This is the worst car ive ever driven in snow - Page 7 - Focus Fanatics
Ford Focus Forum
HomeContact UsAbout UsGalleryDiscussion ForumsMarketplace


Go Back   Focus Fanatics > Ford Focus Third Generation > MK3 TSB, Recall & Problems Archive

MK3 TSB, Recall & Problems Archive The place to chat about TSB and Known Issues for the 2012 Focus.

Search This Forum | Image Search | Advanced Search    
Ford Focus Tire & Wheels FocusFanatics Merchandise

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 12-30-2012, 02:02 AM   #61
BlueIce
Focus Addict
 
BlueIce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Fan#: 93794
Location: Akron / Cleveland, OH
What I Drive: 2012 Sterling Gray Focus Titanium

Posts: 711
FF Reputation: 1 BlueIce Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by hotleadsingerguy View Post
I had the same tires (I'm guessing? Alpin PS3) and had no trouble last winter or the one snow I drove in this winter. Seemed to handle the snow pretty well, and I'm not talking about 1 inch...I live in Cleveland.

Then again I just traded in the car yesterday for a 2013 Accord Sport, and this thing kills the snow like it's on a mission.
Last winter sucked. We barely had any snow and I still managed to total my GTI in the whole, about 1 inch of snow we had. Oh well, I made out in that crash, got a new car and a few grand.

On-topic though, we've been gettin EFFING HAMMERED lately and I haven't had 1 bit of a problem in the snow or ice with the original Continentals. Even on my driveway with an incline, throw it in 1st and just ease on up. I will admit I do have a sandbag in the back though. Seems to keep the ass end of hatches from sliding around like Apolo Anton Ohno. You have to take it slow and steady and know how to drive in the snow. Besides from the jeep I used to have, this is the best handling car I've owned so far snow-wise.
__________________
The story behind my avatar:

www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=293992
BlueIce is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 12-30-2012, 02:17 AM   #62
jinstall
Deutsche Arsche
 
jinstall's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Fan#: 9730
Location: El Paso TX/Friedrichsdorf DE, TX
What I Drive: 01 ZX3RACECAR/04 ST170/13 FST2

Posts: 2,385
FF Reputation: 4 jinstall Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (1)
DC area, 4" snow, summer tires on a stanced Focus, 17 miles home from work. No issues except the turds that could not drive slowing down to 5mph. Even made it up the drive. I am from Florida BTW.
__________________
2001 Focus ZX3 Race Car in Germany-Ours
2010 Renault Clio 1.2 16V in Germany-Hers
2004 SVTF EAP/ST170-Mine
2013 Focus ST2 TS NAV SUNROOF-Hers
jinstall is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 09:58 AM   #63
BrApple
Focus Enthusiast
 
BrApple's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 95810
Location: Gales Ferry, CT
What I Drive: 2012 Red Candy SE HB

Posts: 364
FF Reputation: 1 BrApple Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I would have to say the Focus handles the snow/slippery roads well. I was just out after the snow in my SE Sport w/5spd and it was fine in the snow. I have the stock 16" wheels/tires with 14k miles.

Going up a hill I just dropped it into first and took off. Got on the gas some more and the TC kicked in and was to me, predictable. I hardly noticed it was working except for the dash light.

The stability control was interesting, I have never driven a car with it before. I took a few corners harder then normal and The car pushed and/or I felt the rear start to come around. The stability control straightened the car right out. I then drove our 2012 Impreza right after and felt the Focus system worked better. However turning TC off in the Impreza on a hill start, it just went, and stability control kept it moving well.
__________________
- 12 Focus SE - 5spd
- 99 Contour SeVT <- 3L/NPG Turbo
- 2k Contour SVT - #2137
- 12 Impreza 2.0i Premium - CVT
BrApple is online now  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 05:48 PM   #64
blackraven456
Focus Addict
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Fan#: 88061
Location: Jacksonville, FL
What I Drive: 2012 Black Focus Titanium Sedan

Posts: 967
FF Reputation: 1 blackraven456 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Darth_Focus View Post
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.
Drive in a lower gear. It sounds like you don't really know how to drive in snow. My car performs admirably with the stock all seasons.
__________________
2012 Titanium Sedan, Ebony Black - 400A, Luxury Package
Ordered: July 14 VIN received: August 19 Sticker: Sept 3 Build Date: Sept 10 Delivered: Sept 21
blackraven456 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 08:21 PM   #65
FZJ80
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Fan#: 94540
Location: Poughkeepsie, NY
What I Drive: 2012 Focus 5-Door Titanium

