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Bottom line, I'd rather be around a smart driver with RWD and summer only tires in the snow than an idiot with snow tires in light fluff and FWD. Just be careful no matter what route you go.
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I drove mine in the snow for the first time, it was a few inches of slushy snow and I have MT street comps in the rear and Pzeros in the front. It was tricky to get it in motion, but very easy to control when it was sliding around. It was also the first time I went sideways down the block in front of a cop .


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I agree with most of the above --- you CAN drive in the snow, depending on your ability.

The two things to remember are the depth of the snow and if you have to get up a hill after a dead stop. There is not a lot of clearance under the cars, so if you have more than 5" or so, it becomes more interesting. And if you have to stop at the bottom of a hill and try to accelerate, it can be tough, especially if it's backed up and stop and go.
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I'm in TX now, but drove my '93 LX 5.0 5M Hatch for years in the Colorado snow. So - 4 tips:

1) Drive on only M+S or all season tires
2) Keep your gas tank full on snow days (weight in back)
4) Short shift! Stay below 2300 rpm or so for each gear
5) Don't downshift! Use brakes instead - engine compression = bad.

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i drove it during a freak snow storm 2 weeks ago in NYC - about 4 inches of snow and still snowing.. It goes forward fine/gentle turns but not in reverse - making a turn took a while before i could get it to back up, same with parallel parking... The rear wheels just spin since there is no weight.
I have always used cinder blocks in the trunk during snow travel. You just need weight above the tires.

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Hello, I was just wondering If the stock tires could be driven in the snow? I got the Base Model and the 18 inch Aluminum Tires that come stock. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
Please do NOT drive the GT in snow except with winter only tires. I live in illinois and drive a 12 GT. With the stock p zero neros I almost killed myself numerous times driving like a grandma with 120# of sand in the trunk. Almost nailed oncoming traffic and almost fell off highway entrance ramp. If you are interested I have a set of 18 inch rims like yours for sale for 400$ basically brand new. PM me if interested. Whether you buy my wheels or not. Please save yourself a crash and your wellbeing and get winter tires. The bridgestone blizak made winter driving soooo much safer.
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I've done this for years, on a car like this all seasons are really good at nothing. Summer tires are good in the summer and the winter snows are really good for the snow.

All seasons are really good on a Ford Flex with AWD or a Suburban with on demand 4x4. It works there, they are not performance cars, well the Flex might be with the Ecoboost, but I digress.

If you are going to run a rear wheel drive coupe or four door performance car with a lot of horsepower, get the snow set.

Answer this question. Which works better in the snow, my Jeep TJ on 33" muds locked and loaded on all fours, or my Mustang with snow tires?

I'll pick the Mustang with snows all day long on packed snow or ice.

With two feet of snow, I'll make sure the lockers are off and clear it all with the jeep. My Jeep is squirrlly on the mud tires and pretty unpredictable, but in deep stuff it rocks. Snow tires on a rear wheel drive car are very predictable on packed snow and ice, much more so than a lifted and locked jeep on muds.

That said, when it gets bad, I will drive the Suburban 2500. 6000lbs plus and we are all good with 4wd, I can tow them both home on the trailer on my 60,000 mile all seasons. ;-)
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Thank you for all the responses guys, but I'm getting mixed answers lol...By the way, I don't know if it matters, but I have an Automatic. Maybe that is a lot easier to drive in the snow then a manual? I guess I will first test the car out when it snows a little and see how it handles and if it sucks I will get Snow Tires.

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Thank you for all the responses guys, but I'm getting mixed answers lol...By the way, I don't know if it matters, but I have an Automatic. Maybe that is a lot easier to drive in the snow then a manual? I guess I will first test the car out when it snows a little and see how it handles and if it sucks I will get Snow Tires.
Much easier to drive in the snow with an automatic, less to worry about.

I know there are a lot of mixed answers here, but I fear there may be a lot of dilution here.

I come from a city with snowfall that exceeds my height by at least double sometimes with terrible roads and snow removal crews, and I've driven in these terrible winters for years and years. I would just like to make it clear once again that WINTER TIRES ARE 100% NECESSARY AND ALL-SEASONS ARE NEXT TO USELESS.

Hope this helps, keep everyone safe and cheers.

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OP, if like alot of people in Chicago do you get in the garage from an unplowed alley (suburbia) those alleys are fun with limited ground clearance. More things to add to your thought process: Snows on rims will add to the # of years the OEM tires will last so the cost is not super high and most of the slippery is in the first 1/4 inch of snow. I will 2nd/3rd folks who say driver skill is important and since you are asking and not totally confident you can I will again suggest you get 4 snow tires if you are going to drive in the snow. Please, I visit Chicago (family) 1 or 2x a year. Thx.

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OP, if like alot of people in Chicago do you get in the garage from an unplowed alley (suburbia) those alleys are fun with limited ground clearance. More things to add to your thought process: Snows on rims will add to the # of years the OEM tires will last so the cost is not super high and most of the slippery is in the first 1/4 inch of snow. I will 2nd/3rd folks who say driver skill is important and since you are asking and not totally confident you can I will again suggest you get 4 snow tires if you are going to drive in the snow. Please, I visit Chicago (family) 1 or 2x a year. Thx.
Trust me, there are a lot of loose pieces on the underside, wouldn't want to bottom out.

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Much easier to drive in the snow with an automatic, less to worry about.

I know there are a lot of mixed answers here, but I fear there may be a lot of dilution here.

I come from a city with snowfall that exceeds my height by at least double sometimes with terrible roads and snow removal crews, and I've driven in these terrible winters for years and years. I would just like to make it clear once again that WINTER TIRES ARE 100% NECESSARY AND ALL-SEASONS ARE NEXT TO USELESS.

Hope this helps, keep everyone safe and cheers.
Exactly this. For me snow tires are not even remotely an option. They are completely necessary. I don't buy the good driver/bad driver argument. If you need to slam on the brakes or perform an evasive maneuver on all season tires in icy or snowy conditions, it does not matter how good of a driver you are. Even F1 drivers will slam into a sidewall if they have no traction.

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Exactly this. For me snow tires are not even remotely an option. They are completely necessary. I don't buy the good driver/bad driver argument. If you need to slam on the brakes or perform an evasive maneuver on all season tires in icy or snowy conditions, it does not matter how good of a driver you are. Even F1 drivers will slam into a sidewall if they have no traction.
Actually, I do buy the good/bad driver argument. Good drivers without winters stay home.

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