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    You learn something new every day...

    I managed to look up some info on my new baby girl (no name yet), and after following the MOT link, I saw that I could look up details on the vehicle. Useful to read until my log book actually arrives.

    She was registered August 2002, and lived in Wales at least until 2010, lived Liverpool, Leicester, Devon, West Sussex and Essex since then. She has 1296cc for engine power, weighs 1550 kg, and has a 2 axle rigid body....a what?

    Looked that up and have to say that I didnt realise that there were 3 types of axle..2 wheel drive, (2wd), 4wd and AWD (all wheel drive) Think the guy trying to sell me a 4WD was actually selling an AWD, as there was no way to change from 2 to 4 wheel driving that I could tell. No idea what it means for me as a driver when I get going, but by all accounts its better than a standard car...so this may well be even better news..

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    IT's a very good idea to look this up before you buy a vehicle. You can see all the past MOT failures, and if you are about to buy one that turns out to have had a lot of 'advisories' on the last MOT, you should prepare for a big repair bill.
    A Subaru is an AWD car, and quite phenomenal in ice and snow. It runs rings round BMWs and Mercedes, even the poshest of them. I sailed up a hill covered in ice in mine, having watched an S class Merc get half way up, slow down with wheels spinning, then have to turn round and slide back down. The Subaru will not allow any wheel to spin. If three wheels don't have any grip and any fourth wheel does, it will happily drive.
    The trouble with a hotel is that it tends to stay in one place.

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      #3
      Originally posted by gasgas View Post
      IT's a very good idea to look this up before you buy a vehicle. You can see all the past MOT failures, and if you are about to buy one that turns out to have had a lot of 'advisories' on the last MOT, you should prepare for a big repair bill.
      A Subaru is an AWD car, and quite phenomenal in ice and snow. It runs rings round BMWs and Mercedes, even the poshest of them. I sailed up a hill covered in ice in mine, having watched an S class Merc get half way up, slow down with wheels spinning, then have to turn round and slide back down. The Subaru will not allow any wheel to spin. If three wheels don't have any grip and any fourth wheel does, it will happily drive.
      There always has to be a 'but' though, doesn't there? From what I have read of Subarus, what you win on drive and reliability you lose in terms of running costs. Not that I'm trying to be a party pooper or anything, just trying to provide a bit of balance....
      Cynthia.

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        #4
        I think it depends where one lives, up a mountain, with snow and ice on the way home for some month AWD makes sense on the way up, on the way down it will be just the same than in a 2WD.....so snow chains needed...additionally the switch to proper winter tyres is mandatory over here...some use spikes in the tyres, a max speed of 100/80 km/h applies with spikes...

        I grew up in the Alps, never needed AWD, snow chains often.....(50 km/h max)

        Running costs are higher, the car is heavier....

        If one often tows a trailer through muddy fields it might proof useful......if there are the right tyres on the rims...

        Apart from that, great cars, the Subaro's...with their Boxer engine...

        Our Peugeot has got All Season tyres, despite that, if I would be living in the Alps I would have an additional Winter tyre set, ....and change around nowish...they provide so much more grip...
        Last edited by NiedrigerIQ; 13-10-2017, 08:36 AM.

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          #5
          It really doesn't matter how many wheels drive if you get stuck in deep mud - once the tyre treads are full of mud they may as well be bald.

          Years ago I had a Shogun and we were caravanning at New Year. It was fine when we arrived, deep snow on the lane and all over the field, everyone towed on and pitched up. Most had 4 x 4s of different makes but one towcar was a Ford Focus! Then the weather warmed up and by the time we wanted to leave it was a different story as the gateway was deep mud.

          The Farmer appeared with a very small vintage tractor and towed off all our big towcars with big caravans attached.

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            #6
            Hello
            regarding MOT advisories, I fastidiously maintain mine and get a service by my local garage and then an MOT. I choose a very strict MOT station and it fails every year BUT I then get the van repaired in order to pass the MOT. It fails on small things so when I sell the vehicle do lots of people pass it by? If they bothered to phone/contact they would find LOTS of repair receipts. MOT advisories should be used as the start to a communication and find out if things are fixed or to bargain on the price. If a vehicle sails through MOT every year and then you inspect the vehicle and question marks arise to state of van, that is more worrying.
            Izzy

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              #7
              Originally posted by CyberCynth View Post

              There always has to be a 'but' though, doesn't there? From what I have read of Subarus, what you win on drive and reliability you lose in terms of running costs. Not that I'm trying to be a party pooper or anything, just trying to provide a bit of balance....
              Cynthia.
              Yes you are right Cynthia - but that is the old economists dictum - there is no such thing as a free lunch.
              The Boxer engine flat 4 or whatever is thirstier than in lines - see VW Beetle (original) against contemporaries like a Ford Anglia / Escort: BMW motorcycle compared to Yamaha or Honda. But the boxer is smoother running!
              Then there is the added friction of an additional drivetrain and differentials.

              However if I still towed a caravan I would once again opt for either a true 4X4 or an AWD like a Subaru Forrester or a Legacy.

              Jon
              Amor omnia vincit et nos cedamus amori

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                #8
                Each to his own Jon!
                Cynthia.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by CyberCynth View Post
                  Each to his own Jon!
                  Cynthia.
                  Vive la difference
                  Amor omnia vincit et nos cedamus amori

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