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Old 04-04-2013, 12:46 PM   #41 (permalink)
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Im no snow & ice expert, but don't cables kick a snow tires ass all day long and are removeable

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Old 04-04-2013, 01:24 PM   #42 (permalink)
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Im no snow & ice expert, but don't cables kick a snow tires ass all day long and are removeable
Yes. I wish that in a lot of climates, studded snow tires were illegal. Here in Portland for instance, they just tear up the concrete during our rainy winter. We get MAYBE a day or two of snow a year. Lots of people try to justify it by saying they need it when they go up to the mountain, but honestly chains take like 4 minutes to put on a car if you REALLY need the traction.
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Old 04-04-2013, 01:26 PM   #43 (permalink)
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Cables FTL except in emergencies- they're not something you leave on one mile more than you have to.

I'm not a fan of snows, but at least they're real tires.

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Old 04-05-2013, 01:36 PM   #45 (permalink)
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People really like to pick on studded snow tires.

I had my first chance to drive a car in the snow without snow tires this winter. I didn't realize just how much I was gaining by driving my car on snow tires for all of these years! In our typical lake affect snow, I was amazed at how poorly the car did with brand new Cooper touring tires!

Something so light with tires that aren't designed for snow could be dangerous in the snow.
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Meh, I used to live in the upper peninsula of Michigan area. We got tons of snow. I drove a 1993 Toyota Tercel, about the same weight as the new Mirage. I never had any problems with all season tires. You just gotta slow down and be careful.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:38 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Re: the snow tires...

You could go up one size, or down one size: 175/65/14's (more common, multiple brands) or 155/65/14's (which are very light LRR Nokians, harder to find).

And I'd expect that recently discontinued 165 width winter tires in the 165/65/14 size would come back on the market when the car arrives here.
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Old 01-24-2014, 03:17 PM   #48 (permalink)
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With an hour commute each day in the BC Mountains I've found studded winters a necessity. I had non-studded winters on the civic until December, but after doing 30 (km/h) in town and sliding through turns I wasn't going to take any more chances.

That said, I agree that most coastal people just need to learn how to drive and at best grab a nice set of non-studded winters for heading up the ski hill.
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