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Old 08-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #1
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Question Jeep Wrangler for Calgary Winters?

I am looking for winter cars for the severe, long and very cold calgary winters (temperatures varies from -5 to -32 degree celcius from November to end of April). I really like Jeep wranglers and one of my friends who had a wrangler mentioned that wranglers are not good for the icy roads in calgary because it has a short wheel base. And of course calgary winters are long and the fuel consumption for a winter car that runs for 7-8 months in a year is going to be a lot. But, what are your experiences on ice/black ice/crappy winter snowy roads for jeep wranglers? I will use the car mostly for city drive and on the highway for the weekends (one weekend per month).

Any suggestion will be appreciated
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:39 PM   #2
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I got my jeep at the beginning of April so haven't driven it yet in the dead of winter - but we still had about a month and a half of crappy conditions before things finally started to thaw for good, so I did get some winter driving in. I think how you drive will play a huge part in how well it handles in the winter. I was still getting my jeep legs at that point (huge difference in COG and overall handling vs the ford contour I replaced) and honestly my greatest concern was spacial awareness and not scraping the heck out of other vehicles with my bumpers in parking lots. Driving my FWD contour was far more nerve wracking in poor conditions (and less fun).
As far as gas, just be thankful you live in Alberta! It has got to be the most economical place on earth to drive a Jeep.

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Old 09-02-2014, 08:29 PM   #3
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Winnipegger here. I've had a 2007 Sport, a 2012 Sahara Unlimited and now a 2014 Rubicon Unlimited. By far the best winter vehicles ever!

The heat is ridiculously hot despite the -40 outside and the 4x4 can handle any blizzard dump of snow.

My tips though;

- upgrade the headlights the day you pick it up. Just do. Don't ask why.
- keep in mind the roads aren't always covered in ice but I typically switch to a good mud/snow tire (Duratracs are good) for the winter. This year, because of the stock rubicon tires, I will be getting a more "winter" tire and swapping back and forth
- keep tow straps, jumper cables, etc in your Jeep. Not for you, but to rescue your idiot friends driving civics.
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