I bought a 4x4 Ranger for $600 a while back and have been driving it since November when I took the insurance off the Bird. We have had some real nice days, the kind that make me wonder why I ever bought the truck. Well, it finally snowed, definitely worth the $600 + $300 in miscellaneous repairs and upkeep. It gets around well and it was a whole lot of fun last night. If you've got some extra money laying around, give the Bird a break, check the local classifieds and find yourself a cheap 4x4 if you live in a cold place that gets snow. You won't be sorry.