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Old 12-05-2007, 11:38 PM   #1
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Focus in the snow

First time driving my Focus in the snow today and first time driving a small car in the snow. I'm not impressed to say the least with how it handles. No tire spin, but it wanders all over the road. It feels as though it simply doesnt weigh enough. Is this a common problem with small cars in the snow?


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I think the fofo does an "OK" job in the snow. I was originally in upstate New York and we would get snow in feet at times and my focus did just fine, never got stuck. So, I think your NOT a bad winter conditions driver, just need to get use to the car in the messy stuff.

Oh, and bumblebee are you from the Monroe in Butler county just west of I-75???
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Old 12-06-2007, 12:10 AM   #3
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Get a good set of snow tires, and you'll see a big difference in how it handles the snow.
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Yeah, dump those shitty Hankook Optimos. They have got to be one of the worst tires I've ever had.
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I've never been anything but impressed with the way the focus handles snow. Now, my car is a manual - and that may have something to do with it. This is my first full winter with the 07, but the winter where I had the 02 in - it worked well once I got the hang of winter driving. (I had lived in Florida up until 04 when I moved up with my 02 focus). Last year's temporary car - the 1989 Volvo 760 turbo was a fun ride in snow - the fear of doing something stupid in that rwd car put the fear of god into me - and thus no issues.
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I've been impressed so far with mine. Mine came with traction control, and I've noticed that it's pretty stable and doesn't get caught in the snow that easily.

Haven't nicknamed it the "little blue snowmobile" yet but it's getting close!

As mentioned earlier, a good set of winter tires will do wonders!
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I'm riding the stock Hankook Optimo's on my 07. On my 02, I ran Bridgestone Potenza RE950's. The Potenzas were supposedly not good for snow, but they worked great for me!

The thing I like is that the car is very communicative, easy to control, and unless you do something stupid, losing traction isn't a big issue. Braking, on the other hand is where I have seen a difference - my 02 didn't have abs, and the 07 does. The 02 was easier to control in the snow, while so much as a stiff breeze sets off the abs in the 07.
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Oh, and bumblebee are you from the Monroe in Butler county just west of I-75???
Yep thats where I live.

My Focus is a manual too which I actually think is even better in the snow. Yes it has the Hancook tires which i'm not particularly fond of either. In all honesty, my vette handles better in the snow.
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Yep thats where I live.

My Focus is a manual too which I actually think is even better in the snow. Yes it has the Hancook tires which i'm not particularly fond of either. In all honesty, my vette handles better in the snow.
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Last year's temporary car - the 1989 Volvo 760 turbo was a fun ride in snow - the fear of doing something stupid in that rwd car put the fear of god into me - and thus no issues.
HAHA! I drove a 1989 Volvo 740 non-turbo in the snow for ages...it was a blast i found haha rwd!

Dis yer i put dem real good rubber-wheelie thingars on dem fancy black wheels on me silva car n' it makes'r jus as fer as me ol twactor in da white cursin powda. Funny do, dem dont come with dem tubes or da weightin.
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