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    What type of car is best for maine?

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    I ave a 4-cylinder and i am wondering if that would be sufficient for a 26 hour drive to maine. From what I have noticed from this forum, most students have SUVs. Will my care make it in maine's weather and all of the snow fall or should I just wait it out on bringing a car and just ride the shuttle to class?

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    Re: What type of car is best for maine?

    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
    I ave a 4-cylinder and i am wondering if that would be sufficient for a 26 hour drive to maine. From what I have noticed from this forum, most students have SUVs. Will my care make it in maine's weather and all of the snow fall or should I just wait it out on bringing a car and just ride the shuttle to class?
    Despite the rumors, regular cars are very prevalent in Maine and other snowy climes.

    And, an SUV only allows you to get well and truly screwed up, unless you know how to drive it, and in snow. They're not a feaking tank that can go anywhere.

    Take your car for the 4 months or so you'll be there, only two of which will be exceptionally bad weather, and drive easy. Just make certain the car is well maintained, that you have sufficient antifreeze in the radiator and that the oil is appropriate for the conditions - but, don't put light oil in until you get there. I'd suggest stopping at a Jiffy-lube type place after arrival and having the oil changed, you should stop in before you leave home, as well to make certain all the fluids are topped-off. Also, check your wiper blades and make CERTAIN that you have anti-freeze fluid in the window washers. If they freeze, it may take quite a while to thaw.

    Last year at this time I drove from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia. Admittedly it was in a GMC Yukon, but my entire trip (including driving on logging roads in forests) I never put it in 4WD, except once, in a parking lot that was iced over, to play with.

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    Re: What type of car is best for maine?

    Quote Originally Posted by rdecastro
    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
    I ave a 4-cylinder and i am wondering if that would be sufficient for a 26 hour drive to maine. From what I have noticed from this forum, most students have SUVs. Will my care make it in maine's weather and all of the snow fall or should I just wait it out on bringing a car and just ride the shuttle to class?
    Despite the rumors, regular cars are very prevalent in Maine and other snowy climes.

    And, an SUV only allows you to get well and truly screwed up, unless you know how to drive it, and in snow. They're not a feaking tank that can go anywhere.

    Take your car for the 4 months or so you'll be there, only two of which will be exceptionally bad weather, and drive easy. Just make certain the car is well maintained, that you have sufficient antifreeze in the radiator and that the oil is appropriate for the conditions - but, don't put light oil in until you get there. I'd suggest stopping at a Jiffy-lube type place after arrival and having the oil changed, you should stop in before you leave home, as well to make certain all the fluids are topped-off. Also, check your wiper blades and make CERTAIN that you have anti-freeze fluid in the window washers. If they freeze, it may take quite a while to thaw.

    Last year at this time I drove from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia. Admittedly it was in a GMC Yukon, but my entire trip (including driving on logging roads in forests) I never put it in 4WD, except once, in a parking lot that was iced over, to play with.
    explain that to the moron who drives an Hummer to school in Maine

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    Re: What type of car is best for maine?

    Quote Originally Posted by justanotherstudent04
    Quote Originally Posted by rdecastro
    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
    I ave a 4-cylinder and i am wondering if that would be sufficient for a 26 hour drive to maine. From what I have noticed from this forum, most students have SUVs. Will my care make it in maine's weather and all of the snow fall or should I just wait it out on bringing a car and just ride the shuttle to class?
    Despite the rumors, regular cars are very prevalent in Maine and other snowy climes.

    And, an SUV only allows you to get well and truly screwed up, unless you know how to drive it, and in snow. They're not a feaking tank that can go anywhere.

    Take your car for the 4 months or so you'll be there, only two of which will be exceptionally bad weather, and drive easy. Just make certain the car is well maintained, that you have sufficient antifreeze in the radiator and that the oil is appropriate for the conditions - but, don't put light oil in until you get there. I'd suggest stopping at a Jiffy-lube type place after arrival and having the oil changed, you should stop in before you leave home, as well to make certain all the fluids are topped-off. Also, check your wiper blades and make CERTAIN that you have anti-freeze fluid in the window washers. If they freeze, it may take quite a while to thaw.

