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Has anyone had any experience with snow tires on a V8 AWD? Michelin sent me two ads for tires that were supposed to made in our sizes one all season and one snow tire. They never made them. When you call them, the only tire that they make for this car is the OEM tire. The Pilots that come with the car are given a 10 (the best) for winter driving. They were terrible last year in the snow! I'm thinking of Dunlop Grandtrek WT M2s. Any advice?
 

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Some time ago this came up, and the raves were about a Finnish tire. Can't remember the name, though. They ARE made in our odd-ball sizes.
 

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I have an '04 SRX AWD V8. Last winter, I got a set of four 235/65 17" Pirelli Scorpion Ice and Snow tires mounted on Mille 1000 wheels. The selection in 18" sizes that came on the car was almost non-existent. So far, I'm very happy with these snow tires. I go skiing a lot here in Colorado, and they perform quite well. The narrower width vs stock will have better ice and snow traction.

Here's a tip: Take the "on-line" price from someone like Tire Rack to a local dealer. I got one to match their price!
 

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Wat you want are Nokian tires, made in Finland. They come in exact SRX sizes and several dealers can be located on Google. I suspect you will probably keep them on the SRX all the time in lieu of the harsh Michelin Pilots.

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Quadrasteer said:
Has anyone had any experience with snow tires on a V8 AWD? Michelin sent me two ads for tires that were supposed to made in our sizes one all season and one snow tire. They never made them. When you call them, the only tire that they make for this car is the OEM tire. The Pilots that come with the car are given a 10 (the best) for winter driving. They were terrible last year in the snow! I'm thinking of Dunlop Grandtrek WT M2s. Any advice?
I have the GT M2 on 17 take off rims, same size tire front and rear, GREAT, NOTHING STOPS THIS THING...

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Why would you put the same size on front and rear when the M2s come in both our sizes? The factory tires are made to be used in all season conditions.
 

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Why would you put the same size on front and rear when the M2s come in both our sizes? The factory tires are made to be used in all season conditions.
The GT are not made in two sizes for this car. Dunlop Grandtrek WT M2 winter radial "NOT" Dunlop SP Winter Sport M2 winter radial

The factory tires stink compared to any snow tire.


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I meant that the OEM sizes were meant for all seasons, the tires themselves are terrible in the snow. According to Tire Rack and Dunlop the GT MT2s do come in 255/55-HR 18 but they reccomend using the front size for all fours.
 

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Ok you are all making me a tad nervous. I have an '05 SRX rear wheel drive (I bought it in late June, because I got a terrific price, and there were no AWD's left). At the time, I didn't worry too much, but now that the snows are coming, I'm wondering if anyone has the RWD and if so, what are your thoughts on handling in the snow? I was assuming that the factory tires are all season, and good for snow. Let me have it. Ugh. BTW, when we were all foolish and young (in the 60's), no one had AWD, or 4WD and we all survived! Go figure. :hmm:
 

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I meant that the OEM sizes were meant for all seasons, the tires themselves are terrible in the snow. According to Tire Rack and Dunlop the GT MT2s do come in 255/55-HR 18 but they reccomend using the front size for all fours.
The 17 inch GT only come in one size...

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OK - where is everyone? Any RWD '05's out there and if so, what is your take on the factory all-season tires in snow? I have called two dealerships asking whether snow tires are recommended, and both places said no - claiming that the all season tires (factory) should be fine, with TC. They have not had anyone put snows on - ?? Opinions?? I will definitely put them on if the factory all season are as terrible as some of you have indicated. The Nokian's sound great, BTW.
 

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I'm picking my SRX tomorrow. I've already ordered snows for it. If you read a bunch of different tire discussion/review sites, the majority of people rate the Michelins pretty poor in the snow. They don't keep up with street plowing where I live and it's hilly and we get a lot of ice. The snows cost about $600 installed. Only $100 more than my deductable if something were to happen. The piece of mind is worth it. The tires I got are Pirelli Scorpion Snow and Ice because they come in the SRX's staggered sizes. The Dunlop tire mentioned earlier in the thread comes in staggered sizes also and cost about $40.00 per tire more.
 

