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We did a firework display Saturday at the end of a large orchard, we knew it was going to be muddy so we took my Forester & a Freelander to ferry the equipment to the site. After the display it rained heavily so we hid in the beer tent for about half an hour. The cars were stuffed full of equipment but the Freelander couldn't make it up the slope from where we were set up. It took the help of 5 of us pushing to get it on to a flatter bit where it found some grip. Then it was my turn & the Forester slithered and squirmed but made it up the slope without help.

A great advert for the capability of Foresters.
 

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Once towed out a Land Rover (real one) stuck in snow using a 1.0 Metro, it's more about the driver than the car!

Yes he was suitably embarrassed!
 

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Scoobs are ace. I took mine across a grassy field and up a hill, the same route that a 90 sank and got stuck on. I didn't laugh at the 90 driver much!
 

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Type of tyre - summer
Condition - wet grass/mud
Driver skill - not great but enthusiastic
AWD - Subaru gets you there
 

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I own a N/A 2004 range rover and a 1998 forester s/tb (JDM). Have not used to tow anything yet, but I can personally say the forester feels better driving and handles better. Maybe I should have a tow off?
 

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Indeed, tyre choice is absolutely critical !!!... A BMW with mudpluggers would be better than a 4x4 with performance road tyres!!

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Just for the record my Forester has Yokohama Geolanders all round. Don't know what was on the Land Rover but the guy owns a couple of hundred acres locally that he runs as a fishery so he spends every day driving round on mud or gravel.
 

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My car is a completely stock auto s turbo with g040s on it and I've had it in lots of positions it ought to get stuck and it never does. It's easier than a manual to drive off road and in 5 years of ownership I've never once thought oh I wish I had at/s tyres on here or oh I wish I had a manual with a low range. It's a brilliant piece of engineering.

Mike


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Yeah, mine's never had anything other than normal road tyres on it. I live on a farm and have occasion to go off road from time to time. A couple of times I been in a position where I was convinced I would get badly stuck and the car just.... goes.

Never bothered with snow buttons or changing to lower gears, just leave it in D and it gets on with it. Marvellous really.
 
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