Not often enough for it to matter... I would possibly take it down to the beach and drive it down to the water once or twice, but I normally don't even need 4WD for that (unless its deep, then I just avoid it). I could see AWD being beneficial in the sand..UncaDanno said:Hydroplaning is a lot like being on black ice: there is no traction until you get down to pavement.
No kind of drive, 4-wheel, all-wheel, front-wheel, etc., will do you any good.
Question: how often do you get into deep (> 4") sand? AWD could be a help there.
You make good points... and one has to wonder how hard it would be to find an AWD in Florida as it is..jaak said:AWD isn't even necessary in Toronto, so to think it's needed anywhere south of there for real winter conditions, makes me laugh... Well except Buffalo and PA in the mountains, because Buffalo gets dumped on with snow and the altitude of the mountains helps do the same.
Now, to be fair, AWD does make the Murano chirp less when you gas it and your front wheels happen to be on that painted line at the traffic light.
Rain? If it's raining so heavy that you need AWD, you're going too fast and are going to end off the road in a corner or in someone's rear because you can't stop fast enough.
One place where it does work, is freezing rain.
I'm with Homer on this one. Less power to the ground and more losses through the drivetrain, plus additional weight and more to go wrong with AWD.
If it was dry road AWD, that would be different. But it's not.
You'd have to make a VERY abrupt maneuver to get the VDC to switch on dry roads. Its easier on fresh snow. Just turn the wheel and jam the gas, you'll see the SLIP light blinking almost immediately.teonek said:Yes it is my mistake, it's SLIP light in MO not VDC. So i have never seen it blinking.
Interesting.... Then how do I know if I am in AWD or FWD? I read the manual and the AWD light is on only when there is a problem.Eric L. said:Neither the AWD or VDC light comes on when either system is operating. When VDC is active, the SLIP light blinks on and off. This is misleading, since sometimes the SLIP light is triggered by the traction control only, and VDC is not actually active. I guess the rule of thumb is that if your SLIP light is blinking, slow down!
You won't know. The only way to be sure is to use AWD lock, but that switches back to automatic AWD after 19mph (03-04) or 6mph (05). The manual is very explicit to say do not use AWD Lock on smooth roads (I would guess, it would damage the transfer case).dkfchan said:
Interesting.... Then how do I know if I am in AWD or FWD? I read the manual and the AWD light is on only when there is a problem.