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Old 09-07-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Default tips for driving mustang in the snow?

my last mustang was a 98 v6 and it gave me hell in the snow, i would get stuck in like 2 centimeters of snow!!


will my 06 gt do better in the snow? does having traction control make a huge difference? what all tips can ya give me? I hear winter tires are a huge help but thats not an option for me because I don't have a place to store my all season tires and or rims.

will I be okay if I just got some sand bags and put them in the trunk? I'm not worried about sliding too much I didn't have much problem with that, I'm mostly worried about getting stuck.

Also to avoid rusting, I'm gonna take it to the car wash and rinse it off once a week or so....is there anything else I should do?

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Old 09-07-2013, 08:39 AM   #2
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Best tip.
Dont.

Weight is fine but it adds mass and that is not fine.
It causes more problems than it solves.

Use the search function...

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Old 09-07-2013, 08:44 AM   #3
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My 2006 Mustang was a beast in the snow the few times I had it out. Get a good set of all season tires since you can't get winter tires and put 100 lbs of sand or salt bags in the trunk and baby the throttle.

Definitely wash it as much as you can because the salt on the roads will rust everything and that is the reason why I barely ever drove mine in the snow.
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Old 09-07-2013, 09:07 AM   #4
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Best tip.
Dont.
Weight is fine but it adds mass and that is not fine.
It causes more problems than it solves.

Use the search function...

http://mustangforums.com/forum/v6-19...unk-today.html
/Thread. I almost lost it off the side of Big Bear mnt. on the way down. Last time I take the Mustang in snow.

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Decent dedicated snow tires and weight in the trunk if you MUST drive in those conditions AND providing the roads have been plowed of anything more than 2 or 3 inches. Otherwise, as 157db said, DON'T.

I have over 40 years of northern winters (Michigan, PA + northern Ill) under my belt with over a dozen different vehicles and I can honestly say that the Stang is the worst. You'll plow and ride up on most anything over 3"-4" and even with weight in the trunk, it's still a light-over-the-axle vehicle.
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I drive mine year round, same for the 2006. Never got stuck and I have a 45 mile one way commute each day. Drove through some big blizzards here in SE Michigan.

No extra weight in the trunk, and on the Pirelli Pzero Neros. On the 2006 did with the Xcharger and the low end torque from that system. No problems.

If you do add weight to the trunk, think about what you have done. You just added something that in your coupe will not just sit there if you have an accident. It will continue to move until something stops it - and it won't be the seat backs that will fold down. It will be the back of your head.

Over 40 years of driving here, in the snow belt. Only car I ever had a problem with was a FWD. When I started driving we didn't see many FWD so had to learn how to drive with RWD, and I prefer it in the snow. (although I did like my Jeep Grand Cherokee and my Explorer XLT). Just take it slow, modulate the loud pedal appropriately, leave some stopping distance and you will be fine.
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drove my 07 in the snow. only times i'd get stuck is if the snow was up over the front bumper or traction control was on. never put weight in the back, all season tires. only thing i did was always, always turn traction control off. caused more problems in the snow than it was worth.

but, that was then. now having 2 cars, i say dont drive it in the snow.
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:02 PM   #8
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2011 GT.

Never have had a single problem or any difficulty driving in snow in ANY rear wheel drive car.
EVER.
I prefer it over front wheel drive in any conditions.
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you'll be alright with the all-seasons up to about 2 inches of snow. I run blizzaks in the winter which do help a lot but ive even gotten stuck with them before but that was an unplowed road with 5"+.. can't say overall the mustang is great in the snow.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:41 PM   #11
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Dedicated snow tires, go easy on the throttle and give plenty of space between your car and any others. I lived in Alaska, drove a RWD Superduty at work, drove my girlfriend's Mustang, and drove my own Impala. All did just fine with snow/ice tires. Never had to put extra weight over any rear axles. We're talking about Alaska too, roads are solid ice. Drove RWD Superduty in Korea during the winter on regular all seasons with no issues. Drove my 07 here in 6 inches of snow on Pirellis, not one issue because I took my time and light on the controls. But you SHOULD get dedicated snow/ice tires. And go find an empty parking once it snows lot so you can learn how to drive calmly during skidding.

edit: forgot to say alot of people do find weight over the axle to help grip and if you use sandbags, you can cut one open and use the sand to help get out of being stuck.