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OK - where is everyone? Any RWD '05's out there and if so, what is your take on the factory all-season tires in snow? I have called two dealerships asking whether snow tires are recommended, and both places said no - claiming that the all season tires (factory) should be fine, with TC. They have not had anyone put snows on - ?? Opinions?? I will definitely put them on if the factory all season are as terrible as some of you have indicated. The Nokian's sound great, BTW.
Very easy answer, with RWD and factory the traction is VERY POOR...

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I'm picking my SRX tomorrow. I've already ordered snows for it. If you read a bunch of different tire discussion/review sites, the majority of people rate the Michelins pretty poor in the snow. They don't keep up with street plowing where I live and it's hilly and we get a lot of ice. The snows cost about $600 installed. Only $100 more than my deductable if something were to happen. The piece of mind is worth it. The tires I got are Pirelli Scorpion Snow and Ice because they come in the SRX's staggered sizes. The Dunlop tire mentioned earlier in the thread comes in staggered sizes also and cost about $40.00 per tire more.
TireRack the snow tire experts recommend one size for front and rear for that car, NOT staggered...
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TireRack the snow tire experts recommend one size for front and rear for that car, NOT staggered...
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If the same brand/model of tire comes in the both sizes, I can't possible see what difference it would make. I know the manager at Discount Tire and he's the one that made the recommendation. I could understand if the wheels were staggered sizes like BMW, but the tires alone shouldn't matter. BTW, the regular wheels on my BMW are staggered but he recommeded a non-staggered wheel/tire setup for winter.
 

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I have a set of Blizaaks comin for my V. I'll let you know how those work.

My buddy just got a set of Nokians for his Mazda3. Thing sounds like a bus, lotta road noise from the tires, sounds like you're driving on concrete.
 

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Well, I did order the Pirelli Scorpion Snow & Ice snowtires on Friday from TireRack.com and they arrived today (from Indiana!)....so now I will feel much more reassured. My husband thinks I'm nuts for buying snow tires, but I disagree. They're being installed on the 12th and I can't wait!! It's snowing here in MA! These do come in two different sizes, and the guy at TR suggested that if I'm just buying the tires, then go with the 2 sizes; otherwise, I could have bought 4 Blizzaks (all the same size), mounted, for mucho bucks (because the tire pressure rmonitors cost 40$$$ more /rim rims). I decided to go with the tires alone.

Can't wait!! Thanks all!
 

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I have an '04 V8 RWD and used the factory all seasons last winter with out much difficulty. This year though, with an additional summer of wear on the tires, traction is just terrible (tread isn't completely worn or anything, there's still lots of depth left). But, I could barely touch the gas during a drive in the snowfall the other day without the traction control engaging. I'm now trying to figure out which winter tires to go with.

GM Goodwrench is advertising themselves as "my winter tire expert" so for fun I stopped in at my dealer yesterday. Might as well have gone to the grocery store for all they knew about the right tires for my car.

I like the idea of the 17"ers as an option. I'd rather not be taking tires on/off wheels in the fall and spring and there are many more choices in the 17" sizes.

What about the pressure monitors, is that $40 to put a new monitor/sensor in the wheel?

Can one of you using 17" provide more specific detail on which wheels/tires will work.
 

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GerryMarsh,

See my reply above (third from top).

I did not add the pressure sensors to my snow tire wheels. The monitor will "search" for a signal, and finding none, will display " service tire pressure monitor". I just hit "O.K." and it goes away, until the next time I start the engine.

Going to a 17" wheel expands the selection of available snow tires, not to mention they cost a lot less. Using the larger size tires on the rear is not necessary for snow tires, in my opinion.
 
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