So I've got to get a different winter beater, as my 2wd 5spd Colorado is just terrible on ice. That and I just don't like it. At all.
It has been a cold winter here in Alaska, and hopefully will be a snowy spring, so winter performence is kind of important.
I've got my eye on two possible replacements, both of which are in a similar price range ($4k ish).
Option 1 is a 2000 Impreza RS coupe w/85k and a wrx tranny
Option 2 is a totally stock FJ80 in good condition with 210k.
Both are on my short list of winter beaters...but both have their advantages and disadvantages.
FJ would be perfect for all kinds of winter recreation, but an expensive DD.
RS will be a fantastic DD and decent recreational car with a roof rack, but not too useful otherwise...