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5 winter beaters to endure the cold months ahead
As residents of hot and dry regions of the U.S. prepare to bring their convertibles out for prime driving season, those of up north and in the Snow Belt have to start thinking about off-season storage. When you don't want to subject a car you care about to the elements, that's where a winter beater comes in real handy.
I am a huge fan of the AWD Buick Rainiers for Winter driving. I personally have a soft spot for the V8 versions which go like crazy and go through just about anything. I will admit the 2005-2007 V8 has the DOD/AFM (Displacement on Demand/Active Fuel Management) issue, but that can be corrected with a $200 tune, or the Range Technology DOD plug in. Just tune it before the stuck lifter occurs. I actually now drive a 2007 Tahoe LTZ for winter service