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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    new guy posts twice sorry

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    I think that most of these folks are saying that "with" four snow tires and ideal conditions; you can operate a large displacement rear wheel drive high performance automobile; "if you have too".

    But you're talking about extended long term driving through the midwest in the dead of winter.

    My bet is that you'll end up dead.

    Snow tires or not; the suspension and chassis geometry does not lend itself at all to operating this type of vehicle in what might very well be the worst of weather conditions.

    I would park the V and buy a 5 or 6 year old Jeep Cherokee 4WD for little money as possible given that you would only be operating it during your long winter road trips.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by CVP33 View Post
    Driving the V in winter is like having sex with your neighbor's cat

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    Yeah, I don't know where I was going with that one either.
    Yeah, but you're pretty darn close!

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    I live in the Washington, DC area, and we do not get a lot of snow, here. We get some, just not a lot.

    Through last winter, on the original F1 Supercar Runflats, this car was virtually undriveable in the snow.

    I am going to try this year with F1 All Seasons. Since I don't want to buy snow tires, I think that this can be a good option for me.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    Dave:

    I drove the V through a snow St. Louis winter last year on snow tires and it was fine. Not like my previous all-wheel-drive car, but it does good none the less. This year I'm on all-season V rated tires so we'll see how that goes.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    When considering only rears; think what is more dangerous, not being able to accelerate, or not being able to stop or turn? I do not have enough $ to have a 2nd car and I have Dunlop M3 winter tires and it goes through the snow in Mich. with no issues.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    I agree. I also had the Dunlop Wintersports and they worked fine in the Chicago winter. I also put a couple a bags of tube sand in the trunk for added traction. Don't kid yourself, you need all four tires. Not only do they provide better traction due to tread design but winter tire tread compounds are designed for operation in lower temperatures.

    I am dating myself but many years ago it seems everyone dealt with reduced traction and handling of a rear wheel drive car by taking it slower and understanding the limits of operating a car in adverse winter conditions. Bottom line - buy a set of winter tires, take it easy, and you should be fine especially if you are driving on mostly main roads. Start off in second gear if the conditions are particularly slippery. Good luck.

    Quote Originally Posted by JMBCTSV View Post
    When considering only rears; think what is more dangerous, not being able to accelerate, or not being able to stop or turn? I do not have enough $ to have a 2nd car and I have Dunlop M3 winter tires and it goes through the snow in Mich. with no issues.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    You don't need "winter tires"...

    You just need to learn how to drive in the winter.

    My V has been in the snowy mountains of Utah and the snow-filled streets of Washington DC (And if anyone knows what a snow-storm in DC does, feel free to chime in and elaborate).

    Point is, I've been fine. Even on stock tires. The manual transmission helps, and so does the weight.

    Just drive the car with common sense. You'll be fine.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    well i just purchased some blizzak lm-22's, and its supposed snow here this weekend, so i'll get to test it out. but last week during some snow i couldn't go very far with potenzas on it!

    thank god we dont have winter long snow cover...

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by TaVern View Post
    You don't need "winter tires"...

    You just need to learn how to drive in the winter.

    My V has been in the snowy mountains of Utah and the snow-filled streets of Washington DC (And if anyone knows what a snow-storm in DC does, feel free to chime in and elaborate).

    Point is, I've been fine. Even on stock tires. The manual transmission helps, and so does the weight.

    Just drive the car with common sense. You'll be fine.
    Eh, depends how much snow you get...I'd never be willing to drive this car in any decent amount of snow without snow tires. I tried in Boston with a couple BMW's and it didn't drive for sh*t with summer tires. On snows, it made all the difference in the world. If you can afford a dedicated set, get them, period.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    just had a pretty good sleet/snow/ice here in illinois and my V ran great with my new michelin alpines. You will be just fine with 4 snow tires, just don't drive like a moron. I looked into all seasons and every tire shop recommended the snow tires over the all seasons.

    Go with snow tires, drive slow, and you're good to go.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    I drove my V a week ago here in some major snow squalls south of Orangeville (North of Toronto) and had no problem
    with my Hankook W300's. I did add as mentioned in this post 2 bags of sand in the trunks empty spare tire hole (80lbs).
    Just keep the rpm low, upshift early and try not to shift in the corners and you will be fine. At least I was in snow covered
    roads and a couple inches of snow. I worry more about the other idiots on the road then my own driving!

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    Well, my Dunlop M3s came in Friday. Perfect timing, but.......couldn't find anybody to take off my runflats. Its snowing now and I have to go out in a bit. Streets are covered with a light sheet of snow.
    Guess I'll let you guys know how a V handles with bald F1s in the rear.

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch View Post
    I'm considering doing just the rears. Only because two of my tires are shot, and I dont wanna keep the RSAs anyway. That should be good enough for the few days we have snow on the streets. This way, I dont have to decided which tires to get till spring.
    I would be carefull when doing that.. I once changed just the rear tires on a car and it was awful in the snow. We just wont get the same traction as when having 4 of the same tires. That was just my experience.

    As far as driving the V in the snow.. .I just wont do it. I was caught in the snow last year and it was very minimal snow... I made it home but never again will the V see any snow. Thats why I have a 93 altima with Bizzaks!!

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    Re: How is the V in snow with snow tires?

    Quote Originally Posted by nspharmd View Post
    ... my V ran great with my new michelin alpines. ...
    Uh-h, say, Nick ... any chance of posting up some pics of all those rides of yours?

    Quote Originally Posted by Twitch View Post
    ... bald F1s in the rear.
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