Posts: 50
FF Reputation: 1 FZJ80 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Interesting range of opinions in this thread. My DD has been a Subaru of one form or another for the last 20 years. I knew it was going to be a big change to move away from AWD, but the Focus seems to chug through the snow well enough. I live at the top of a hill, and so far I've made it up every time. The traction control blinks a lot on the way up, but I don't feel like I'm going to lose control of the car. Our '05 Odyssey doesn't seem to engage the traction control as much on the same hill running similar tires (Conti Eco Contact's), but it's also a lot heavier so I would expect it to grip better. Neither vehicle makes it up the hill as smoothly as my LandCruiser, but until I get the free time to rebuild the front axle, it shall remain uselessly dangling from the lift .
FZJ80 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-30-2012, 10:09 PM   #66
MelloYelloTi
Focus Enthusiast
 
MelloYelloTi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 95982
Location: Twin Cities, MN
What I Drive: 2012 Yellow Blaze Focus Ti Hatch

Posts: 87
FF Reputation: 3 MelloYelloTi Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Mine with the 195/65/15 General Altimax Artic's couldn't have been any better with the last few snow storms over the last several weeks. If anything, I've found that the traction/stability control can be a little over sensitive to play with.

Below was a 12" storm.. Again nothing to complain about..





MelloYelloTi is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 09:05 AM   #67
valmundo
Focus Enthusiast
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Fan#: 89368
Location: Fort Lauderdale, FL
What I Drive: 2012 Focus SE & 2013 ST2

Posts: 419
FF Reputation: 10 valmundo Great Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Having lived in Miami/Fort Lauderdale for about 20 years, I think I would cry if I had to get up to go to work in that kind of weather! Kudos to those here that do it everyday like its no big deal! I am a cold weather wuss.
valmundo is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 04:07 PM   #68
cobie56
Focus Fanatic
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Fan#: 84403
Location: northeastern, NY
What I Drive: '01 ZX3, '14 Civic XL '12 SEL

Posts: 1,575
FF Reputation: 2 cobie56 Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by valmundo View Post
Having lived in Miami/Fort Lauderdale for about 20 years, I think I would cry if I had to get up to go to work in that kind of weather! Kudos to those here that do it everyday like its no big deal! I am a cold weather wuss.
As one who was raised and lived in climates that rarely got more than a couple inches of snow, but now live on the 45th parallel, i still consider myself a winter wuss. Lol. I have conti dws on my car and it does well in snow but luckily i can walk to work and dont need to drive in the whote stuff if i dont wish to, so ur not alone. Ha ha.
cobie56 is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 12-31-2012, 05:54 PM   #69
Focus YBTC
Focus Enthusiast
 
Focus YBTC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Fan#: 97107
Location: Southeast, MI
What I Drive: 2012 Yellow Blaze Tri-Coat Titanium

Posts: 527
FF Reputation: 1 Focus YBTC Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
Quote:
Originally Posted by VH5150 View Post
I got home from work tonight and proclaimed to the wife that "her" Focus is an absolute beast in the snow. Blizzak WS70s, Traction Control OFF. It was a messy, messy drive home for sure; I started off with the TC on, but pulled over after a while and shut it off--much better!
Ditto, my Focus is wearing four of those WS-70s in the 215/55-17 size mounted on Drag aluminum wheels and the car absolutely rocks in the snow! It was pretty messy (6-8 inches of snow, slushy, icy) recently in SE MI and I spent a few hours blasting around in it having a ball before the road crews caught up. Very surefooted and definitely the best car in the snow and on ice that I've had yet.
Focus YBTC is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2013, 11:04 AM   #70
Deehugh
Focus Jr. Enthusiast
 
Deehugh's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Fan#: 99502
Location: MA, MA
What I Drive: 2012 Tuxedo Black SE Hatchback

Posts: 49
FF Reputation: 1 Deehugh Good Standing Member
Buy-Sell-Trade Rating: (0)
I have a 5 speed as well and can say that I feel like this car performs fairly decent in the snow with the stock continentals. It wont win any awards but the TCS does just enough to keep the car moving at fairly low RPM. By no means is it the worst car...get a stick
__________________
All Day and Tomorrow
2012 SE Hatch Tux Black - Electric Blue Blox Knob - Debadge
Deehugh is offline  
    Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks & Social Networks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:33 PM.


Copyright 2002-2014 FocusFanatics.com. All Rights Reserved : Terms of Use : Privacy Policy : Advertise Information : Site Map

Focus Fanatics Ford Focus Forum offers many fun ways for you to engage with other Ford Focus Owners from across the world. Whether it be about the aftermarket performance modifications, technical how-to's, European tuned suspension or awesome fuel economy similar to the Acura TLX or Fiesta ST. You can find all Ford Focus and Focus ST related information here. Join our Ford Focus discussion forums and chat with local Focus enthusiasts in your area.