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Old 12-19-2006, 10:49 PM   #1
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How does the Focus handle snow?

Starting to do some thinking. I have plans on just making my civic a straight scca car and grabbing a used Focus, definitely a hatchie style. Just seeing everyones opinions on how it handles in the snow/winter. Tire make/model and size would be awesome if its not too much. Moving up to a state where I have to take winter into thought lol Thanks!


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Old 12-19-2006, 11:17 PM   #2
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i'd say it handles like any other car on the snow. depends if you get a stick or automatik. sticks are easier to control on the snow IMO.
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:03 AM   #3
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definitely a stick, i cant stand auto lol
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Old 12-20-2006, 12:19 AM   #4
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i think my car handles just fine, unless its windy and im driving over 55mph, then it sucks ass
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i drove mine through 2 seasons of harsh ohio winters, first winter i had my stock 17s with summer tread and i did fairly well, the tc helped in some occasions. the next season i bought some 16sx6 and did very good. but you will probably just buy a regular zx3-5 without traction control so i think it should be good especially with that 5spd manual.
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Old 12-20-2006, 04:34 AM   #6
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I would definately grab some snow tires. I drove mine for 3 winter seasons with the stock Firehawks and it was quite interesting. On snow covered and/or icy roads, the car will go wherever it is aimed, but the rear end feels almost like driving a forklift. Quite a strange feeling. I finally broke down and got a set of Blizzak WS50s and the car feels solid as a rock, now. 195/60R15 is the size I'm running and the car has no driver aids. As the others have said, a manual transmission is the best way to go.
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Old 12-20-2006, 09:29 AM   #7
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It handles predictably; that is, like a front-heavy front driver. Understeers like mad, I've never had the tail go out on me in the SVT, which is safe, just no fun at all.

I've got a set of 205/55R16 Hankook W300 snows on some ZX3 stockers, I'm happy with the tires, definitely a good investment. If I needed a dedicated winter car, honestly, it'd probably be an old Subaru or a Toyota pickup, the Focus just isnt much fun in the snow.
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yeah, i was thinking about something AWD. I've never had a car payment before, I've always been a cash guy, so I was hopefully gonna do the same thing with the Focus and buy it outright and get a small loan to do some tinkering under the hood.
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the best thing you can do for a focus in the snow is to buy snow tires. i ran pirelli winter carving in 185/65/15 size and they did awesome, i was doing much better than the stupid people in their SUV's around here. . .
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GET SNOW TIRES and you will be good 17x7 performance tires = oh shiiiiitttt
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