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Which do you prefer in snow RWD or FWD and which have you spent most time driving?

  • RWD Preferred - Almost always had RWD

    Votes: 12 9.2%
  • RWD Preferred - Mostly had RWD

    Votes: 15 11.5%
  • RWD Preferred - Mostly had FWD

    Votes: 19 14.5%
  • Both OK - Mostly had RWD

    Votes: 9 6.9%
  • No Difference

    Votes: 5 3.8%
  • Both OK - Mostly had FWD

    Votes: 7 5.3%
  • FWD Preferred - Mostly had RWD

    Votes: 32 24.4%
  • FWD Preferred - Mostly had FWD

    Votes: 22 16.8%
  • FWD Preferred - Almost always had FWD

    Votes: 10 7.6%

  • Total voters
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I was pondering, as driving in show has never really been a problem, whether having almost always had RWD cars is why I'm ok with it.

Having grown up on small, cheap RWD cars I had plenty of practice before buying a BMW.

These days there aren't really any small, cheap, plentiful RWD so I suppose a lot of peoples first time living with RWD is when they get a BMW.


So what do you prefer in snow and what do you have the most practice with?


Just to be clear I'm not asking which is the most fun, interested in the using the car as a car. This and last winter so many people have said "oh it must be awful in that" or similar, and yet I've seen FWD sliding backwards down hills and had to tell the drivers to reverse up (making it effectively RWD) so is it all perception or does the bias go with what you spent your formative driving years in
 

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My main problem is getting stuck-say you get onto a motorway and then traffic stops then you are stuck there whether you have RWD,FWD or 4X4.......
 

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I have got used to driving a RWD in the snow/ice with traction control off it is quite easy to get controlled slides going. Making progress is also possible with some wheelspin.
 

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i take it steady after i took a chunk out my alloys on a curb then nearly smashed into a megane,my advice dont be a dick in the snow in ya bmw lol
 

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So was a BMW everyone else's first RWD ownership then?
 

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My main problem is getting stuck-say you get onto a motorway and then traffic stops then you are stuck there whether you have RWD,FWD or 4X4.......
Too true
 

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So was a BMW everyone else's first taste or RWD then?
No I learned to drive in my Dad's skyline :D There was a thread about Parents uncool cars but got to say whether my Dad said it or not he was a bit of a petrolhead-He always had wicked cars...till he got older and now drives a Merc :frown
 

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At this point in time I'm kinda surprised at the number that have mostly had RWD and prefer FWD in snow. Still I suppose having one doesn't necesserily mean you're comfy balancing the rear end.
 

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this is my first rwd and the first winter with the snow

apart from not being able to get up the hill i live up a few times, before winter tyres now i have them it goes up every time, ive been really happy driving it in the snow

i find it alot easier to drive the rwd to the fwd in the snow, tail out or not it goes where you want it too
 

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I voted then saw you wanted "most fun", well RWD obviously!

I cut my teeth on 70s cars which were all RWD, Escorts, Marinas, Cherrys, all great fun in the snow & ice.

FWD may be slightly better for traction but no way is it as much fun as hanging the rear end out!
 

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we had a very light snow this morning, so light you can see the tarmac through it, it was mostly slosh though, my z4 on 18's with re050a runflats wouldnt move a foot.
just kept spinning and our drive has a very small gradient, my car is useless in snow!
 

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As StK said im usually ok till i get stuck.

Ive only had 2 FWD cars in as many years so getting used to it.

Next winter though the turbines are going back on with winter tyres on the back:)

Mark 1 Escort was great fun in the snow btw:thumbsup
 

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talking to me dad at xmas, he commented that he used to get part worn rally tyres from somewhere in shrewsbury, had them on spare wheels and put them on the back of his 3litre capri, he said the car was unstopable in the snow with these on, he couldnt supplie details he just said for christ sakes that was 30 years ago, anyone shed any light on this
 

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Depends on the vehicle. We had a Ford Luton (RWD) written off the replacement was a Fiat (something) (FWD) complete pile of poo in the snow...

My Mitzi Showgun (on off road tyres) is crap in RWD but great in 4WD.

The wifes BM with all the toys switched off is OK but we all use my Mitzi I don't think the BM has moved since late November.
 
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