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Old 11-05-2013, 09:40 PM   #1
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First impressions, Michelin XIce3

I replaced my 16" alloys and stock Conti's with steelies and 15" Michelin XIce3 winter tires from Tire Rack. I installed them this past Sunday and finally had a chance to take my 2013 Focus SE sedan for a drive today. Admittedly this viewpoint is without the benefit of driving in snow, but that will be here soon enough. Besides the fact that the roads are not snow covered all winter anyway.

Temperature was about 40F this morning when I went to work. My route is two lane blacktop through hilly areas with many curves. The road was wet, but it did not have standing water.

These tires were awesome on the dry roads! They handled the curves perfectly. No feeling of looseness that I had with Blizzak WS-50's a handful of years ago on a different car. They tracked true and road quietly and very smoothly.

In a few weeks we will have snow, ice, and really cold weather. I will update this thread then.

In the meantime anyone who is sitting on the fence about which tire to get should get going. Pick something and get them installed before it gets crappy out there


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Old 11-05-2013, 11:42 PM   #2
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Few weeks?

It started snowing here around 5pm today. ~3" on the ground right now.


Lucky you and only getting rain.



And I'd say you'll love any winter tire besides Blizzaks. I hated mine.
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:29 AM   #3
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The Blizzaks were excellent in snow. The car was a Saturn SL-1 and it was unstoppable with those tires. Dry road handling did leave something to be desired though, especially when they were new and really flexible. Warm weather was not friendly to them.

The Michelins are excellent on dry roads. No mushiness at all. Time will tell how they wear

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Old 11-06-2013, 05:02 PM   #4
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Old 12-16-2013, 09:59 PM   #5
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Updating this thread after some snow driving experience with the XIce3's

Snowing on the way home tonight. About 18F and 2 inches on the ground. Pretty slippery under the snow

Starting traction: Kind of funky with traction control. Did not get stuck at all, but RPM's up more than expected and seems like torque steer to the right. Kept moving during acceleration OK. Will try TC off to compare it

Driving straight: Just fine

Steering Response: Good. No issues

Braking: Excellent. ABS on of course, but good grip

Summary: Pretty good, but gotta spend more time learning how to maximize startup traction. Did not help any that I had the heater blower on high and could not hear what the engine and tires were doing.
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Old 12-20-2013, 09:13 PM   #6
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Here's the next installment of this long timeframe review of these tires.

Last night we had freezing rain here. Temp was 28F and when I went to work this AM everything was covered in ice. The roads were like a skating rink. The town had put some sand down, but that's it.

The tires were awesome. Acceleration from a stop, steering, braking, etc. were all outstanding.

Looks like my next test is going to Sunday. They are predicting up to 8 inches of snow.
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I have the xice3's also. Agreed on the dry traction. They do really well. They are great on the harder packed snow and ice. It slips on the slushy or "cake frosting" stuff (but I'm sure they all do). But it's controllable. i like them allot.
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A set of four winter tires I hope?
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A set of four winter tires I hope?
I think the OP has all four, based on his first post. I have all four winter tires. Driving with just 2 would get ugly for sure.
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Just two would be dumb. Life's too short to have crappy traction
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