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Old 06-13-07, 06:48 PM
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Chrysler has an option on their their higher end 300 series cars call All wheel drive. Does this drive system have the same mechanicals as their SUV and small trucks with 4wheel drive. The salesman couldnt tell me.
 
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The only difference between AWD and 4x4 is this:

part time 4x4: you can turn off 4x4

full time 4x4: full time 4x4 with "4x4 low" gear

AWD: Same as full time 4x4 except you don't have a "low" gear and they make "intelligent AWD" now.
 
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Old 06-14-07, 06:33 AM
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Got it. So Im guessing that the mechanicals on this set up are the same as any 4wd set up? A transmission driving a transfer case and two shafts going out from there to the front and back? I wonder what that would do to the fuel consumption in a car.
 
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Old 06-14-07, 06:41 AM
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Fuel mileage will be reduced because the car is using more power to send to the other wheels.

On newer AWD vehicles, the car will actually be in two wheel drive until the computers sense that it needs the power to the other two tires.
 
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Something else to consider. On some vehicles, addition of AWD and the added rear driveline, will consume the spare tire storage space.

On some vehicles, especially vans, of several manufacture with AWD, you get no spare tire and the vehicle comes with run-flat type tires.

Something else to ask about in consideration.
 
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No one seems to be able to tell me if the Chrysler 300 All wheel drive is the "smart" system.
Everything I can find says that it is running all the time. THAT would be extremely energy inefficent for the one or two months a year that I would need it, but if it didnt run all the time "smart" Id still be interested.
 
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Old 06-15-07, 06:46 AM
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The 300C does not have the "smart" AWD. It is full time AWD with 62% of power delivered to the front axle, and 38% to the rear.

http://www.chrysler.com/en/300/features/driving_dynamics.html?feature=awd
 
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