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Old 02-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by liquidblue88 View Post
Man oh man did I make a mistake.

I didn't fully inspect all of the options that came on this vehicle. I sure did realize real fast that the car is equipped with 'summer only' 18" tires. Boy do these things suck in the snow... either that or the car doesn't do well in the snow at all.

Last night on my way home the drive was fine since most of the streets were plowed. But I get on my street in front of my house and i see that the driveway is covered in snow and that I will need a head start to make it up there. So i put the car in reverse and decide to give it some gas so I can make it up there. Upon doing so my tires start to lose traction at about 5-10 mph. Barely any speed at all. I tried turning off the TCS which didn't help at all. I just lost traction and then got to spin my tires.

How many of you have the Ti and also live in a place where the snow can be pretty bad? In my opinion this snow storm wasn't even that bad. Only about 4-6 inches and my little focus was failing me.

What winter tires/all season tires do you guys recommend? I might try to stick out this winter but I will need to get different tires for next season.

Thanks all!
I boought my TI last November when Ford was throwing in a set of winters on steelies. Opted to upgrade to Michelin X-ice. Nice tires, no issues in snow but then there hasn't been a great deal of it here thus far. Have them on the other car as well, which also came with factory summer only type tires. I suggest winters as not only do they make a differnce in snow, but once summer tires get below about 7 C or 5 F (or so), the compound just doesn't work well anymore; traction drops resulting in longer stopping distnaces, cornering issues, etc. I have the 18's and am looking forward to driving on them this spring.

I recommend Michelin as they stand behind their product. The tires on the other car would have been 4 seasons old this winter. When I had them installed, one would not balance; belt had slipped. Michelin replaced all 4 at 20% of the retail price. So I drove 3 winters and got a brand new set for just over $300.00 out the door. And I sent in the mail in rebate, which arrived yesterday. Not bad!
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