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Cymaro 07-01-2013 04:00 PM

Best AWD car for the money?
 
Hello all,
Thought i would get some answers and opinions from some car guys and girls. I'm going to sell my old winter beater Grand Prix and want to get something AWD. If I had around $10-$15k to spend on something what would it be? I hate getting stuck in the snow and it would only be a winter car. Thanks in advance

Mr_Draco 07-01-2013 04:03 PM

Car, truck, or SUV?

For a car, imo nothing beats a Subaru.

SS 376 07-01-2013 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr_Draco (Post 6739292)
Car, truck, or SUV?

For a car, imo nothing beats a Subaru.

Yep, if it's just to get around, find a Forester or an Impreza.

Cymaro 07-01-2013 04:05 PM

I guess I'm thinking car or truck around that price range. I don't have much knowledge on AWD systems and their maintenance or life if that makes any sense

Truck Norris 07-01-2013 04:20 PM

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Originally Posted by Cymaro (Post 6739297)
I guess I'm thinking car or truck around that price range. I don't have much knowledge on AWD systems and their maintenance or life if that makes any sense

Here's a little info/compro about Subaru's AWD system. My wife's 2013 Subaru Legacy does better in the snow and ice then my 1 ton Cummins Ram with a 5" lift and 35" MT's.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_MXK...ature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P21lw...ature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOmZI...ature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMkyM...ature=youtu.be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bRe6...ature=youtu.be

For your budget you can take your pick at just about any used Subaru. Manuals transmissions come standard and they offer a turbo on just about every model you can think of and the 265hp 09+ Impreza WRX and Legacy GT really haul the mail with a 13.3-13.5@102mph bone stock.

DaBears 07-01-2013 04:41 PM

Subaru. Anyone who tells you different is lying out of their ass and is in denial.

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Stew 07-01-2013 05:18 PM

Honestly my little patriot was hands down the best winter vehicle I ever had. It was a full time fwd/AWD system, but you could lock it 50/50 just by pulling a small lever. they can be found cheap too, though i would suggest not going any older than a 10 model because they got a nicer interior for 09 and they seemed to work out the few issues it had by 2010. My was an FD1 with a manual transmission and i also got high 20s/low 30s in mpg in mixed driving.

trademaster 07-01-2013 11:26 PM

Get yourself a WRX wagon. The Subaru symmetrical all-wheel-drive is just incredible in the snow. It is like driving a snowmobile. On top of that, the wrx is pretty fun and has plenty of space for anything you need. The wrx is that rare combination of fun, utility and affordability.

Eleven 07-01-2013 11:35 PM

Subaru Impreza + 100000. Stick tho, Autos limit the TQ to the rear tires (or at least they used to) and you may spin going up steep hills. Plus there cheaper.

MikeSVX 07-01-2013 11:39 PM

For a beater an older Outback wagon is good and makes a decent hauler. If you want something sporty, check out a 92 to 96 Subaru SVX. I had a 94. Watch the 94s, some of them were FWD. it's a sports car with a 3.3l boxer 6 full equipped (for the time). It had AWD, and 230hp n/a. There only flaw was the tranny. It wasn't designed to handle the power and would over heat causing damage. An easy fix was adding an external tranny fluid cooler.

derklug 07-02-2013 12:26 AM

I would go with Subaru, Audis are good, but maintenance and minor crap drain your wallet. 4x4 trucks are good, but the light rear end can surprise you if your not used to one. Explorer, Blazer, Grand Cherokee are all good but will be more expensive to run between fuel economy and repairs. All of this is based on $15k price tag.

midnighter 07-02-2013 12:27 AM

WRX FTW

DGthe3 07-02-2013 01:25 AM

snow tires > AWD

Steve Dallas 07-02-2013 02:12 AM

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Originally Posted by Mr_Draco (Post 6739292)
Car, truck, or SUV?

For a car, imo nothing beats a Subaru.

Well, I'd say Audi does...however that isn't in the price range the OP is talking about.

Then again, there are some older used Audi's that would serve well for that price. As someone else said, there is maintenance to think about as well.

Mr_Draco 07-02-2013 04:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Steve Dallas (Post 6741382)
Well, I'd say Audi does...however that isn't in the price range the OP is talking about.

Then again, there are some older used Audi's that would serve well for that price. As someone else said, there is maintenance to think about as well.

Yea I'm talking about his price range. You can get a fairly new Subaru within that range pretty easy.

trademaster 07-02-2013 04:55 AM

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Originally Posted by DGthe3 (Post 6741318)
snow tires > AWD

snow tires + AWD > . . .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLT0sudAGtU

AdamZ 07-02-2013 05:52 AM

:D

http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog....an-gt-r-la.jpg

mikeyg36 07-02-2013 09:32 AM

Bugatti Veyron

King Sun 07-02-2013 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by AdamZ (Post 6741508)

Reminds me I need to buy more lottery tickets :frusty:

steveo9043 07-02-2013 10:33 AM

subaru seems to be winning if you want the car route.

I picked up a 2005 equinox LT with the V6 and AWD just shy of 100k miles for 7k last winter. It is great in the snow, gets decent MPG (19-22) is what I average and has good space for when you need to carry something.

I don't know if you have a larger vehicle in the family already but it comes in handy quite often.

87GNX 07-02-2013 10:51 AM

GTR

Cymaro 07-02-2013 01:14 PM

Looks like a subaru is everyone's recommendation with a Nissan GTR in 2nd place :bellyroll:

Silverlsinva 07-02-2013 03:45 PM

Wrx if want something sporty but there is nothing wrong with a regular impreza if its just for winter I mean why spend more than what you need.

rez333 07-02-2013 04:31 PM

I would get an Infiniti G37x. Classier and more luxurious than a pleb-ish/juvenile WRX, better engine with all the AWD you need.

THUMPER20X 07-09-2013 09:55 PM

Get a 04 to 07 STi. A nice one for that money. You won't regret it. sOOb AWD with snow tires is incredible. Youd be amazed what you can pull off when you let the AWD truly do its thing when you go beyond the envelope. Im already saving for another one. Best thing is slapping the DCCD back and getting 90% RWD when you really want to play. Dont listen to any STi bashing its 99% of the time from people that have never driven one anyway. Its a car you have to judge on what the modest owners of them say.


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