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Old 12-27-2012, 02:12 PM   #41
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Yep, probably the tires. I had a set of Dunlop Winter Sport M3's that still look good, treadwise (1/2 gone). But, the traction really diminished to being worse than an all-season, so they were replaced.

I have General Altimax Arctics on my '12 and it goes very well. The TC light flashes a bit when you're just starting off, but it doesn't seem to kill the engine power dramatically. Alas, I can't disable that.
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Old 12-27-2012, 02:29 PM   #42
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This is the first year for me on snow with this car. Very wet snow with an underlay of slush/ice. at first it did activate the tcs and abs getting rolling but after that was ok. In the parking lot behind my place it started acting up again. I have a very steep ramp with no way to get a rolling start up it and there was no way the car was going to go, the tcs was kicking in and robbing all the power. I turned off the traction control and the tires spun but the car did get up the ramp. This was with the stock 17" tires and DCT. I was impressed it made it up. My old 4x4 ranger with new tires wouldn't go up this incline without the 4x4 being engaged so for the Focus to be able to says a lot. Every car needs to be driven a bit in all the different conditions to find out it's limits and how to work with what you have. After that you will know how good or bad it is. At first blush, I thought the car was pretty bad in the snow but after getting to know it's quirks I think it is fine and better than some I've owned.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:06 PM   #43
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I'm sorry you had such a horrid experience. If it's any consilation, I used to have an 04 Focus Sedan I thought was a piece of CRAP in snow. Even with new tires I had nothing but issues. Now that I've said that, I had just the OPPOSITE experience with my 03 Focus ZX3 yesterday. The rear tires are new and the front tires are (almost) shot and need to be replaced soon (front and back are both fuzion hri). I had (almost) no issues going through the 1 - 3 inches of snow on the road that the snow plow hadn't completely cleared. I was actually terrified that it was going to have the same issues. Happily, I did not. Maybe there's a difference with the model type?
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:14 PM   #44
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Time to look into some new tires for it. I have some Hankooks on 17" wheels. They handle very well.





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Are those scratches or just dirt? I'm worried these painted wheels get scratched by snow and ice and plan to plasti dip them.
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:21 PM   #45
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I think that they would be fine , dip would definatly protect them well though

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:29 PM   #46
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Are those scratches or just dirt? I'm worried these painted wheels get scratched by snow and ice and plan to plasti dip them.
Just dirt. I've done double takes on the wheels and fenders a few times. Stupid dirty winter.

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Old 12-27-2012, 04:40 PM   #47
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I have Michelin Alpin PA3's on my car and it's fine in the snow. I drove through about 5" of it last night, the car never flinched once. We got the same car, right down to the color too, so it's gotta be something that's up with your tires.

Without winter tires the car was a bit of joke I'll admit, but I only had to endure one snowfall without them so it wasn't a big deal.
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Old 12-27-2012, 05:39 PM   #48
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First snow of the year and the car was pretty much immobilized. I have Michelin Alpin snow tires and this car was pretty much stopped in an inch of snow . Could not make it up a slight grade. Got so bad I had to shut the traction control off. It's a bit of a weapon. I barely make it through an intersection before the light goes red. Not impressed.
Someone in TO can't make it through an inch of snow -- time to call out the army
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Someone in TO can't make it through an inch of snow -- time to call out the army
There's the joke I was gonna make a page back. To be honest I'm surprised it took so long to happen.

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Old 12-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #50
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Well hey, if we shut down so does the rest of the country, right? :)

But anyway, it all also depends on the driver, of course. I got away fine with the oe 17"s here and did not have one problem. Even out performed SUV's fishtailing around corners. woot.
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