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I've had my 4runner since August. I love the thing. Big step up from my '98 Blazer! The only things that bug me are the traction control system (If you try to spin the wheels, VSC takes over and will not let the engine rev... . I'm used to taking corners sideways on slippery roads!) and the less leg room in the front seats than the Blazer. Other than that the 4runner is pissa!4WD helps you go, but it doesn't help you stop or turn. I've put snow tires on my 4Runner in the winter. They make a huge difference over all seasons.
If you lock the center differential (X button on lower part of dash to the left of the steering wheel), it turns of electronic spin control. That lets you hang out the back a bit before the traction control shuts you down. Word of caution, however. Doing so turns the 4Runner into a really tail happy beast. I found it far harder to control the tail than in my brother's old 1972 Capri.The only things that bug me are the traction control system (If you try to spin the wheels, VSC takes over and will not let the engine rev... . I'm used to taking corners sideways on slippery roads!)
All seasons tend to be OK when young. After 15-20k miles, the snow traction drops off significantly. But even with new all season tires, they have no comparison to real snow tires, which give far better braking and turning performance.
I have the BFG AT KO radial all terrains on my 97 Wrangler. It is OK in the snow, but twitchy due to the short wheelbase and the high center of gravity. It will get stuck leaving my driveway almost every time. I live on a hill, and just use 4WD to get started out of the driveway, before switching to 2WD for the rest of the trip.
Do you remember about 10 (?) years ago when we had a similar forecast? Everything cancelled the night before for an early morning snow. However it did not start snowing until around 5 or 6pm as I recall. One whole day cancelled on a forecast and the snow came late.We won't get the cancellation call until 5:30 am, soonest. I got a feeling, though, that western Mass is going to be cancelled. I'll lick a spoon and put it in the freezer to make sure. And wear my jammies inside out. AND flush an ice cube down the toilet!