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Old 10-01-2011, 10:30 PM
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Having a 4wd is handy, but for most people not neccessary. I personally have a 4x4 for our winters out here; between the ice and snow, having the ability to pull through the snow pile that builds up around the vehicles when it's parked in the shop yard for weeks on end is really handy. When I drive the gf's caliber, I still have no problems in snow unless it's deep.

It comes down to if you NEED 4wd of just WANT it. I personally want it in case I ever need it in our winters, but if you don't need it, then the 2wd will do everything you need it to.
I'm the OP. 4wd is definitely something I "want" rather than "need". It's not an "absolutely have to have" item for me. That said, I'll probably have 4wd on my next truck "just because".

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Old 10-02-2011, 01:07 AM
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I had 4x4 trucks for over 25 years and switched to 2x4 this time around. The change in climate (NJ to FL) helped make up my mind but when I really thought about it, there was only a half a dozen times that I used the 4x4 in all those years. When I thought about it some more I really really only HAD to use it about two times. I will be the first to say that you can't beat it if you need it and the main reason I had it was for those "just in case" times.

Maintenance and service costs are higher and mileage is less on a 4x4 over a 2x4. Like I said if you need it than you need it. In my case I felt the added cost of the vehicle, the added maintenance and service expense just weren't worth it. I glad I went 2x4 this time and like the truck a lot.
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4WD trucks are at a slight disadvantage when it comes to mileage...but only slight. They are a bit heavier, and the front end has slightly higher rolling resistance. This equates to about 1mpg.

4WD is slightly more expensive to service....slightly. For all the basic maintenance, they are the same as 2WD, but the 'special' maintenance times like 30K, there is an extra differential to service and a transfer case.

If you keep it long term, you do have an additional drive shaft with U-joints and the front end parts don't last quite as long.

I have both 2WD and 4WD vehicles. I generally trade them in at 2-4year mark. My 4WD units cost on average $20/year more than the 2WD for maintenance.
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I bought my 4X4 because of the last two winters we've had here in the Kansas City area. I've got a 38.5 mile one-way commute to my "retirement" job, and the roads are a combination of interstates, state highways and a couple of miles on a county road. I get off work at 11:00pm, and looking at my drive home when it's snowing like crazy and the plows haven't been out yet is not a pleasant feeling. I've GOT to make it to work (otherwise a co-worker gets screwed into staying), and there have been three occasions in the last three-years that I literally could not make it in my 08 Dodge Caliber commutemobile. The peace-of-mind from now having a Ram 4X4 (even though it hasn't snowed yet) is worth every penny, IMO, and I don't care if it gets 2-mpg. My wife thinks I'm crazy, of course, but admits that she'll worry much less about me on those snowy nights.

Speaking of mpg, my new Ram is a left-over 2011 1500 SLT regular cab short-bed, and I just turned over 1000-miles. I wanted a Hemi (like everyone else), but opted for the 4.7 after I drove it. As a 59-year-old gearhead, I know my right foot quite well, and a Hemi would not have been good with such a long commute. Taking it easy from the stoplights, with about 30% stop-and-go and 70% highway (65 to 70 mph), I got 18.5 on the first tank, and an even 20.0-mpg on the second...carefully calculated manually. I suspect that will increase by a few mpg after some more break-in, but if I can average just 20-mpg I'll be a happy camper.

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I have now owned pickup trucks continually since 1978. I once decided I didn't need 4x4, so I bought a 4x2. Big mistake, I kept that truck exactly 4 months. Never do it again. True 4x4 is more expensive, to buy and operate, but you will never have to say, I sure wish I had my 4x4 back, while I was stuck on a boat ramp that my 4x2 would not go up with my boat, had to be pulled by, you guessed it, a 4x4 truck. Very embarrassing especially since it was a Chevy pulling me up.
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For a 4wd truck, heres whats different

Transfer case - you need to drain and refill the fluid so often
An added front diff - fluid needs to be changed every 5 or so years
Front driveshaft and U-joint
Cv Axles
The ability to romp through ruts and snow.
1 -2 mpg decrease in fuel mileage.

To me it was all worth it.
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I'm the OP.
For me, the worst part of having a new truck, is "having a new truck". I know Now I'm babying this thing, trying to keep it "new". I'll be glad once it gets a few dings and dents in it. Then I'll treat it like "a truck".

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I'm the OP.
For me, the worst part of having a new truck, is "having a new truck". I know Now I'm babying this thing, trying to keep it "new". I'll be glad once it gets a few dings and dents in it. Then I'll treat it like "a truck".

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if your like me you will always baby the truck, i have slid into a snow bank, hit a barn, been rear ended, been keyed 2x and i repair and keep on trucking i never stop babying the truck i am trying to get up the courage to take it mudding but....... I wont even park next to other cars i was once so nuts about this truck that i wouldnt let people open the doors all the way or slam them shut. people use to joke with me Ram was gonna call me and say i was giving there trucks a bad name lol luckily i have eased up a little lmao i still wont park next to other cars because my first pick up was hit 2x in a parking lot and my suv was hit 3x and the people just drove off those @ss holes if i ever catch someone doing that to this truck im gonna show them the true potential of a 4wd ill drive it up there....... (well you know) i have gone light off roading with this truck though
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Here is my take on this topic:

I bought a 2wd for several different reasons. I have owned a Jeep Wrangler and a jacked up F150 in the past. My jeep saw better day after I was done with it. My F150 never left me stranded. I loved taking these 2 vehicles off road. It was my hobby. What's my point?

I purchased my 2011 brand new with a nice sticker price of $31,000. Why in the world would I want to take a vehicle that cost this much money and go run it through the mud? I plan on getting a 4-wheeler for that. If I did have a 4wd I know that it would have already seen a mud hole somewhere, I take my 2wd down dirt paths but that's all she will be seeing.

There are some people here who say they need 4wd due to all the snow. I lived at Ft Drum, NY for about 4 years or so. If you aren't unfamiliar with the area then you should know it's right in the middle of the snowbelt. It dumps snow there. There are tons of people up there who drive cars, even sports cars. They just don't click it into 4wd and cruise down the road at the speed limit. They take their time but they get there. You don't need 4wd just because of snow.

Now there are some people who actually do need 4wd but I would say the vast majority of people could go with out it. But if they want it then it's their money not mine.

I still plan on putting a lift and tires on my truck. It is more for looks. Call me a poser if you will but my 2wd sees some dirt. Most 4wd vehicles on the road don't see any.
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