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Can I drive my 2013 GT in the snow?

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!


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Unless it says otherwise on the sidewall, you may use them in winter conditions. I believe it is a yes regardless.


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Aluminum Tires? Damn they make those now?

In all seriousness, you can "get by" with M+S tires in the snow. When I say get by, I mean it takes you 30 minutes to get somewhere that it normally takes you 4 minutes.

Get some winters.

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In your area, winter tires are recommended and watch out for bad
drivers. I have driven on ice in Tennessee & Mississippi, but the
other drivers are the ones to watch.

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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!
I've never had winter tires, but I remember rejoicing when I finally got up to 20mph. Get a beater if you can...

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Light snow.. Very light snow.. I have owned nothing but RWD cars over the past 6years when I got my DL. You just need to know how to feather the throttle in snow. I don't recommend going over 30mph. Let traffic pass you
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Yes you may, but as to can.....If you are going to I would spring for 4 snows on rims. A 2nd vehicle is easier but $. I do the two vehicle solution (Tacoma)

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I drive my 2010 GT through the winter here in Mass, since it is my only car.

A decent set of 4 real snow tires will make a huge difference. In my opinion they do not need to be anything fancy or special, just real snow tires.

A separate set of winnter wheels with snow tires is the way to go. This way you can change them yourself every fall and spring, and you can protect your good OEM wheels from winter corrosion.

I was able to pick up a set of used wheels with snow tires for $500 on Craig's List ; it might be a little more difficult for you because the old 17" wheels will not clear your brakes. But it is definitely worth watching Craig's List for a while ; first you will need to know what wheels will fit your car.

I wonder what happens when snow falls on the hood of a car with hood vents?

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Yes, you can drive in the winter with next to no issues.

I had my 2012 as a DD last year with take off 17" BFG's on it. Traded that in and am using my 2013 with the stock 19" Pzero Nero on it. Both cars had no issues. It's been as cold as -20 (so not quite there, yet) and the new car has been flawless.

99%, people overdrive there tires and that's what gets them into trouble. Drive safe and you'll be fine.

Or, try driving the car first. Then figure out if you need tires.

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As far as the hood vents go, they don't let much snow in. Just the amount as if it was raining. They usually melt all the snow off, depending on how long your drive is.

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Ignoring all of my advice to put snows on all four wheels, my daughter figured she knew better and drove her 2010 GT in the snow two weeks ago on her non-snow tires. Needless to say, she had to abandon her car in a parking lot half way home and had to get a ride home. She has an appointment to get the snows.

Take the advice of an old guy that drove rear wheel drive cars for many years.....get the snows!!!

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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.

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I highly recommend you get some winter tires. For your own safety as all as the safety of others on the road. Efficient turning and braking in snowy and icy conditions are my biggest concerns.

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Granted Chicago probably gets it worse than Central Ohio, but as long as you have the all-season tires whether you can you drive your 2013 GT in the snow depends more on you comfort/skill with RWD in general than having a Mustang.

I grew up with RWD cars so it doesn't throw me so bad I guess. If you know you can keep an '86 Camaro V8 with Goodyear Eagle Ones on the road in the snow, this type of driving isn't quite so intense. I worry more about other drivers and getting salt on the car than I do about getting stuck.

I had mine out in the snow frequently last year and thought it actually did better than my '09 V6 which did pretty good. To get a feel for the car's limits, with all the controls on I tried to do some low speed controlled slides in a secluded area and I couldn't get the thing to slide. I wasn't gunning it like a maniac, I was just trying to mimic the type of driving you really (at least really should) be doing on bad roads.

I don't attempt to drive it on the ice, but I wouldn't attempt to get out with a FWDer on ice either.

Would probably make a big difference whether you have a manual or auto too.

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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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