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Not all are the same. But many... MANY of you are the kind of people that don't let a little bit of rain, snow or dirt get in your way.

Here's a fellow outback'r I spotted driving through some Seattle Rain a couple storms back.



How about you? What's the deepest water you've forded? The deepest snow shredded? The steepest slope driven up?

Points awarded to those who post photos of said activities. :29:
 

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Driving into deep water before you check it is stupid. A local news caster hit deep floodwaters in the dark on the way home a few years ago. He nearly drowned was driving a outback. Water is no joke.
 

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Not all are the same. But many... MANY of you are the kind of people that don't let a little bit of rain, snow or dirt get in your way.

Here's a fellow outback'r I spotted driving through some Seattle Rain a couple storms back.



How about you? What's the deepest water you've forded? The deepest snow shredded? The steepest slope driven up?

Points awarded to those who post photos of said activities. :29:
Is this car acutally moving or it's abandoned? Can't imagine, no matter how good the car is, that this car made it to the end of this flooded road... it appears that the air filter is already submerged and that would do it for this stupid driver!
 

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that picture is really bizarre. where is all that water coming from and i can't believe that car is moving...or is that perspective playing tricks, maybe the car isn't as submerged as it appears?

and why do i see grass on the seemingly "lower" ground below..the power line poles are obviously sloping "down" as the picture appears, but the ground is all dry there and this subaru is in feet of water?...that's just strange.
 

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The problem with driving a lightweight vehicle window sill deep into MOVING water is that it will float away from the roadway, and possibly turn turtle and trap the driver. After the engine hydro-locks. Morons drive cars into these situations.

Even a serious off-road prepped diesel truck with a snorkels, large suspension lift and lots of extra weight will get into trouble this way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Q7zY7mf756I

Check out some of these videos:

https://www.youtube.com/results?sea...0.0.102.586.6j1.7.0...0.0...1ac.1.oWVCqx2N9Zk

The serious drivers will rope up and wade the river first, and if it is too deep they won't chance it.

John Davies
Spokane WA USA
 

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that picture is really bizarre. where is all that water coming from and i can't believe that car is moving...or is that perspective playing tricks, maybe the car isn't as submerged as it appears?

and why do i see grass on the seemingly "lower" ground below..the power line poles are obviously sloping "down" as the picture appears, but the ground is all dry there and this subaru is in feet of water?...that's just strange.
Could be any of the roads I've been on in Oregon and Washington which have been hit by a huge very wet storm just this past week. Here in Northern CA we have seen nearly 6 inches of rain in the past 48hrs in some places. The hose syphon running on my pool for the past 15hrs has done nothing but keep the pool where it was when I started it!

Lots of rain will flood roads and tall brush along the sides of a flooded road can be deceptive. That grass you see is mixed in with black berry bushes which can be quite tall the black berry bushes at my corner are nearly 10ft tall.
 

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As Clint Eastwood says "a man's gotta know his limitations"
 

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that picture is really bizarre. where is all that water coming from and i can't believe that car is moving...or is that perspective playing tricks, maybe the car isn't as submerged as it appears?

and why do i see grass on the seemingly "lower" ground below..the power line poles are obviously sloping "down" as the picture appears, but the ground is all dry there and this subaru is in feet of water?...that's just strange.
It's a real pict, I live up here. ;) If I remember correctly the car made it.

The vantage point is odd though.
 

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I see a bow wave- that's what enabled him to make it through, probably. That's what all the subie drivers say, anyway.
 

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Do not know about the water capability. But I had a very hard time going with the Subaru not because of the car but the stigma that may go with it. I have noticed most Subaru's are in very Liberal towns such as Jackson,Wyoming, Sun Valley and Ketchum,Idaho and Bolder, Colorado. And I am any thing but Liberal. In fact I am very far on the other side of that measurement.
 

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I have noticed most Subaru's are in very Liberal towns
Not to start a political thread here (election's over - thank God), but I've never seen a Subaru with a Romney/Ryan bumper sticker.

My brother who lives in Vermont told me they are the "state car" there. I'm a liberal, artist, sailing, Mac using, dude with a golden retriever that rides nearly everywhere with me in the back of the Sube. So, I guess I had to get this car.

As for fording streams like the pic, I don't drive into standing water, or grab downed power lines, or run into burning buildings. That guy looks like he's trying to win a Darwin award.
 

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Lol this reminds me of my 98neon, flash flood hit houston, i was coming back from a friends house and i had to get home, short story broke the 1st calendar and part of the crankshaft,pushed it into my oil pan lol
 

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If the water is deeper than the bottom of my differential (9", basically the lowest point), is flowing at any rate of speed, or has ground underneath it that could wash out from under my tires I don't try it. Fording water as deep as in that picture is a very bad idea!
 

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I'll go through about a foot of water, but really, no more than that. Even then, I tend to be cautious about it. I've drowned a truck off-road in what appeared to a "puddle" once and have little desire to do the same in my Outback.

I did get caught on a flooded road a few weeks ago, not sure exactly how deep, but it submerged the bumper of the full size pick up I was behind, and noticeable slowed my car. Needless to say, just keep going if you're already in it. Parking in deep water is worse than driving through it, for sure.
 

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Though I do run into burning buildings, I'm still not going to go driving into water like that. I've tried to live by the rule of not doing anything you wouldn't want to explain to the paramedics, especially when they can make fun of you for it at work the next day.
 

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I like to think your average Subaru driver is a passionate person that makes educated decisions but that photo makes me think otherwise now.

I know better than to drive my car into water like that.

Maybe it's a 50/50 mix of really smart people and really dumb people. Kind of like the United States.
 

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Ok so now finally for a post to answer the original question. Last winter I drove up this street called Fairbanks in ice. It's a 25% grade hill for the duration of one block. I plan to get video this year or at least a picture and will post on this thread.

Lets stay on topic and not whine about how bad doing these things can be. I'm pretty sure everyone here already knows...
 

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Agreed.

I've driven through a roadway flooded with about 8 inches of water. Had no problem doing that (though the section of roadway was only about 15 feet long that was flooded)

A couple nights ago during the snowstorm I tried to 4 wheel drift my Outback in the turn around at the end of my street. It didn't work. Too much traction.
 
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