snow tire check in thread

shrpshtr325

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Not sure that's 100% true. Many winter tires are really just designed to remain flexible in cold temperatures, basically to work similar to a summer tire in the temp ranges of a summer tire that turns into a rock in the winter. Look at something like the Micehlin Pilot Alpin, Pirelli Sottozero, etc. These are performance snow tires. They're mostly made for the reasons above. They may get you through light stuff, but they're not a snow-slaying tire. Even the Xice 3 which I have has higher speed ratings than something like a Blizzak, a true snow tire. For our area where the snow is plowed constantly, the Xice and similar is what I would go with. Unless you live in Vermont, a Blizzak or other true, deep tread snow tire is overkill.

for true snow tires it is definitely true (per one of Michelin's own engineers) the tires that 'get you through the lite stuff' are classified as all seasons (per the same person, this may be an internal classification, not a marketing one, im really not sure) with some varying degree of snow rating. If you ran one of those tires in the summer the only negative impact would be wearing them out faster (you also give up the high performance grip that a dedicated summer tire gives you).


My wife drives a genesis coupe (hyundais so called performance coupe) all year round with a set of standard all season tires on it with no problems for the last 7 years.

I would never recommend driving a summer tire through the winter for exactly the reasons you stated above, but then id also tell 90% of people to buy the less expensive all season tires for their cars since they dont get driven beyond the limits of that tire so they dont need the extra grip offered by a performance tire. . . .
 

Magic

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My wife drives a genesis coupe
2.0T or 3.8? I leased a 2.0T around May 2010 or so. I didn't really know anything about them and wasn't planning on a new car, but the dealer I casually strolled into offered it up at $210 a month and I signed before they could change their mind. It was fun to slide around tight roads. It also sucked going up hills in winter on all-seasons.
 

shrpshtr325

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2.0T or 3.8? I leased a 2.0T around May 2010 or so. I didn't really know anything about them and wasn't planning on a new car, but the dealer I casually strolled into offered it up at $210 a month and I signed before they could change their mind. It was fun to slide around tight roads. It also sucked going up hills in winter on all-seasons.

2.0t, its kinda underpowered IMO (especially for what they advertise it as), iv driven a 3.8 6 speed car too and was underwhelmed by the driving experience, nice interior, drives well as a cruiser/dd type car tho (which is exactly what she uses it for).

o she works in wayne and gets up hills fine :shrug: but then i put a good set of all seasons on the car before she got this job (instead of the crap bridgestones that hyundai sold it with)
 

Magic

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2.0t, its kinda underpowered IMO (especially for what they advertise it as), iv driven a 3.8 6 speed car too and was underwhelmed by the driving experience, nice interior, drives well as a cruiser/dd type car tho (which is exactly what she uses it for).

o she works in wayne and gets up hills fine :shrug: but then i put a good set of all seasons on the car before she got this job (instead of the crap bridgestones that hyundai sold it with)
Yes, the Bridgestones were shit. The cheapo Champiros I put on it were way worse. The 3.8 was shit. Completely bland driving experience. The 2.0T was much more fun, but yes, severely underpowered at 210-ish I think? I did the wastegate mod for a few extra psi. It's still cool they had a cheap, sporty RWD turbo car. I'm still waiting for a Nissan s-chassis revival.
 

shrpshtr325

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she has a 2013, i think its more like 270ish if you put premium gas in it, but still, not enough power for that big of a car (its nearly as big as my challenger :O)