vehicle.

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Re: What do you drive?

Postby balzaccom » Sat Mar 21, 2009 8:23 am

Ford escape Hybrid. 2WD, because it gets better gas mileage, but still has the ground clearance of the 4WD. It gets about 33 mpg, and has been great so far (25K miles)
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