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Old 12-27-2006, 11:29 PM   #1
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Hey guys and gals Im considering going to UAA starting in the summer and would be up there for two years and was wondering if my current car could survive up in alaska. I drive a SVT Focus and im thinking of selling that and getting a wrx wagon. I will be living on campus so I wont have a garage, anyway I was unsure if I could rock the focus with some blizzacks and get around or not.

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Old 12-27-2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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Yes you can get around just fine.

Your car will do great...

I started up in Fairbanks (harsher conditions) with a slammed Dodge Neon... I did fine... I did almost a full winter without snow tires...
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:30 AM   #3
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ditto....minus the slammed neon.
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Old 12-28-2006, 12:39 AM   #4
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You'd be fine with the Focus and Blizzaks. A wrx would be much more fun though.
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Old 12-28-2006, 03:53 AM   #5
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I sold my ZX2 before I came up here, and I wish I hadn't.
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:17 AM   #6
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Yeah, my focus has studless ice tires and it does very well. I say any front wheel drive car with decent tires and a semi skilled driver can survive in Alaska with no problems at all.
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:19 AM   #7
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minus the slammed neon.



+1 for focus working fine. one other thing if you are planning on selling the focus check to see if it's worth more selling it down there or up here...might be a big difference.
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:20 AM   #8
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Yeah, my focus has studless ice tires and it does very well. I say any front wheel drive car with decent tires and a semi skilled driver can survive in Alaska with no problems at all.
thats me lol

FWD Pontiac Vibe with studless winter tires. Second winter and doin ok. It will be the last winter though... hopefully next winter I'll be driving 300 awd horses
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:23 AM   #9
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Vibes are pretty nice. Good luck on the STI. ^^
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:30 AM   #10
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hopefully next winter I'll be driving 300 awd horses
Your going to do an AWD conversion on a Ford Mustang? crazy
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Old 12-29-2006, 03:57 AM   #11
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Nope. Hope is going make him buy a Lincoln Navigator to have room for the babies.
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Old 12-29-2006, 05:14 AM   #12
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I drove a Focus zx3 before I bought my STi and it did fine. Were quite a few wrx's that could easily pass me by though...(and did on several occasions). I know a guy who owns a svt and he gets around great too.
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Old 12-29-2006, 09:47 AM   #13
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fwd does just fine up here. honestly we dont get that much snow, i was expecting SO much more than what we are getting. as long as you have fwd and the proper tires you shouldnt have any problems. just avoid those huge jacked up trucks, they like to run 80 everywhere thinking that the 4x4 letters on the side of their truck gives them some amazing stopping power even though there center of gravity is somewhere near where my roof is at... also watch out for the beater cars, a lot of them i guess cannot afford winter tires and are sliding around like MAD crazy. best bet when you first get up here if your not used to driving on frozen snow roads is to find a parkinglot to play in. once you get used to it then you can drive with everyone else, just dont drive crazy (its not worth the 5 minutes you save on a trip) and dont drive too slow or you might get run over. but best of luck dude and if you have any questions about the area ill answer what i can. (im somewhat new too tho not a native :-D)
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Old 12-29-2006, 11:41 AM   #14
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Your SVT will do fine, unless you were planning on buying a car anyway, the WRX would be a great choice.
Also, check out the SCCA Solo2 (autocross) scene this summer, that is if you like driving.

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Old 12-29-2006, 11:55 AM   #15
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Uh... HELL YEAH!

