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Drive Yours in Snow Country All Winter?

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Old 08-08-2013, 11:09 AM   #1
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Default Drive Yours in Snow Country All Winter?

I drive mine year round here in Wisconsin. With Automatic, 4 Blizzak's and 2 - 50lb salt bags in the trunk, it is unbeatable. Boy, I'm sure I get the looks. Other peoples eye's must pop out when passing them by or taking off from a stop light. This car cruises in snow season. It gets the Automatic car wash with turning mechanisms year round. It gets exterior, Fire Glaze+ treatment once a year.
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There are tons of threads on this. The youngsters on the forum that haven't had the opportunity to drive too many other vehicles in bad weather have little to compare. For those of us with over 30-40 years of winter driving under our belts (before getting smart and moving south) and too many vehicles that were driven during those winters to name, we have a pretty good perspective on which properly equipped vehicles excel where others just get by. So, based on the fact that I've driven my Mustang in snow as well as my wife's, as well as many other sedans, sports cars, SUV's, etc., my opinion is the Stang just gets by compared to other vehicles. Yes, you can put snow tires on it and weight it down but you still have to rely on roads that have been plowed. Try taking your Stang out in hill country where there's a fresh 8" or more snowfall with unplowed roads and THEN tell me what a great car it is. It'll be the OTHER guys with some road clearance that are passing YOU by. I've seen way too many over confident sports car drivers waving for help with their prized possession wrapped around a tree or in a ditch.
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:18 PM   #3
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I drive mine in snow here in Colorado, though not often. I've even had it on muddy roads. Aside from lack of traction from the rear tires, it drives just like any other rear wheel drive vehicle. I rarely put my pickup in four wheel drive, so I figure if ground clearance isn't an issue, I can drive on just about anything.
That being said, if the roads are slick, I usually leave the Mustang sitting at home.
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i dont drive mine if there's a single cloud in the sky
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Four 4 years I drove my Stang 110 per day 90% interstate in unplowed interstate with the 10% on county unplowed roads. Four to eight inches was not uncommon whether interstate or county for those 4 years....my friend. Nothing was going to stop my tank with 4 Blizzak snow tires and weight in my trunk. These tires were also terrific in slush 3-4 inches deep on Wisconsin I43 daily for 4 years. I just purchased a new set of Blizzaks for use in and around town or anywhere else I might want to go. Been retired for the past 4 years+ . I should have been more specific in my original comment.

Sorry if I upset someone for starting another thread on driving the Stang in the snow season. It is always enjoying one's comments/opinions/knowledge.
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Never in snow just never
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Stock tires and 200 lbs of sand in the rear (100 in trunk and 100 in back seat)
Had no more problems than my taurus or bonneville, although i will be purchasing snow tires this time, stock tires are getting worn.

Also, my road does not even get salted, only an occasional plow comes by after a heavy snow and everywhere else is cleared.

P.s. Its too soon to be talking about snow driving, I just want to enjoy whats left of the decent weather

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I've seen way too many over confident sports car drivers waving for help with their prized possession wrapped around a tree or in a ditch.

According to Colorado Department of Highways, 3/4 of the cars that run off the road are 4wd trucks and suvs, when they only make up less than 20% of the cars on the road!

My Stang is my daily ride and I drive through what ever Snow Country USA throws at me. Drive when and where you want, the Stang isn't holding you back.
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I used to drive my gt in the snow and never had any problems. Michelin X-Ice's took care of the traction issue.
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I've seen way too many over confident sports car drivers waving for help with their prized possession wrapped around a tree or in a ditch.

According to Colorado Department of Highways, 3/4 of the cars that run off the road are 4wd trucks and suvs, when they only make up less than 20% of the cars on the road!

My Stang is my daily ride and I drive through what ever Snow Country USA throws at me. Drive when and where you want, the Stang isn't holding you back.
I'd agree with that, the people you see driving like maniacs in the snow are SUV drivers...probably from California.
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Default Love Snow, Slush, Salt, ICE riding on Snow Tires

You are right........too early to be talking about SNOW + Salt.
I had it on my mind as got new replacement Blizzaks a couple weeks back. No more having to go through 4-8" with confidence in passing everybody by on WI I43 and drifting single lane on county hwy 20. 8 inches in town driving on side streets not plowed, while FWD drive cars and SUVs with all season tires are struggling, brings smiles as I go around them.

