The tires are your problem. You could have 10 wheel drive and it won't
make any difference if your tires don't have any traction. The most
sensible thing to do is to buy an extra set of cheap rims and get 4
decent snow tires. I've been using Dunlop M2 Winter Sport tires and I
had absolutely no trouble at all in 8-12" of snow the other day. I
passed a number of SUVs in ditches on my way to work and on the way
home. I also passed a number of rear wheel drive BMW and Benz vehicles
just left on the side of the road with angry occupants likely waiting
for a tow...two wheel drive with wide rear tires ought to just be left
inside in rain/snow. Lastly, all season tires are just that. They have
decent performance in many different conditions (some better than
others), but aren't top performers in any of them. If you insist on
using them, get used to driving much slower in the snow.
No drive or braking system is better than the tires that put it on the
I believe the tires on the A4s of that vintage are Eagle RS-A's. I would
like to get
a set of those for my next set of summer tires on my '95 90Q but I wouldn't
for the winter. The tread pattern on them is way too tight to get a bite on
they will simply spin on top like a slick. Also, the tire compound is much
the cold, adding to the previously mentioned "slick" effect.
When I got my 90Q used, it had balding Eagle GT's on it. I was forced to
drive it in the
snow with them before I got snows. They were positively frightening on the
it was a lot of fun playing with oversteer and such at low speeds and
torques!...until there was
any reason to stop or slow down.
Bottom line- if you want nearly unfettered mobility in the snow with the
Audi, get a set of soft
snow tires with a nice, open tread pattern on a set of steel wheels just for
the winter. Quite litterally,
the only thing that stops the quattro so equipped is smooth ice or a deep
snow drift. :-) It tends to
stop when the wheels aren't on the ground anymore.
The "Tire Rack" sells wheel and snow tire sets already mounted and
balanced and sized for the car
for $400-$600. This also gets your nice alloy wheels out of the salt and
sand that can eventually start
to eat at the relatively chemicaly active magnesium alloys.
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