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Old 11-02-2014, 06:38 PM   #1
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Winter tires?

I have the 2014 focus se and live in Wv in the US. Does the se come with all season tires? I bought it brand new. It's the se. Without the select shift if that helps. Thanks.


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Old 11-02-2014, 07:08 PM   #2
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I have the same exact car and it came with Continental tires. According to tirerack and ford, they are all season tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....autoModClar=SE
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:52 PM   #3
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I have the 2014 focus se and live in Wv in the US. Does the se come with all season tires? I bought it brand new. It's the se. Without the select shift if that helps. Thanks.
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I have the same exact car and it came with Continental tires. According to tirerack and ford, they are all season tires.

http://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires....autoModClar=SE
The ContiProContacts that come from the factory are all season but their snow performance is atrocious. Absolutely terrible. I live in the Susquehanna valley and would never have considered taking the focus last winter when we had those heavy snows.

For 3 seasons they are pretty decent and have a longer treadlife but I would highly advise snow tires.
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So am I basically guaranteed to wreck with these on? I've never driven in the winter time unfortunately.
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He could have the Coopers on his, which I think are just rated OK in the snow, but better than the conti's. Look on your sidewall and see what brand they are.
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So am I basically guaranteed to wreck with these on? I've never driven in the winter time unfortunately.
You're not guaranteed to wreck, but if these are the tires you'll have when you experience some of your first snows/freezing rain, you'll have a tough time.

Being new, they won't be deadly to drive on but it doesn't make for a fun time especially if you have hills in your commute.

In your case, I'd look into getting some winter tires. Preferably have them mounted on a spare set of wheels so you can swap them out before the first snows. The investment is well worth it.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:06 PM   #7
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I have the contiPro tires. As a college student I really can't afford tires on top of my insurance and car payment. What would be some recommended all season tires? My commute is literally half up Hill then down. Then next semester I have an hour commute.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:25 PM   #8
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If you're buying new tires, just get snow tires. Most all seasons are a compromise, snow tires are not. If your current tires have a lot of life left keep them for fair weather use and put winter tires on.
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Old 11-02-2014, 09:34 PM   #9
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These only have a thousand miles on them lol.
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Don't buy all-season tires for their winter performance, and don't replace brand new tires with other brand new tires that are marginally better in one category.

The hardest part of winter tires to swallow is the up-front cost. Once you buy the wheels and tires once, the ongoing costs are greatly reduced, as running winter tires for 3-4 months a year helps extend the life of your all seasons. It's a worthwhile investment if you live in a place that experiences consistently cold/snowy winters.

That being said, winter driving takes extra concentration, care, and caution. It is not impossible on all-season tires. Many people do not bother purchasing winter tires and are able to survive the cold and snowy months. During or after the first snow, go to an abandoned empty parking lot and explore the limits of your car's grip in turning, braking, and accelerating. Get used to the extra time it takes to come to a stop, and acclimate yourself to going slower in corners and leaving lots of extra space between you and the car in front of you.
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