Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Coudersport, PA
Better to be locked in before you slip, in some conditions, rather than have it change drive wheels after it slips.
I pretty much just let the AWD work on the roads in winter, and only lock it in (except once last winter) when off road. Now if it were rear wheel drive, I would lock it in on the roads a lot more I bet.
XPADREX was right, it's just an electric switch, no force needed to engage it.
I would say if you never go off road, it might not matter to you, but I prefer having the ability to lock it.
To tell the truth I would love a better drive system for off road, a transfer case with 4wd low range, better suspension, more clearance, etc. But nothing with those capabilities gives me the mileage, or initial cost of the Patriot. I looked for years for a vehicle as capable off road and the mileage and interior room I needed, and all there really was was the Patriot.
You can go fast, but I can go anywhere