Sorry for mentioning this topic so soon and thought ANOTHER thread was in order.......... Brings out the best in people.
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I drive mine year round here in SE Michigan - and have a 45 mile each way commute daily.

No extra weight in the car, and on the stock Pirelli's. I have never gotten stuck or had any problems.
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I've driven my 2013 V-6PP in the snow a couple of times when my old winter beater (Eclipse AWD) was down for the count. It is NOT fun when you're slip-sliding around on Pirelli summer tires that have turned into hockey pucks! Correction: It's fun to hoon around an empty parking lot (watch out for those light poles!), but the pucker factor rises when semis are flying by you in the middle of a blinding blizzard at 1am. I'm usually one to turn traction control OFF when I get the chance, but it saved my bacon a few times in the snow, especially on the many hills in my hometown.

In this case, though, I blame the tires rather than the car since I've had some similarly frightening winter experiences in my last summer tire-shod car (2007 Mazdaspeed3). The MS3 was a snowmobile when equipped with snow tires, though. Another Mass MF'er drives his 2013 V-6PP in the winter with snow tires and he says its great. I'm sure it is, and I'm not afraid of RWD in the snow when equipped with snow tires (my first car was a Nissan 240SX with snows). I am, however, wary of road salt and the corrosion it causes. Corrosion killed my 240SX and Eclipse, I don't want it to to turn my 'Stang into a Rustang.
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I am, however, wary of road salt and the corrosion it causes. Corrosion killed my 240SX and Eclipse, I don't want it to to turn my 'Stang into a Rustang.
Not to worry if you have Ziebart Rust Proof and sound deadened.
Then run through the occasional auto car wash with under body flush!
Be not afraid........ I have 4 chip marks on the hood from the road salt over the 4 years I drove interstate with it. Been waxing over the chip marks with Fire Glaze Plus once a year when it is due.
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Not to worry if you have Ziebart Rust Proof...
...providing it was rust proofed before EVER seeing moisture and I mean right off the assembly line or off the truck at the dealership (and assuming the factory drove it dry). I've seen plenty of cars that were rustproofed at some point in time AFTER they were driven off the lot and whatever was on the frame, DESPITE THE PRE-APPLICATION PREP CLEANINGS, resulted in more rust and damage than had it NOT been rustproofed. Just sayin'...
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i dont drive mine if there's a single cloud in the sky
I'd completely understand if it were a 1000cc sportsbike, but weather happens and the thing about cars is you don't get soaked and cold. My dad avoids getting on his Hayabusa if there's any risk of rain or even if he had a couple of beers the night before...

Even with the standard tires, I was mostly fine this winter, but I really would only drive once the street had been plowed. Blizzaks would've been great a couple of times pulling away on hills, but even then, just turning off TCS and using 2nd instead to pull away worked out ok. With nobody interested in buying my old 16s I'm thinking a lot about getting some Blizzaks for those and having a set of front rotors and pads for winter with them.
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The only car I will drive in the rust belt during winter is a rental when I fly home for Christmas... I don't care if you rust proofed the car, it will never be as easy to work on as a car that has never seen salt.
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In NY the fluffy snow gets deep fast and your low front end shovels the snow up and under. You float and lift your wheels.

Positive Traction to keep you from crabbing sideways.

Stick your two outside wheels on the Wake-up bars to overcome a slippery steep spot.
Get some undercoating protection from the salt.
Frozen batteries park on a slope (pop clutch in second) get new/or trifle charge battery.
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I live in florida so i dont have to deal with this, but i would buy a winter beater car if i lived in a place where it snowed.

when its snowing out its not like your going to be pushing the performance limits of the car , that combined with the salt would get me buying some old beater 4wd vehicle which would be more fun and more suited to drive in those conditions.
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