Retrieved it from the RV repair place where it got new awning fabric to replace the old 15 year old stuff that was full of little holes and the dirt was so embedded in it was impossible to get clean. Also got new exhaust pipe for the generator.
My son works for a designated driver service on weekends. He tells me he drove one a few weeks back on a snowy miserable night. It had AWD and stick shift and he said it handled the bad stuff really good. The client stated that comments from other owners who are faced with driving in the winter steered him to the Juke. It seems the need for a safe, dependable commuter car over-rides the quirky styling.
I replaced the Ford Stuff with Monroes at about 100000 KM, saw no difference whatsoever with the ride at the rear, slight improvement at the front which lasted about 10000 KM. Don't waste your money on Monroes.
As most DP's weigh over 11,000 KG (24000 lbs.) you will also need to upgrade your G licence to a D in addition to the Z endorsement. Not sure about the test drive situation but I know that for the purposes of driver training as long as you have a holder of the proper licence with you, you can operate the vehicle with a G licence.