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So this is one place where they have **REQUIRED** AWD/4WD High Clearance vehicles and where a Jeep rental company rents their souped up gear for $200 per 12 hrs.

Now I'm not a spirited driver, at the same time don't wan't to baby my Subu driving on paved roads. What are those tiny things I need to take care to get a best driving experience.
 

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So driving offroad/dirtroad/grave/rock road. Should the tires be inflated with more air or less air.
 

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We have been to DV many times with our '10 Outback. This time of year temperatures are moderate, so heat will not be a problem, but do carry water, food and simple tools. Cell phone service is non-existent except near Furnace Creek and Stovepipe Wells. There is no "requirement" for 4x4 in DV, just recommendations for the type of vehicle needed on given trails. Bear in mind that AWD, found on the OB, is nowhere near the capability of 4x4 found on a Jeep, transmission, clearance, or tire-wise, and the weakest link on the OB is its road tires. If you have a flat off-road, you are in big trouble, so drive slowly when the going gets rough. Be sure to check daily current road conditions on the DV website and definitely download the pamphlet "Backcountry Roads" which lists 15 off-road trails with recommendations for the type of vehicle required. The OB can easily handle "high clearance" such as Titus Canyon (we did this a month ago) and can do a good job on "4x4 recommended". It cannot handle "4x4 required" and in all cases you just have to use your judgement on what you feel comfortable driving. We have done most of the drives described in the pamphlet, and in many cases turned around when the difficulty of the road was beyond our comfort level. Be prepared for dust and dirt throughout the vehicle and the potential for brush marks on the outside in close quarters. The attached photo was taken about 2/3 of the way up Trail Canyon about 2000 ft above the Valley floor. We were able to go about 2 miles further before the going got too tough, but, as you can see, it was well worth the drive.
Excellent thoughts, thank you.
 

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Tires are my big worries, I am a slow driver but I beleive the Stock tires on Subaru are cant keep up. Can you tell me if I should have more tire pressure or less? to decrease the chances of tire damage.
 

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Road to the racetrack isn't terrible, but it's very rocky. If you go slow, and pay attention, it's not difficult. There's even AT&T cell service if you walk out on the playa about 3/4 mile on the south end. I spent the night out there a few weeks ago.

Where did you camp?
 

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Assuming the worst case situation, !!f I get a Flat tire!! what should I do? move on with the Donut and fix the tire or change all 4 tires at a nearby shop.
 

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Yet, another reason why I'd never get a minivan. Only van I'd ever own (or a Ford for that matter) is a sportsmobile. Actually, I'd drive BA Baracaus (Mr. T)'s van as well.
I don't get your reasoning? in a circumstance where there is a flat, how does it matter if its mini-van or AWD?
 

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Back from DV. I'm blown away with the performance of my new car. Ran like a champ with 4 persons tons of gear enough to cover the entire rear glass, 20 gallons of water. Handled the tough roads of Death Valley very well and so do the return trip back to Portland on snow and ice. :D

Got consistent 29-29.4 MPG on the Highway.

My one month old car looks like all chewed up and is hurting me quite a bit :)



 
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