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contiki

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Message Posted: Jan 1, 2014 6:57:05 AM

Which do you prefer FRONT wheel drive or REAR wheel drive in your vehicles....

Many vehicles I owned in the past that were Rear wheel drive...now both our vehicles are Front wheel drive......

What is your choice and why..........

Please tell me what you like the best......

I welcome your friendly comments.............



[Edited by: contiki at 1/1/2014 6:57:38 AM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 7:32:03 AM

We like front wheel drive the best.....great in the winter months......
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55Russ
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Message Posted: Jul 12, 2014 12:25:55 AM

Front for everyday driving
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 8:06:55 AM

Front
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 7:58:22 AM

FWD
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2014 7:29:34 AM

I prefer front wheel drive over rear wheel drive......

I drove rear wheel drive vehicles for so many years......it was very bad for winter driving....
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 6:47:18 AM

FWD
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 6:46:45 AM

We like front wheel drive the best for all year driving.....
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2014 11:39:49 AM

Front is best for winter driving.
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 29, 2014 6:40:55 AM

Dennis783 says "rear, for better control in icy conditions "

Dennnis783.....I disagree.....after owning rear wheel drive vehicles for so many years and sliding on icy roads with very poor control or traction of the vehicle.....

Front wheel drive gives us great traction in icy conditions where rear wheel drive never did and why we got rid of it................

You stay with what works for you and front wheel drive does it for our family.........much safer...........
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Dennis783
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 7:24:17 AM

rear, for better control in icy conditions
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 28, 2014 7:03:23 AM

Our family like front wheel better than rear wheel drive........
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 7:47:05 AM

why bump your own thread?
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Message Posted: May 27, 2014 7:35:50 AM

both
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 20, 2014 6:27:12 AM

Our family like front wheel drive much better....
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toms1120
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Message Posted: May 19, 2014 8:25:20 AM

I like front wheel for the rain/snow. More traction.
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 14, 2014 6:55:06 AM

We prefer front wheel drive with our automobiles...............
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Message Posted: May 13, 2014 7:44:28 PM

Both work OK.
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 9, 2014 6:15:38 AM

After owning rear wheel drive with many of my vehicles of the past...

I now prefer front wheel drive with all my vehicles.....
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 3:17:00 PM

Most people will be better served with front wheel drive.

There is a moderately steep hill on my street that defeats any RWD car when icy conditions are present. My Ranger 4WD has been upgraded with a PowerTrax differential that sends power to the wheel with traction. I can get up this hill but it's not easy. When I engage the front wheels, I can climb the hill almost normally.

[Edited by: Houckster at 5/8/2014 3:17:21 PM EST]
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Message Posted: May 8, 2014 11:39:58 AM

either one works.
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:41:26 AM

Fwd
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 4, 2014 7:39:52 AM

After having rear wheel drives vehicles for many years.......

I now prefer front wheel drive vehicles for better traction in the winter months.....

It works for me and my family.....
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contiki
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Message Posted: May 2, 2014 1:30:24 PM

I really like front wheel drive vehicles much better after having rear wheel drive vehicles for many years.......

For many years I had rear wheel drive.......wintertime was not a easy task to get around in the snow and snowy roads..............

Always putting weight in the trunk over the rear wheel for traction....

I found front wheel drive has given back that confidence that wasn't there while driving rear wheel drive vehicles.....
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2014 11:42:31 AM

BT1288, FWD works for our family and speed is not a real concern ......

BT1288 our FWD vehicles will do the speed we need to do and than some.....

I had rear wheel drive vehicles over the years and they were ok but not great for winter driving like FWD has been for us now......

You stay with what pleases you and FWD does just that....it pleases our family.............
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BT1288
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Message Posted: Apr 29, 2014 8:49:47 AM

Contiki, you're the one that said "FWD is good for speed as well", and yes, I will stick with my RWD. Happy motoring.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2014 11:39:47 AM

BT1288 if doing a run at 4.4 @ 330 mph in the 1/4 mile is important to you than better stay with REAR wheel drive and be happy.........

That is not very important to me at this stage in my life.....my racing days are over so our family find Front wheel drive great for getting around in the winter months and summer as well..............

Different strokes for different folks is what I always say.......
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2014 8:35:51 AM

Contiki says, "I never heard tell of that before.......Front wheel drive is good for speed as well................"

