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Old 08-09-2011, 12:38 PM   #1
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Drive the SVT this winter???

So I puchased my svt back in may and now that its august I started to realize that winter is right around the corner. The car has no rust on it. It was stored in a garge its whole life and never driven in the snow.
Being that I live in Wisconsin, winter's seem to last forever...

So I'm trying to decide if I should buy snow tires and drive the svt or start searching for a winter beater.

Looking for your opinions on the subject, thanks!


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Old 08-09-2011, 01:02 PM   #2
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winter beater! keep the svt in the garage
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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If you've got a garage kept, super clean, low mileage SVT then don't beat it to death by driving through a Wisconsin winter.

Beat a Honda to death instead.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:19 PM   #4
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i drive mine year round, as fun as it is in the summer, even better in snow...mine was winter stored for 7 years, this will be its 3rd winter coming up. get a good set of winters and giv'er. its only a car.
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I drive mine year round. But, just got a winter beater so i don't have to. If you can afford a second car, i suggest you go the route. If your low on cash, get a set of quality snow tires and go for it.
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Old 08-09-2011, 01:58 PM   #6
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Just get snow tires and go through a touchless wash or visit a wash bay once a week.
You'll be fine.
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Old 08-09-2011, 02:38 PM   #7
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I just bought my svt a few days ago and plan to drive through the Ohio winter. How bad is this car without snow tires has anyone tried?
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I've never had snow tires (unfortunately) and been through two WI winters with my car on all season rubber. The car drives really well in the snow actually, but I generally prefer small cars for winter driving anyway. There was only one time last winter the car was dangerous to drive, and it was spring and we were getting a heavy snow that was half freezing and half melting. Literally almost nobody was out driving that day though.

Having said all that, if you can get the money together for snow tires and wheels, do it. Keep it relatively clean and it'll be okay. Even if I had a second car to drive, I'd still drive the SVT sometimes.

I should add, I live in a rural area and the driving/traffic is relaxed enough I can afford to do a little slipping and sliding without it being a big deal. Still doesn't happen very often though.
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I just bought my svt a few days ago and plan to drive through the Ohio winter. How bad is this car without snow tires has anyone tried?
I think it depends how accustomed you are to driving on snow/ice. I don't know what your winters are like in Ohio, but if you feel inexperienced driving on snow/ice it might be an especially wise move to get winter tires. I've lived in MN and WI the entire time I've been driving so it's second nature to me now.
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+1 on the have fun in the snow!

the SVTF is my 4 season car, the mazdaspeed miata gets to hibernate away the winter in the garage.

I drive all seasons in the winter and I will still recommend buying winter tires, I just never invested in a spare set of wheels. The SVTF is a blast in the snow, e-brake oversteer turns are fun!
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