Alright guys and gals, time for a car question.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to cars, but I do know a thing or two. But anyways, on to my question. . .
I’m looking at getting a new car, and I’m having a tough time deciding on what to spring for; it’s between an '05 Mazda RX-8 or a Mazda3 SP23 5-door/hatchback (the special edition, with all the goodies).
I know the easy choice (RX-8, ya bum!), but see, I live way up in Duluth, Minnesnowta. So obviously I’m leary of owning a RWD in the winter, especially with all the hills around here. I’ve started leaning towards the Mazda3 just for the sake of FWD, but I just can’t pull myself away from the RX-8 (as my bud would say, “I’d do it in the tailpipe.”).
I’ve done some reading and it sounds like a big key to a driving a RWD “successfully” in the winter is the tires. Now, I’d have no problem opting for some winter tires in order to enjoy the RX-8, I’m just wondering if there are any other tips out there to ease the pain of a RWD in the winter? Do sandbags in the trunk help (a la a truck)?
Anyone with experience?
I should mention that there is a decent city bus service, which I would take on wicked bad days anyway. . . so the horrible driving conditions would be limited. Worst case scenario, I could always buy a beater, right?
Oh, and I have to special order either one, since all they sell up here are dog sleds and snowshoes. So I can’t just get what’s available (there goes that way of deciding!).