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Just need snow tires.. Here's my snow tires... Joking aside.. My 06 SUCKS in the snow... Sucked with the stock PZeros, Goodyear Triple treads and really sucks with the Nitto NT555s... Considerably worse than the Crown Vic I was rocking before the Stang (needed family car)...

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I have close to 50,000 miles on my 2012-driven daily for 2 Wisconsin winters with no rust.
I run it though a car wash with under body spray weekly. The factory all season tires were worthless in the snow, I put Michelin snow and ice tires on the stock 17" x 7.5" rims . It's fine in 5" of snow up to 45 mph. I drive on pretty well maintained roads in the winter, I would not want to drive 2 or 3 hrs in 5" of snow with the Mustang, but I wouldn't want to drive that far in our F150 4WD either. The difference is, I plan ahead with the Mustang in winter, the F150 will always get me home.
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i would never ever ever drive my stangs in the winter. not even just the salt on the roads or that you couldnt handle it, but what about the people behind you? for gods sakes they cant even drive when it rains out
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I don't drive any of my stangs in the snow anymore because of other people to be honest, but sometimes the situation dictates that you have to, so I'm not going to say anything about do or don't.

I did and had no problems in snow in CO up to about 4 or 5". I bought a set of Blizzaks and extra wheels for the back. When the snow was coming, I'd swap them about in about 10 mins.

I've had people swear up and down about putting sand bags in the trunk. Frankly, I don't want the hassle of dealing with that weight so I've never done that. My biggest concern and this did happen to me once in about 12+ inches of snow when I had my 97 was the snow plow effect. Just too deep. But as long as you can keep moving and it's familiar terrain, even then you can get around.

Right now, I have a 2WD F150 for snow days. Same deal. Extra set of wheels running Blizzaks. I will then put the other wheels in the bed of my pickup and leave them there all winter. This winter I need to track down another set of wheels because honestly, I'd like to have a set for the front too. The front tires I have suck and it can be a bear to stop that pickup which is all in the front brakes and traction.

I've been driving in Colorado winters for 26 years and the most wisdom I can impart has already been said. Good dedicated tires are everything. Worst case scenario where you're alone with no lifeline, instead of sand bags in your trunk, I'd say opt for a set of light tire chains or cables. Those have saved my hind end more than once and although they suck to run, they can be a total life saver. I'd actually rather have the cables or chains rather than the studded snows. Studded snows can cause a severe loss of traction on dry pavement. That's how I totaled my first '97
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I love these posts from folks that have no idea what REAL snow is. Plowed roads or roads that have had traffic pack the snow down does not constitute what driving in snow means. Nor does driving in your state's lone 1 or 2 snowfalls per winter that adds up to a grand total of 2 to 6 inches have any relation to driving in winter snow.
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I drive mine year round with a set of snows for the winter... I've never had a FWD car, so I'm very used to RWD in the snow.

I've certainly driven better RWD cars in the snow, but it isn't the basketcase everyone makes it out to be.
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i would never ever ever drive my stangs in the winter. not even just the salt on the roads or that you couldnt handle it, but what about the people behind you? for gods sakes they cant even drive when it rains out
Good Grief!!

There are 5 people who work here at Harley who ride their Harley to work every (work)day of the year!!
Btw, we often get 100" per year and many of the side roads and back road are covered in snow all winter. I'll have 4-6 inches one my street for 1/4 mile to a main road, I don't consider that to count.
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I plan to drive my '14 in the weak sauce Virginia winter. The one thing that does make the winters a bit tricky around here is that they have no idea how to plow. Anyway, extra stopping distance and going easy on the gas/brake should do the trick.
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