    Last year at this time I drove from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia. Admittedly it was in a GMC Yukon, but my entire trip (including driving on logging roads in forests) I never put it in 4WD, except once, in a parking lot that was iced over, to play with.
    explain that to the moron who drives an Hummer to school in Maine
    Well, if it's an H2 Hummer he's REALLY a moron - it's just a fancy body on a Chevy Tahoe chassis, at a premium of about 50% of the cost of a Tahoe.

    A real Hummer is a big, noisy, and fuel inefficient beast, not comfortable to ride in and difficult to maneuver. And, if you don't know how to drive it, it's going to get just as stuck,

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    Re: What type of car is best for maine?

    Quote Originally Posted by rdecastro
    Quote Originally Posted by justanotherstudent04
    Quote Originally Posted by rdecastro
    Quote Originally Posted by ItsJustMe
    I ave a 4-cylinder and i am wondering if that would be sufficient for a 26 hour drive to maine. From what I have noticed from this forum, most students have SUVs. Will my care make it in maine's weather and all of the snow fall or should I just wait it out on bringing a car and just ride the shuttle to class?
    Despite the rumors, regular cars are very prevalent in Maine and other snowy climes.

    And, an SUV only allows you to get well and truly screwed up, unless you know how to drive it, and in snow. They're not a feaking tank that can go anywhere.

    Take your car for the 4 months or so you'll be there, only two of which will be exceptionally bad weather, and drive easy. Just make certain the car is well maintained, that you have sufficient antifreeze in the radiator and that the oil is appropriate for the conditions - but, don't put light oil in until you get there. I'd suggest stopping at a Jiffy-lube type place after arrival and having the oil changed, you should stop in before you leave home, as well to make certain all the fluids are topped-off. Also, check your wiper blades and make CERTAIN that you have anti-freeze fluid in the window washers. If they freeze, it may take quite a while to thaw.

    Last year at this time I drove from Los Angeles to Nova Scotia. Admittedly it was in a GMC Yukon, but my entire trip (including driving on logging roads in forests) I never put it in 4WD, except once, in a parking lot that was iced over, to play with.
    explain that to the moron who drives an Hummer to school in Maine
    Well, if it's an H2 Hummer he's REALLY a moron - it's just a fancy body on a Chevy Tahoe chassis, at a premium of about 50% of the cost of a Tahoe.

    A real Hummer is a big, noisy, and fuel inefficient beast, not comfortable to ride in and difficult to maneuver. And, if you don't know how to drive it, it's going to get just as stuck,
    No it is the old style large H1

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    Very True...

    Hello everyone,

    I live in Pittsburgh PA, where we are under a winter storm warning as we speak, so I'm gona talk about winter cars as well. :P

    First off, I totally agree with the whole discussion about the hummer. As a matter of fact, I just saw one the other day in a ditch as I was on my way to my favorite ski resort!

    If you insist on an SUV, I'd go with either the Jeep Cherokee or the Jeep Grand Cherokee Loredo, I'd find an older one that is used. I've driven a Jeep here in Pennsylvania in blizzards, and while it does NOT make you any safer, it can give you a distinct advantage when climbing hills.

    However, I believe that a solid front wheel drive will do just fine. Especially a Volkswagon. I've driven those in the snow as well, they're nice and heavy, and they get the job done. Especially with the manual transmission, then you can regulate your speed really well.

    Hope this helps, take care everyone, I'M GOIN SKIIN!

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    ....

    Just because you guys are jealous of someone who has money does not make that person a moron. I am not that person, believe me, it was all I could do to scrape together enough money for my used little econobox. However, I don't begrudge others their material comforts and learned long ago that envy is pointless.

    It's only idiocy if you have $30K to your name and spend $28K on a car. If you got plenty, why not enjoy the finer things in life? I'm sure a lot of people are here to do something along lines of excellence, help people AND have a nice, comfortable life with cool stuff.

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    for those in maine

    for those of u in maine with the snowy weather and knowledge of cars,... how are toyotas and hondas and passats in the maine snowy weather? also outta the three which one is good to have and which one shouldn't bother being in maine at all? thanks

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