i drove my xb through a pactch of black ice last winter (on acident) and it did very well and i have driven it on icy roads and i was very impressed......last winter it was really cold in washington and i was driving up to my mother-in-laws house and it did fine, it stoped fine when i got out of the car i almost fell right on my ass kuz the street was covered in ice and i didnt even know it kuz the box drove so nice
Thanks for all the input! So... there are lots of Scions in Anchorage? Any trouble getting around in the peak of winter? Also, would I be able to venture out of town safely in the Box in the peak of winter?
if your car is lowered put it back to stock height.......buy a nice set of studded tires and have a set of chains, or cables just incase....and keep your tire pressure low, drive slow, give yourself plenty of time to stop and you'll do just fine....it will be just like a 4WD
Excellent advice. Mybox is at stock height so, no worries there. I will look into studded tires. Are there any other cold weather preparations I should consider? I'd hate to ask my local dealer. I live in Florida and they probably won't know I would really need.
I, too, live in WA. I cross the Cascades at both Snoqualmie and Stevens passes, I also cross Blewett Pass many time each winter. I've had my BCP xB for about 18 months. I have four studded tires, mounted on their own rims and I've never (never!) lost traction because of ice or a little snow. Unless I tried to lose traction. If I were moving to AK or E. WA. would also consider installing a block heater. Simple to do and not expensive.
The roads in Alaska are no different than the roads in other places there are just less of them. (well in the winter they tend to be covered in ice mixed with sand the whole time....studded tires on all 4 is a good choice). You will not need 4wd unless you want to offroad. ( I spent 4.5 years at Elmendorf AFB AK and loved every minute of it) Everyone said the Alaska Highway (in Canada) would kill my car (I drove a 1962 Corvair Pickup...lowered, wide wheels.... up to Alaska in 1986), that I would need 3 spares, and break my windshield for sure. They were wrong, tho my wifes 4wd 4Runner did get a chip in the windshield (on the main highway coming down into Anchorage a rock flew up and got me...you must understand tho that this road is as nice as the nicer interstates you have ever been on...so that was a fluke).
I drove my box up the Alakscan highway, pulling a trailor from southeast texas to Elmendorf AFB. No problems and made 36 MPH along the way!!!! The roads here are better in town than on base, but a set of good studs, which i got, makes for the best, when ive have had alot of freinds cars get stuck, mine made it. I had to replace the batt, i replaced it with a 850CCA batt. Come on up man!!!!! wiould be cool to meet ya!!!! and join the AK scion club, Short Bus 8 (pretty cool guy!!) posted a pic of my xB above, the AK scion club one.