This is my first post. Sorry it's long. My wife has a 97 legacy outback. I like it, so I'm considering giving up my obsession of the last four years--a '68 bronco daily driver. I've included a picture of it so you can see my dilemma.
At first, I was just going to get a winter beater so I wouldn't rust out the bronco in the Vermont salty winters. I already paid $2400 for a no frills rust free 2.2 ltr Legacy wagon FWD with 130,000 miles that I'm supposed to pick up from a used subaru dealer next week. I'll have a 30 day / 1000 mile bumper to bumper waranty with it. He stood behind a 2.5 L head gasket issue with my wife's roo, so I know he's reputable. It seems like a good deal
He now has a "loaded" 2.2 ltr rust free 98 legacy wagon AWD with 83,000 miles for $6900. It has a 3 month / 4000 mi bumper to bumper warranty.
To get it I'll have to sell the bronco, and fast. That shouldn't be too hard, at least logistically.
My wife thinks I've already made up my mind, and has cogratulated me on my "mature desision". That's a first. I had to look behind me to see if she was talking to someone else.
Here are the questions I'd like feedback on.
How are the FWD wagons in the snow? I'm in green mountain land and it snows like crazy and I'm on top of a mountain. Can I get around in a FWD? Are the AWD that much better/safer in the snow?
Which of the two seems like the better deal?
Are there pluses or minuses to either one of these models?