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Is there anyone in here that is gonna try and bite the bullet of FWD for offroading and hope good tires do the trick? I'm in a Facebook group called "safari all the cars", and its primarily dedicated to people who offroad in unconventional vehicles. I've seen everything from smart cars to crown victorias. The results are sometimes quite impressive, and it makes me wonder if AWD isn't so mandatory as I've grown up believing.. is anyone going to do this themselves?
 

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I'll be doing a good amount softlanding and forest trails. The suspension should be fine. Might do a 1.5" lift
 

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You are spot on with a GOOD/Excellent set of tires. The more I do, read, listen and watch basic offroading the true secret is tires. The podcast Overland Journal is great listening and learning. You will need to add an air compressor, tow straps and recovery boards (MaxTrax or the like) I am doing it with RWD and have the locking differential so it is a little easier. One of my trout fishing buddies does it with FWD and he makes it but he is a little slow. We don't mind because we get first try on the water and camp spots.
 

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I'm a city dweller but I'm looking for a vehicle that will help me get out of the city for the weekend. So I'm torn because the hybrid sounds like a great choice for road tripping and getting me to the destination but the 2.0 ECB w/ AWD sounds like it would be better once I get there to get off the beaten path. For context, I live on the East Coast. I don't plan to do anything crazy but I would like it to not struggle getting to more secluded locations for camping and such. That said I also don't have a lot of room to store a spare set of tires just for off-roading on weekends.
 

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I'm a city dweller but I'm looking for a vehicle that will help me get out of the city for the weekend. So I'm torn because the hybrid sounds like a great choice for road tripping and getting me to the destination but the 2.0 ECB w/ AWD sounds like it would be better once I get there to get off the beaten path. For context, I live on the East Coast. I don't plan to do anything crazy but I would like it to not struggle getting to more secluded locations for camping and such. That said I also don't have a lot of room to store a spare set of tires just for off-roading on weekends.
Im Southeast and for me its mud from the rains in Appalachia that cause the most issues. If it has any clay it is like ice. Unless you want all the fancy stuff you can get the Maverick XL trim w/ 2.0 AWD for less than $25,000 and it would be a good weekend warrior/city dweller. You can change tires if you see fit after a few trips. If the Maverick in real life is as good as it seems I will add 4k towing for teardrop and be set with above. Leaves a lot of room for diy/after market improvements
 

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I'm a city dweller but I'm looking for a vehicle that will help me get out of the city for the weekend. So I'm torn because the hybrid sounds like a great choice for road tripping and getting me to the destination but the 2.0 ECB w/ AWD sounds like it would be better once I get there to get off the beaten path. For context, I live on the East Coast. I don't plan to do anything crazy but I would like it to not struggle getting to more secluded locations for camping and such. That said I also don't have a lot of room to store a spare set of tires just for off-roading on weekends.
if you are new to off roading a 4x4 / AWD just might be worse for you because you’ll be a bit more confident nothing can stop you and won’t come prepared with pretty important extras (winch,tow straps,traction boards, etc.). Sandy conditions alone can test your nerves. Get a lot of good advice.
 

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I just went up a 4x4 road outside Creede Colorado yesterday in my 2005 Grand Marquis. Only problem is it ran hot. Radiator and condenser probably clogged from 280 thousand miles.
 

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I just went up a 4x4 road outside Creede Colorado yesterday in my 2005 Grand Marquis. Only problem is it ran hot. Radiator and condenser probably clogged from 280 thousand miles.
interesting, I’ve noticed many CO town names exactly the same with some in Mexico. Durango and Creede come to mind…have visited both in a Mexico.
 
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