You'll never see a FWD car run 4.4 @ 330 mph in the 1/4 mile.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 28, 2014 6:16:47 AM

MeTaBall says " Rear for speed. "

I never heard tell of that before.......

Front wheel drive is good for speed as well................
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Message Posted: Apr 27, 2014 10:28:53 AM

Rear for speed.
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 7:35:45 AM

either one works.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 18, 2014 7:08:58 AM

TigerRose says "Front wheel drive "for snow conditions" is not much help, if the vehicle is designed with less than 6" ground clearance."

Rear wheel is also not any good if the vehicle is designed with less than 6" ground clearance.

Low ground clearance isn't any good for any vehicle in the snow whether it is FWD or RWD or AWD.......

Front Wheel Drive gets me around in the winter months, just fine........
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 6:10:38 PM

Front wheel drive "for snow conditions" is not
much help, if the vehicle is designed with less
than 6" ground clearance.

Might as well park it & follow the road grader.

Hard to say.
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 1:49:31 PM

condition, condition!
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 1:37:47 PM

Driven FWD says it all......works great here in Ontario with snow tires on all four wheels....vehicle is balanced well.....performs well.......

I would never go back to RWD vehicles here in Ontario as FWD gets me through the winter where RWD it was always iffy.........
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 12:08:28 PM

Rear wheel drive cars are way more balanced than front wheel drive.

Contiki says "I have driven in all kinds of winter weather for many years now and I totally disagree with your posting completely........
FWD is by far better in snow conditions than RWD ever has been....."

Right back at ya. I totally completely disagree with the above post.

[Edited by: BT1288 at 4/17/2014 12:09:28 PM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 10:02:58 AM

BT1288 says " Most people don't have the driving skills needed to fully enjoy RWD. "

I have driven in all kinds of winter weather for many years now and I totally disagree with your posting completely........

FWD is by far better in snow conditions than RWD ever has been.....

I have driven through winter with weight in the trunk which is not good for balance of a vehicle because RWD needed weight over the rear wheels for better traction in the snow and to get around....

FWD has been great these past winters going through the snow and icy roads that have awaited me on my many daily driving trips...........

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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 9:52:04 AM

Am indifferent. Recently sold my FWD and now have one AWD and one RWD.
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BT1288
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 8:57:20 AM

Under powered FWD econoboxes are mundane. RWD is much more fun.

After driving in 35 winters, I still prefer RWD over FWD.
Most people don't have the driving skills needed to fully enjoy RWD.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2014 7:23:14 AM

After driving in many winters through the years I found front wheel drive is the best at going through the snow here in Ontario............

I have owned many rear wheel drive vehicles over the years but found rear wheel drive was poor for traction even with snow tires in the snow here in Ontario....

Not to mention putting weight in the trunk with rear wheel drive for better traction.......

AWD is the best but front wheel drive comes in second for sure.......

[Edited by: contiki at 4/17/2014 7:25:08 AM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 7:03:49 PM

Actually TomB2 front wheel is much for driving in the snow.....

I drove both through the years and speak from experience..............
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:35:11 PM

Rear, they are easier and less expensive to work on. For years, the bigger luxury cars were all rear wheel drive and handled much better than any front wheel drive car. Face it, front wheel drive cars were brought out because they were cheaper to manufacture.
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:13:05 AM

If you notice it says, "On all but the slipperiest surfaces rear wheel drive cars accelerate faster" You don't think we get snow in Nebraska? I've driven plenty of FWD and RWD cars. I get around just fine in my RWD car in the winter with my Blizzaks and traction lok rear. I've even passed some FWD cars on hills that where spinning, obviously not good tires, but still driving around them.
I don't like the way FWD torque steers, trying to pull you into the curb.
You have your opinion, I have mine, mine is, I like RWD.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 6:24:04 AM

GrumpyCat says "In slippery conditions such as found in the winter the goal is not to see how fast one can drive but to maintain control. FWD does that better than RWD, but AWD would be best."

I agree with you GrumpyCat...........

AWD is the best but FWD is much better than RWD in the winter......
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 11:10:47 AM

Agree with contiki.

BT1288 grossly over exaggerates the effects of weight transfer, so much so we question whether he has ever driven in/on snow or ice.

