: Driving in snow
02-01-2007, 11:02 PM
Has anyone experienced driving in snow with a focus? If so how did you handle it? I have a problem with the car being a light weight and it sliding all over the place. Is there anything you do to help with the weight problem?
02-01-2007, 11:04 PM
it sux...get chains :D
02-01-2007, 11:19 PM
I've got 4 bald tires on my SVT and I still get around fine in the Illinois snow. It takes a little bit of patience and finesse. There really isn't a weight problem if you go slow enough.
02-01-2007, 11:36 PM
good snowtires and youll be ok! me ive taken my focus through 37inches of snow, and at first i got hung up, but then onec i got traction it went well, but snowtires and a good driver are key
02-01-2007, 11:45 PM
The key is having good snow tires, and getting an alignment before winter. Especially if your focus is lowered. Bad camber + all season tires + snow = not fun. I learned my lesson this winter. Next winter im going to get some blizzaks(snow tires), and an alignment right before the winter starts, and i'm sure my snow driving experiences will be much better. It also nice having a set of rims that are dedicated winter rims. That way you dont mess up the ones you use in the spring/summer. I have a set of 15's for winter, so I dont mess up my 17's.
02-01-2007, 11:47 PM
I think that it handles quite well. Living in Kansas right now with all this damn snow is great with the SVT. With the mustang it is a different story.
02-03-2007, 05:58 PM
We havent had alot of snow but i think mine handles pretty well
02-03-2007, 08:03 PM
try not only driving in deep snow, but doing it in an area with all hills, if you know how to drive your focus you shouldnt have a problem, first year i had mine i did tons of fishtail by accident, now i do them for fun [:D]
02-03-2007, 08:14 PM
The Focus does pretty good in the snow. I have a 5 speed in mine and it goes good. My dad's automatic does not go as good but still it does ok. Any car with a manual will do better in the snow if you are good with a clutch. But if you are going to do alot of snow driving, get you some good snow tires like loudfocus01 said.
02-03-2007, 08:15 PM
I have the stock Pirelli P6 tires on my ST, and haven't had the slightest of problems, in fact, I found myself helping out others who go stuck often.
02-03-2007, 08:28 PM
on the ice is the best time for drifting ,sliding,180's,360's i do them all got to act fast the ice here does not last long does anyone have some svt clips on ice or snow
02-03-2007, 08:34 PM
in my experience the focus does pretty poorily in the snow. i've driven my dad's sunfire in the snow and it does MUCH better. before someone says anything about tires, they both at one time had the same eagle rs-a (or whatever came stock) and his car just went ALOT better. mine got stuck in our downhill driveway while his plowed right through. and i drove both of them..........so driver's skill means jack shit. the focus would not be my first pick to drive in the snow
02-03-2007, 08:35 PM
^i should do some drifting and record it, its sooo icey right now
also my 5 speed does decent with the stock hankooks
02-03-2007, 08:56 PM
[clap] yes yes yes do it klondike
02-03-2007, 08:57 PM
I think that people should sumit there videos in and and we take a poll on the best
02-03-2007, 09:03 PM
ok um sometime i will, its to effin cold tonight to have a friend stand outside and record its like -8 and -32 with windchill so when i get a chance some weekend i will
02-03-2007, 09:32 PM
I've only drove my focus in the snow once since I've owned it for 2 week. I was not impressed by it, but of course I have summer tires on the fronts. One car I know that is good in the snow is a 1st gen Neon. When I had my '95 I was working pizza delivery and that winter we had a random 7" of snow. I didn't care, I put my sign on my car and took off. Many of the roads I went on were not cleared and the only problem I had was when I found a customers house right after I passed the drive way.
02-04-2007, 12:53 PM
4 good snowies make it a mountain goat
02-04-2007, 01:15 PM
I've already experienced my ZX3 in the snow about 2 weeks ago.
Lowered, blown Focus in the snow=[thumbd]
02-04-2007, 04:31 PM
driving in the snow is awesome with the focus! I had no problems but am used to it.
02-04-2007, 04:48 PM
Snow tires + LSD...the car has outstanding grip and control once you're rolling. Starting out on the other hand is marginally better than all seasons and an open differential, especially when you're going uphill...instead of just one tire spinning both of them do.
02-04-2007, 05:13 PM
studded tires and/or chains if needed. it snowed recently in washington and i just about did a 360 on an intersection. luckily there were no vehicles around during the day. they will be a big help especially if you will be climbing up hills, as well as driving down.
02-04-2007, 05:50 PM
I've found the focus to be quite competent in the snow compared with a good variety of other cars i've driven in canadian winters.
Of course good snow tires always help.
02-04-2007, 11:57 PM
Just try and move to get out of it
02-05-2007, 12:04 AM
Pilot sports in the snow are no fun unless your in a big parking lot driving in reverse with the wheel turned all the way to the right. lol No ive actually had a few cars rear and front wheel and the focus is by far the best even with the summer tires on.
02-05-2007, 12:21 AM
today pure ice all over the roads, did ok with my all seasone went up a nice 45 degree hill pure ice wa sin 2nd and everynown then the tires spun, i simply let the gas off it recuaght and i gave it soe more gas til i hit the top YAY
02-05-2007, 12:24 AM
Well I just found out that my rear tires are definitely due for replacement...after leaving my car sitting in single-digit weather for two days without turning it over, my battery wasn't giving the starter enough juice to turn the engine over. So after jumping it I took it out for a spin to charge the battery and warm it up, and while going around a traffic circle at about 15 MPH with snow on the road I had a pretty bad fishtail, way to one side and then back again. I recovered, but when the tires had tread on them I was hard pressed to get the back end to swing out without yanking on the e-brake cable. Hopefully I'll be able to ride out the rest of the winter on this set and just get four new snow tires for next season when they go on sale in the spring.
02-06-2007, 12:02 AM
Driving in ice and snow has a huge amount to do with the nut behind the wheel. You don't need chains and studs on street tires except in blizzards that frankly the Focus shouldn't be out in anyway. You drive for the conditions...if traction is lower then you drive slower, start stopping sooner etc.
If you expect rally driving in snow...then I guess you'd better have studs.
The Focus is a well-mannered car that is quite predictable...in good conditions and bad - but it's really the driver that makes the difference between cold-weather-capable and an accident waiting to happen.
02-06-2007, 12:33 AM
i dont have an issue with it, but i drive ultra careful.... anyone of my friends behind the wheel of my car theyd die cuz they cant drive... if you know how to drive, and drive smart you are fine