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Old 12-30-2012, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Kamdog View Post
The Element is not really an AWD car. It is a FWD car that, upon slippage, engages the rear wheels. The effect, compared to a real, full time AWD car, is mostly felt in regular driving in bad weather, where all the wheels have drive, as opposed to plowing through a corner in FWD only. Having had both (the CRV has the same drive train), the AWD is much, much better in the rain and slush and snow. The only thing the Element (or CRV) is OK at, regarding AWD, is taking off from a stop. Otherwise, it is FWD all the way.
Very good explanation, and accurate, btw! Found an 07 X3 w/ 80K on it and fully loaded. Price is over my mark, but really well cared for. Any thoughts re that choice? It seems that Outback owners are proud of their 100k+ cars, and it hard to find a good one under my price point.
'03 M3, SMG Retired
'07 530XiT, Sapphire/Beige, PP, SP, MOST & PDC. Retired
2009 C2S Cab
2010 4Runner TR
08 Honda Element 4WD
2013 VW Passat tdi
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