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View Poll Results: You prefer Rear or Front wheel Drive?
Rear 25 73.53%
Front 6 17.65%
No preference 3 8.82%
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:12 AM
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Rear Wheel Drive VS Front

I live in a snow state and I have to say that front wheel drives are much safer in the snow than rear wheel drive. So, why aren't all vehicles manufactured with drive in the front instead of the back? Whats the reason? Pull versus push?
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Old 01-31-2010, 11:58 AM
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All vehicles? A pickup truck would not be so good with FWD if you carry loads. We put 200# of sand in the back during winter and its fine.

For regular sedans and minivans FWD is great. Bigger or more powerful cars need RWD because the front wheels can't handle it all.
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:03 PM
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space and cost is an issue.

would you like to work on a V8FWD car? no..
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:09 PM
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The dynamics of a FWD car - regardless of the weather condition - are much different than those of a RWD car. Personally, I can not stand how a FWD car drives.
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:40 PM
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Have you ever tried to drive a FWD car at the limit on a dry road? They are good in the snow (AWD is much better), but they suck in dry conditions.
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:50 PM
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I just read about the Fiat X-19, they used a FWD engine and put it in the middle; thought that was a smart solution. Later adopted by different low cost "sport cars" makers.

I prefer RWD cars.
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Old 01-31-2010, 12:53 PM
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Even in snow I prefer over steer to under steer so it's rear wheel drive for me.

Good video that goes over some of the differences and faults.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shwgNV36xFA


To answer your original question....front wheel drive seems to be for the average motorist and is supposedly easier to control. Rear wheel drive is for DRIVERS.
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FWD cars just don't act right when you get to the limit. That's the main reason I won't buy one. I also find having the engine mounted longitudinally with the transmission behind it and the differential in the back makes for a package that's generally easier to work on.
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Old 01-31-2010, 01:55 PM
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the trouble with fwd is if you are on an icy road and happen to let off the gas a little too abruptly the front ene will lose traction. A good friend of my folks died by hitting a tree on an icy road. She lived in Michigan and was very experienced on ice and snow but this was her first fwd.

I prefer rwd in all circumstances except getting out of a parking space in deep snow.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:33 PM
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I think RWD beats FWD in all ways, except 0-5mph in slippery conditions.
from 6-100mph I prefer RWD. Since I do most of my driving above 5 mph i will stick with RWD.

I have had 32 vehicles and only 2 were FWD, an 89 Tauraus and a 93 Saturn.
I didnt really care for either one, although both were reliable, low cost transportation.
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Like many poll questions, this simple question can not be answered "yes", or "no".
FWD is better is some situations as mentioned above. The compact packaging makes for a more efficient layout in a smaller car.( Less space to drive line/ more space to passengers).

RWD is better in others--like all-out at the limits type of driving ( how many of us do that?), or for heavy payloads like a PU truck. Even worse would be towing a large trailer w/ FWD.

AWD is good in some circumstances.

All these factors must be balanced with cost and competition in the marketplace.
There is no single answer.
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Old 01-31-2010, 03:59 PM
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I passed every car on the road near here last Friday on a hill when it was a slippery slush coating on the road. I have snow tires. I was at the light next to a car with FWD, light goes green, I pull away (uphill) easily....they are back behind spinning their wheels.

The dynamics and feel of a RWD car are way better than a FWD. I've never had a single problem in the snow. In fact, the FWD cars I have driven in the snow sucked majorly....
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:02 PM
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I just read about the Fiat X-19, they used a FWD engine and put it in the middle; thought that was a smart solution. Later adopted by different low cost "sport cars" makers.

I prefer RWD cars.
heh, Delorean used an X-19 to test engines in the early stages of development.They shoved a Ford V6 in it and ended up blowing the transmission to pieces
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Old 01-31-2010, 05:44 PM
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FWD is usualy a bit better in the snow, I know I have a hard time getting up the hill to my house with anything RWD.

AWD is king though.

Personaly I'm willing to live with RWD in the snow because we don't get much snow where I live, and the 3 or 4 days a year it really sucks I can live with. The other 360 days RWD is great.
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Have you ever tried to drive a FWD car at the limit on a dry road? They are good in the snow (AWD is much better), but they suck in dry conditions.
Pretty well put, although I wouldn't say FWD Sucks. For the average driver it's probably a push under normal conditions.
For people (US) that appreciate the abilities of the automobile, FWD does SUCK except when the snow hits.

I do greatly like the handling of my FWD/AWD Escape over the wifes RWD/4WD yeep. Although only a part of that is due to the FWD/AWD vs. RWD/4WD.
In fact I am still impressed with the Escape's handling at high speed / hard cornering.

BUT I really miss my 4SP (Manual) but I realize today an Automatic is many times better, except under the most unusual circumstances,
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