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  My Tundra seldom sees a stop light
  Posted by: kayamedic on Oct-11-12 6:50 PM (EST)
 

-- Last Updated: Oct-11-12 6:57 PM EST --

and seldom stop and go driving. I get out of my camp dirt road and its 55-65 mph.

If I were in congested areas it would be a bank drainer.

Its 13 years old now..1999. Given me many a good canoe trip and I figure that the $21000 I paid for it is pennies a mile. Its got nearly 300 k miles.

But it is NOT 4 wheel drive. Its two wheel. I can get a runnning start on snowy hills and have yet to get stuck in the snow. And we do get some 150-200 inches a year. Were I to have to have 4 WD it would sure be different. I bought my house here with priority of flat driveway. And our snow is usually powdery..ish..( not like the West though!)

Also my canoe hauling is into the wilderness for the majority of trips traversing twitch and logging roads. Traction is not so much the issue rather ground clearance. More fuel efficient cars are often ground huggers and that is where in my case a high vehicle makes more sense even if there is a penalty.

I learned to drive with rear wheel drive long ago so I might have a little experience with those vehicles in snow..(the Adirondacks were a former home). Those people of more recent vintage of course may have different experiences.


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