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Old 11-25-2013, 05:55 AM   #1
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how does you focus do in the winter

I have a 2000 zts 4 door kind of curious how ut will handle in the snow?
What is everyones experience?


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Old 11-25-2013, 06:30 AM   #2
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In my opinion, my old zts was the worst fwd vehicle I've owned in the snow, but still manageable. I lived through 4 winters in Michigan's upper peninsula with it. Invest in some snow tires or at least some good all seasons and you'll be alright
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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Thats comforting LOL...i have a good set of tires i guess we will see!
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Old 11-25-2013, 06:41 AM   #4
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Well like I said, it wasn't good in the snow but I never got stuck in it either. I'm sure you'll be fine
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Old 11-25-2013, 07:56 AM   #5
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My 02 SE sedan and Svt love the snow. Only thing that has gotten them stuck is when you your pushing and they belly up. They handle great on snow covered roads and give you a good bit of warning and time to recover when you start loosing grip. That's with good snow tires, though. These cars plow like crazy without good tires.
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:09 AM   #6
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Yep, snow tires do help quite a bit
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Old 11-25-2013, 09:33 AM   #7
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Snow tires help a lot, but I never had any issue with all seasons either.
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Old 11-25-2013, 10:08 AM   #8
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The engine warms up to operating point quickly, but seems to not have a lot of heat. Mine usually is set to half way between floor/defrost and full defrost with the blower at 3 down to minus 20 C. Colder than that, the blower has to be on 4 and the defrost on full to keep the windshield "clear".
Even then it fogs up on all of the side windows to the point that it's more of a cube van where I need to minimize lane changes because the side view mirrors are blocked by foggy windows.
Occasionally (and i don't know why), I've started it, let it heat up to operating temperature with the fan on high as usual, then 5 minutes after I start driving, a thick frost will form on the inside of the entire windshield very quickly (on the order of five or six seconds). If i can pull over fast enough, i'm lucky, if not, then i'm sitting in a lane going nowhere for 10 to 15 minutes while the defroster gets control of the windshield again. This only happens a couple times a winter. My hypothesis is that snow makes it's way into the cabin air system, melts, then high humidity air gets blown at a cold surface and the problem sticks around until the humid air moves through the system. I put in a cabin air filter this summer to hopefully eliminate any snow getting into the system.
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Old 11-25-2013, 01:35 PM   #9
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Put on some snows and she"ll go like h-ll..heres proof...http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...q1bvKvEgg#t=29
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Old 11-25-2013, 02:50 PM   #10
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Put on some snows and she"ll go like h-ll..heres proof...http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...q1bvKvEgg#t=29
the hell did i just watch, and why was it so awesome?
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