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Old 08-24-2018, 01:52 PM   #1
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Why 4X4 vs 4X2?

I have been studying this forum for awhile now and find that most of those who are using full size pickups are using 4 wheel drives. I am wondering why this is the case. I know some reasons in favor of the 4 wheel drive, better resale, snow, off road use, can't find in stock - must special order. And these are the advantages that I see for the 2 wheel drive - less parts to break down - more payload capacity - better fuel mileage - less initial investment (especially if you plan to keep the vehicle long term).
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Old 08-24-2018, 01:59 PM   #2
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On some trucks you can get a locking rear end that gives you another drive wheel. A lighter, cheaper solution for some...just don’t plan on using it on an icy road that is slanted towards the ditch.
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:09 PM   #3
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Seems you asked and answered your question in your 1st post, are you asking for each persons reasoning?
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Welcome Ronn.

I was thinking the same as Bob, you kinda answered your own question. Around here there are very few 4x2 pickups. Traction in the winter snow is abysmal without four wheel drive. A dealer would never bring one in on the lot as he could get stuck with it.
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:22 PM   #5
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Give me a 4x2 truck with positraction or limited slip and a set of chains and I'm happy. that said, it is hard to find 4x2 trucks without special ordering one..
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:26 PM   #6
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It's hard to find a new truck in South Texas that isn't a 4WD. There also isn't really any winter here, and most truck owners don't go off road with their trucks either. My guess is that the majority of 4WD owners around here don't even use it. I don't know why they almost universally expect it, but they do.

I had to order my truck as 2WD. If I intended to go offroad, boondock on rougher terrain, or if we actually had a winter season, my choice would have been different.
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Canuck with 4x4 truck here. I have used the 4x4 maybe 6 times, 3 times while towing. Basically the towing need amounted to needing more traction due to either ground slope and/or loose gravel/sand conditions and the drive wheel would spin.

If resale was no concern, I’d get a towing friendly 4x2 truck. Does that help?
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:38 PM   #8
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Thanks for your reply guys, I was wondering if I am missing something besides winter and I should have addressed the snow / winter. I ran a business where we used multiple rear wheel drive sedans (Lincoln Towncars), while my competitors did not use "snow" tires and had many incidents, our experience was great. In our 13 years of use we only needed a tow once (the driver tried to go through snow deeper that the undercarriage of the vehicle). Blizzak's Winter Tires, hard to believe the traction these tires provided.
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:41 PM   #9
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Yes, thanks for the reply BCnomad
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Old 08-24-2018, 02:44 PM   #10
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Thanks Robert, I was hoping it might be different in the southern states and I might locate a vehicle there. It looks like it will be special order time for me.
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