I am thinking of picking up a Maxima this year, just wondering how this
thing handles in the snow and ice, I live in a place where we get all 4
seasons and I am currently driving an explorer w/ 4WD. I notice that the
Maxima has VDC, how well does this function work, I imagine it isn't as good
as 4WD but just curious, is it available for the manual transmission? How
well does the traction control system work on the Maxima, I looked on the
site but it doesn't say much about it. Thanks for any help.
What year Maxima are you looking at?
My '01SE does very well in all but the deep stuff. I put 4 Michelin Arctic
Alpins on it. I used to have a 4WD, and was pleasantly surprised how well
the Max does in the snow.
This answer is the BEST yet.
My hat is off to you Carroll (you da man or woman, which ever fits )
I guess the car does make you a driver, after all you are driving the car.
it only does what you tell/ask it to.
I have an Exploder as well, and frankly, it's terrible on ice or anything
slick. The anti-lock brakes just will not allow the wheels to lock up,
which is actually beneficial at slow speeds on slippery surfaces. The wedge
of snow that builds up under the front of the tires helps slow you down at
slow speeds. There have been numerous intersections that I just go right
through because the vehicle won't stop. A good ABS system will basically
turn itself off below about 15 MPH. But the Exploder's doesn't, so the
wheels are really never braking, so I stop VERY slowly. It's annoying, and
would be more dangerous if I didn't live out in the county away from lots of
traffic. Granted, mine is a '94, so the ABS on newer vehicles may be
better. My Dad has a '96 Contour that has basically the same problem.
(Heck, my old 1988 Audi had better ABS than either Ford).
As for my Maxima (a '91 SE), I just put some good snow tires on it, and it
drives just fine. I drive about 600 miles a week to and from school,
through all kinds of weather here in northern Michigan, and it's been just
fine. The only times I've been late were due to other morons on the road
who either didn't know how to drive, or had cars that weren't capable of
handling the weather.
Also, do some reading on VDC. It's quite a bit different than 4WD or AWD.
It may help you when you lose control, but it's not going to help you with
straight ahead traction like 4WD will.
'91 SE Auto
I had a chance a four years ago to really test my 99 Maxima SE (No traction
control system) and with the original GoodYear RSA tires with lots of tread on
them. I traveled over 200 miles on ice and snow covered highways and city
streets. My Maxima huged to road without any slipping problems. Have no fear of
the Maxima in winter.
There's a lot of apples and oranges comparisons going on here, I think.
Not only are the posters' Maximas equipped with different tires, but
some may have the viscous limited slip differential as well.
The Maxima SE manual tranny does, as I recall. My I30t auto does as
well. It isn't as good as 4 wheel drive, but it is far, far better in
rain and snow than the VDC/traction control equipped cars I've
My 2004 Accord has traction control, and it is a worthless joke even in
My Maximas have both done well in the snow, with winter tires on all
Prior to winter tires, I could not tell if any problems were due to
wear on reg tires, or the car itself.
But having all four wheels protected has been the key for me.
Currently running Toyo G2 winters on my 95 SE.
95 SE Auto
89 SE Auto traded
We live in Northeast Wisconsin and have had no problem with
our Max in the snow.
I am thinking of picking up a Maxima this year, just
wondering how this
thing handles in the snow and ice, I live in a place where
we get all 4
seasons and I am currently driving an explorer w/ 4WD. I
notice that the
Maxima has VDC, how well does this function work, I imagine
it isn't as good
as 4WD but just curious, is it available for the manual
well does the traction control system work on the Maxima, I
looked on the
site but it doesn't say much about it. Thanks for any
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