Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Driftless Zone Minnesota
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Thanks for the documents, James, and for others who explained how the drive feels in practice. My former four-wheel drives were conventional full mechanical, no-computer, and all big V-8 torque machines with manual locking hubs. I learned to drive carefully to exploit the setup. (Some of my work was dragging whole dead trees, mostly hickory, from a deep and steep valley.)
When I took the new RAV4 onto the snow and icy roads, at first I thought something was just wrong. Sometimes when I accelerated it felt like the engine was bogging, when in fact it was doing a whole lot of adjusting. I went straight, turned well enough. All is good.
But it is not a vehicle I would use for hauling trees, or even going off-road except for field work, and on non-maintained roads.
Call me a happy old man glad to be off the farm.