Cadillac SRX First Generation Forum - 2004 - 2009 Discussion, 06 or 07 and AWD or RWD-Advice in Cadillac SRX Forums; Hey Guys-
I am very close to purchasing a 1st gen. I'll need to know primarily what's the better vehicle. ...
I am very close to purchasing a 1st gen. I'll need to know primarily what's the better vehicle. I have done my research in options and features, but am not sure if either have common issues. I have seen the radio blank screen glitch that would affect the 06.
I have asked every SRX owner how their machine handles in snow with hopes to talk with a RWD owner. Everyone here (Chicago) has AWD.
How are the RWD's in snow? I am dying to know. The car would be my treat, but primarilly driven by my fiance.
I had an 06 RWD. Frankly, in the 3+ years I leased it, I never took it out in snow. (I had a couple AWD vehicles during that time.) Before the SRX, I had a RWD 04 CTS and I used it for a couple Michigan winters with Michelin winter tires. It did fine except when my steep driveway got icy.
If the driver has experience driving RWD cars in the winter, the SRX with winter tires should be OK. If the driver has only driven FWD cars or lived in the south, get AWD.
Well a RWD is a RWD so it will drive in the snow like a RWD will, the key is tires and that has been mentioned.
Of course an AWD will be better in the snow in every way but braking so if you want better forward grip and you drive in the snow get an AWD, even with TC you will never have the grip of an AWD and the TC sucks really bad on the SRX so don't rely on it.
I use studded winter tires on our 04 AWD and it is great but I can still get into way more trouble than the computer can get me out of.
Re traction control - I always turned it off when driving on gravel roads because the long power interruption on takeoff (with any tire slip) is dangerous. I kept TC turned off on my CTS in the winter most of the time.
A few months ago I was instructing a winter driving school on a lake, my race car would not run right so I took the chance to get the SRX out on the ice for the day.
Well the TC is useless (is that spelled correct) IMO and I could spin for a long time before it started to work, now mind you this is on a lake, on the floor with the V8. When I did this in my A6 it would pull power so fast you could not spin to save your life, the SRX TC does work but it takes its sweet time and does not work with big throttle position.
For day to day driving the TC works ok and life is good but way less intrusive than any other system I have driven.
I will say it again, the big key is tires. My Dads RWD 330 was a waste of time in the winter with all seasons, the ESP and TC did all that it could but with no grip on the road it did not stand a chance. I put studded winters on and while it will not drive away from an AWD car it stops and turns unreal and the computer has some grip to work with now.
This is why I just don't get people not wanting to go to winter tires, they above all else are the most important saftey factor in the winter. The best way to stay safe is to not hit stuff or be able to get out of the way when you need to. The cheapest winter tire is better than the best all season.
We have a '06 N* AWD and feel that it handles like a tank in the snow, even with GoodYear ResponsEdge tires. My wife traded in her H3 Hummer for the SRX and could not feel safer and happier in her decision. She never thought a Cadillac would compare to the Hummer in winter driving, but loves the AWD.
I have to agree with the others that the TC is better left off.
A colleague bought a used '07 RWD SRX at the same time we bought our (second) '08 AWD SRX. Like us, they equipped theirs with snow tires for this past winter. Their experience: he slightly lost the backend once while pulling out from a stop. That taught him that the SRX's accelerator is more responsive than the underpowered FWD Windstar to which he had been accustomed. After that, he made it through the winter fine.
AWD is better in the snow and on the ice but, as conedoctor says, it doesn't help much in braking.
We live in a semi-rural suburb of a city and the plowing is good - frankly, other than ski trips and the end-of-driveway snowplow crud, the ground clearance and AWD of the SRX are wasted on us for 95% of the conditions we see.
Originally Posted by c5 rv
IMO, the SRX TC is way MORE intrusive than any other system I have drive.
Fully agree. I feel the same about the TC in our '10 CTS.
I was just fine with my 2004 V6 RWD in the two Michigan winters I had it.
Afterall, we made it through the first 75 years of the automobile with just RWD.
Granted my 2006 V8 AWD pulled through the snow better, I never found the
RWD inadequate. Now I have a 2010 V6 FWD. I have no problem with this either.
I guess it comes down to how you drive, and what your expect from your vehicle.