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Old 11-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #1
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Daily driven SVT Focus. All weather.. How practical?

Going to meet up Wednesday to look at a SVT focus to possibly make my new daily driver. I live in the southern part of New Jersey so we see all types of weather. 100+* heat, below freezing temps. Snow , ice and lots of rain.

I'm coming from a newer F150 (2WD) and never delt with FWD/manual cars in this weather. So do you guys fend well in it or struggle?

Sorry for all the Newb questions lately this is my first (sport compact) so I don't know much. Ask me about Mustangs and anything Modular related and I'm like an encyclapidia,haha.


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Old 11-04-2013, 08:33 PM   #2
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I'm from Fargo, and my sedan has done well in everything. It's a different engine, paired to a 5 speed, and it got through 50 below zero air temps and a foot and a half of snow last winter without hesitation and then beat 2 straight weeks of 100* heat this summer. A good pair of all season or snow tires, or both, and you'll be set. If it has a engine heater, you'll be even better. Mine never failed to start without being plugged in all last winter, even in the coldest weeks.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:26 PM   #3
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With a good pair of all-season or winter tires, a FWD vehicle will do great in all types of weather, because the weight of the engine on the front wheels will provide all the grip you need.

All my FWD vehicles easily did better than my Ranger 2WD in the snow, no matter how much weight was in the back.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:56 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Now to find a buyer for my truck so I can pick one up. The Wife gave me the green lite on one as long as it's under $5000. so no I'm like a kid a week before Christmas, You know it's coming just not fast enough!
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:59 PM   #5
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I'm from Fargo, and my sedan has done well in everything. It's a different engine, paired to a 5 speed, and it got through 50 below zero air temps and a foot and a half of snow last winter without hesitation and then beat 2 straight weeks of 100* heat this summer. A good pair of all season or snow tires, or both, and you'll be set. If it has a engine heater, you'll be even better. Mine never failed to start without being plugged in all last winter, even in the coldest weeks.
I'm sorry but as soon as I read Fargo I pictured a body going threw a wood chipper the day after it snowed... So much bloody snow!
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I had a fox Mustang for a year round DD so I know where you're coming from, now in my SVTF I "fly" past Mustangs in the snow.
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Old 11-04-2013, 11:04 PM   #7
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I had a fox Mustang for a year round DD so I know where you're coming from, now in my SVTF I "fly" past Mustangs in the snow.
I don't dare take the Cobra out in anything other then nice dry weather. With over 3Xs the power at the wheels then a SVT focus has stock at the crank it's a handful! Lol
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I'm about to daily drive my SVT in it's first winter this year... I have no qualms that it will do just fine...
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Going to meet up Wednesday to look at a SVT focus to possibly make my new daily driver. I live in the southern part of New Jersey so we see all types of weather. 100+* heat, below freezing temps. Snow , ice and lots of rain.

I'm coming from a newer F150 (2WD) and never delt with FWD/manual cars in this weather. So do you guys fend well in it or struggle?

Sorry for all the Newb questions lately this is my first (sport compact) so I don't know much. Ask me about Mustangs and anything Modular related and I'm like an encyclapidia,haha.
encyclapidia or not, I would never drive my mustang in the snow. FWD ftw in the snow. You are going to wonder why you did not go fwd a long time ago. SVTF is a good start as well. The only thing you may want to do is invest in at least on pair/or set of winter wheels. I switch mine out usually around Thanksgiving time and I am always glad I do
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Fofo's love snow. Especially when they have good snow tires on them.

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