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I have been told that mustangs are not good for winter driving at all and was wondering if this is true? If I do get one it will be driven year round.
I have been thinking about buying a used mustang but am worried about all the bad things i've heard about winter driving. I live in Winnipeg aka Winterpeg Manitoba and as you would probably assume we get a lot of snow during our long winters! A friend of mine brought her mustang out on the road in the winter and couldnt control it, she just spun around and around, while on the other hand, another friend of mine drove his mustang all winter with ease, just like any regular car...this is what has me a little confused.
Any advice would be appreciated..thanks!
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Blizzaks on all corners and (3) 70 lb sand bags in the trunk and it's fine for me. I actually prefer a rear wheel drive in the snow because you can control the back end and corner much better.
On the other hand my girlfriend (who has no performance driving experience) panics every time a cars tail slides at all and hates it in the snow.
It's all how confident you are in your abilities.
Thanks a lot for the responses, great points and a lot to think about! To be honest I am a novice driver, having my license for about a year and a half. I wouldnt say Im a bad driver but I have never driven a RWD vehicle before..some of the things said sort of make me nervous, like the rear tires sliding and what not. SO with that being said maybe i shouldnt buy one because im not the most experienced driver and its not only me using it daily but also my 5 yr old boy. I wish a mustang was like a regular vehicle so i could drive it safely! They are so nice..sigh
Little misses, there is nothing wrong with driving a mustang in the snow. Like I said before, GET SNOW TIRES. You wouldn't wear flip-flops in the middle of winter would you? Tires are like shoes, they should be picked appropriately for weather conditions and what you do with them.
As far as sliding the back end out, it's not as hard as you'd think to control it. Not to mention with snow tires the likelihood of that happening is greatly diminished.
Also, the best thing you can do to learn how to drive it in the snow is, after the first snowfall, take it to an empty parking lot and learn HOW to control the slide. When you do this you become accustomed to it and then when it DOES happen in real world situations, you won't panic and you'll know EXACTLY what to do to correct it.
All in all this will make you a better driver overall, regardless if you're driving a FWD, RWD or AWD vehicle.
I think skid control should be a part of EVERYONE'S driver training.
Vehicle: Black 1997 Mustang GT, Pearl White 1997 Thunderbird LX
I use to drive my GT in MN year round without problems, snow tires and sand bags do help a lot though. they have been making RWD cars a lot longer then FWD and they seemed to manage back in the 60's and 70's, its just a matter of knowing what your car can do or more so can't do when there is snow/ice on the ground. having posi and traction control help a lot too if you can find a mustang that has it.
Last winter, I pretty much mastered the art of snow drifting in my explorer. Lol, people constantly giving me thumbs up's out their windows and stuff. But at the same time, i've busted out a headlight in a snowbank before and ended up in front yards multiple times. I've been driving about the same amount of time you have. SUVs are obviously more suited for snow driving but you get the hang of it fast. As long as you don't go panicking and slamming the brakes every time the rear end slips a little bit, you'll be fine. You just have to be confident and spend some time being extra cautious learning your car's limits. Everyone's telling me sand in the trunk is a must. More weight in the back for traction and if it comes down to you being stuck somewhere, you can sprinkle the sand around the rear wheels to help you get out. My grandfather has studded snows for his stang and he says he couldn't get it to slip even if he wanted to. Idk how true that statement is, or how expensive they are, but they probably help a lot too. Personally, I can't WAIT till there's a nice layer of snow on the streets.
Great advice everyone! I honestly, truly appreciate it. I am still undecided but you all have cleared up some of my misconceptions and given me much to think about. I have seen some good deals on mustangs that include snow tires and am excited to take it for a test drive! I'll be ready to purchase within the next couple of weeks but plan on taking my time choosing..my 2nd choice was a ford escape or explorer..soo i'll have much debating to do! Once again thanks everyone!
I drive mine year round but was also brought up on rear wheel drive cars. With and without locking rear axles. Snows on all fours for much improved braking and steering. Acceleration in the snow is convienient but not that important in terms of saftey.
Our other daily driver is a big front wheel drive Buick Park Avenue. Not only is it much more stable on the highway in the snow. It's almost hard to get it to slide out. The Mustang is a two hander in a snow storm, Buick almost makes me fall asleep.
If you have any doubts about driving a rear drive in the winter with no experience. I respect your concerns and would recommend against it.
69 Super Bee
00 Park Avenue
sand bags and tires are a definite plus but ultimately it depends on the driver period
go in a parking lot the first snow and find the limits of ur car and ur ability so u kno how to respond in certain situations i.e. how much gas, when to accelerate out of a turn, braking distance, that stuff get comfortable with it and u wont have a problem then once youve practiced the techniques put em to use and drift the **** out of that lot
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