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I know most cars that are RWD don't handle well in the snow, but it's different from car to car. How do 07 Chargers do?

I'm looking at this one:

http://autos.yahoo.com/used-cars/do...ype=used&model=charger&make=dodge&distance=25

And my parents are against RWD because we live in Ohio (we can get pretty big snowstorms).

I've already decided not to buy a Mustang due to this, I'm hoping I can still get a charger :p

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Actually, RWD should handle better than a comparative FWD car. Especially considering the Charger is a large car with a very good weight distribution. I won't get into a long and complicated physics lesson as to why about weight shifts, over steer vs. under steer and all that... but I live in Ohio, right near the snow belt, and in the winter I've driven:
Dodge Charger
Chrysler Crossfire
Ford Mustang convertible
Ford Mustang coupe
Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Chevrolet Corvette
My mom drives a 2005 Mustang all winter as well. I've never been stuck, spun off the road, etc. However, most of my FWD car driving friends have. Just play it smart and, if you lose traction, put some extra weight over the rear axle. Also note that most police in Ohio, at least near me, drive RWD Chargers, Magnums, or Crown Victorias. If you need a lesson on how to drive in the snow, ask me.
 

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Oh wow! I didnt even think about the police, that's true! =D I'm up in Parma, not IN the snowbelt but near it =P Thanks, I'll definitely keep you in mind =]
 

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I live in Northfield Center, so I'm pretty close to you. If you still need to convince anyone check out this article about it. It gives a good overview of how well RWD handles compared to FWD: http://www.slate.com/id/2081194/

And if that still doesn't help... there are what, only 7 or 8 days a year that it snows bad enough that you have to worry about it.
 

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Haven't had any problems with mine during the past Michigan winter. Traction control + ABS = you'll be ok as long as you don't do stupid things. Only issue I had was from the low 5" SRT8 clearance hitting on the snow ruts.
 

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The only accident I've ever had was with a FWD (Probe GT) car in the snow. Turning out of work and car didn't turn slid right into the curb, and bent the control-arm. That was the last "sporty" FWD car I ever owned.

RWD 4-EVER!
 

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Haven't had any problems with mine during the past Michigan winter. Traction control + ABS = you'll be ok as long as you don't do stupid things. Only issue I had was from the low 5" SRT8 clearance hitting on the snow ruts.

Exactly the same experience with mine in IL. :beerchug: No harsh weather worries with this car.
 

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2 winters, 12 total storms, at least 4 over 7 inches of snow.

Not a single problem with my Sublime, never been stuck
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http://www.tirerack.com/tires/Compa...ode=53703&performance=W&minLoad=S&search=true

Which of those tires would be the best? I know more $$ doesn't always mean better quality. I'd like to not spend a million dollars on tires. I guess what I really mean is which is the cheapest yet workable? =P
I bought a set of Eagle Ultra Grip GW3 from Tire Rack last season on the stock 18", worked very well indeed. Got stuck twice, in my driveway after the plow had been through. Otherwise great. And the price is awesome! And great service...
 

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I bought a set of Eagle Ultra Grip GW3 from Tire Rack last season on the stock 18", worked very well indeed. Got stuck twice, in my driveway after the plow had been through. Otherwise great. And the price is awesome! And great service...
Thanks, I'll favourite those =P
 

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If you live in an area with lots of snow get good snow tires on all 4 corners. The car is fine in the snow as long as the tires are good.
 

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What's this snow you guys keep speaking of? :D

(Southern California FOR THE WIN!)
 

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Uhhh...wouldn't go THAT far, but yeah. You'll be fine in the snow. Plus, should you want to "have fun" it's a lot easier to do that with RWD. Even in the almighty 2.7
i'm with you... but I've had both and no way does a RWD get where a FWD can in a real snow storm... i guess that's why i have AWD:rocker:
 

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If I can drive this all winter.... in up to half a foot of snow..


You should have zero issues in a Charger. I don't have traction control or any kind of nanny device to assist either (I think you guys have traction control and possibly yaw?)
 
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