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« on: March 08, 2005, 09:31:39 AM »

It's getting down to the wire on purchasing my new Aztek. I have test driven both FWD and AWD models but not long enough to get a feel on which is better. I want to know which is easier to maintain. I noticed in another post that the rear Hub/Bearings are more expensive on a FWD. Is this correct? Is the difference between both suspensions that noticable? I was leaning towards AWD at first but it's starting to look like FWD is the way to go. At least for here is Texas. Just wanted to hear some input from others on this matter.
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2005, 09:50:08 AM »

:code7: For what it's worth, I have a FWD and it handled supurbly during our Chicago winter. It's been fairly mild by normal Chicago winters, but during our couple snow storms, the Tek plowed right through. Thank Pontiac for making the Tek overweight (just under 4,000 lbs). I don't think you'll have to put your Tek through to many blizzards in Texas though.
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2005, 09:58:47 AM »

Having one of each, I suppose I can weigh in a little bit. The AWD does seem to have a slight edge (at least percieved by me) in sure-footedness in general, and a little less percieved lean in cornering.  I would assume you don't have to deal with much frozen precipt there, and if/when you do, you would have to worry more about other vehicles in your way then driveability. So unless you plan on driving under muddy contitions or feel a particular need for 4w disc brakes, I think FWD will serve you just fine.  
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« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2005, 10:55:43 AM »

I am the proud owner of a 2002 AWD, which I have owned since new.  For what I use it for here in Michigan (numerous trips to Northern Michigan), I find the AWD very useful in handling the worst weather that Michigan has to offer.  I know that occassionally you get some of the frozen precipitation there in Texas, but probably not nearly as much as here.   I have vast experience with FWD and would agree that for most conditions, it is just fine.

Regarding the wheel bearings, yes it is true.  The rear bearings on the FWD Azteks (GM Part # 7470611) retail for $545.80 a piece (obviously cheaper ones can be found at GMPartDirect and NAPA).  Whereas, the rear bearings on the AWD (GM Part # 12429204)  retail for $302.00.  Both the FWD and the AWD use the same bearings on the front.  Weigh this against the added components of the AWD system (Rear Drive Module, Rear Axle Tube, Transfer Case, two extra half shafts and assosiated C.V. joints, more elaborate suspension setup i.e. more parts, rear disc brakes and a slightly different transaxle that has a Power Take Off (PTO) for the rear drive unit.

Personal preference, I liked the ride and handling of the AWD more.  Having the larger front disc brakes and the rear disc brakes seem to provide better stopping ability (even if it just my imagination).  The AWD does come as a premium though and what you have to also weigh, is the extra cost worth it for your needs?  It was for me, due to some of the extreme winter driving conditions mine has been driven in.

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« Reply #4 on: March 09, 2005, 11:28:01 AM »

I live by Newf & have never been inhibited by not having AWD.  The FWD has treated us wonderfully!
Besides, why pay for the lower gas mileage of AWD when you aren't using it?
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« Reply #5 on: March 10, 2005, 08:33:49 AM »

I have a FWD and would suspect it would be fine for Texas. However, don't let the gas mileage issue deter (it's miniscule at best).
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« Reply #6 on: March 10, 2005, 03:14:15 PM »

I love my AWD here in Jersey- get just enough snow to make it worthwhile.

Also, the gas mileage issue,, I get 22 mpg - so not too bad, and have been OCCASIONALLY known to drive a TAD above the speed limit,,lol, so that mpg pleases me.

Good luck in your decision,

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« Reply #7 on: March 10, 2005, 07:09:22 PM »

I have a FWD Aztek and I'm very happy with it. I travel up north with it and it does just fine. This week I was in Pittsburgh on mount Washington and the roads were snow covered and I was passing  other vehicles that were stuck on the hills. I was sure that if I bought another one it would be AWD but after this winter I'm not sure about that the only thing that would sway me into buying AWD is the disc brakes.

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« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2005, 09:49:26 AM »

This is not my area of expertise by any means, but heres my 2 cents!

Prior to the Tek, I had a Vitara, with 4WD option. I used it quite a bit, no wonder since it's a RWD vehicle.  I could not have driven in the snow safely without the 4x4 option through Toronto winters, we get snow and ice perriodically from November through April.

When I looked at my Tek it was the only one on the lot. It was the color I wanted (black) and had basically every option I would have been willing to pay for, plus some.  It did not have the Versatrak, which concerned me because of how dependent my Vitara was.  

However, it did have a couple of things that weighed in it's favour.  The tires (17") are bigger, the vehicle is  heavier , the breaks are anti lock & it is FWD.  I just drove through a bad storm yesterday night, I passed at least 10 accidents over 15 km.  I was driving more cautiously than a lot of other drivers and I barely slipped, had good traction and made it home safely.

Even though I still miss the security of having the AWD option, it isn't as necessary on the Tek as it is on some other cars.  And certainly AWD can't take the place of good old fashioned common sense when driving in poor conditions!  Depending on the size of your tires, how worn you will let them get before replacement, your own driving style, where you live......these should be the real determinants and by my experience after 1 winter it isn't as necessary as I would have thought.          

 
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« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2005, 11:46:54 AM »

When I asked the question I was referring to the ride of FWD vs. AWD. Most of all the rear suspension.  I know that independent rear suspension is always better than the rear straight axle. When I test drove the AWD I noticed the exrta weight and it felt better. It seemed like it stuck to the pavment better. Here in Texas, especially where I live (just outside of Houston) we rarely get ice or snow. It does rain a lot here though. I'm self-employed and when it gets ugly out I don't go anywhere. I own serveral vehicles and my work truck (F-150) gets used the most. The Aztek will be for taking the kids to school (when they miss the bus), shopping, and light travel ( 300 miles or less ). I do hope to get the TEK soon so I can take the boys to Padre Island for Spring Break! This is all the Aztek will be doing while I own it. My Trans Am is my weekend warrior and macho machine LOL.
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