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...Please tell me the new cars don't rust and can handle. Please!
we can tell you it but it wont be true.
All I can say is I cant speak for other areas and what salt is used but the stuff they use in chautauqua county and western NY is terrible on paint.

The "all weather" tires will be useless in the snow and you will only be asking for an accident

i know its a rough thing to swollow i really didnt want to have an extra car payment or extra car on my insurance but thats the price ya pay for owning a sports car in the north.


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Well, I am going to be purchasing a 5.0 within next two weeks. I plan on driving this car all year long (even in Michigan winters).

Anyone out there have experience driving in snow with the 19" all season tires? How is it?

I specifically will not get the Brembo brake package because they are summer tires. (+ I hear the car stops good without them too).
I live in NY and I have 19s with all season tires on my Audi(Daily Driver). Honestly, it does get a little nervous when it snows in excess of 4 inches with ice, even with the quattro. I would not recommend 19s for snow winter driving..especially with rear wheel drive.

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All season tires are no good in the snow. Snow tires are essential!

However, I've driven my Neon through 7 winters and it hasn't rusted or peeled at all...and there's not many places as snowy as Bruce County, Ontario!

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Have driven my Black 06 GT through 4 winters - in Ohio Crawled right through it. Only problem has been getting up my driveway, if not shoveled. I've got it looking like I just drove it off the dealership floor. Just hose off the underside at the manual carwash when possible. I've got 33,000 on the original tires.
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Rear wheel drive + 435hp + no grip tires + ice =

Elenora. Watch out, she may kick.

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I also have 97 Camaro and 08 Mustang right now I don't recommend driving eather one in snow they both suck I drove 08 once in snow it sucked, but used to have 95 gt daily driver and did two 50lbs sand bags trick it helped a little but not worth it and no it did not rust it was kept outside to.
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Get a winter tire/wheel pkg at the minimum. Something like a 235/55-17 to get some sidewall height. Limiting factor is ground clearance over the plow-mounds of snow.

In New England, lots of folks used to drive beater full-sized RWD Caprices, Crown Vics etc. with not too many problems as their "salter".

For me, I'd get a junky little front-driver for the bad days, and save the "Stang for the nicer winter days when the roads clear and dry out a bit.

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Have driven my Black 06 GT through 4 winters - in Ohio Crawled right through it. Only problem has been getting up my driveway, if not shoveled. I've got it looking like I just drove it off the dealership floor. Just hose off the underside at the manual carwash when possible. I've got 33,000 on the original tires.
Who hooo....I only needed 1 person to say they did it!!! :kooky:

Now I shall give it a try.

10 people say it cant/shouldn't be done....1 says it can. Who do I listen to? I feel like a child....lol. Hope no one tells me to try the summer tires in the snow.

I was most nervous about the rust. I know the cars of old would potentially rust terribly, but the cars I have bought since the late 90s have not had rust issues. They were all GM cars, but I figure Ford shouldnt be much different.

I am hoping the Fords AdvanceTrac will help in the snow. At any rate, I will post my driving experiment this winter (Assuming I can get out of the sub division).
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Get a winter tire/wheel pkg at the minimum. Something like a 235/55-17 to get some sidewall height. Limiting factor is ground clearance over the plow-mounds of snow.

In New England, lots of folks used to drive beater full-sized RWD Caprices, Crown Vics etc. with not too many problems as their "salter".

For me, I'd get a junky little front-driver for the bad days, and save the "Stang for the nicer winter days when the roads clear and dry out a bit.

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Great point on the tires. Are there any clearance issues with the brakes with 17" rims on the GT?
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I also have 97 Camaro and 08 Mustang right now I don't recommend driving eather one in snow they both suck I drove 08 once in snow it sucked, but used to have 95 gt daily driver and did two 50lbs sand bags trick it helped a little but not worth it and no it did not rust it was kept outside to.
Ya, my 99 isnt great at all.....OK it can suck (esp with no traction control), but it is usually doable assuming there isnt tons of snow. When the city does its job and clears the snow, I have not had problems. Just have to drive carefully.

The Mustang has to be better with the traction control. I will probably just get snow tires for winter.
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I have an 05GT w/ 18in wheels & Pirelli all-season tires. I drive it through the winter as it's my only car. All I do is throw a couple 50lb bags in the trunk. Sure its not going to handle like a FWD or AWD car, but it can be done without too much effort. There is no way I would pay for another car/insurance/maintenance for a few bad days out of the year. And nothing is rusting out either!

I will say if you get the 19's some cheap steal rims and snow tires may be a good idea. Thinking about doing that myself w/ the 2011.

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Great point on the tires. Are there any clearance issues with the brakes with 17" rims on the GT?
Definitely issues w/ the Brembo's (even w/ most 18" and 19" wheels)....the base V6 Stang comes with 17" wheels, but now that I think, the rotors may be a bit smaller....so might play it safe with 18" wheels and 235/50-18 snows.

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I couldn't get my 01 out of my driveway in the winter, let alone try and drive it on slick roads. I've got a 69 Bronco, an 86 Bronco, and a 2006 F 150 4x4, they get driven in the winter. My job gives me a new PowerStroke F350 4x4 for work, so thats covered. Around here, even if the roads are dry it can cloud up and cover the roads in no time flat, you don't wanna get caught out in the 'Stang. I've seen a few guys do it, but I wouldn't. No salt on the roads here, so rust isn't a problem.

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If I can drive a lowered 328i in snow with summer wheels (very crappy snow car) then I would figure a Mustang with All Seasons would be fine. But then, we here in Seattle don't really know what snow is. Anything over 6 inches and it's Subaru time.

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Well i would suggest you to take winter tyres for your car as they are wonderful in show.I have been using the winter tyres and they are really great.


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