: STS in the Snow?



burpee
04-09-13, 02:55 PM
I am looking at purchasing an STS from the estate of a friends father who recently passed. 2005 V8 AWD. 59K mi. It looks like a brand new car. I am told he babied the car. Always garaged, and religiously maintained by the dealer.

Anyway I intend to use this car as a daily driver here in New England. I am interested to hear from you folks in the snow belt who drive your STSs all year long. How does the car handle in the snow? What do you do for winter wheels and tires? I noticed that Tire Rack does not offer steel wheels for the car.

Thanks for looking!

caddyvirgin
04-09-13, 03:42 PM
just bought a 2006 AWD last october and it did wonderful in the midwest winter. As far as tires the previous owner had a set of all season michalins and they performed just fine. and with the traction control paired with the stabalizing system you should be just fine.

EChas3
04-09-13, 08:34 PM
I think the Michelins are lousy tires, hard, slick & noisy. Any tire over 5 years old is old, regardless.

The AWD STS is top-notch in snow. Even if it has the 18" staggered setup, you can go with 235/50 all around for a compliant & quiet ride.

silverfox05
04-09-13, 08:47 PM
the day i regretted NOT buying the awd, was the day an audi cruised by me in 3-4 inches of snow. crappy tires didn't help.

carter's_sts
04-09-13, 11:27 PM
I have to leave the RWD V in the garage when it snows (drives me nuts), but the STS4 does quite well (my wife mostly drives it now, but I used to).

targetSTS
04-10-13, 01:47 AM
we have very very snow winters here.
STS 4 performs very well, but not oem winter tires are must have

curtc
04-10-13, 08:01 AM
My RWD STS performed admirably this winter here in MN. Lost the rear end a couple times but the TC and Stability System saved her. I ran Cooper Weather-Master ST/2's on 17" CTS wheels. Dunno if I'd trade her for an AWD model, I like that extra speed.

Cadzilla8
04-10-13, 07:10 PM
106588

carter's_sts
04-10-13, 08:37 PM
I hate snow. I should be in Arizona.
:D

orange57
04-11-13, 01:15 AM
I hate snow. I should be in Arizona.
:D

I'm in Phoenix, we got snow here about a month ago...but it was gone in minutes. :D

malatu
04-11-13, 10:58 AM
I am looking at purchasing an STS from the estate of a friends father who recently passed. 2005 V8 AWD. 59K mi. It looks like a brand new car. I am told he babied the car. Always garaged, and religiously maintained by the dealer.

Anyway I intend to use this car as a daily driver here in New England. I am interested to hear from you folks in the snow belt who drive your STSs all year long. How does the car handle in the snow? What do you do for winter wheels and tires? I noticed that Tire Rack does not offer steel wheels for the car.

Thanks for looking!

All wheel drive + snow = perfect match. I love my awd sts!

curtc
04-11-13, 03:58 PM
I've seen plenty of 4WD/AWD vehicles in the ditch this winter, in fact, most of them fall into that category. AWD helps for sure but it doesn't magically turn a car into a snow machine like some seem to think.

I went through one winter in my CTS and am hoping this winter wraps up soon (please, please, please go away! Got dumped on AGAIN!) in my RWD STS...Haven't had much trouble getting around except for few select moments when having AWD may or may not have helped.

In summary, it's all about the rubber and the driver. Good tires do wonders in snow, whether they are dedicated winter tires or all seasons.

malatu
04-11-13, 04:02 PM
If you're driving an awd in the snot and find yourself in a ditch ... I'd say you are at fault, not the car.


I've seen plenty of 4WD/AWD vehicles in the ditch this winter, in fact, most of them fall into that category. AWD helps for sure but it doesn't magically turn a car into a snow machine like some seem to think.

I went through one winter in my CTS and am hoping this winter wraps up soon (please, please, please go away! Got dumped on AGAIN!) in my RWD STS...Haven't had much trouble getting around except for few select moments when having AWD may or may not have helped.

In summary, it's all about the rubber and the driver. Good tires do wonders in snow, whether they are dedicated winter tires or all seasons.

stevenriz
04-11-13, 04:16 PM
exactly. people think they are in AWD and not succeptable to accidents, well, you are... I LOVE how well mine handles in the snow and ice. Just don't drive too fast and you will not have a problem. Be careful, you do not stop any better with AWD, obviously...

curtc
04-11-13, 05:00 PM
If you're driving an awd in a ditch ... I'd say you are at fault, not the car.

100% agree. Don't know how many times I've seen 4WD/AWD vehicles go flying by me on the freeway only to see them sitting in the ditch a few miles up...Slow and steady is the name of the game when it comes to winter driving.

jdpimp
04-11-13, 06:11 PM
I'm not in the snow belt, but I make sure to take my '06 STS AWD out when it does snow. Car does really well. As previously mentioned, use your brain first.

First week or two of owning my STS, I got a little aggressive during a light snow, tried to pass people around a corner, back end came out from under me, had a moment when I was certain I was going to wreck my new ride (and look like a mega douche idiot), but then the stability system kicked in and it was like it magically straightened itself out. Don't recommend it though, it's hard on your heart (and on your ego).

curtc
04-11-13, 07:41 PM
First week or two of owning my STS, I got a little aggressive during a light snow, tried to pass people around a corner, back end came out from under me, had a moment when I was certain I was going to wreck my new ride (and look like a mega douche idiot), but then the stability system kicked in and it was like it magically straightened itself out. Don't recommend it though, it's hard on your heart (and on your ego).

Same, that computer sure does its thing pretty well. Twice this winter I've hit patches of glare ice and had the stability system save my ass...Pretty sure I would've ditched her without its assistance.

malatu
04-12-13, 07:14 AM
exactly. people think they are in AWD and not succeptable to accidents, well, you are... I LOVE how well mine handles in the snow and ice. Just don't drive too fast and you will not have a problem. Be careful, you do not stop any better with AWD, obviously...

Unfortunately, the obvious isn't so obvious to some drivers!

link5817
04-15-13, 09:56 AM
my '05 sts awd handles snow (in michigan) fairly well on my 'all-season' summer tires, but the real difference-maker (as it was on my old rwd cars) is the set of blizzak's (ie, REAL snow tires) I use during winter
- simply put, my old rwd car had better traction w/ blizzaks than my awd sts with 'all-season' tires - no comparison; add blizzaks to awd and you'll be truly amazed
If you want the safest and best handling on snow and ice (eg, actual traction on ice), do your research on the blizzaks (and the several other similar snow tires that are now on the market)

malatu
04-15-13, 01:38 PM
Just thinking, could you put snow tires on the rear wheels of an all wheel drive? Well I know you could, but would it be effective.

EChas3
04-15-13, 10:15 PM
AWD or RWD, 4 snow tires are best.