In slippery conditions such as found in the winter the goal is not to see how fast one can drive but to maintain control. FWD does that better than RWD, but AWD would be best.
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 10:22:58 AM

BT1288 says "In a front drive car, when the weight goes to the rear, weight is taken off of the front wheels. This allows the front wheels lose traction and spin easier. If the wheels are spinning not only does this slow you down but it also makes it difficult to steer the car. In the rear drive car the front tires are available for steering even if the rears have lost traction."

I disagree with your long version totally of why you think rear wheel driver is so much better in the winter months when I found it not the case at all here in Ontario in the winter months.....

I have driven rear wheel drive for years with the many vehicles I have owned through the years and never once found it was better than owning front wheel drive for winter driving, like we do now..............

BT1288, I can tell that you have not experienced much front wheel driving with your posting........I have..........

[Edited by: contiki at 4/15/2014 10:27:10 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 8:26:44 AM

Rear wheel drive.
Better weight balance. Most rear wheel drive cars have the engine in the front and the drive components in the rear. Front drive cars have everything up front. By properly balancing the front and rear of the car you can improve the handling, acceleration, braking, and thus safety of a car.
Better acceleration. On all but the slipperiest surfaces rear wheel drive cars accelerate faster than a front drive car from a stop. This is because when you accelerate quickly from a stop the weight of the car transfers to the rear of the car. In a rear drive car this places extra weight on the rear of the car, essentially jamming the tires into the road greatly increasing traction. In a front drive car, when the weight goes to the rear, weight is taken off of the front wheels. This allows the front wheels lose traction and spin easier. If the wheels are spinning not only does this slow you down but it also makes it difficult to steer the car. In the rear drive car the front tires are available for steering even if the rears have lost traction.
Better Road Holding. The better weight balance of rear wheel drive allows the car to handle better. The more even weight allows the car to drive neutrally through a corner. This means both the front and rear of the car have near equal loads acting upon them. In a front drive car the the heavy front end causes the front end to have a higher load on it. This will cause the front tires to eventually lose grip well before the rear tires are fully loaded. Front tires on front drive cars do much more work than the rears causing them to wear out much faster. It is best to balance the load as best you can among the four tires. If you are accelerating or slowing down (engine braking) these forces will act upon the already heavily loaded front tires of a front drive car. In a rear drive car the front tires are left for steering even when accelerating or engine braking. Sharing the work among all four tires is the key.
Better Stopping. Because of the better balance rear drive cars brake better. When you stop a front drive car the excess weight in the front of the car allows the force on the front tires to exceed the limits of the tires. The relatively low weight on the rear of a front drive car does not allow the tires to be used to their maximum ability. When panic stopping weight will transfer to the front in both rear and front drive cars but there is more weight left for rear braking action in the rear drive car.
No Torque Steer. Front wheel Drive cars have a problem known as Torque Steer. This occurs when the acceleration of the engine effects the cars steering. Since the driveline is connected to the steering wheels the torque of the engine applies force to the front wheels causing the car to pull to the right during acceleration. Rear Drive cars do not have this problem since the engine is not connected to the steering gear.
Better Ride and Feel. The light front end of the car allows it to "turn in" to a corner easier. The car feels more nimble and controllable. Since the front is not so heavy it is not burdened by needing strong springs to keep it under control. This allows the suspension to be set up softer while maintaining good control ability. The absence of drive shafts (half shafts) and CV joints in the front of the car allows the front suspension to be designed for maximum steering efficiency. The lower rotating weight of the front wheel assemblies improves steering response and ultimate grip. Granted that a rear drive car has more weight at the rear but it can be handled by the underutilized (compared to the front tires in a front driver) rear tires.
Better Serviceability / More Rugged. Ever notice that cops and taxis avoid front wheel drive like the plague? That is because rear wheel drive cars are more rugged and easier and cheaper to fix.
Better Ultimate Ability.. Purpose built race cars are almost always rear wheel drive. In production based racing series front wheel drive cars are given a performance advantage to make them equal to rear drive cars. Usually this is in the form of a weight break. Granted we shouldn't be driving our cars like race cars on the street but in an emergency having the extra ability in the car is an advantage.
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 8:11:17 AM

Both
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:37:57 PM

front for snow
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Either
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2014 9:12:46 PM

rear first then AWD.
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