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Nope. Hope is going make him buy a Lincoln Navigator to have room for the babies.
Not very likely... and it would be a trailblazer if that was the case.
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Old 12-29-2006, 01:22 PM   #16
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Trailblazers suck....piece of **** vehicle with a ton of recalls and problems. Had good reviews when it first came out..Now it's gone to crap. The resell value is crap to, due to all the problems. Trust me ...my mom has one. Worst car ever... Recalls, Drivetrain problems....hell their is even a recall for the damn windshield wipers on the thing.
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Old 12-29-2006, 01:43 PM   #17
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I worked for GM for several years, never had any serious issues with those. Now the Envoy was horrible. I'd never buy one of those. But Hope likes the clearwire trailblazer, hasn't let her down yet.
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Old 12-29-2006, 01:49 PM   #18
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I worked for GM for several years, never had any serious issues with those.
You worked for them before issues came out. I can go through old mail and show you all these damn recall notices my mom gets from the dealership. Their is always a problem with the car and my mom drives really light on that car. It's pretty much a go to work car. I really don't recommend it to anyone... Her next will be a Subaru...I always go on in this house about how good the car is and how it gave me no problems. So she will be getting some kind of wagon in the future. Unless the tribeca becomes less ugly.
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Old 12-29-2006, 01:54 PM   #19
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I worked for them into 2005 infact. They had many blanket recalls across their truck/van lines for wipers. I'm sure there are other recalls out there. Be happy GM is sending out recalls instead of ignoring the issues like some other manufactures (IE Toyota) GM is doing what they can to keep the vehicles running safe.
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Old 12-29-2006, 01:57 PM   #20
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I worked for them into 2005 infact. They had many blanket recalls across their truck/van lines for wipers. I'm sure there are other recalls out there. Be happy GM is sending out recalls instead of ignoring the issues like some other manufactures (IE Toyota) GM is doing what they can to keep the vehicles running safe.
Oh we get other problems they don't want to discuss. 4AWD doesnt like to work... it slightly turns on and than fails to do so.... many times I can't switch to 4WD hi. It stays stuck on 4AWD and just blinks forever that it's trying to. When my mom explained the 4AWD isnt working and all 4's are not fully engaging enough to do anything. They test drove it and said nothing is wrong... well if nothing is wrong than I think it's a piece of crap 4WD system.


I'd rather get another SUV honestly... but many SUVs on the markets have issues.. But I would personally shoot for like a Toyota or sumtin. I would say CRV from Honda..but man..Their "Real-time AWD" is a joke ...especially compared to other cars on the market. Watching that comparison video made me laugh. I mean don't get me wrong.. I like GM vehicles... I prefer them over Fords...because Fords suck to work on and have CEL lights always come on and what not(Old school fords, like 80s ones I like but not the 90s). But I really just hate the trailblazer. My step-dads suburban is great though, he had like one minor issue for the 4 years he's owned it.

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Old 12-29-2006, 01:58 PM   #21
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Your focus will do fine.

BTW, has any one else seen an abnormal amount of mustangs running around, I can't believe some people are using them as DD through the winter .
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:00 PM   #22
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Oh we get other problems they don't want to discuss. 4AWD doesnt like to work... it slightly turns on and than fails to do so.... many times I can't switch to 4WD hi. It stays stuck on 4AWD and just blinks forever that it's trying to. When my mom explained the 4AWD isnt working and all 4's are not fully engaging enough to do anything. They test drove it and said nothing is wrong... well if nothing is wrong than I think it's a piece of crap 4WD system.


I'd rather get another SUV honestly... but many SUVs on the markets have issues.. But I would personally shoot for like an Acura or Toyota.
The Envoy has the same issue and has since they came out. Has to do with the body control module for the awd "falling asleep" Once they scan it with the Tech II and wake it up, it works fine. Its an electrical glitch.
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:04 PM   #23
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The Envoy has the same issue and has since they came out. Has to do with the body control module for the awd "falling asleep" Once they scan it with the Tech II and wake it up, it works fine. Its an electrical glitch.
Well Lithia seems to neglect it when it comes to her car. Guess I shall make some phone calls today. Just cause she's a women they seem to talk to her like she doesn't know anything. I can go into a parking lot with that car right now in 4AWD...slam the gas and it will not engage, just constant slips and jerks.
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:22 PM   #24
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Old 12-29-2006, 02:51 PM   #25
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most of my winter cars have been RWD and i do fine
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