I have a 2001 ZTS with the 205/50/16 tires and the answer is that this is
no snow car. I've not tried getting the 14 or 15" wheels and putting snow
tires on it.
Craig (in surprisingly snowy Flagstaff AZ)
That's the key. Get 195/60 15 winter tires on steel rims and you'll be
amazed, and keep your alloy wheels out of the salt. 185/70 14s will work
even better, but of course cornering will be less sporty. But what the heck
are we talking about snow for? It's 90 degrees outside!
That's the first time in my life I've "schriebed", and it didn't hurt a bit
Of course in Canada we use Celsius too, but saying it's 32 would look like
snow weather to our U.S. friends, and some actually think we get snow in
July! In fact most of the past week it's been as hot here in Ottawa as in
> > I have a 2001 ZTS with the 205/50/16 tires and the answer
> is that this is
> > no snow car. I've not tried getting the 14 or 15" wheels and
> putting snow
> > tires on it.
> That's the key. Get 195/60 15 winter tires on steel rims and
> you'll be
> amazed, and keep your alloy wheels out of the salt. 185/70 14s
> will work
> even better, but of course cornering will be less sporty. But
> what the heck
> are we talking about snow for? It's 90 degrees outside!
I live in Buffalo NY and my 2000 Focus is not great in the snow. I
just have the all weather tires that came with it and I could use snow
tires but the car only goes around town so I dont want to bother and
make do but if you are going to be doing a lot of driving in the snow
I would definately get snow tires.
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I will also agree with above statement, however my experience is
with all season radial tires and I find it to be quite good.
I will remind all that no matter what type of tires one may have
on their vehicle be it FWD, RWD or AWD you may be able to go in
the snow, but sure as hell are not going to be able to stop as
if your were on just wet or dry pavement. This is why you see all
those truck and SUV in the ditches.
John in the sand box of Marylands eastern shore.
=My Daughter has had a 2003 Focus wagon for 2 years. It has the Pirelli low
profile tires but is still very good in snow ( I live in Canada)
I have never driven a FWD vehicle that wasn't good in snow though.
All wheel drive (Subaru) is the greatest, but as John (above) pointed out
all vehicles equipped with the same type of tire stop in about the same
distance on snow and ice.(Forget antilock for now.) The reason 4WD's have so
many accidents is that the traction is so good the driver forgets how
slippery the surface is until he hits the brakes. The very worst vehicles
for stopping on snow (In my estimation) are very heavy SUV's/pickups, with
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