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Thoughts on Winter Driving with my FWD Ford Fusion

In October 2016, I bought a 2013 Jeep Patriot Sport 4WD for some $12,000-13,000. It was a base model: crank windows, manual locks, manual mirrors, 5-speed manual (which I prefer), but it did have air conditioning, cruise control, and light-up cup holders. I bought it because I had Wrangler fever, but couldn't afford anything more than $12,000, which in my area can't get you anything newer than at least a ten year old vehicle, with 100,000 miles. Not to mention I drive a fair amount of miles every day, so bad gas mileage, on top of five year loan where if I keep it for the entire duration of the loan, would tack on 60,000 miles. Now, I'm rooting for America's automotive underdog Chrysler as much as anyone, but I had little faith in this being a solid financial decision. So, a 2013 Jeep Patriot looked sort of like a Wrangler from the front, and it had 50,000 miles on it, so why not.
A year and a half later in the summer months, I found myself having some issues with the …