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Old 07-31-2000, 10:44 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Introduction To/History Of AWD (Good read)

Thought you folks might be interested in this URL that I found while doing some research on Eclipse GSX's. It's a fun read, and I wasn't able to find any factual errors.

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Old 08-01-2000, 06:00 AM   #2
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I liked his critique of SUV's also.
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Old 08-02-2000, 12:21 AM   #3
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Oh this guy.....

Can't say that he is very much on the ball here.....

The "traditional" definiton of AWD/4wd is designed use, not the design itself. The Tempo/Topaz was a part time AWD, while my Subaru is a Full time 4wd. The Topaz was designed for ice/snow with rare bits of VERY minor off road like a sandy beach. The Subaru was designed to take whatever the driver can give it. In fact the off road section of the Subaru owners manual is very limiting. It tells you not to park in tall grass so you don;t light it on fire. THAT'S IT!!

AWD denotes a ON road ONLY system. 4wd denotes Off road capiblity. 4wd tends to have much tougher componets so that breakage does not occur when putting most of the torque to one wheel. AWD tends not to do this, as they assume that with all those open diffs, and either a uniform surface, or uniform speed for most situations.

Its seems funny that every manufacturer that I can think of off hand designates thier vehicles this way, and yet he comes up with that funny idea.

Don't get me started about how far up his head is up his ass about SUV's.
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Old 08-02-2000, 01:10 AM   #4
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another AWD link, more SUV biased
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