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post #1 of 9 Old 01-08-2014, 05:21 AM Thread Starter
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Okay so i know the 4x4s will win hands down but I would like to do a little off roading if possible...my parents thought it would be better for me to have the freaking front wheel drive sport than the 4x4 limited. (better on pocket books) Im not expecting to do anything like my 01 jeep wrangler could do. But it is a Jeep! It has to have some off road abilities right?? What are your thoughts? Did i completely make the wrong choice going for the FWD. ( I did opt for the 2.4L engine though...so thats nice! )
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Mine is fwd and I easily gotten out of situations my dads 4x4 ram struggled with. Being half the weight definitely helped out though.
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I've seen my dad take 2WD vehicles down roads that 4-wheelers would pucker at the sight of.

That said, keep in mind that tires make a huge difference, and having the right tires for the situation particularly. Beyond that, remember to air down your tires for maximum grip (and bring a compressor to air them back up when finished), bring a shovel, and take a buddy, preferably in their own vehicle.
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Thanks guys that makes me feel a lot better about having a 2wd jeep
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And nth256 im planning on getting some all terrain tires as big as i can on there for that reason im going to need all the grip i can get haha
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Okay so i know the 4x4s will win hands down but I would like to do a little off roading if possible...my parents thought it would be better for me to have the freaking front wheel drive sport than the 4x4 limited. (better on pocket books) Im not expecting to do anything like my 01 jeep wrangler could do. But it is a Jeep! It has to have some off road abilities right?? What are your thoughts? Did i completely make the wrong choice going for the FWD. ( I did opt for the 2.4L engine though...so thats nice! )
Being the 2WD your vehicle is exactly the same as the Dodge Calibre Car. Powertrain and suspensions are identical. Most likely you have the 2.0L although the 2.4L is the same other than the obvious displacement. The skin and badging are the major differences and capability is very the same.

Tires do make a big difference for sure. The FDII 4x4 are a different powertrain having a lower gearing and I believe also lifted a bit for their Trail Rated designation.

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He said he opted for the 2.4 engine. I did too. Got the 2014 Sport FWD with 2.4 engine and 6 speed auto and tow package. It has good ground clearance and traction control, so it is pretty good on back roads, gravel, boat launches, etc. Not like my old Cherokee, but more comfortable and much better gas mileage. I'm happy with it.
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kind of a moot argument since you already made your purchase, no? shouldn't this question have been brought up before the purchase?
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kind of a moot argument since you already made your purchase, no? shouldn't this question have been brought up before the purchase?
True, I concur it should have be a pre purchase question. Having had a number of 4x4's and AWD as well as 2WD vehicles. Once you have a 4x4 of some sort you'll not want anything else. They can all go down the back roads but when the going get tough or snow, ice etc is involved the 4x4 has a huge advantage if you have tires for the conditions.

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